Tanning enthusiasts are continuously going above and beyond traditional and recognised methods of tanning in order to achieve a coveted golden glow.
With a rising number of uncertified tanning tablets and supplements available in chemists and through questionable sources online, more and more individuals are falling victim to these exaggerated and unproven claims.
How far would you go to maintain an all year tan? As a nation of pill consumers, there is a consensus that a pill is the answer to everything.
We know the dangers of too much sun, but many are happy to trust ingredients they know nothing about as an alternative to safe sun practices.
Consider the risks of tanning tablets before going to extremes which may cost you your health.
Gimmick or legitimate?
Tanning tablets claim to be an affordable and time sensitive approach to tanning, a key plus point for busy, image conscious individuals. What’s more, for those who like to limit their contact time with direct sunlight, this tanning “phenomenon” appeals greatly to an available market.
However, tanning accelerators cause problems with our body chemistry on another level. Some kind of sun exposure is still required for activation and while taking the pills, sun worshippers are often more complacent with their skin’s protection. Dangerously, the chemicals in such products make skin cells more receptive to ultraviolent light meaning that the dangerous associated with the sun are actually exacerbated.
There is little to no evidence out there that proves that such ingredients can prove the effectiveness of their claims, so why be a Guinea pig?
What’s in a tanning pill?
There are two main types of tanning pills available, both with differing claims. One aims to give you a quicker, longer tasting tan, with the other said to reduce the damaging effects of sun exposure. Both sound like miracle cures to pasty skin but the reality is much different.
Type One: Tan Enhancers
Chemicals found in this type of tanning tablet claim to promote the production of melanin with the aim to give you a deeper tan in half the time. If they are continued to be taken after sun exposure, they also are believed to maintain your tan. Manufacturers are keen to target those with sensitive skin.
Many tablets of this kind are likely to contain either tyrosine an amino acid that is already widely available in the body or himanthalla elongate most likely digested before it could enter the body system. Neither have been proven to make any difference when enhancing a tan.
Type Two: Protection
Most tanning tablets which claim to act as a preventative from the sun’s harmful qualities will most likely contain the colour additive canthaxanthin similar to beta-carotene. When consumed in large quantities, it is harmful for the body.
It is worth taking a common sense approach to things. Canthaxanthin is comparable to a food supplement and the substance that gives carrots their colour. Do you think it is likely this could significantly produce a tan? Probably not. And even if it did, would you want to resemble a bright shade of orange? Definitely not.
Greater, more serious side effects include impaired vision, liver and skin problems. Worth considering.
Tablets don’t always have the answer…
Although you may be tempted by what is said to be a quick tanning fix, taking a tablet will more than likely not make the significant difference you are after.
Stay safe and avoid letting unproven chemicals enter your blood stream. Although it won’t last forever, self tanning products will never provide such risks. Invest in self tanner and invest in your health at the same time.