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Top 4 Tanning Methods!

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If you've ever used a self-tanner, chances are, you've experienced a
horror story involving streaking or orange palms. While easy to use once
you get the hang of them, these summer must-haves are also simple to
misapply if you haven't mastered the right technique. The reason? All
self-tanners contain a chemical called dihydroxyacetone, or DHA, which
temporarily stains (within about an hour) the uppermost layer of your
skin, called the stratum corneum. So if you don't apply th...


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If you've ever used a self-tanner, chances are, you've experienced a
horror story involving streaking or orange palms. While easy to use once
you get the hang of them, these summer must-haves are also simple to
misapply if you haven't mastered the right technique. The reason? All
self-tanners contain a chemical called dihydroxyacetone, or DHA, wh ich
temporarily stains (within about an hour) the uppermost layer of your
skin, called the stratum corneum. So if you don't apply the product right
to begin with, it's hard to stop this process once it starts --why we
asked experts for tips on how to get a healthy glow in no time.

Bronzers
Cosmetic bronzers produce immediate effects that can be easily removed
with soap and water. Bronzers are available as powders, creams, and
lotions. These products are essentially a form of make-up, since the tint
only lasts until it is washed off.

Tanning Lotions and Sprays
Perhaps the most effective sunless tanning products are lotions and
sprays containing dihydroxyacetone (DHA) as the active ingredient. DHA is
a colorless sugar that interacts with the dead cells located in the upper
layer of the epidermis. As the sugar interacts with the dead skin cells,
a color change occurs. This change usually lasts about five to seven days
from the initial application.

Tanning Pills
Tanning pills typically contain the pigment canthaxanthin. Although the
FDA has approved the use of canthaxanthin as a color additive in food, it
has not approved its use as a tanning agent. Much larger quantities of
canthaxanthin than the amount used as a food coloring must be ingested to
change skin color. After canthaxanthin is consumed, it is deposited
throughout the body, including in the skin, which turns an orange -brown
color, and also the internal organs (liver, brain, etc.). Canthaxanthin-
based tanning pills have been linked to dangerous side effects, including
hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) and canthaxanthin retinopathy
(formation of yellow deposits in the retina of the eye).

Tanning Accelerators
Most tanning accelerators are lotions or pills that contain the amino
acid tyrosine. Makers of these products believe that the tyrosine
stimulates and increases melanin formation, thereby accelerating the
natural tanning process. However, more scientific data is needed to
determine the validity of these claims and to assess the safety of using
large amounts of tyrosine. Sunless tanning lotions now come in light,
medium, and dark tones. People with dry skin can buy brands with
emollients or humectants added for softness and moisture, while people
with oily skin may find that gel or alcohol-based products work better.
And recently, ingredients such as vitamins, herbal extracts,
antioxidants, and alpha-hydroxy acids are being added to some products in
an effort to expand their benefits.

				
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