Part 2: Getting ready for Summer? Look good with self-tanning products – safely

Sun shining in the sky

Insight and advice from Digby Brown Associate Jennifer Watson

It is the season to soak up the sun wherever you can but for those who do not tan well there are a number of self-tanning products which can be used to recreate the bronzed sun-kissed look.

Self-tanning products can cause allergic reactions

Unfortunately some self-tanning products can cause allergic reactions. Most tanning products contain an ingredient known as Dihydroxyacetone (DHA).

Some individuals may react to this ingredient or to other chemicals contained within their self-tan. The product itself may be defective.

Example of self-tanning injury

Here is a prime case of what can go wrong with self-tanning products where a reaction has occurred:-

self-tanning allergic reaction showing hand severly swollen

self-tanning allergic reaction showing front of hand severly swollen

Top tips to safely using self-tanning products

   1. Read online reviews to ensure you select a reputable product.
   2. Carefully read the safety instructions and make sure you follow these.
   3. Check the product to ensure you are not allergic to any of the ingredients.
   4. Before applying, test the product on a small area of your body 48-72 hours prior to use to ensure you are not allergic to any ingredients.

These tips can make a massive difference to ensuring the treatment does not go horribly wrong and having the opposite effect of looking good for the summer.

Did you miss Part 1: Look good with HD brows – safely?

Part 1 offered safety advice for people undertaking HD Brow treatments to avoid injury as they get ready for the summer. If you would like to learn more, see Part 1: Getting ready for the summer? Look good with HD Brows - safety.

Keep an eye out for part three offering advice on teeth whitening treatments – safely!

Need help or advice?

If you have suffered an injury as a result of a beauty treatment that has been poorly carried out, we can help.

Jennifer Watson is an Associate at Digby Brown Solicitors with experience and expertise in injuries caused by beauty treatments and hairdressing as well as a member of the Trichological Society.

You can contact Jennifer on 01382 205 921 or at Jennifer.watson@digbybrown.co.uk

0333 200 5926

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