Skin Lightening – how tanning products darken, but not lighten, skin.

It is equally as important in supporting those fair toned people who want to appear tanned, as it is for tanned people who want to appear lighter. Some fair skin types just won’t tan naturally and when fair people finally see a glimmer of a tiny bit of a tan, it’s simply an accumulation of freckled pigments coming together in protest, wanting answers. Through years of scientific research and development, fortunately for those who have fair skin and want to tan (from a bottle, not the sun), can successfully do so safely and temporarily. Unfortunately lightening the skin’s pigment is not yet deemed as a safe alternative. Tanning the skin tone (to darken) and skin whitening (to lighten) practices are not new concepts and have been around for centuries. To understand the difference between why tanning (fake tan) the skin is safe and skin lightening is not recommended, you should first understand skin. I spoke about this in my first Blog “How Long Does A Spray Tan Last”. Our skin has 2 main layers: Dermis (meaning hidden skin) and the epidermis (meaning above). There are 5 layers for the epidermis and each layer (stratum) has their own function and purpose. Starting from the outermost layer:
  • Stratum Corneum- Horny,
  • Stratum Lucidum,
  • Stratum Granulosum- Granular,
  • Stratum Spinosum- Spiny and
  • Stratum and Stratum Basale which is the deepest layer before the dermis.
When we naturally tan from ultraviolet sunlight, our epidermis absorbs this light and penetrates to the deepest layer, Stratum Basale or Basal layer. The melatonin (pigment) held within this epidermis Basal layer produce melanocytes, which in turn create darker pigments. Whereas, when we apply fake tan on the skin, the tan only adheres to the Corneum Horny layer, giving temporary 7- 10 days results. This method of fake tanning has been endorsed worldwide as a safe and effective temporary tanning result. However, the concept of ‘Lasering’ to lighten the skin is relatively new and has been suggested to damage the melatonin in skin cells. Furthermore, there is much advice regarding topical applications of citrus particularly lemon juice (PH 2 Acidic) and pineapple (PH 3 Acidic) to assist in lightening the skin. Research shows that the application of high PH levels of acid based products on the skin has detrimental results and can also transform melatonin pigments within the skin cells. Sundance The Designer Tan does not formulate or manufacture any products that attempt to lighten the natural pigment within the Basal layer. We do manufacture a product known as Correction Mousse that is applied to the skin’s surface, Cornified Horny Layer. Correction Mousse is designed to assist in the removal of unwanted tans, leaving the skin feeling soft and clean. As a young woman, I was taught that “criticism is the luxury of the uninvolved” and because of my fair skin, I have all the compassion in the world for those who desire to change the appearance of their skin. I genuinely hope that technology finds answers towards safe scientific practices, for those who desire to achieve fairer skin appearances.

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Sundance is about Clean Beauty:  Ensuring that all ingredients are composed of ethic and environmental considerations, which are not harmful to the human body or environment. Sundance has an obligation to create sustainable products for our future.  

Sundance is about Microbiome: The hero ingredient within our tanning products is Erythrulose, which improves the skin. Erythrulose provides a “beautiful natural-looking, homogenous and glowing skin tone colour that enriches the appearance of the skin.”

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