Safe Tan - The Gentlest Self Tanner On The Market That Will Also Be Gentle To Your Pocket.

The first time I heard about Safe Tan was at a tanning convention but I did not pay much attention to it. I just remember thinking it strange that tanning salon owners would even bother with self tanners when all they had to do is to hop into one of their booths any time they wanted.

The reason I eventually set up and took notice is because I developed an allergy to spray tan in my own salon.

I was totally devastated. Due to the nature of the job, I had to be tanned all the time, but every time I spray tanned, I got a rash on the insides of my arms and behind knees, I itched like crazy and could not stop scratching!

That is when I finally took a good look at the ingredients of self tanning products that I was using. Which is funny, I suppose, because I read every label on stuff I eat, but I would ignore things I put on my skin!

(Did you know that if you have 10 minute shower in chlorinated water your skin absorbs as much chlorine as your digestive system would if you drank 10 glasses of the same water?- thats how effective our skin is in absorbing chemicals!)

What I found was a mile long list of ingredients 99% of which I have never heard of (and had great difficulty in pronouncing). It sounded more like a lethal chemical cocktail than something I would want to absorb into my body.

Amazing facts I discovered!

Major components of the spray tanning solutions (like DHA) were tested and FDA approved, but many others ingredients were not tested at all. Little known fact is that only 11% of all cosmetics that we use has ever had any tests done by a unbiased body. Some are "tested" by the very company that distributes those products, but there is a whole lot without any tests.

That did not make me feel very comfortable.

I decided I did not want to risk my health anymore for the sake of beauty. I inquired around and was told (quietly) by other salon owners to switch to Safe Tan.

I was hesitant at first. Safe Tan seemed like an expensive alternative after having wholesale tans for so many years.

However , after I used Safe Tan I could not go back to my old habits.
I found out that if I used Safe Tan correctly, it cost me less than $6.00 for a full body tan!

Which was about half price than a wholesale tan in a booth!

After I ordered a bottle the first thing that I noticed was the smell. In fact, TOTAL ABSENCE OF ANY SMELL!

That was really new to me, because I was told that DHA which is the main tanning ingredient in the solution smells so bad, that different fragrances have to be added to camouflage it. So much for that theory!-

I checked out their website and the first thing that I looked for was the list of ingredients. I was surprised at how short it was.

Moisturisers Aloe Vera Water The actual base of the product. The Aloe is re-hydrated from cold pressed leaves.
Glycereth 26 A penetrating emollient.
Polysorbate 20 A surfactant or surface conditioner. An edible ingredient. It is what adds the creaminess to many food products, such as ice cream and salad dressing.
Sunscreens Octylmethoxycinnamate Used solely for cosmetic enhancement. No sunscreen factor claimed.
Benzophenone 4 Used solely for cosmetic enhancement. No sunscreen factor claimed.
Colours FDA-approved, cosmetic-grade colours (Blue #1, Red #40, Yellow #5, Yellow #6) The colours are the highest grade commercially available. They are commonly used in food products, prescription pharmaceauticals, and in other cosmetic products from lipsticks to eyeliners.
Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) A plant extact that interacts with the body's amino acids to create a personalised shade of tan. **
Penetrant Octyldodecanol A micro-molecular carrier that enables the moisturisers and colour to penetrate the top three layers of skin. The carrier enhances the activity of the Aloe Vera, creating a synergistic effect that enables the lower layer skin cells to 'plump up' or re-hydrate, resulting in a more resilient, cosmetic aspect.
Other Semi-Denature Alcohol 40 Evaporative alcohol. This is a grain-based alcohol, not a petroleum distillate. It serves as an antibactrial agent in the bottl and brush. It will not dry out the skin as it is absorbed, but evaporates, allowing for the quick drying of the tan.
** Dihydroxyacetone is the main active ingredient in all sunless tanning skincare preparations... DHA does not damage the skin, and is considered a safe skin coloring agent...
DHA has been approved for cosmetic use by the FDA, the Canadian Health Ministry and most of the EU member nations. DHA based Sunless tanning has been recommended by Skin Cancer Foundation, American Academy of Dermatology Association, Canadian Dermatology Association and the American Medical Association" [Excerpt from the Wikipedia Encyclopedia]

I then tried out the little applicator brush that came with a bottle of SafeTan.
What a simple and brilliant solution to a big problem! Safe Tan Applicator You just spray the solution onto the paddle over the sink, and apply it evenly to your body. Absolutely no mess! I got it right the first time, and was very pleasantly surprised how little solution you need to do a whole body. Because I had so much control with the paddle, I got a perfect coverage in places that previously caused the most problems like feet, knees and hands. Fantastic tool!

Below are true images of my legs "before", after one application, and after two applications.

before Safe Tan

Yes, my legs really ARE that white! You can't look at them in the sunlight without sunglasses. The second picture is taken day after applying Safe Tan and after a shower, so the bronzer is already washed off. The third picture is taken two days after second photo was taken after another application and a shower. That color is much "denser" and although on the photo it appears only slightly darker, in real fact the difference was very substantial.

What I most love about Safe Tanis that the color is never orangy, even is strong sunshine, and nobody can tell that it is a fake tan. It is so easy to apply, even my husband does a flawless job on my back.

The little applicators are sensational. My palms never get any color on them anymore, and the color goes on smoothly. Since I started using Safe Tan, I've never had any "oops's", especially around my feet and hands.

Safe Tan wears off so well, you don't notice it coming off at all. By applying less on the feet and hands I've never had to remove excess color.

On the down side, it is slightly sticky (especially between the thighs)after applying, compared to some other products, but I found a solution to that by using hairdryer to speed up drying process and then putting on some loose pants for about an hour.

I consider it a small price to pay for getting rid of my itchy rash problem.

Safe Tan solved a big problem for me. I am very health conscious, and with Safe Tan I can have that gorgeous tan all the time without introducing chemicals into my body, and also (equally important) with very little damage to my budget.

Consequently, my shoe allowance increased considerably. So happy!

Now - the bad news. I used to have a supplier of SafeTan that sent it all around the world, sadly - no more. I have sourced another product which is produced without the nasty ingredients.

You can read my review about it here.

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