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Get the skinny on spray tans with Soul Tan

If you and I got sunburnt while holidaying, all we would have to show for it is red and painful skin.

Back in the 1920s, Coco Chanel got a sunburn while holidaying and it became a ‘style’. By the 1930s, sun bathing had become a trend that was firmly entrenched with Hollywood movies showing actors and actresses basking in the sun around a swimming pool or beach.

The sun tan became a symbol of the rich and famous. By the late 1950s and early 1960s, the Gidget movies made the sun tan a must-have for everyone.

Through the influence of movies promoting outdoor activities, physical fitness and good health, the tanned body is now considered part of the modern woman’s beauty arsenal. Men are also beginning to get in on the bronzed look, with body builders being amongst the first men to go for it some twenty years ago.

As recent as ten years ago, people were primarily achieving their tans naturally but the development of leathery skin and cancers have led to the emergence of spray tanning or fake tanning.

Over the years, spray tanning products have improved dramatically, losing the chemical smell and orange tint that marked the user. All spray tanning product have Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) which is the active ingredient interacting with a person’s own skin chemistry to turn it bronze, hence the experience in getting a spray tan results in slight differences from person to person. It works by causing a chemical reaction with the amino acids on the top, dead layer of the skin.

And if that wasn’t enough, spray tan solutions now have added ingredients such as guarana in them. Guarana seeds have many traditional uses, amongst which includes being used as a medicine, for weight loss, to treat low blood pressure and chronic fatigue syndrome and to prevent malaria and dysentery. It is also used to enhance sexual desire, and treating fever, headaches, joint pain and heat stress.

When applied to skin, guarana has been noted to release caffeine and catechins which in turn has a tightening effect on skin and improving skin integrity. Topical application in a recent study showed guarana as being able to significantly reduce the jowl size of test patients.

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