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Why You need Anti-Oxidants in your self-tanning products?

12 September 2018 12:08

Posted in: Ingredient Focus


Before we explain why we decided to use anti-oxidants in our new self-tanning range let’s look at what we know about free radicals and what they do to our skin.

What are free radicals?
Free Radicals are atoms that are missing one electron. They are everywhere. They go around desperately trying to scavenge another electron from any normal atom they meet along their way in order to complete themselves. This includes the complete, happy atoms found in our skin cells.

How do free radicals harm the skin?
Free radicals can cause damage to parts of cells such as proteins, DNA and cell membranes by stealing their electrons through a process called oxidation. (This is why free radical damage is also called “oxidative damage.”). It causes a huge amount of stress to our cells and can degrade the collagen and elastin fibres which leads to premature ageing.

What are anti-oxidants and how do they help?
Anti-oxidants donate the free radical atoms with electrons and prevent them from harming the skin while effectively protecting against oxidative stress and early signs of ageing. It is for this reason that anti-oxidants are one of the biggest trends and most important active groups in skincare and beauty.

Okay! But why in self-tanning?
A study done at Gematria Test Lab in Berlin found that DHA (the key active ingredient in fake tans that changes the colour of your skin) treated skin had 180% more free radicals when exposed to sun than non-DHA treated skin. Not only that UV light activates a free-radical cascade making sunlight extra damaging to skin cells. This is why we think it is imperative to add lots of powerful anti-oxidants to our New Adaptive Tanning Drops and Tanning Mist, to ensure that if you want to avoid UV damage by using fake tan, your skin is fully protected. Using our new Adaptive Tanning Drops and Tanning Mist will not only help you maintain a healthy Stratum Corneum but also give you a gorgeous sun kissed glow.


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