Q&A With Dr. Perricone: Self-Tanners


Dr. Perricone answers your questions about self-tanners:

Q:Do self-tanners dye the skin?  Is this okay?

A: According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the most effective products available are sunless- or self-tanning lotions that contain dihydroxyacetone (DHA) as the active ingredient. DHA is a colorless sugar that interacts with the dead cells located in the stratum corneum of the epidermis. As the sugar interacts with the dead skin cells, a color change occurs. This change usually lasts about five to seven days from the initial application.

Q: Why are self-tanners a good idea?

A: A high quality self-tanner will give your skin a golden, healthy looking glow without the damage caused by an actual sun tan.  Some self-tanners also contain anti-aging, toning and firming ingredients such as DMAE and the tocotrienols, a superior form of vitamin E.

Q: Do self-tanners protect the skin?

A: Read the label—they will only protect the skin if they contain a sunscreen.

Have you tried Dr. Perricone’s new self-tanner, No Sun Tanner?

18 thoughts on “Q&A With Dr. Perricone: Self-Tanners

  1. Really disappointed to see this new product, self-tanner by Perricone. Aren’t you promoting anti-aging products? So why would be promoting a tanned skin as a way to look healthier and more attractive? In your own advertising “healthy golden glow”. I would have thought Perricone would be trying to discourage this thinking. I have been a big fan of Perricone since around 2004, the addition of this product is making me question this now. I can’t see how this product relates to the thinking behind the books etc. I would have thought safer sun screens would be more relevant to his product line than a self-tanner.

    • Hi Rachel. We are sorry to hear you feel this way. Dr. Perricone formulated No Sun Tanner with pro-Vitamin D and other moisturizing and treatment agents to enhance the health of the skin and body. Dr. Perricone has always been a huge believer in Vitamin D and has educated in his books about its crucial role in the body.

    • Hi Vera. Although you do want to let No Sun Tanner dry, it does do so quickly and we haven’t had any reports of it doing so.

  2. I have tried self tanners before and they wash right off and even rub off onto my clothes. I have vitalago and self tanners just want to stay on the surface of my skin.

    • Hi Danna. No Sun Tanner is quick drying and we haven’t had any reports of it rubbing off on clothes. As for the application with vitiligo, you should probably check with your physician.

    • Hi Carolyn. Not at this time unfortunately. Check back with us for more information and feel free to call our Customer Service line.

  3. I read that it says to apply to cleansed skin. Does that mean that it has to be put on right after washing, or can it be put on after application of all lotions, creams, and moisturizers

    • Hi Cheryl. You can apply it to skin that has been prepped with lotions, creams and moisturizers once they have absorbed. Do keep in mind that No Sun Tanner was formulated to be very hydrating; you might not need another moisturizer.

  4. Why not include SPF? No one wants to apply a self tanner and then apply a sunscreen. Why not combine the two and make it one simple application?

    • Hi Dee. Thanks for your feedback. No Sun Tanner was formulated to be a treatment based sunless tanner packed with hydrating and firming agents as well as Pro-Vitamin D. Dr. Perricone has expressed concern about people not getting enough Vitamin D due to excessive use of sun screen products and wanted to give people the option of adding it to their skin care regimen at their discretion. We will certainly pass your feedback on to him.


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