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I am fair skin and would love to tan easily. is there any way to increase the pigment in my skin and to even out my tone? Im tired of being pale and pasty. If i were to go tanning, what can i apply to myself to get a nice glowing, even tan especially on my face?
 

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They are lotions that you apply as you would body lotion after your shower. The benefit to this is that you don't expose yourself to the damaging rays of the sun. You just have to be sure to exfoliate properly in order to get an even fake tan.
 

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They are lotions that you apply as you would body lotion after your shower. The benefit to this is that you don't expose yourself to the damaging rays of the sun. You just have to be sure to exfoliate properly in order to get an even fake tan.
oh ok yeah i know those. instead of that route, is there anything i can ingest, such as a pill or drink or certain foods, that will make my skin more vibrant and hold a tan when exposed to natural, outdoor light?
 

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is there anything i can ingest, such as a pill or drink or certain foods, that will make my skin more vibrant and hold a tan when exposed to natural, outdoor light?
Taking something internally to trigger what is essentially a chemical reaction with the sun sounds scary to me. Photosensitivity is an unfortunate side effect of some drugs. And if there was a drug that could be used in this way, I imagine that the results would be hard to control and so there would be a real danger of getting "overcooked."

Seriously, the self-tanners have come a long, long way in recent years. I bought one by Clarins this summer that gave my pale skin a nice healthy glow. And the cosmetician advised me to dilute it with moisturizer so that it could be used in the winter months for a less dramatic effect.
 

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MAC, is this what you are looking for?
hmm....interesting. thanks for finding that. i ended up doing a lil research of my own and read that tyrosine is the mineral that activates the pituitary gland that makes melonin. so i will just continue my multivitamins, which have tyrosine, and see what happens.
 

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I looked at the ingredients in the "Imedeen Tan Optimizer" in that link. It is basically Vitamin C and Vitamin E, plus some tomato extract and palm oil extract. And for this they are charging $84. It looks really fishy to me.

And as far as trying to stimulate the pituitary gland, or any other gland, goes - no thank you. The minute we try to confuse our hormonal systems by taking too much of something, we open ourselves up to a whole bunch of potential problems.

This is my opinion, anyway.
 

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I looked at the ingredients in the "Imedeen Tan Optimizer" in that link. It is basically Vitamin C and Vitamin E, plus some tomato extract and palm oil extract. And for this they are charging $84. It looks really fishy to me.

And as far as trying to stimulate the pituitary gland, or any other gland, goes - no thank you. The minute we try to confuse our hormonal systems by taking too much of something, we open ourselves up to a whole bunch of potential problems.

This is my opinion, anyway.
I noticed the ingredients, too, and that just seems like a waste. My multivitamin has all that for the most part!

And i agree with you on the second paragraph! Its just not worth the risks.
 

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Have you tried spray tanning at a spa or salon? I've had that done and I really like it. It only lasts a couple of weeks only if you don't exfoliate, but it doesn't leave you orange and streaky like self tanners do. Also, if you do decide to get spray tanned, do some research. Try to find a place that does DHA tanning which uses a non-toxic sugar substance. Some spray tanning substances use shoe polish in their ingredients! Watch out for those!
 

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oh ok yeah i know those. instead of that route, is there anything i can ingest, such as a pill or drink or certain foods, that will make my skin more vibrant and hold a tan when exposed to natural, outdoor light?
A few years back I purchased these pills put out by some company in France and advertised in some of the glamour mags, supposed to make you tan. Well they turned me a yucky shade of orange..my palms were orange and the whites of my eyes were yellow. I stopped because I not only looked bad, but got nervous about my corneas turning yellow...I looked jaundiced. I believe the ingredients stress a very high amount of vitamin A which can be damaging if taken to excess...so I discovered.
 

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Hey Mac, you'll be back here in a couple of years asking how you get rid of the skin damage from tanning.
 

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Hey Mac, you'll be back here in a couple of years asking how you get rid of the skin damage from tanning.
No worries Jkee. I didn't pursue any of the aforementioned. I'm happy with how I am naturally and organic.
 

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I agree Max. I stopped doing sun when I was 33. Am now about to enter the year 70!!! (gads where did time go??). I am in the beauty business, aesthetician/permanent makeup and anti-aging consultant. I have clients coming in ages 45+ whose facial skin looks like a road map because of their sun worshipping. One gorgeous gal for sure I thought was pushing 80 before I even looked at her med form to discover she was not even 50. I realize genes do play a part, but when I was 33 I remember the day I came in from a tanning spree on the beach in Fla., looked at my face and it was wrinkled big time around the eyes and glabellar area and soo dry. I recall woe if I continue this I'm in big trouble further down the road and from that day no more intent sun exposure. Of course my Vitamin D deficiency revealed itself and so I take 2000 ius of Vitamin D daily. Get a fake tan, but you will be sorry when you get older, because especially when you get older, YOU WANT TO LOOK GOOD and try to regain some semblance of what we once looked like when we were younger and smooth skinned. Advice from a real senior!!!
 
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