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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Self Tanning:  Why and What Makes Them Work?


Some interesting facts on the evolution of self tanning products and how they work in an excerpt from ExpertInfopedia article:

Everyone has their own unique preferences in looks when it comes to men and women, and what one person find attractive may be totally different than the next.  The one thing that you can’t argue with is that everyone looks better with a tan.  I think you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who would disagree with that statement.  In ancient Roman times, a dark tan was a sign of nobility and class.  Throughout the years both men and women have focused on giving their skin a beautiful, natural glow.

Fast forwarding to current times, not everyone has the time to lie outside in the sun for hours a day.  Over the last couple of decades, many people have opted for quick, result-producing indoor tanning beds.  If you spend twenty minutes laying in one of these beds, you’ll have the same shimmering glow that you would achieve in hours of being in the sun.  Although these tanning beds are immensely popular, there are a growing percentage of people who are concerned about their safety.  A new wave of skin cancer has been attributed to these indoor tanning beds, and many experts claim they are more dangerous to your body than the sun itself.

Because of these recent findings, many tanners have been looking for the best self tanning lotion to give themselves a perfect, natural looking tan at home – without the dangerous (and potentially deadly) exposure to UV light that traditional tanning and tanning beds provide.

How do self tanning lotions work?

Our skin is made out of two layers, the epidermis and the dermis.  The epidermis is the outside layer – the one that you see, and the dermis is the insider, underlying tissue.  The outmost layer of the epidermis is called your stratum Corneum.  This is the layer that self tanning lotions interact with.  The main ingredient in the sunless tanning lotions is called Dihydroxyacetone (DHA).  It is a colored sugar that interacts with the dead cells in the stratum Corneum.  After about 45 minutes of applying the lotion to your skin, the DHA has caused the skin cells to turn the same color as they would from weeks or even months of traditional tanning, all without the dangerous and harmful UV light and sun exposure.


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