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December 22, 2021 4 min read

Sunless tanning, better known as self-tanning, spray tanning or fake tanning, refers to the array of products able to provide users with the appearance of a glowing, natural tan without having to encounter the sun’s rays.

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Achieving an overall natural tan by sunbathing or using a solarium results in lasting damage to the skin, throwing the skin cells into trauma and causing photoaging. With this in mind, a sunless tanner option will go a long way to preserving your skin and preventing the many signs of aging that come with skin damage.

As such, using a self-tanner is the simplest option for getting that bronzed, sun-kissed look, as well as being safer than spending long periods exposed to UV rays and risking potentially serious skin damage. Many preconceptions surround synthetic and natural fake tanners, such as the thinking that they will turn skin orange or that they will look streaky and patchy. However, as the quality of self-tanners has progressed and the formulas improved, it is possible to achieve that all-natural tan look without stepping foot outside.

Many of the self-tanners available are packed full of synthetics and use a synthetic form of a chemical ingredient known as DHA. As the quality of products has progressed, it is simpler to use a natural fake tanner, or non-toxic self tanner, to achieve that bronzed natural tan look. In selecting one of the best fake tanners for your self tanning, you are saving your skin from potentially absorbing hidden nasties that may impact your overall health in the long term.

What is DHA and is Fake Tan Bad For You?

The search for a 100% all-natural self-tanner can be a difficult one. This is because practically every self-tanner is made with the chemical dihydroxyacetone (DHA). This is a colour additive that reacts with dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, temporarily darkening the skin and replicating the appearance of a tan. The colouring generally wears off after a few days. With the realisation that there are chemicals present in fake tanner products, many wonder - is fake tan bad for you?

While DHA is an approved ingredient and considered safe for use, it does not count as a natural ingredient, and as such does not offer your skin any benefit. It also carries the potential for chemicals and artificial ingredients to be absorbed through the skin as the skin cells break down to darken. Therefore it could be argued that synthetic or artificial fake tan can be bad for you. However, for those looking for more natural skin tanner alternatives, there are other options available.


Why Should I Use a Non-Toxic Sunless Tanner with Natural DHA?

In contrast to the regular self-tanners on the market, a 100% natural, non-toxic tanner that uses natural DHA in its formula is a great alternative. The simple carbohydrate can be derived from natural sources like beets and cane sugar. INIKA’s new Natural Tanning Mist is a perfect example of a natural self-tanner, offering greater care and quality for your skin.

There is no evidence to suggest that regular synthetic tanners are safe for use on the skin, which is why it is considered safer to opt for a natural product like those offered with INIKA. Synthetic tanners with DHA can actually weaken the skin’s surface to provide that darker tan, but this also runs the risk of chemicals being absorbed into the skin and your body. By using natural skin tanners you can reduce the risk of these toxins being absorbed. Our products at INIKA are formulated with 100% natural and certified organic ingredients, proven to contain nutrients that are healthy for your skin. With these natural ingredients, the natural self-tanner can offer other skincare benefits such as hydrating and soothing skin with Aloe Vera, protecting and nourishing skin with Rose of Jericho and the presence of antioxidants with the Geranium extract.

As with all of our products, the new Natural Tanning Mist is a vegan, cruelty-free product, aligned with COSMOS Organic and containing 0% alcohol and 100% natural DHA. In using a 100% natural self-tanner, you can feel confident in the fact that you are not lathering any dangerous toxins on your skin, which may affect your health in the long term.


How to Use Natural, Non-Toxic Self Tanner in Your Skin Care Routine

Each natural fake tanner is designed specifically with the aim of hydrating, enhancing and evening out your skin tone and complexion. Building a natural self tanner into your daily skincare routine is a simple way to add a bronzed, natural tan to your face and body. You can do this in a variety of ways, such as adding a few drops of self tanner to your daily moisturiser or building a tantouring step into your daily makeup regime.

Remember to only use your tanner two or three times a week, alternating days. This will not only ensure that you experience a longer benefit and a more radiant glow from your natural fake tanner, but will also help prevent any considerable build-up or clogging of the pores. By using a natural, non-toxic self tanner, you are providing your skin with the best quality sunless tanner, leaving your skin healthier as well as reducing the signs of aging that accompany skin cell damage. Using the best natural fake tanner that you can find will ensure that by taking care of your skin, you are rewarded with the appearance of a radiant natural tan.


Where to Find the Best Natural Skin Self Tanner

Using a natural, non-toxic self-tanner is by far the simplest and safest way to reach your goal of a smooth, natural tan. INIKA’s new Natural Tanning Mist is the best self tanner and just one of the many natural skin care products that will help you to achieve the all-over look to get you ready for summer. Check out our range of organic skincare to see how you can achieve your natural, summery glow.


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