Sun tanning or simply tanning is the process of darkening or tanning the skin. The process is most often a result of exposure from the sun. Many people deliberately tan their skin by exposure to the sun, called “sunbathing.” Lighter skin tone colors mostly prefer tanning. The bronzed, shimmery skin after a tan looks glam, but, in recent years, artificial tanning methods gained popularity due to the the sunburn and skin cancer cases.
A recent report by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, (IARC), part of the World Health Organization, concludes that tanning devices, like tanning beds, are more dangerous than previously thought, as also stressed by the FDA. Exposure to UV radiation, whether from the sun or indoor tanning beds, can cause:
– Skin cancer
– Skin burns
– Premature skin aging
– Eye damage (both short- and long-term)
So, what we do now? How we can obtain a shimmery, bronzed look as if we just returned from beach without harming our skin? It’s possible now! Many sunless tanners are available on the market. You can have your sun-kissed skin just by sitting at home. I tried Neutrogena MicroMist Airbrush Sunless Tan ($9.99); it applies like a professional airbrush spray for a worry-free application resulting in a just-back-from-the-beach tan.
This ultra-fine, hands-free mist spreads evenly on the application surface enabling a flawless suntan on your hands, legs and even back as it works at any angle. No mess, no rub!
Apply to freshly cleansed, exfoliated skin. You can scrub your skin before spraying. Use in a well ventilated area. Hold the spray at least 6-inches away from your body and sweep evenly across the desired area to tan, keeping the can in constant motion. Stop spraying at the end of each stroke to avoid over application. Apply sparingly around rough skin like elbows, knees and ankles as these areas generally are darker than you limbs.
For face, spray into hands and apply to face. Do not forget to wash your hands with soap and water immediately after use. Your sunless tan will begin to develop in two to four hours and last for days. Reapply as needed to maintain or deepen color. This oil-free, alcohol-free, non-comedogenic product contains:
Water, Dimethyl Ether, Witch Hazel Water (Hamamelis Virginiana), Ethoxydiglycol, Dihydroxyacetone, Dipropylene Glycol, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Isoceteth-20, Methyl Gluceth-20, Glycereth- 7, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Sodium PCA, Citric Acid, Fragrance.
The product is available in two different tints: Deep (3 shades darker than your skin tone ) and Medium (2 shades darker than your skin tone).
Now, random streaks, missed spots and orange palms are a thing of the past. So girls, enjoy your warm summer days with worry-free tanning. Get gorgeous bronzed skin this year, the safe way. For more information visit www.neutrogena.com.
– Rinki Pramanik, biotechnologist & cosmetic research professional
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