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.
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