Barbara Walters and the women of the View include Dr. Doris Day in their discussion of “Tanorexia” and the effects of tanning beds on the skin.
Sunless tanners are products that give your skin a bit of color without the need for sun expoure. They have come such a long way since the original smelly, streaky orange formulations. While the active ingredient in sunless tanners is still dihydroxy acetone (DHA), newer formulations have added bronzers, fragrance, and other ingredients to help them glide more smoothly over the skin so there is little to no streaking. DHA interacts with a specific amino acid in the outer layers of your skin and that reaction creates the color called a “tan.” It does not go beyond the outer layers of your skin. Interestingly, the same ingredient, is sometimes used to help create that golden brown look to bread that we eat- yum.