Some time around the 1960s, studies by health officials related to skin cancer and sun exposure and sunbed impacted the way many people chose to tan. Following this study, the emergence of self tanning, or sunless, became more popular. These methods and products allowed individuals to tan their skin in a similar way, without the high risk of side effects.
Today, Carotenoid-based products are commonly used. Carotenoids are found in nature, particularly vegetables or fruits that have highly pigmented color. These products also contain beta-carotene, an ingredient that is both permanent and natural.
Special pills can be consumed to change the appearance of the skin as well. Typically these pills have beta-carotene. This active ingredient has not been linked to side effects, but when taken excessively, may lead to orange or yellow skin tone.[I:http://www.articleslayer.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/VeronicaCappelletti1.jpg]
There are also pills that contain an ingredient called canthaxanthin. This is typically used in the production of color additives for specific foods. When this ingredient has been consumed, it deposits through the body, including the fat below the skin, turning it a orange or brown shade. However, these pills have been linked with several side effects such as damage to digestive system, canthaxanthin retinopathy and hepatitis.
Other products exist for this purpose. These products may include ingredients such as dihydroxyacetone, DHA, Tyrosine or Afamelanotide. There are also bronzers that are an option for temporary tans. These products come in many forms: moisturizers, mousses, lotions, gels, powders, and sprays.
None of these sunless formulas include ingredients designed to protect against sun exposure. Therefore, individuals seeking sun protection should look into sunblock products. Keep in mind that self tanners may cause allergies and are capable of staining fabrics.
Self tanning is an alternative to sunbeds and outdoor tanning. It offers the same or similar results as sunbathing or sunbed usage, but do not have such harmful risks. These sunless methods may come in topical or pill form.
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