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Q. How do self-tanners really make your skin darker, and how can I apply it without looking streaky?


A. Self-tanners contain an ingredient called DHA (dihydroxyacetone). DHA is the "tanning" ingredient in almost all self-tanners currently on the market.

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 cells, it produces a brown color.
This change usually lasts about 5-7 days from initial application.
For best results, and to avoid streaking, use the following techniques when you apply a self-tanner:
  • Make sure to exfoliate the areas to be "tanned"
  • Next, smooth the self-tanner over the skin as you would moisturizer or body lotion
  • Distribute evenly by using a circular motion and/or vertical and horizontal strokes
  • Use sparingly on elbows, knees, ankles and feet where thicker skin may result in a deeper tan
  • Blend along hairline using a slightly moist cotton ball
  • Wash hands and nails completely
  • Let dry for 15 minutes. Within 3-4 hours, your tan will appear! For a deeper color, reapply for 2-3 consecutive days. Your tan will gradually fade in about 7 days.

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