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Some people liketanning; others' don't. Some of the former like sunbathing, whileothers like their tanning done in sunless ways. However there is anumber of (practical!) reasons which work in favor of sunlesstanning, and consequentially prove that it is de facto the best(health-wise) way of doing it.

What are theproperties of sunless tanning?

Thefirst and foremost amongst the reasons would be the ease ofmaintaining such a tan. Namely, sunless tanning not only proves as amuch more convenient method of doing it (by means of applicationsunless tanning products such as lotions, sprays, gels, creams,etc.), but it may also be done anywhere and anytime. Other than that,sunless tanning may be done alone.

Solike any other form of tanning, the sunless kind provides the form oftan which fades away with time. This is very likely much due to thefact that human skin tends to renew itself over a 30-45 day period.

Becausethe process of skin renewal is largely based upon the fact that humanskin is always wearing off dead skin cells (also the reason behindminor scars healing all on their own), we must, obviously, firstunderstand how the natural coloration process works to begin with.Namely, tan is produced when the skin produces a certain amount ofmelanin. This melanin, in turn, gives the tanned skin its rosy andbrownish tone.

Theproduction of melanin is, in its own turn, regulated by the amount ofexposure to ultraviolet radiation (this may be either from the Sun orartificial sources like UV lamps and such). This is to say that themore melanin is produced, more tan becomes apparent.

Whenit comes to sunbathing and indoors tanning, melanin is produced inthe basal layer. In plain English? The deepest part of the skinepidermis.

Asfor the sunless sort of tanning, the melanin is produced (ascoloration occurs) at a fairly shallower stratum corneum. In plainEnglish? This means in the outer part of the skin epidermis - asopposed to previously.

Inorder to understand just how sunless tanning works, we must firstunderstand that sunless tanning products tend to prompt skincoloration via interaction of the basic ingredients with the skin'sdead cells – and there are plenty of those in the skin's outerlayer.

How may I maintain asunless tan?

Withunderstanding the above, it is then much easier to remember a fewtips which may be useful when it comes to maintaining a sunless tan.Firstly, reapplication of the sunless tanning product so soon as theeffects of the previous treatment have started to fade is mostdefinitely in order. Secondly, the skin ought to be hydrated from theinside out. And what this means is that it shouldn't ever be allowedto feel too dry. And this is do be done by drinking adequate amountsof water and juices. Lastly, avoiding exfoliating the skin shouldalso significanlty prolong the duration of the sunless tan.

And how about using abronzer instead?

Alternatively,the use of bronze may be applied whilst maintaining a sunless tan, aswell. Applying a bronzer, much unlike applying its alternatives, is ahighly temporary solution. What is meant by this, is that where othersunless tanning products tend to last about a week or so, bronzeonly lasts until it is washed off.

Bronzersare typically moisturizers. Upon moisturization, a certain type ofpowder is then applied in order to give the skin's surface a final touch.

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