We all want gorgeous flawless, tanned skin and we know that sunbaking is bad for us. Exposure to the harsh sun can cause premature ageing, sunspots and skin cancer, not to forget really painful sunburn. As the push against sun tanning has become more and more prominent, we have turned to sunless tanning, the fake bake and the body bronzers. No matter what you call it, flawlessly tanned skin is in, but at what cost?
What is DHA?
Is a fake tan the safer alternative to lying out in the sun and exposing your skin to those UV rays? How safe is fake tan really? The active ingredient in fake tan is dihydroxyacetone (DHA), which is the substance that darkens the skin by reacting with amino acids in the skin cells (and also responsible for that biscuity/yeasty odour, too!) ABC News, in the US a few years ago reported DHA has the potential to cause genetic alterations and DNA damage according to a report. Other reports have claimed when using DHA products, special care should be taken to avoid inhaling, ingesting, or getting it in your eyes – especially when using sprays. At Aussie Bronze, we’re finding more and more women (especially spray tan therapists) are increasingly becoming allergic to DHA, coming up in hives or a rash in the pores of their skin.
Are you a fan of laser hair removal?
Fake tan (with DHA) and laser hair removal don’t mix – if you apply fake tan before a laser hair removal appointment, you’re increasing your risk of blisters and burns. ‘Self-tanning products darken the surface of the skin, and when this happens it creates a competing target for the light energy of the laser, the other target is the colour in the hair.’ Using a wash off bronzer allows you to apply straight after laser therapy and have that instant glow as you walk out of the clinic.
How do you decide what to believe?
Keeping your cosmetics and skin care as close to nature as possible is always the best policy. There are so many hidden nasties and potentially harmful chemicals that pose the possibility of an allergic reaction and affect your immune system in other ways.
Sticking to a natural, organic bronzing product like Aussie Bronze, with ingredients that love your skin, is the only way to keep your skin safe and allergy-free all year round. Aussie Bronze is packed with nature’s finest plant based ingredients…
Avocado oil– a rich, nourishing oil that is high in essential fatty acids and vitamins that helps restore moisture to dry and damaged skin
Sweet almond oil– a gentle, nourishing oil suitable for all skin types (especially dry and sensitive ones). Rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins and amino acids, it helps to soften and nourish the skin.
Sunflower oil– a light oil with high levels of vitamins A, D and E as well as essential fatty acids helping to soothe and replenish skin
Shea butter– contains high levels of vitamins and essential fatty acids which helps to improve skin elasticity and revive dry skin.
Cocoa butter –packed with antioxidants, essential fatty acids. Cocoa Butter is moisturising, nourishing & healing
Natural fragrance & colours– Our beautiful colour comes from food grade oxides that are responsibly sourced naturally sourced fragrance from mother nature’s purest ingredients
How to apply Aussie Bronze…
Perfect for every day use, apply a generous strip of Aussie Bronze to a section of your skin. E.G. Calf – Just below your knee to just above your ankle.Continue to apply Aussie Bronze in same the way over the rest of your body, or parts you want tanned Gently smooth over your body as you would moisturiser. E.G. Horizontally and vertically. Feather down over feet and hands.
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