Indoor tan lotion, regardless of the trademark, is meant to produce a certain reaction of the epidermis so that users will get what we generally call sunless tan via cosmetics lotions. Even though we apply an indoor tan lotion directly on the skin, the active formula penetrates the first layer of the skin and once active ingredients reach the targeted skin cells, the magic happens – our skin gets miraculously tanned in a very short period of time.
Nonetheless, self-tanning process can be scientifically explained because what happens underneath you skin is a simple chemical action, and consequently an epidermic reaction. You have already heard of DHA as being responsible for all fake tanning effects the refashioned the cosmetics industry. It is worth pointing that DHA, also known as dihydroxyacetone (the academic term, we usually cannot keep in mind) has the key role in this process. Even though we assume that DHA works as a safe dye, surprisingly, any indoor tan lotion based on DHA, is color-free in view of the fact that the coloring might be considered a side effect of the lotion’s application which appear snot long afterwards.
Each tan lotion has its unique formula because every company develops an indoor tan lotion that is pretty different from similar formulas available, mainly if such tang formulas have been launched by competition. In addition, besides DHA concentration, which influences the intensity of the effect, any indoor tan lotion contains additional ingredients that are beneficial for skin texture. Labels and advertising messages outline natural extracts which extend the benefits for epidermis.
Basically, tanning formulas are also based on extracts such as green tee extracts, essential oils. In essence, natural oils are meant to soften skin texture, to maintain skin moisturized, and to ensure a healthy skin condition. Even though the emphasis falls on the benefits of natural ingredients, if we take a closer look to all ingredients used to obtain an indoor tan lotion, we realize that the basic formula is based mainly on chemical components that have a greater impact on our skin, whereas, natural extracts are used in a very small percentage.
And you do not need a degree in biochemistry to reach the conclusions that so-called benefits are just meant to support marketing strategies. Nonetheless, the signs that chemical components might jeopardize our health are more and more obvious, this is why relatively new trends in this business emerged making experts in the field focus on authentic cosmetic formulas. BIO and ECO are the most popular signs of authenticity in this industry.
All indoor tan lotion formulas are advertised as being beneficial for our skin since it has been officially established that DHA-based formulas cannot put our health at risk. But what happens with auxiliary ingredients such as emulsifiers, artificial fragrances and substances that prevent from rapid alteration all skincare products? In conclusion, we may say that an indoor tan lotion involves similar risks as any other body care formula.