sun protection 1These days, tanning involves a lot more than a good magazine and some oil. We're breaking down the scientific meanings to get you and your skin ready for summer.
#1. Amino Acids
DHA (the active ingredient in most self-tanners) reacts with these proteins in your skin to produce pigment and give you a bottled, sun-kissed glow.
The nation of sun and surf got it right with its "Slip, Slop, Slap" campaign that launched in 1981. Due to staggering rates of skin cancer, Aussies were encouraged to, "Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, and slap on a hat." Continuing that tradition, the nation Down Under is home to some of the most innovative (and effective) sun care products today.
#3. Baby Powder
Veteran spray-tanners dust their bods with this drugstore basic after appointments to reduce stickiness and ensure longer-lasting color. Experts recommend paying special attention to areas where skin touches skin, like the elbows and underarms.
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