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2011 - Volume 2 Issue 1
Vida Buena
Health & Wellness
Article: Charlotte Tallman
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It has been years since tanners flocked to the sun hoping to catch the rays without concern of skin cancer, but even though awareness has reached an all-time high, some people still forgo the warnings and lather up the suntan lotion to sit below the rays. Fortunately sunless tanning is a practical alternative to sunbathing, and when done right, sunless tanning provides a sun-kissed glow without the damaging effects of the sun’s rays.

    Sunless Tanning Tips

1.) Do not shave your legs for several hours before applying sunless tanners. Some folks can get away with it, but if your skin is on the sensitive side, avoid it.

2.) Exfoliate before and after (once the color has set in and dried) a sunless tanner has been applied with a soft cotton washcloth to avoid streaking.

3.) Wash your hands at least every five minutes while applying. Use a soapy nailbrush to scrub palms, fingers and fingernails so the color does not stick on areas you don’t want it to.

4.) Five to ten minutes after applying a sunless tanner, rub areas such as elbows and knees with a little lotion to lighten the effect.

5.) Apply sunscreen when in the sun. Sunless tanning does not limit the effect of the harmful UV rays.

6.) Moisturize every day to keep skin looking soft and healthy. Dry skin will affect the look of the self-tanner.

7.) Keep in mind a lot of self-tanners have a strong smell that lingers once applied. Remembering that will help you pick the best time to apply, which might not be an hour before you head out for the evening.

8.) Apply self-tanner while wearing the same thing each time for consistency, and make sure it is something you don’t mind staining in case some of the product gets on the material.
Sunless tanning products, also called self-tanners, can give skin a tanned look without exposing it to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, and are commonly sold as creams, gels, lotions and sprays to apply to the skin. Professional spray-on tanning also is available at many salons, spas and tanning businesses. The active ingredient in most sunless tanning products is dihydroxyacetone (DHA), and when applied to the skin, DHA reacts with dead cells in the outermost layer of skin to temporarily darken the skin's appearance.

There are many products available for sunless tanning including gradual tanners and full strength tanners. Gradual tanners, like Jergen’s, gradually build up a sun-kissed color when applied daily. Full strength tanners provide a dramatic difference after an hour or so, but what you see after application is what you have until the color fades. Even those who don’t want to apply DHA can get a sun-kissed look by applying a bronzer to the body and face. ///
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