• It's hard to believe that not so long ago fair, even pale skin was one of the most desirable traits in both men and women. These days bronzed skin is all the rage, whether it's the result of lying out in the sun or spraying color from a bottle. However, it is important to remember that tanning is still dangerous and damaging to the skin. Tanning in moderation is key to maintaining healthy skin.

    Tanning Oil

    Tanning oil is your best bet for accelerating the tanning process. It can be purchased from any drugstore, and increases the effects of the sun's rays instead of blocking them. As the sun's UV rays penetrate the skin they promote the production of melanin cells, which give skin that coveted brown/bronze color. Tanning oils simply help to accelerate the production of melanin. Tanning oils often contain ingredients like coconut oil, vitamin E, aloe vera extract and some very light sunscreen. Most tanning oils are relatively affordable and range in cost from $10 to $20, depending on the brand. The oil should be applied all over the skin (excluding the face) in a thin layer, before and during sun exposure. It is recommended that sun exposure be limited to 15 to 30 minutes to prevent serious damage to the skin. Tanning oils should not be used by people prone to sunburns or those with very fair skin. As tanning is one of the major causes of skin cancer, it should always be done after much consideration and with care.


    U.S. Food and Drug Administration


  • Spray Tan, I really want to try it out.
    • Ice man
      No, leave it alone, just look at Donald Trump, the "orange guy", You wouldn't want to be mistaken for him, now would you ?!? .

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