Tanning Tablets vs. Fake Tan

All over the world, people crave for the golden kiss of the sun upon their skin. Some even try to achieve the perfect skin tone by spending days upon days lying out sunbathing. The fake tan method is what many people choose, but then is it really the right choice?

Well, people are increasingly moving away from the natural sunlight to find their glow. But even so, when it comes to fake tans, they also have their pros and cons.

Fake Tanning

Certainly, fake tan has come a long way – from the days of streaked orange ankles and “notorious” hard- to-use lotions which provided an artificial pumpkin color. Today there are numerous sophisticated products promising sleek, fast, fuss-free application, and provide great realistic result.


However, there has been increasing apprehension in the scientific circles concerning the safety of fake ”bakes” or tans  – and particularly about their main ingredient known as Dihydroxyacetone (DHA). The cosmetic use of DHA in tanning creams and gels first got the approval of the best international standard of both safety and quality from North America’s FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in the 1970s.

Tanning lotions, sprays and creams comprise of a chemical or a vegetable dye known as   dihydroxyacetone (DHA), which goes through a reaction with the dead skin cells located in the upper layer of the skin. It actually stains them and provides a bronzed look.  As the dead skin cells are shed off, this look fades, normally after around one week.

Fake tanning products may lead to cancer. According to research, Dihydroxyacetone which is the active ingredient, and found in many spray tans can cause cancer. Even tanning beds do not eliminate the main cancer causing agent of the natural sun exposure, which is ultraviolet light.  Fake tanning methods can still be damaging with too much exposure and as such they are not foolproof.

Self-application of tanning lotions seldom goes well. In fact, even the so-called expert self-tanners usually end up with irregular patches, with their elbows, knees and feet being the tell-tale areas, and they even miss some bits. Since it is impossible to apply self-tanning lotion to your back, you will need to enlist the help of a friend.

Although professional application offers a far better outcome, you will have to schedule time to allow you to keep topped up; and how about the indignity of standing stark-naked, as your whole body is sprayed?  Besides, the results are not guaranteed to be perfect.

Tanning Tablets

With tanning tablets, there are no white patches, and there is no mess. All you need is to take 1-2 tanning pills each day. Tanning tablets offer the contemporary way to enjoy a genuine long-term bronze without risking skin damage – plus turning the colour of your bed sheets to orange.

The main downside to most of the tanning tablets available is the presence of beta-carotene or canthaxanthin, said to be harmful.

Fortunately, some tanning tablets such as Spa Tanning Tablets do not contain such harmful ingredients. They are safe and effective in achieving an authentic tan with zero harmful side effects.

So, which is better than the other: tanning tablets or fake tan?

You Make the Decision

At the end of the day, in spite of the medical experts’ protests there are still a small number of regulations in the tanning industry. As such, the burden is on the consumers to choose what they want – after taking into consideration the above facts.