You’ve probably seen the labels and advertisements “paraben and sulfate-free!” However, there’s a good chance that you have no idea what these words mean, and how parabens and sulfates affect your spray tan.

Parabens and Sulfates 101

The term “parabens” actually refers to a group of chemicals. They are used as preservatives in beauty and cosmetic products. These products contain ingredients that degrade over time, and they develop mold and bacteria as they rot. Parabens prevent degradation by killing bacteria and mold, so that the products can last longer.

Sulfates are detergents. They are used in soaps and cleaning products to remove dirt and oil. They are what makes your soaps frothy and bubbly. Pretty much, if it lathers, it contains sulfates.

Why Are They Harmful?

Parabens are harmful because they are linked to a number of conditions and health problems. For instance, they can cause harm to your reproductive system. They are also linked to an increased risk of cancer. Besides that, they can cause skin irritation and itchiness.

Sulfates can also cause irritation to the skin, and to the eyes as well. With long-time exposure, they have been linked to lung and respiratory problems as well. This doesn’t even take into account that they are harmful for the environment because they damage the rainforest while being produced, and they get flushed down the drain, where they can harm aquatic life. On top of all of this, sulfates are tested on animals.

What Does This Have To Do With My Spray Tan?

Along with all of these reasons for your health that parabens and sulfates should be avoided, there is a very practical reason why as well. Both substances have been known to strip spray tans. Sulfates are detergents, and as such can clean your new spray tan away from your body. Do not use products containing them after your tan. By avoiding them, your tan will last longer and keep that golden glow for as long as possible.

What Products Are Safe For Use?

If you’re looking for products that are safe for your body and won’t affect your tan, the Organic Bronze Bar is the place to go. We have a wide selection of body washes, tan extending lotions, and moisturizers that are paraben and sulfate free, plus organic and eco-friendly to boot. They do all of this while giving off a pleasing scent!

There’s no need to wait. The best thing about getting a spray tan is that you can be in and out in minutes. No need to disrupt your schedule. Stop by or call Organic Bronze Bar today.