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Sunless Tan Lotions: Take Time On Your Sunless Tan



Any beauty regime is worth taking time over to get it just right and sunless tan lotions are just the same.

We feel a lot better about ourselves when we look good and many people think having a glowing, healthy tan helps. The retailer Superdrug found from research recently that 71% of British women feel a good tan makes them more confident. This means that, with the concern about the damage ultra-violet rays do to the skin, finding and applying the right sunless tan lotions is more important than ever.

One of the tips for fake tanning is to consider what level of tan you want. A deep, heavy tan does not suit many people and indeed looks silly on many. The key is to have a glow that is two shades darker than your normal skin colour. This will make you look healthy without looking fake. Let’s face it; a light glow looks much healthier than a leather-coloured skin.

Another of the tips for fake tanning is to take time and prepare in advance. Remove any body hair the day before or the sunless tan lotion will enter open pores left from shaving or waxing. Equally, exfoliate before applying sunless tan lotions to remove any dead cells that might prevent the lotion’s absorption.

Find more tips on using sunless tan lotions on the Northampton Chronicle website.


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Tips To Beautiful Skin: Sugar And Your Skin

We all know about the damage to the skin created by alcohol, smoking and the sun but did you know one of the healthy skin tips we should follow is to avoid consuming excess sugar?

Of course the body needs some sugar for energy but too often we eat sugary foods and drinks that provide amounts in excess of our requirements. Interestingly sugar molecules will attach themselves to proteins and create a damaging process called glycation. This takes place where there is a lack of enzymes, which usually control the damage caused by sugar.

The type of sugar consumed makes a difference too. Fructose and galactose have ten times the glycation activity of glucose. The reactions are slow but end up as advanced glycation end products (or AGEs). It is these AGEs that cause the trouble as they can lead to heart disease, deafness, cancer and even Alzheimer’s disease. In other words, an excess of sugar accelerates the sign of ageing.

You will not be surprised therefore to learn that glycation damages the proteins (collagen) in the skin so leading to yet more wrinkles. This happens in two ways; the AGEs reduce the abilities of collagen to rebuild the skin and also they increase the rate at which collagen breaks down.

So the best way to keep your collagen health is to lay off the sugary foods and perhaps take a collagen capsule course.

Read more about the effects of sugar on the skin on the website.


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Natural Diet Supplement: Breakfast Suggestions


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An important part of a healthy diet is eating a good breakfast every day. Of course the right natural diet supplement will help but a good breakfast is still important. This video includes some useful suggestions.


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Sunless Tan Lotions: Suntanning Myths


Those people who enjoy getting their suntan from sunbathing rather than sunless tan lotions tend to believe certain falsehoods about the practice. Here are a few of those beliefs.

Sunscreen gives you enough protection from the sun. Most sunscreens protect against the UVB ultraviolet rays but not the other type, UVA. There are a few that do protect from both but not many.

In any case, sunscreen has limited use especially as some brands work better than others. An SPF of 30 gives you thirty times the protection of your normal defences. The time will vary depending on where you are and when but if we suppose it takes ten minutes to burn normally, a factor 30 will protect you for thirty times that which is four hours.

If you observe the natives of hot countries they tend to seek the shade during the hottest hours of the day (generally 10am to 4pm) and cover up. The phrase ‘mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun’ has more than a grain of truth in it. A hat is always a good idea, especially one with a good wide brim.

Many believe you cannot get sunburnt if it is cloudy. Not true. UVA is the main cause of ageing and contributes to skin cancer and is always present during daylight hours. The level of UVB tends to vary but is still only partially obscured by clouds and fog. UVB is the main cause of skin cancer. In any case, have you ever be burned by a warm wind? This often happens when the sun is obscured.

Sunscreen can be sweat and waterproof. This is true to a limited extent but I would not rely on these claims. In any case, sunscreen is easily wiped away when wiping your forehead, using a towel or removing sand that adheres to your body. The wisest course at all times is to reapply protection at least every two or three hours.

Obviously it is best to be cautious and sensible when outside on a warm day and, if you insist on getting a tan, then you will be better using one of the sunless tan lotions currently available.


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Healthy Makeup For Skin: Propylene Glycol And Cosmetics

In trying to discover why all natural makeup is a healthy makeup for skin and why cheap cosmetics cause skin reactions, one has to examine the ingredients in each.

One of the significant substances in cheaper traditional cosmetics is propylene glycol. This is added to skin products as it prevents drying but is found in many products used on the body such as cosmetics, lotions, deodorants, shampoos, hair conditioners and even toothpaste. Unfortunately it is also found in anti-freeze, brake fluid, paint, cigarettes, car de-icer, pet foods, laundry deodorants and even some processed foods.

It is an alcohol produced by fermenting yeast and carbohydrates and does exist in different forms. Therefore the type of propylene glycol found in cosmetics is slightly different to those in more industrial products.

In 1991 the American Academy of Dermatologists reported on a study that showed even small amounts of the industrial propylene glycol causing skin irritation. The US Department of Health and Human Services has even produced a Material Safety Data Sheet on this chemical, which states that it may cause eye and skin irritation as well as nausea, headaches and intestinal problems after prolonged exposure. Other studies suggest more severe effects may be possible including lover and kidney damage.

So why do we put it in cosmetics?

The short answer is that propylene glycol is cheap. When creating a new inexpensive cosmetic it is good to be able to claim it prevents drying of the skin. However this means it is also prone to interfere with the natural processes of the skin.

The website explains the substance is used in over 4000 cosmetics products and gives lipstick its texture, helps combine the oil and water in body lotions, ensures shampoo foam and keeps fragrances smelling for longer. The site claims there is a very low level of toxicity and it is possible to ingest anything other than small amounts.

The propylene glycol is used to transport active ingredients in products and the website maintains it is quickly changed into lactic acid in the body and excreted through the urine. To be fair they also state there are no ill effects from small amounts of the pharmaceutical chemical. The various regulatory bodies around the world have deemed the substance to be safe although in Europe its use is restricted to mostly non-food applications.

However this debate does not answer the question about skin irritation. Propylene glycol is undoubtedly foreign to the body and as such should be treated with suspicion. Many cheaper traditional cosmetics block the pores and add nothing to the skin, which needs to breathe to be healthy.

Many people do not wear any makeup at all as they find it irritates their skin and a few studies have traced this back to the use of products containing propylene glycol.

All natural makeup or mineral cosmetics however use natural ingredients to add nutrition to the skin as well as make the wearer look good.

Of course every purchaser of cosmetics will make up their own mind (if you will excuse the expression) but generally the healthy makeup for skin would seem to be an all natural makeup.


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Health And Beauty Tip Number 5: Exfoliate Before Self-Tanning


With the new awareness of skin cancer, sunless tan lotions are becoming more and more popular. In 2004 Americans spent $48 million on sunless tan lotions and that figure will be increasing with health awareness. Expect similar figures in other countries.

There are a range of fake tan products on the market but there are still ways to ensure your tan looks as natural as ever. One of these tips for fake tanning is to exfoliate before you apply the lotion or spray.

Exfoliating removes the dead skin so ensuring the sunless tan lotion is absorbed into healthy skin and not old skin that will then fall off. Applying the lotion to dead skin can also result in a scaly look to then finish. The lotion is best absorbed into fresh skin in any case.

As with many beauty methods, preparation is key.


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Tips To Beautiful Skin: Avoid These Ingredients

Recently I published some information on how best to combat acne through nutrition. Of course the best tips for beautiful skin tell us that nutrition is important for healthy skin at any age.

Some of the ingredients in food that affect the health of our skin are fairly obvious and others are quite surprising.

Interestingly the hormones in milk can promote skin conditions such as acne. The level of hormones is increasing in milk too so this is becoming a problem.

Sodium nitrate is used as a preservative in processed meats and has been linked to several cancer types. Processed meats also contain other ingredients to damage skin such as various salts and fats.

As so often, it is always advisable to eat as naturally as you can. The best way is to grow your own food or buy locally from producers as you can check the ingredients with them directly.

It is also insufficient to expect mass produced foods to provide the nutrients you need for a healthy skin and body generally so you might consider adding vitamins and minerals with a good natural diet supplement.

Read an article on what foods to avoid on the website.

Also remember you can find the natural diet supplements you need at


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Healthy Skin Tips: Prevent And Defeat Acne


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One of the curses of teenagers is of course acne. Despite the claims of anti-acne products there is not really one way to defeat the problem. However there are some healthy skin tips which can help reduce acne and in some cases solve the problem entirely.


Acne is always a risk when the body is developing and growing and is often made worse in girls as they start using cosmetics for the first time. Not surprisingly they begin by using cheap chemical makeup but unfortunately this tends not to work with the skin. All too often such makeup will simply cover the skin and block the pores. The subsequent build up of oils will encourage more spots.


The first of the healthy skin tips for teenagers therefore – and everyone else for that matter – is to use all natural makeup. Otherwise known as mineral cosmetics these products contain natural ingredients that work with the skin and provide nutrients.


Ironically many woman discover all natural makeup later in life once they know a bit more about makeup and skin care but it is effective from the outset and can give the foundations of healthier skin in later years.


Teenagers have a habit too of wearing their makeup for long periods of time: perhaps even sleeping in it. This is another reason for wearing all natural makeup as you can go to sleep in it with no ill effects as it allows the skin to breathe.


Other healthy skin tips help too.


Be wary of acne treatment products. Some are acidic and can actually harm the skin. Again, natural ingredients are best but it is not always necessary to use anything at all.


As always, the nutrition and your diet are essential to looking and feeling good. The old phrase ‘you are what you eat’ is very true here.


A healthy diet will help reduce all skin problems including acne. Too many fatty foods will only help produce a greasy skin.


Food and lifestyle is essential to a good skin no matter what the age. Remember your food provides the vitamins and minerals your body – and skin – needs. I suspect this is a waste of time to say this but another of the healthy skin tips is to get lots of sleep and drink lots of water. Sadly this is something most teenagers will ignore!


Another good skincare tip for acne sufferers is to be clean. Ensure you wash your face regularly with moderately hot water. Cold water will simply transfer the infection to other areas and very hot water will damage the skin anyway. Try not to touch affected areas and, if you do, wash your hands before touching anywhere else.


Acne is a difficult and embarrassing problem for many teenagers but with a few healthy skin tips things can be much improved.


Discover more about the Proto-col range of all natural makeup and natural skincare at


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Healthy Skin Tips: Problems With Alcohol And Caffeine

Most of us have heard one of the best-known healthy skin tips, which is to drink lots of water to hydrate the skin, but how many are damaging that well-intentioned idea by consuming the wrong foods and drinks as well?

Yes, caffeine and alcohol help create dry skin. Really. They are both diuretics and so make us urinate more. This removes water from the body, reversing our good work in drinking more water.

So here is another of those healthy skin tips: minimize your intake of both substances.

There is more on this subject plus some more healthy skin tips on the LoveToKnow Skincare site.


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Tips To Beautiful Skin: Free Radicals And Antioxidants


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Have you ever read any health information, such as tips to beautiful skin, and seen references to ‘free radicals’ and ‘antioxidants’ and not been sure what these are?

Here are a couple of very short explanations.

Free Radicals are atoms or groups of atoms that have at least one unpaired electron and in the body these are often oxygen atoms. This means the incomplete atoms bounce around the body with high energy and damage any cells with which they come into contact. Often these damaged cells also produce their own free radicals following the collision.

The best known antioxidants are vitamins A, C and E. These protect cells from the damage wrought by free radicals by donating one of their own electrons and stabilising them.

Antioxidants are very stable so are not diminished or damaged by contact with free radicals.

So one of the tips to beautiful skin is protect your skin from free radicals by applying products containing antioxidants.

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And to find beauty products providing the antioxidants your skin, and body, needs visit




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