Why Did Bare Minerals Discontinue Faux Tan

People are often interested in discovering how new formulas work compared to older ones whenever businesses come up with them. I’d think that BareMinerals Faux Tan significantly affects people’s everyday skincare routines.

Overall, this formula continues to yield a lovely medium shade of bronze with a delectable cherry almond scent. Though slightly paler than the other formula, the color is still quite beautiful.

This product is difficult to use because the dark guide color is untidy and requires some extra work to rub in. Overall, though, we appreciate the new BareMinerals Faux Tan Body and gave it a 3.5 out of 5 star rating, which is above average.

Now the question is, why did Bare Minerals discontinue faux tan? Giving up on a product that is profitable from an economic standpoint requires a lot of bravery and a good cause. But that’s what Bare Minerals chose to do. Read on to find out why specifically?

What Is Faux Tan?

This bareMinerals consumer favorite sunless body tanner gives you a bronze glow all over that gradually turns into a golden, natural-looking tan that’s almost as good as the real thing. You can guarantee a flawless, even tan every time because you can see the amber-colored gel as you apply it.

For those who desire the most realistic-looking tan, Faux Tan Body Sunless Tanner is made for all skin tones and skin types. Aloe Vera and emollients made from plants hydrate the skin, giving it a silky, smooth appearance and feel. Want to appear as though you’ve been in the sun longer? Reapply to develop a deeper tan!

How to apply it: Exfoliate first for the best effects. All over the body, apply Faux Tan Body Tanner evenly. As you apply it, you can see the amber hue, allowing you to see exactly where it should go or if you missed a place. Wash hands with soap and water right away after using to prevent palm discoloration. Before dressing, give the application time to dry.

How Does Faux Tan Work?

Everyone’s education about sun safety should ideally start at a young age. You can keep yourself safe both as a child and later in life by learning to seek out shade, use sunscreen, and avoid tanning. However, some of us put off starting a sun protection routine until later in life.

Unfortunately, I fit that description. I utilized indoor tanning booths in high school and roamed about without sunscreen when I was a kid. Yikes, I know. When I joined The Skin Cancer Foundation, I discovered just how dangerous indoor tanning devices really are. More than 419,000 cases of skin cancer are linked to indoor tanning in the U.S. each year, and people who use tanning beds for the first time before age 35 have a 75% increased risk of developing melanoma. I came to the conclusion that it was time to prioritize sun protection, and quitting tanning was the most logical first move to take.

It was also clear that I no longer looked tan as a result of quitting tanning. I once accepted the healthy reminder that my skin tone was natural and that I was shielding myself from damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation. However, as summer arrived, I began to yearn for my complexion to have the tanned appearance I saw with sundresses, pool parties, and the beach. I started to think about switching to sunless tanning because I was aware that the risks of UV tanning weren’t worth it.

I became aware of my ignorance on sunless tanning, including how to obtain one and whether it would be safe. So I sought the advice of New York-based dermatologist Arielle Kauvar, MD, who is board qualified.

UV vs. Sunless Tanning

Dr. Kauvar reaffirmed that sunless tanning should be the only choice for getting a bronzed look and that UV tanning is completely unsafe as it poses a considerable risk for all types of skin cancer. She asserts that there is no such thing as a secure UV tan. Skin injury is indicated by the reddening or browning of skin after exposure to the sun.

But compared to a UV tan, the “tan” produced by sunless tanners is significantly safer. Most sunless tanners contain the coloring chemical DHA (dihydroxyacetone), which reacts with amino acids in the skin, as their active component. The subsequent reaction results in browning, but unlike the UV-induced reaction, it only affects the skin’s topmost, dead cell layer.

According to Dr. Kauvar, “the subject of safety difficulties relates to spray-on tans because of the potential for breathing the material,” but he adds that there is currently no proof of any toxicity at the amounts in use. However, Kauvar advises taking precautions when being sprayed by covering your mouth, nose, and eyes.

Adverse Effects That Lead To Discontinuation of Faux Tan by Bare Minerals

Perfumes, bronzers, moisturizers, erythrulose, preservatives, thickeners, emulgators, as well as vitamins A, E, and C are frequently added to self-tanning products that contain DHA. Many of these items have been linked to allergic responses that result in dermatitis or make it difficult for customers to breathe if they have respiratory diseases like asthma.

A 49-year-old lady who used a spray tan that contained DHA and was maintained by methylisothiazolinone (MI) and methylchloroisothiazolinone developed a major case of contact dermatitis, according to a case study published in 2015. (Madsen, Andersen, & Andersen, 2015). The patient’s face, neck, arms, and legs responded negatively to the spray tan despite having a known allergy to nickel.

The usage of MI, a preservative included in spray tans and many other cosmetic items, has been linked to an increase in allergic contact dermatitis occurrences, according to the authors. Patch tests for this patient’s response to the drug were successful. In order to look into the rise in MI allergy reports in Belgium, Aerts et al. (2014) performed a retrospective chart review.

6,599 patients’ medical records from January 2010 to December 2012 were examined by researchers, and 2,081 patients from 2013 were also included (Aerts et al., 2014). The majority of MI patients were found to be women, with rashes typically appearing on the hands and face.

The study recommended stopping the use of MI in leave-on cosmetic products and switching to safer concentrations for rinse-off products (Aerts et al., 2014). It was advised to conduct more study with a focus on cross-sectional reactions in relation to other isothiazolinone derivatives under various test settings and additional clinical manifestations, such as respiratory reactions.

How To Get A Quality Sunless Tan At Home?

For a large event like a wedding, obtaining a professional spray-tan might be preferred, but Dr. Kauvar thinks it’s absolutely possible to achieve an even, natural-looking tan at home. There are many different formulae for self-tanners, including lotions, wipes, and sprays. It does, however, take some time and attention to achieve the ideal, streak-free shine.

The most important step, according to Dr. Kauvar, is to thoroughly exfoliate the skin first. Areas with calluses or thicker, dry skin, such as the elbows, knees, ankles, and wrists, will bind more product in this case.

If that takes place, the area will look darker or more orange-brown than the skin around it. Exfoliate well, then wait at least 15 minutes for your skin to dry completely before applying self-tanner to prevent this. Apply the product evenly in a thin coating, then wait another 15 minutes for it to dry before putting on clothing.

Dr. Kauvar advises that you wash your hands right away after using the product to avoid getting brown streaks on your hands.

If a person chooses to visit a professional, they won’t need to worry too much about getting ready because most application sessions will include exfoliation pretreatments.

Can A Fake Tan Protect You From The Sun?

Although it’s a common misconception, fake tans don’t actually provide any sun protection and shouldn’t be used instead of sunblock and other sun safety precautions. Even though some products for fake tan­ning claim to have an SPF, this might be misleading because the SPF typically goes off a few hours after use.

To fully protect yourself from the sun’s harmful UV rays, especially during the summer, it’s important to use a broad-spectrum SPF30+ sunscreen. To apply sunscreen, simply wait until your fake tan has completely dried.

Can I Forgo Sunscreen Now, Then?

Although it may be alluring to think that your fake tan protects you against UV rays, Dr. Kauvar explains this isn’t the case.

In addition to sunless tanners, she advises wearing sunscreen and protective gear at all times. They don’t offer enough defense against UV radiation.

You should always seek out shade, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or more every day, and cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses, as part of a thorough sun protection program, whether you’re rocking your natural skin tone or a self-tanner. Use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher if you plan to spend a lot of time outside in the sun.

Can You Apply Fake Tanner To Your Face?

Yes, you can, but remember that there are some fundamental guidelines to adhere to in order to avoid appearing Oompa Loompa-like. The best course of action in this situation is to locate a fake tan that is designed exclusively for the face. Then, perform a patch test behind your ear to make sure you don’t react to it (see the steps above).

If you’re hesitant to fake tan your face, mix a pea-sized amount of tanning lotion with your moisturizer and apply it as you normally would to your face. This will help you develop your tan gradually and make you look more natural. Apply your regular moisturizer to your skin first to smooth out any creases or wrinkles for a more polished finish, but don’t use any tanning products until at least 30 minutes have passed since you’ve given it time to absorb. And to prevent your brows from turning orange, make sure you give them a little moisturizer or Vaseline.

What About Artificial Tanning Products and Skin Safety?

There are a ton of fake tanning products available on the market today, all of which promise to give users different hues of bronzed, glistening, or sun-kissed skin. Self-tanning and gradual tanning products have long been promoted as safer alternatives to tanning beds and the sun (and yes, we agree that they do lower your chance of developing skin cancer!).

Is it safe to use artificial tan products, though? Can they harm your skin? Does using or applying fake tan while pregnant pose any risks? Actually, the news is looking excellent on that front. Dermatologists concur that there is no proof that self-tanning products are dangerous as long as they are applied topically as instructed.

Final Verdict

‘Fake it; just don’t bake it’. 

Experts, including dermatologists, appear to agree that fake tanners won’t damage your skin (as long as you take care not to inhale or ingest the spray).

And the good news is that fake tans have improved significantly since the shins that were streaky orange in the 1990s! As long as you use them according to the instructions, the majority of today’s cosmetics are quite sophisticated and come in a variety of tints for different skin tones.

Because we see the effects of sun-damaged skin every day, we at MoleMap strongly advise “faking it” rather than roasting in the sun.

According to Gill Rolfe, Clinical Manager at MoleMap, getting a fake tan is much safer than tanning in the sun or in a bed. You are exposed to UV radiation during tanning, which harms your skin and raises your chance of developing skin cancer, including melanoma. Contrary to sunbathing, there is no concrete proof that DHA raises the risk of cancer.

In reality, studies tying solar UV radiation to 86 percent of melanomas and 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers as well as early aging of the skin have led to the World Health Organization classifying it as a proven carcinogen.


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