Sustainable Self Tan

By Beauty Editor Fiona Eustace @fionaeustace

Welcome to my Spring Beauty Edit. I hope you’re all doing ok? It seems very surreal writing this during these unprecedented times. I want to take a minute to thank everyone on the front line from our teachers, delivery drivers, NHS staff, carers and to all the people working tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure our economy and its population can survive and thrive. Thank you thank you thank you, although that doesn’t seem to do you justice.
Now let’s get on with the show…
For people who know me, know that I love self tanning all year round. I am very pale, like a jellyfish and I love a little kiss of sunshine, albeit from a bottle, to keep me looking healthy.
So, as we come out of a very wet winter and into a very strange spring, I want to talk about Self tanning and list some of my favourite companies who are also helping the planet by being sustainable.
Here comes the science bit behind our self tans and what happens when we apply it to our skin.
I have to confess that I am a bit of a science nerd and I love to understand the how and why behind what makes a product work and to truly understand what we are putting onto our bodies.
The ingredient inside all self tans, is a colour additive called dihydroxyacetone (DHA) This harmless chemical (more about this later) which is actually a type of sugar molecule, creates the tan colour on our skin. DHA reacts with amino acids found in our skin and causes the top layer of our skin, the stratum corneum, to turn the tan colour we see after application. It’s the same reaction that takes place when we cook a piece of toast in the toaster. YUMMY!! for all you fact nerds out there this is called the Maillard reaction.

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