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Tanned Skin – A Status Symbol?

Is tanned skin still a trend? According to a survey by the German IKW – Association for Body Care and Detergent Industry – 42 percent of consumers prefer their skin to be lightly tanned. 19 percent want a slightly more intense tan and – fortunately – only four percent find their skin most beautiful when deeply tanned. And you can achieve this without damaging UV rays. Tanned skin – where does this preference come from? 45 percent of the study participants stated that they felt more attractive with it. Women in particular said that it made their summer outfits stand out better. The latter was particularly important to 18 to 29-year-olds. For men, a summer tan seems to be more of a status symbol: Almost 25 percent admitted to using it to show others that they can afford to spend a lot of time in the sun on various vacations – usually far away. Tanned skin – once a blemish Seeing a tanned skin as something positive is one of the achievements of our modern world. Until 100 years ago, paleness was the order of the day for people who thought highly of themselves. A tan was considered a flaw. It marked farmers, slaves and sailors, while the upper classes covered every square inch of their bodies to avoid getting a tan. People even went to the beach in full costume so that not a single ray of sunlight hit their bare skin. Quite different today. People are really working on their “summer glow”. Preferably by sunbathing (50% of respondents). Those who can’t manage that resort to self-tanning (11%). And eight percent still use a sunbed, arguing that it “prepares the skin for the sun“. However, this is utter nonsense, because just because the skin is more tanned, this does not extend its own protection time in the sun. This can only be achieved with a sun cream (preferably LF 50) that is applied generously and several times throughout the day. In contrast, a single visit to a solarium is equivalent to damaging the skin in the same way as ten sunbathing sessions under natural conditions. Finding the right self-tanner Opinions are divided when it comes to self-tanners for tanned skin. Some people use theirs almost obsessively, while others are still looking for “Mr. Right”. I’m one of the latter. Either I don’t like the texture because the tanner is sticky, or it gets streaky on the skin or the smell is unsympathetic to me.… weiterlesen

Tested for you: Mádara „Fake it“

Because I never use foundation, but like self-tanning when the skin is pale, I wanted to be prepared for the coming winter. While looking for a suitable product, I came across a 100% vegan self-tanner. Natural cosmetics and artificial tans. How does that fit together? That was the first question that came to my mind and made me curious about the product. The ingredient list convinced me. Not a trace of chemistry. The tanning ingredient dihydroxyacetone (DHA), which hardly any self-tanner can do without, is derived at Mádara through the fermentation of natural components such as sugar beet. It is this substance that gives the skin that lightly tanned shade by reacting with the amino acids on the surface of the skin. Unfortunately, because it also has a slightly drying effect, “Fake it” is enriched with moisturizing hyaluronic acid, jojoba oil and antioxidants. And now for the test: The healthy glow Surprising for me: the self-tanner is used overnight. How good that I read the instructions on the package beforehand. In any case, I clean the skin as usual in the evening and do a good peeling. Then I take two pumps – almost a little too much – from the dispenser and use my fingertips to spread the “Healthy Glow Serum” evenly over the face and neck. The whitish serum feels light and soft on the skin and smells pleasantly citric. It is quickly absorbed and leaves no noticeable layer or greasy sheen. I was afraid of my bed linen! You shouldn’t forget to wash your hands thoroughly with soap – even between your fingers – otherwise brown edges will remain. The next morning: The first look at the pillow. Clean! The next look in the mirror: an evenly softly tanned complexion. Naturally beautiful. The shade is actually perfect, but I would like to know if there is still more possible. So, to intensify the color, I apply “Fake it” a second time, following my usual care routine. I work at home for the next few hours, so no “color mishap” can happen that I don’t dare to go out on the street. The “new” result can be seen for around five hours: I’m a little more tanned, but still in the “natural, sunkissed” category. When I later leave the house, I also use a sun protection cream because the sun is still relatively strong in these autumn days and the self-tanner does not contain any sun protection.… weiterlesen