10 Things You Didn’t Know About Self-Tanning

Needless to say, this made way for the ever-increasing industry that has been devised around various methods of achieving that golden glow. But what do we really know about self-tanning products? I am going to let you in on ten secrets that you didn’t know about self-tanning in your quest to achieve the eternal golden bronze beauty look.


1. Feel Happy Inside

How you feel inside more often than not projects to the outside world. It has been scientifically proven that when you have a golden tan it has the ability to stimulate the release of beta-endorphins. Beta-endorphins are our body’s “feel-good” hormones and this transcribes to positive psychological effects and well being in addition to the great sense of elation that emerges from a flawless looking tan. We have all experienced these endorphins, you know that feeling you get after doing some exercise, even though you are exhausted? Yes, they are the same endorphins and they make us feel good, and when we feel good this positivity is exuded making us look good and more attractive… its magnetism baby!


2. New Found Confidence

So not only are you sending out vibrations of “feel-good” hormones from your flawless faux tan, you are also appearing slimmer, blemish free and more importantly more confident in your skin. A lot can come from a little brown bottle as not only will a veil of golden colour allow your skins radiance shine through but also it will act as a disguiser of all your little skin imperfections. Tanning can allow you to feel psychologically healthier and more comfortable in your own skin.


3. Be Sun Safe

Although, having a tan can produce positive psychological effects, it can also generate some negatives. The growing fears of many doctors of when people use self tan to achieve a golden glow needs to be highlighted. A lot of people are under the impression that when they self-tan they already have a tan base and UV protection so there is no need to protect themselves from the sun. This simply is not the case. A lot of women will use fake tanning products in an effort not to look pale before going to the beach to tan.


With continued exposure and no protection, skin damage from sunlight increasingly intensifies. Not only do the outcomes include sunburn and more frightening skin cancer. It can also boost the effects of wrinkles, premature skin ageing as well as the excessive exposure to UV radiation interfering with the body’s immune system. To be effective, sunscreen needs to be applied daily and frequently throughout the day especially in summer months. Glotherapeutic’s Oil Free SPF 40+ acts as the perfect solution to apply over your tan. It provides a broad-spectrum protection from the suns damaging rays whilst nourishing hydrators and antioxidants help fortify the skin.


4.Dangerous Chemicals

It is a habitual belief of consumers, as they tend to believe that if a product is out on the market, it is assumed safe. This assumption is wrong. Have you ever wondered what is really in the brown broth you are applying to your skin to give you that perfect bronzed glow? I am going to make you aware of the danger chemicals you need to watch out for.


Oxybenzone (Benzophenon-3) makes frequent appearances in many well-known self-tanners. It is added to aid in the skins absorption of the tan. However, what the manufacturers don’t mention is that it is a toxic chemical that contributes to skin allergies and weakens the immune system, not to mention that it also dries the skin out depriving it of natural moisture.


Methylparaben is a preservative found in many fake tans, it is a fungicide, and is used to preserve the life of a product. Toxicology published a study that shows when skin treated with creams that contain methylparaben are exposed to the sun’s UVB rays, the skin cells died and there was considerable oxidative stress on the skin’s tissue. Oxidative stress, according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, is responsible for a number of disease processes, including cancer. So as you can see, this is something that you need to be extremely wary of, especially if you plan on sunbathing after you apply your fake tan. Methylparaben is not the only preservative out there and there are many organic and natural preservatives available such as Honey and Grapefruit Seed Extract that are just as effective.


Fragrance is a term used to describe over 200 different additives that can be found in cosmetics. What exactly these additives are is unknown to everybody but the manufacturers, but it is extremely concerning that ingredients can be added to a cosmetic without giving the actual definition of these ingredients are.


Its worth noting that its widely accepted that ‘you are what you eat’…  the same applies to what you put onto your skin as this is also absorbed into your body.


5.Go Organic

As the many dangers of these chemicals have started to expose themselves, organic tanning products have hit the scene. To be an organic tanning product it must be based with water and plant ingredients, be paraben-free, not tested on animals and scented with plant based oils rather than harsh chemicals.


Brands such as TanOrganic are made from completely natural ingredients. TanOrganic is also the world’s first and only Eco-certified self tanning brand, this certification means that not only is the product as pure an natural as possible, it also supports organic farmers, growers, the environment and are committed to producing high end products that are ethically made and free form exploitation of workers and animal testing. 


6.Premature Aging

Everybody knows that spending endless hours in the sun does absolutely no good for your skins youthful looks, instead you will come out looking like a piece of dried old leather, and nobody wants that. It is an age old quest to keep a youthful looking appearance for as long as possible. What a lot of people don’t know is that many well known tanning products actually dry out your skin speeding up the ageing process. Add this to the harsh chemicals that kill your skin cells and THEN sunbathing without using SPF and you could only imagine the irreparable damage that can be done to the skin.


7. The Secrets All in the Preparation

Don’t be a streaker…. Plan before you tan. The secret to a perfect golden tan is all in the preparation. Exfoliation lies at the heart of healthy skin. Exfoliation involves the removal of the oldest dead skin cells on the skin’s outermost surface, the epidermis, and has been used for many years to help maintain healthy skin. Exfoliation results in smooth, healthy, and radiant skin. If you don’t exfoliate, your tan won’t last very long as you have not removed the dying skin cells, which will naturally shed soon, and it will also look patchy and streaky. Exfoliating or dry body brushing also does wonders for your circulation, helping to eliminate toxins from the body. This means you’ll be left with smoother, healthier skin, which you know is a wonderful thing. 


8. Hydration is Key

Hydration is a vital step in achieving a flawless streak free self-tan that ensures perfect fade. There are an abundance of things from our everyday lives that suck the moisture out of our skin. It is vital to keep your skin hydrated to help combat early skin aging and damage. This means drinking at least two litres of water each day, and adding hydration-boosting products to your skin care regime such as Oil Arganic.


Oil Arganic is a dry oil, made with a unique blend of Argan Oil, Borage Seed Oil, Aloe Vera, Orange Peel Oil, Avocado Oil, Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba seed oil, Rosehip Fruit Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Hempseed Oil & Olive Oil. Dry oil unlike traditional moisturisers dries instantly when applied to the body, leaving the skin feeling silky smooth, and without any oily residue unlike traditional lotions. Body oils also contain no water, which means it is absorbed into the skin leaving it moisturised for longer.


9.The Holy Grail of Self-Tanning Products

Use tanning products based with Aloe Vera, the holy grail of skin caring products. Our skin is an extremely delicate structure and as our skin ages, the skins structure and components of our epidermis begin to deprecate resulting in our skin becoming dryer, less vibrant and looser. Additionally the alterations in our blood circulation result in less oxygen and nutrients being sent to our skin. Aloe Vera which has been used in skin care for hundreds of years and it is one of the most sought after remedies in cosmetics. Aloe Vera is proven to reduce any water loss from the outer layer of our skin and also increase the growth of keratin, which is the key structural material making up the epidermis.


10. You don’t have to tan, you can also glow!

You don’t have to go dark bronze to reap in the benefits of having a tan. If your more inclined towards light golden glow instead try a lighter tan such as TanOrganic tanning oil or an organic gradual tanner.