What are some sunless alternatives to getting a tan?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
You can add a "healthy glow" to your skin without going out in the sun by using bronzing cosmetics, tinted moisturizers, and sunless tanners. Both bronzers and tinted moisturizers contain pigments that may temporarily darken your skin, but that you can apply and wash off in the same day.

The "tan" you get from a sunless tanner usually lasts longer because most sunless tanners contain an ingredient called dihydroxyacetone, or DHA, that binds to the dead skin cells in the top layer of your skin. The tan "fades" as your skin naturally sheds the dead cells, usually within a week or so. See your dermatologist for advice on the best ways to get a sunless tan.

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