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With the growing awareness about the dangers associated with UV exposure, it's not surprising that more of us are turning to self tanners to enhance the appearance of our skin. There's no denying that the glow associated with a tan is irresistible, but you already know that there's no such thing as safe tan – right?

Self tanners can give you a bronzed look without the danger. Most self tanners use a sugar called dihydroxyacetone that reacts with dead skin cells sitting on top of your skin  and causing them to change color. The result is golden skin that can last up to a week until the skin cells naturally shed.

Proper application is important and here's how to do it right:

1. Exfoliate with a scrub or washcloth. This will help you to achieve a more uniform appearance.
2. Slather on a moisturizer making sure that you pay particular attention to knees and elbows so that they don't absorb too much of the self tanner. Try one like Linacare Body Cream or La Roche Posay Lipikar Cream.
3. Shake the self tanner and massage into skin evenly. Be organized and apply to one section of your body at a time. Aim for even application. It may be a good idea to enlist help from a friend for hard to reach areas like your back.
4. Thoroughly wash hands when finished to avoid staining them. Wearing disposable surgical gloves can help.
5. Read package directions to find out how long you should wait until fully dry. It's a good idea to avoid bathing, exercising or swimming for several hours.
6. Reapply every three to four days to keep the color up.  

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Healthy, glorious glowing skin here we come!

Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care and women's wellness. She owns and operates an online skin care store at [Link Removed].


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      Vikki Hall wrote May 11, 2009
    • Those are some good points to consider Bernadette. For me tho I like the way I feel when I have a healthy glow going on. It is all about me and no one else. Even tho I may use a self tanner (and the one from Neostrata won’t turn you orange) on a regular basis. It really only knockes the edge off my whiteness. I can go out without causing others blindness.
      Another thing to consider (I do anyways) is that it also gives a slimming effect....



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      UK Girl wrote May 11, 2009
    • Bernadette - I agree but I like to look less interesting having pure celtic flesh .. so I use St.Tropez everyday very light tan and for my face I use Olay total effects touch of sunshine so I don’t need war paint on ...

      I’m a devil for fake tan when the weather is nice so I can bare my legs and they don’t look like corned beef



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      Vikki Hall wrote May 11, 2009
    • CORNED BEEF!!!!!!! OMGoodness Vicki you are soooo funny



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      UK Girl wrote May 11, 2009
    • Yes, white mottled with red blotches .... my natural look !!

      No but I where I come from we call girls who wear short skirts and go out mid winter with no tights corn beefers



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      Safari wrote May 11, 2009
    • Psstttt ladies;
      Have you seen Donald Trump tanning? hahahahahhaah, so funny looking orange colored. Isn’t he rich? lol.



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      Vikki Hall wrote May 11, 2009
    • LOL!!! Oh Vicki the image..... I am part polish so I know about mottled....



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      Safari wrote May 11, 2009
    • Ladies why don’t you try to get a natural tan little by little everyday: Go early in the morning from 6:00 am to 10:00 am (these are the perfect hours for a perfect tan and get enough vitamin D daily) You only have to stay outside 10 or 15 minutes, at least 3 0r 4 days a week.



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      UK Girl wrote May 11, 2009
    • I have to laugh as all the girl in my family are very fair skinned being Celtic ...... OMG my cousins overdo on the self tan and like the “orange look” .... I freak if I haven’t seen them for a whle and there they are glowing ..

      We had two big funerals the other month - both sisters struck by breast cancer and all the girls turn up glowing we must have looked like a family that lives to close to a nuclear reactor plant .....

      My family are trailer trash with tan ha ha



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      Vikki Hall wrote May 11, 2009
    • Safari
      I used to do the real baking...actually used butter to help me brown (that would be my American Indian and hungarian). But I had a scare with a mole and skin cancer so now I slather on sunscreen daily. Even in the winter. (You do know you will tan or burn thru those sun roofs in your car).

      So no part of my body goes without sunscreen ever.



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      Safari wrote May 11, 2009
    • Ukgirl and Vikki;
      I am so sorry to hear about your stories. Why white people want to look tanned? Just a curious question, NO Offense. In my country many , many people wants to look “white“, while anglo people wants to look “tanned“.
      You both are so beautiful looking like your natural color skin is. What’s matter is inside and, I know you both know that and you both are GREAT ladies.
      Kisses.



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      Vikki Hall wrote May 11, 2009
    • I love you Safari!  

      I am reposting my earlier response...

      Those are some good points to consider Bernadette. For me tho I like the way I feel when I have a healthy glow going on. It is all about me and no one else. Even tho I may use a self tanner (and the one from Neostrata won't turn you orange) on a regular basis. It really only knockes the edge off my whiteness. I can go out without causing others blindness.
      Another thing to consider (I do anyways) is that it also gives a slimming effect....



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      Vikki Hall wrote May 11, 2009
    • It’s also like the curly hair vs straight. We all want what we don’t have..

      Of course I am blonde, BROWN eyed, straight hair and appallingly glow in the dark white...



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      UK Girl wrote May 11, 2009
    • Safari ...

      I don’t want a full tan it would look silly on me I know I look at my cousins ... I just want a healthy glow it’s just my choice and vanity - if I couldn’t buy self tanner etc; it wouldn’t bother me I don’t sunbath and never have - always covered in SPF 15+ even in winter and I have no deep wrinkles ......

      I admire Bernadette and her not bothering - my daughter is the same and she is very white skinned like gloss white paint ...



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      Termite wrote May 11, 2009
    • I used to fake tan all the time. Until one summer I got sooo dark, that when I seen myself in pics I realized how bad I looked. The next summer I seen the wrinkles coming on. Now I will only go for about a month usually just to get some color, but so far this year I have just been using the self tanners. I love it so far!!



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      Tuliplady wrote May 12, 2009
    • I use a self tanner on my legs about once a week so that when I put on a skirt to go to church, people don’t go blind.

      I’d prefer not to use anything like that on my skin.  Doesn’t seem like it can be a good thing and I don’t have a problem with my very very white skin.  Other people seem to find it unappealing though.  

      I get plenty of sunshine (what gardener doesn’t) but I don’t tan.  My arms and shoulders may get a little darker, but that’s it.  I’d have to bake for hours a day to get any color on me.



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      Doreen XoXo wrote May 25, 2009
    • I used to be an avid tanner.  On a rotisserie in my pool during the summer and in the tanning beds 3 times a week during the winter.  

      I almost paid the ultimate price for that tan.  I am a melanoma survivor and NEVER EVER tan anymore.  

      I have sunscreen in every car!!

      I do like to have some color as I am whiter than white and I glow as well!!  LOL  Trying to find THE best self tanner for me.  Have been looking for 7 years!!  

      xoxo



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