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Why #BEERTAN is a Bad Idea for Your Skin.


A woman drinks beer, instead of using it on her skin to participating in the #beertan skincare trend.

I can't believe I have to write this, but let's go:


If you're anything like me, you want that sun-kissed glow without sacrificing the health of your skin. While it may seem tempting to experiment with unconventional tanning methods like #BEERTAN, this trend is just not a good idea.

Instead, let me introduce you to a much safer alternative: self-tanning drops.


Let's talk the science behind tanning drops and explore the (obvious) dangers of applying beer to your skin in pursuit of that perfect tan.


Okay, so what exactly is #BEERTAN? It's the act of applying beer to your skin in the hopes of achieving a sun-kissed glow. Some claim that the yeast and sugar (Spoiler alert: Tanning drops work with sugar too + are much safer) in beer can contribute to the tanning process. However, this method is far from ideal, and here's why:


  1. Dehydration: Beer contains alcohol, which can dehydrate your skin when applied topically. This can lead to dryness, irritation, and even exacerbate existing skin conditions.

  2. Disruption of the Skin's pH Balance: Your skin has a delicate pH balance, and beer can disrupt that balance when directly applied. This can result in skin irritation, redness, and potentially trigger acne breakouts.

  3. UV Sensitization: Beer contains compounds that can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. This means that if you expose your beer-treated skin to the sun, you're more likely to experience sunburns and other harmful effects of UV rays.

Now that we've established why #BEERTAN is not a great idea, let's talk about self-tanning drops—a game-changer for achieving a gorgeous, sun-kissed look without compromising your skin's health. Here's what you need to know about these magical drops:


  1. How They Work: Self-tanning drops contain dihydroxyacetone (DHA), a colorless sugar that reacts with the amino acids in the top layer of your skin, creating a temporary bronzed effect. This chemical reaction is safe and doesn't involve harmful UV exposure.

  2. Easy Application: Self-tanning drops are incredibly easy to use. Simply mix a few drops with your favorite moisturizer or serum and apply it evenly to your skin. The result is a natural-looking tan that develops gradually over a few hours.

  3. Customizable Results: With self-tanning drops, you have full control over the intensity of your tan. Adjust the number of drops you use based on your desired level of bronzing. Start with a few drops and gradually increase if needed.

  4. Skin-Friendly Ingredients: Reputable self-tanning drop brands prioritize skin health. Look for products that are free from harsh chemicals, parabens, and artificial fragrances. Some even contain beneficial ingredients like hydrating hyaluronic acid and nourishing antioxidants. If you're acne-prone, make sure you're looking for non-comedogenic options!

While the #BEERTAN trend might have gained some attention, it's important to prioritize the health of your skin. When it comes to skincare trends, we want to become educated consumers and think of the FUTURE of our skin, as well as the present.


P.S. Have you tried self-tanning drops yet? Share your recommendations with me! I'm excited to explore some amazing options with you in the coming months.



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