We want you to understand how sunless tanning works so you understand why we are so passionate about our products. Looking tan is cool, skin cancer is not.
Why are tanning beds/excessive sun exposure bad for me?
Whether it comes from the sun or from artificial sources such as sun lamps and tanning beds, ultraviolent radiation is linked to skin cancers and to other sorts of skin damage, particularly premature skin aging, reports the September 2009 issue of Harvard Women's Health Watch.
According to this report, the following was found.
Ultraviolet radiation is one part of the spectrum of light that reaches the earth from the sun. The longer ultraviolet rays (UVA), which penetrate deep into the skin, are responsible for tanning. Shorter rays (UVB) damage superficial skin cell layers, causing sunburn. Tanning beds use fluorescent bulbs that emit mostly UVA, with smaller doses of UVB. The amount of UVA radiation emitted in a tanning bed is up to three times more intense than the UVA in natural sunlight, and the UVB intensity in tanning beds approaches that of bright sunlight.
There''s mounting evidence of a link between tanning bed use and all skin cancers. In 2002, a study found that use of an indoor tanning device was associated with a 50% increase in the risk of basal cell carcinoma and a more than 100% increase in the risk of squamous cell carcinoma. In 2007, an international cancer research organization found that people who started indoor tanning before age 35 had a 75% greater risk of developing melanoma, a serious and sometimes life-threatening cancer.
How do sunless tanners work?
Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) is the active ingredient in just about every sunless tanning product. What makes each product different is the amount of DHA used and the other "stuff" that is added to the solution. More on this later.
DHA is a colorless sugar that interacts with the outer layer of skin, the epidermis, causing a color change. Your skin exfoliates all day every day. In fact, every 35 to 45 days, you have an entirely new epidermis. That is why all sunless tanners will eventually fade. Million Dollar Tan is so well made that if the skin did not exfoliate, your tan would last forever. But since the skin will always exfoliate, we will have to continue spray tanning about once a week.
It is important to remember that sunless tanners do not provide protection from UVA and UVB rays. Your gorgeous Million Dollar Tan may make you have a faux sense of safety. Make sure you apply sunscreen if you are going out into the sun.