Sunday, November 21, 2010

Cocktail Hour - UV Free Tanning

Join us for a drink! The drink we made tasted just like a peach! Yum! This recipe will make enough for two small drinks.

1 shot of Absolute Peach Vodka
1 shot of Peach Schnapps
1 cup of sparkling water
and a splash of V8 Splash Peach Mango Juice

I love that sunkissed glow, but I'm terrified of the effects UV radiation has on my skin. It causes skin cancer and premature aging. I went tanning in a tanning bed for about 6 months, once a week for about ten minutes each. I actually got sunspots from that time in a tanning bed. Since then I have stopped spending a lot of time in the sun and have never set foot in a tanning bed since. I'm not sure what motivated me to go tanning in the first place. All through high school and most of college, I was the queen of anti-tanning. I told my friend they were going to die and look old. I was a broken record. Then I got tired of being the pasty girl in all the pictures, etc. I had a big event coming up that required a cocktail dress and figured tanning was my only option. Well it wasn't, but I thought it was.

Nowadays there are so many options for UV Free Tanning. It's awesome. Formulations for self-tanners have improved greatly. My favorite by far is an airbrushed tan. An experienced technician can make you look like you just got back from a tropical vacation in less than 5 minutes! Be sure to check out my video all about your options. I talk with Chardae, my friend and fellow Esthetician, who operates her own tanning studio out of her house.

When looking at UV Free Tanners, you want to make sure the active ingredient in the product is  Dihydroxyacetone or DHA. DHA reacts with the amino acids in your skin and changes the color of your skin. Unlike, say bronzers, it's changes the color of the skin instead of adding color on top of the skin. Most selftanners you can buy at the store will use this as their main ingredient. I would recommend it being one of the top 3 ingredients if you are looking for immediate results. If you are looking for a gradual tan, having it listed as the 5th or 6th ingredient is just fine. I really like Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer for a gradual tan. DHA is listed as the 4th ingredient The L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Luminous Self-Tanning Lotion is awesome for instant results. DHA is listed at the 3rd ingredient.

There has been some research that sunless tanners can increase free radical activity in the body. I would recommend getting plenty of antioxidants both internally and externally when using self tanning products! :)

Happy Tanning!

*If you are under the legal drinking age, don't drink. Just have V8 Juice with some sparkling water. Please drink responsibly.

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