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Tanning questions answered

There are many tanning products available on the market today. Here are just a few.

Self-tanning lotions

The active ingredient is dihydroxyacetone (DHA), a colourless sugar that interacts with the dead cells in the stratus corneum to produce a colour change. There are no known dangers of tanning lotions but it is advised a test patch is done first.

Probably the most controversial way to keep an all-year-round tan, sunbeds seem to be most popular amongst young people. Sunbeds use ultraviolet light so it is easy to assume sunbeds can also cause the skin problems linked to sunbathing.

Tan accelerators

Tan accelerators tend to contain Tyrosine. It is claimed they stimulate and increase melanin formation. It helps prepare the body for sun exposure.

Bronzers stain the skin temporarily. They can be washed off with soap and water. No known dangers.

Tanning Pills

Tanning pills generally contain large quantities of beta-carotene or canthaxanin, commonly used as food colourings. There can be side effects.

Tanning Booths

Tanning booths are great for the whole body but manual air brushing may give a more even tan and are better for specific areas like the legs.

NKym Guiney is at Clinic 54, 122 Northumberland Street, Newcastle. Call (0191) 232 5841. Write to her c/o Evening Chronicle, Features Department, Groat Market, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1ED or email kym@clinic54.fsnet.co.uk
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