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SallyBR1's picture

NOt that this is appropriate for a cooking forum, but I guess in Ipke anything goes!

I had never noticed these creams around, now they seem to be everywhere! Self tanning cream for legs, face...

not that I would be interested - but, are these things safe?

 


 


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Gretchen's picture

(post #45615, reply #1 of 50)

They've been around for a long long time. with the "new" prohibitions about tanning and skin cancer, they are more popular now than ever.

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Nihon's picture

(post #45615, reply #2 of 50)

Sally - they aren't actually "tanning" the skin, btw - it's more of a dye, which is why they're relatively safe to use.  They don't give you any protection against future burns, just make your skin a temporarily darker color.


I've been using a lotion that has a small amount of sunless tanner in it, and the color doesn't develop until you've used it for a week or so.  I don't look tan - I never will - but I'm no longer fish-belly white, either.  And that's all I was hoping for, since I have to be in a swimsuit in public every day for two weeks for E's swim class.

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(post #45615, reply #3 of 50)

Amazing.... live and learn

Thanks for the info

 


 


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whatscooking's picture

(post #45615, reply #4 of 50)

They work well and have vastly improved over the years.  EXFOLIATION before application is the key to a nice look.  Also the kind Nihon is using is great, more subtle and less likely to mess up.

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Nihon's picture

(post #45615, reply #5 of 50)

Plus, I don't end up orange.  Always a benefit!

Adele's picture

(post #45615, reply #6 of 50)

I remember turning orange- great big streaks on my legs and arms.  At least my hair didn't look like my friends- she used that sun-in spray stuff, then put her hair in pig tails.  Tye-dye hair anyone? 

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

elizaram's picture

(post #45615, reply #7 of 50)

Nihon, would you mind sharing the brand you use? I'm so fishbelly white I'm almost translucent, and have tried a few sunless tanners, but haven't found one that isn't way too dark for me.




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AmyElliesMom's picture

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I'm using Target brand (the knockoff of the Jergen's) in "Fair" and I'm slightly golden. Not brown at all. And since I'm trying to get closer to Ellie-toned skin, I'm going to try a real, honest-to-goodness self tanner and not the lotion. I'm a little scared of turning orange, but what the hech.

But yeah, anyway, try one of the daily lotion types for fair skin. You don't get alot of color at all; just enough to not blind people with your legs.

 


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Rhea's picture

(post #45615, reply #9 of 50)

Hey Sally,


Since I worked for Clinique for over 15 years let me give you some tips...self tanners are not all equal...here are some great tips...first a self tanner is 100% safe! It's almost like dropping a tea bag in some water-you get a bit of a tint to the skin due to the reaction of the product with your own skin. The actual colour you get from the self tanner should last 3-5 days.


You must exfoliate your skin to ensure you get a smooth and even application...if you have any rough or scaly patches( knees, elbows) the colour will be much darker there.  Remember to WASH HANDS and use a nail brush after application-no one wants tanned palms...LOL.


I always told my clients to do a patch test from the tester on the inside of their wrist and wait a couple of hours to see what shade of "tan" they would have. If you do a few different companies and just write down which is which, then you can compare them and see which one you prefer. Also,....I have used surgical gloves for application with great results.


.. as a reminder use less product around the areas with thicker skin...elbows, knees, ankles....happy tanning!!!


p.s. the one I always used was from Clinique ...self tan with bronzer in it (it was for the body, but I always had great resuls on legs and face with it)....this way you could SEE where you applied the product and you would get a quick bronze look with the self tanner giving you full colour in about 2 hours.


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shywoodlandcreature's picture

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So what do you recommend for exfoliating? Is a scrub-down with a loofah enough?





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soccermom's picture

(post #45615, reply #11 of 50)

As a default exfoliator, I use white sugar in the shower. It's always around and does a good job as long as you're careful to rinse completely. Actually, I use the sugar as a scrub first then soap up to ensure that I have it all off. It also works well as a quick fix to tidy up dry feet before moisturizing.


 


 

 

 

shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #45615, reply #12 of 50)

Interesting idea - I may try this tonight. Thanks.





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Risottogirl's picture

(post #45615, reply #13 of 50)

I use white sugar in the shower. It's always around and does a good job as long as you're careful to rinse completely.


Or you could just...oh never mind, I'm going, I'm going (to the corner)


:)


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soccermom's picture

(post #45615, reply #14 of 50)

Hmm, I do usually have a smutty mind but I have no idea what you mean. Really. Give me a clue.


 


 


 

 

 

MadMom's picture

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Neither do I...but I figured she'd explain it to me when she got to the corner.



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Glad I'm not the only clueless one.  Maybe it's a 'merican thing.

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(post #45615, reply #17 of 50)

I'm completely lost......

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JoeB2's picture

(post #45615, reply #19 of 50)

skin cancer is all the rage in the USA currently. TV, magazines, talk shows all swear if you go out into the sunlight you will get skin cancer. So now there is a slew a products out that provide protection from the sun with sun screen lotions and also products to make you look tanned, without actually having been in the sun.

I've become jaded in my old age. I'm convinced every "scare" is a marketing campaign in disguise.

madnoodle's picture

(post #45615, reply #20 of 50)

Ummmm, skin cancer is "all the rage" up here too.  You need to read the whole thread to see what I'm clueless about.  Believe me, I was wearing sunscreen before it was trendy.

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What if there were no hypothetical questions?

 

shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #45615, reply #21 of 50)

Joe, I lost a much-loved FIL to skin cancer, and now my sister is wrestling with it - believe me, it is not "all the rage", and it is not a marketing campaign.

If we can get the effects we once loved about suntanning from a harmless, non-carcinogenic formula in a bottle, and we do so of our own choice, so what?

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Edited 6/19/2006 11:35 pm by shywoodlandcreature

Gretchen's picture

(post #45615, reply #23 of 50)

Your usual very informed opinion.  Skin cancers are rampant. Some are malignant, some aren't.

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Heather's picture

(post #45615, reply #24 of 50)

Yes, it certainly is the "rage"--I know three people who have died from malignant melanoma and have heard of many others with various skin cancers. I'm sure their families would be pleased to know that you think it is no big deal.

JoeB2's picture

(post #45615, reply #33 of 50)

>Yes, it certainly is the "rage"--I know three people who have died from malignant melanoma and have heard of many others with various skin cancers. I'm sure their families would be pleased to know that you think it is no big deal.

Yeah you let those families know that "malignant melanoma is no big deal" to me. Un-frickin-real. Please get some "anti-grossoverreaction" cream while you're at it, please.

all of you.

Syrah's picture

(post #45615, reply #26 of 50)

Of course it is.. All those bloody Dr's interfering in our quality of life. How dare they? Afterall, if you want to bake yourself like a roast dinner, that's your business. And it totally is, you have the right to do whatever you wish with your own body as long as you don't hurt anyone else. Pity you can't reserve the same human rights for other people.

However, for you to diminish cancer, a disease that truly devastates, is beyond belief.

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Edited 6/20/2006 6:21 am by Syrah

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(post #45615, reply #27 of 50)

Count me among those that have lost a loved one to malignant melanoma. Death came a few years after the horrible disfigurement of the initial surgeries to remove the cancers on his face.


The sunscreen companies may be profiting, but I can assure you that the skin cancer "scare" is not a marketing campaign in disguise.


http://www.skincancer.org/faq/index.php


http://www.skincancer.org/skincancer-facts.php


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TracyK's picture

(post #45615, reply #28 of 50)

In addition to the protection from skin cancer, which is of course paramount, there is also some benefit to not looking like you've been sculpted out of creased leather by the time you're 35.


I've been a sun-avoider all my life, and frankly it's probably part of the reason that at 32 I'm still sometimes carded when buying the occasional lottery ticket.


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KarenP's picture

(post #45615, reply #44 of 50)

skin cancer is all the rage in the USA currently. TV, magazines, talk shows all swear if you go out into the sunlight you will get skin cancer. So now there is a slew a products out that provide protection from the sun with sun screen lotions and also products to make you look tanned, without actually having been in the sun.


  I wouldn't take it that far but a very healthy dose of reality to be watchful and take precautions is what the doctor orders.  It's a no brainer to realize if you've had a sunburn in the last ten years -vs- the same amount when you were a kid.  It burns differently. 

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(post #45615, reply #25 of 50)

i'm guessing that one could just have a good friend with a sweet tooth lick it off?
i'm off to the opposite corner now...

i too associated chemical sunless tanners with biohazard until i was pregnant 5 years ago and read a sidebar in a pregnancy mag about pampering yourself with neutrogena's tanning mousse before you check into the hospital. on a whim i tried it and found it pretty nice; i did indeed feel as if i'd gone to a beach and done it the right way. i tan relatively well, but my son's birth was out of season and when you're in labor the doc sees places where the sun don't shine.

Risottogirl's picture

(post #45615, reply #29 of 50)

i'm guessing that one could just have a good friend with a sweet tooth lick it off?


Finally! I decided if I was just to depraved for anyone here to even take a guess...well I'd just shut up and stay in the corner.


Thank you!


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SallyBR1's picture

(post #45615, reply #30 of 50)

Don t you worry for a second. I decided to let that ball pass and give a chance to someone else to join the corner on your behalf

:-)

Bubbly, anyone?

 


 


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