Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Best Sunless Tanning Product of 2010

A couple of weeks ago, a friend introduced me to this new self tanner she's using. We both are crazy about tanning and that was the best glow I'd seen from her. I've made a quick blog post about it because I was so excited to share this new find and I promised to follow up a full review on it. And so here it is.

I am absolutely confident in saying that Idol Tan is the Best Sunless Tanning Product to date.

When I got my first tube, the first thing I did was to check on the manufacturer and do some background checks on them with the help of Mr. Google.

The company was founded in 2002 and is a proud member of the Natural Products Association, which meant they only use high quality, all natural and safe ingredients on their products. They are well known in the health care (and beauty) industry for producing some of the best treatment for wide range of condition, and one of them is skin care. And by the way Idol Tan is US manufactured ;)

So I had the product and I'm so eager to try it however I still have color from my last tanning product and I want to give it an honest review so what I just did was open it and took a sniff. I've been using self tanners for so long that I don't really care so much about the awful smell but Idol Tan is one of a few self tanning product that actually smells good.

After 3 days, my fake tan was completely gone and I exfoliated, moisturized and excitedly applied this product.It's in a gel form, easy to spread and dries up fast. Now I wouldn't say that this is foolproof, you're still prone to streaks if you don't apply it correctly, and brown palms can happen if you don't wear a glove or if you don't wash your hands every so often.

The color appears after 3 hours or so and the shade was just amazing. I have some moles in my arms and face that usually gets darker and more emphasized with sunless tanners but this product didn't darken them as much as the others which for me was a great deal because my skin looks cleaner. My tan lasted a good 7 days.

I've used so many products before and I know from experienced that Idol tan is not the best smelling product and not the most easy to apply either, however it's one of a very few self tanners that last more than 5 days.

But what makes this product the best is the tan it gives my skin. That's the most important IMHO (In My Honest Opinion). It's looks so natural, and a lot of people who are used to seeing me with a tan, and most already knows that I'm into fake tanning, compliments my glowing skin, some actually thought I cheated by getting a sun tan!!! Yup! That's me, I'm such a FAKE TANNER that fake tanning is natural and sun tanning is cheating.. :P

I highly recommend this product as the current best sunless tanning lotion in the market and what's even better than best is that they are running a special promo, as an introduction to the market you can get a bottle for free. It's a limited time only offer so I suggest you hurry. But if you missed the opportunity to get a free trial, buying a bottle is so worth it, you'll be stocking on this once you see your healthy glowing tanned skin.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Self Tanners During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a miracle of life. It's one if not the most wonderful stage in a woman's life. At this stage a mother has a lot of things to DO and NOT DO in order to ensure the health of the growing child inside her.

A mother who is used to having a lovely glowing caramel skin would wonder if she had to give this up too. This mother should be reminded that her baby's health should come first, and that she may not really have to.

First of all, when you are pregnant, you should really be careful what you apply on your skin, whatever our skin absorbs may also go to the placenta and affect your baby.

But studies has shown that DHA, the active ingredient in self tanners does not penetrate our skin and is generally safe to use during pregnancy. But it is strongly advise to not use this product during the first trimester which is the most crucial stage on your baby's development.

So if you decide you'll want to keep the best tan you get from your sunless tanner product, it will be safer to ask your doctor first. You may mention to your doctor that DHA does not penetrate the skin.

You should also be aware that pregnancy changes the woman's hormones and even your skin's usual reactions to products that you have been using before getting pregnant. You may get a darker tan or lighter tan than your usual, or you may look more orange than bronzed. So to be safe, test it first on a small area of your body and see it your skin reaction is still the same.

Self tanners is the only safe way to get your skin tanned during pregnancy, tanning beds, tanning pills and sun tanning would be very dangerous for you and your baby. Spray tanning could also post danger because you might inhale the tanning product.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

How to Get the Best Sun Tan

Just have to throw this out first, Sun Tanning could damage your skin and may cause SKIN CANCER!

But if you ever have too, of course we don't always do what we're told and sometimes we just have to break some rules just because, here are tips on how to get that great sun tan-with caution.

Prepare your Skin
The first thing you should do when getting your perfect tan is to exfoliate your skin. This will give you a fresh and clean slate to work on for your tan. You want all those dead skin cells scrubbed off so your tan could last longer. Use a body scrub that has a good moisturizer.

Second is to wear a sun block (with minimum spf). For real! I'm not kidding you! I know it sounds like I'm defeating the purpose here, but what I'm trying to tell you is how to get the best tan, and you get the best tan by being safe. Of course by using a sun block you'll slow down your tanning process, but I swear that the best sun tans are not made in a day. Remember that sun block lotion does not work for the first half an hour so apply your sunblock at least half an hour before sun tanning.

Tan Slowly but Surely to achieve a Perfect Sun Tan
Here's a secret to a great sun tan, you tan your skin gradually by tanning for 1 to 2 hours a day only! By doing this (and by applying sun block) you avoid getting sun burns that will just damage your skin and ruin your sun kissed bronzed.

Best time of day to tan is around 8am to 10am and 2 pm onwards. That's when the sun is less dangerous.

Improve and  Prolong your Tan
Tan for consecutive days, for just 1 to 2 hours per day. This way you get a deeper and darker tan as days past. Not only will you get a perfect shade of tan but you'll avoid getting sun burn.

Moisturize your skin everyday. To prolong your tan and to nurture you skin as well, always moisturize it day and night. Specially if you want to keep your perfect tan longer you must avoid getting your skin dry so you wont shed off your tan sooner than it should.

Wear a sun block that has high SPH (spf 30 is great). Like previously mentioned, only tan for an hour or two, after that you should protect your skin for extra sun exposure. You should want a nice summer glow skin and not a sun burned someone, peeling off looking awful.

Drink lots of water. Drinking water is good for our body and specially to our skin. Keep your skin healthy and glowing by drinking at least 2 liters of water a day. Nothing is more pretty than a glowing tanned skin!

Alternative to Sun Tanning
There are a lot of ways to achieve a great sunless tan, they are safe and most are cheap. Best of it all you can get tanned on seasons when you don't get much sun.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sunless Tanning Spot Fixes

After very careful application of your sunless tanner, you still find yourself with uneven areas, very dark hands, knees or elbows. Here's some tips on how you fix your best sunless fake tan.

Darker areas on the hands, ankles, wrists, or other areas
Lighten them up by applying lemon juice,  hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, or whitening toothpaste. But to avoid this from happening, apply a moisturizing lotion to this area prior your sunless self tanner, and use a surgical glove or wash your hands often when applying your self tanner.

Major problems like awful streaks and leathery hands, dark dirty looking ankles
Use windex and a scrub to wash them off.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

How To Get a Free Bottle of Sunless Tanner

I stumbled upon how you can get the best tan from a sunless tanner or self tanner, what makes its even better is that you can get a trial bottle for free! Which is absolutely cool because once you've tried it yourself, you'll see how amazing this self tanner is. This is currently on top of my list.One of my best buddy who is also crazy about skin tanning informed me about this new great product from Idol.Tan. Her tan was amazing, she looks like she was done by a top class make up artist. And I was surprised when I later realized she wasn't even wearing any foundation on her face, it was her tan, and her freckles where almost invisible! So I told her she gotta tell me what she's using. And so she told me of course and I went online to search for it, what did you know, they are offering free samples!

Got mine and I'm testing it out. Nice smell and it's in gel form.Great dark shade, not orangy at all. Let's see how long it will last, but according to my friends it stays awhile.

So what's keeping you from trying? It's DHA based and absolutely safe, it's wont cause any damage to your skin in any way.

So again what is the hold up? It's FREE! :)


Friday, July 9, 2010

Linday Lohan and Sevin Nyne Spray Tan

"I have tried every tanning product on the market and worked with the best tanners in the business. When Lorit and I met, we thought it would be great to bring a quality product at a reasonable price to the market so everyone could enjoy a professional spray tan," Lohan said

Named after Lohan's lucky numbers 7 and 9, the dynamic duo hopes to encourage men and women to stay out of the sun and "cherish their skin." In fact, a portion of the proceeds benefits skin cancer awareness charities. So go ahead, spray yourself healthy and feel good about it.

I say: Interesting choice of product endorser. Does she still have many fans? Maybe. I'm not really trilled to go grab a bottle and try it out. Maybe it's a good tanner, I'll ask around. :)

But you know what's fun, looking at Linsay Lohan bad tan pictures...

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Best Sunless Tanning Lotion From Your Kitchen

Wonder how you can get the best sunless tanning lotion from your kitchen? You make it! Here's a recipe of homemade self tanning concoctions that doesn't just possibly give you a perfect tan, but it's safe. Just remember that this homemade recipes does not contain sun screen and is a FAKE TAN, so always protect your skin prior sun exposure by using a sun screen with high SPF.
Tea for TAN!

Boil 1 cup of water in a small saucepan
Add 5 tea bags, the dark ones, definitely not green tea, we aim to have a bronzed sun-kissed skin and not a green alien-love-child look.
Let it boil for 30 seconds then remove it from the heat and let the tea sit in the water for a good 30 minutes
Then squeeze out the liquids from the tea bags before you remove them from the water.
All the ingredients have 1:1 ratio so lets make enough for a whole body lotion.
Measure 1/2 cup of the tea you prepared, 1/2 cup lanolin/petroleum jelly, 1/2 cup sesame oil. Mix all of these in a blender and blend them at low speed for 3 minutes.
If the lotion is too thick, you can thin it by adding more tea mixture.
Apply to skin in circular motion working in small areas at a time.
Apply regularly for deeper tan results.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Best Tan is a SAFE TAN.

Summertime is not the only time when you desire to achieve that captivating golden bronze tan all over your body. And you should know that sun tanning or sunbathing is a major reason for having skin cancer.But who does not want to be gorgeous? Don't worry because there are alternatives to sun tanning- SUNLESS TAN!

Tanning Beds- NOT SAFE

Too much exposure to UV rays causes the skin to age, be prone to radiation damages, and then be faced with the risk of skin cancer. Sunburn and rashes usually occur because of the ultraviolet lights that harm your skin. Use of a tanning bed also exposes you to the same level of danger as the same radiation and lights are present in it. Keep in your mind that tanning with presence of ultraviolet radiation is not safe at all.

DHA based products-SAFE
In other words, it's fake tanning. Using DHA doesn't really give you a tan but tints your skin, it does not make you skin produce melanin so you're still unprotected from the sun. But DHA that comes in lotions, creams, liquid solutions that can be applied using airbrush or tanning booths, does not expose your skin to any radiation and it's harmless.

Bronzers - SAFE
They are just make ups, they are instant and washes off when you shower. But always remember if you have very sensitive skin, always test first a product on small area of your skin and wait for any allergic reaction (24 hrs) before applying through out your body.

Tanning Pills- NOT REALLY SAFE

FDA does not approved tanning pills specially those that contain CANTHAXANTHIN. Although most tanning pills contain greater amount of l-tyrosine, which is a safe supplement (for weight loss and depression), there has been no scientific proof of it's effectiveness to tan skin.

Melanotan ii- NOT REALLY SAFE
FDA also does not approved melanotan as a product for tanning, but still a lot of tanning fans are experimenting with it. No fatal or serious side effects was reported up to date but FDA warns users for a possible long term effects of using the drug.

Whatever your choice is in getting your best tan, just keep in mind that if your risking yourself-it's not worth it!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Monday, July 5, 2010

Waterproof Instant Tan

There isn't really a waterproof bronzer because bronzers has to come off and are washable but there are best instant tanning products products out there that gives you slight water resistant so you won't drip a brown colored sweat and won't ruin your clothes by rubbing off and staining it. Here is my top 3 best bronzers in the market.
Sex Symbol Aero Tan Instant Temporary Tanning
It's a spray on tan that you can use for your whole body. (warning do not spray directly on face). It's got a good staying power and almost no rub off. But if it does rub off to your dress, it also come off with soap and water, no permanent stain. Gives you a nice natural looking tan and good shimmer.  
Tip: using spray tan needs a little practice to make sure you've applied it evenly, another way to apply it is by mixing it with lotion, get a nice moisturizer, put some on your palm and them spray some aero tan on it, mix it quickly and they apply on to your skin, work with small areas at a time.

Sally Hansen Airbrush Body Tanner Spray-on
A tanning bronzer that could lasts up to 7 Days. Enriched with Retinol and Vitamins so skin looks soft, smooth and radiant. Doesn't smell awfull and dries up quickly.
Tip: you may add additional shimmer to your body by using cheap shimmering powder.

LORAC TANtalizer Body Bronzing Luminizer 
Quick drying make up that gives you a nice colored tan.. Almost non rub off if you let it dry for 30 minutes just to make sure.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

"Barbie Drug" aka Melanotan II

If it isn't the ultimate fix! More than a tanning injection or a tanning pill that can give you the best tan ever, it also increases your sexual desires and helps you loose weight!!!

So what are the melanotan ii benefits?
  •     Gives you the perfect sunless tan
  •     Helps you get your ideal weight
  •     Increase your sexual desires and
  •     can most probably increase your sex/love life all together
  •     Can possibly save you from getting skin cancer (because this was the real intention of this drug)

But you know what they say about sounds "too good to be true..."

Lets dig deeper into what is this barbie drug, how it was invented, how it works and if it's safe.

Melanotan ii was invented at the University of Arizona. They hypothesized that an effective way to reduce skin cancer rates is to activate the melanin in the skin (a tan) prior to UV exposure.

Victor J. Hruby and Mac E. Hadley, found a peptide, [Nle4, D-Phe7]-α-MSH, that was approximately 1,000 times more potent than natural α-MSH. They dubbed this new peptide molecule, "Melanotan" (later Melanotan-1, now known as afamelanotide). They subsequently developed another analog, Ac-Nle-cyclo[Asp-His-D-Phe-Arg-Trp-Lys]-NH2), which they called "Melanotan II"

During the first testing of this peptide in humans, tested on 3 males, they reported that there were only mild side effects, like mild nausea, sleepiness and spontaneous erection.

As further reasearch and testing was made on melanotan both Melanotan and Melanotan II have been proven to produce a tan without exposure to UV, which was also testified by users that report tanning in areas of the body that would seldom see the light of day! However, the tanning process is greatly accelerated by UV exposure. The tanning effects may not be uniform throughout the skin. This is due to the half life and distribution of the drug, and primarily in response to the concentration of melanocytes in certain areas of the skin. Most will notice the greatest tanning effect on the face, arms, abdominal region. Interestingly, the genitals have one of the highest concentrations of melanocytes enabling these particular areas to respond very well to the peptide in conjunction with UV exposure.

Clinical trials to determine efficacy of the drugs have typically used dosages up to 0.21mg/kg daily for Melanotan (16mg for a 75kg (165lb) individual), and up to 0.03mg/kg daily for Melanotan II (2.25mg for a 75kg (165lb) individual). At this level of dosage, the side effects that were reported are:

    * Nausea 85%
    * Facial Flushing 75%
    * Fatigue 44%
    * Vomiting 26%
    * Injection site reactions 13%
    * Zero incidence of erections
    * No change in vital signs or haematological parameters, blood biochemistry (liver and renal function)

FDA warning

In 2007, the FDA issued a warning to an American online vendor illegally marketing melanotan II on the internet as a drug that prevents skin cancer and assists tanning. The FDA has not licensed melanotan II, and explained: "There is no evidence that the product is generally recognized as safe and effective  for its labeled uses." The FDA concurrently gave a blanket warning advising consumers to, "stop using Melanotan II, an unapproved product"

As I do further research about melanotan ii, most reviews from users are all positive and I am yet to come across a fatal or serious side effects..

The band from FDA doesn't stop everyone from experimenting with this wonder barbie drug..