Why I Never Ever Use a Self-Tanner

Beauty, Self-Tanners, Skin Care Advice, Skin Care Product Reviews

That’s never ever, like Taylor Swift would say. Never ever. Most self-tanners work by using dihydroxyacetone (DHA) as the main ingredient. Unfortunately, according to the respected journal Spectrochimica Acta, DHA in sunless tanners can increase free radicals by 180% upon getting sun exposure in the first 24 hours after application. Free radicals are responsible for oxidative damage Read more »

St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse Review with Before and After Photos

Product Reviews

I know I shouldn’t feel this way, but I’ve got to be honest — I like the way I look when I’m tan. I know that sun exposure can damage my skin, causing skin cancer and premature aging, but a part of me hates being that girl with skin that’s so fair that it’s blinding Read more »

Can I Use Self-Tanners and Age Spot Treatments Together?


From the FutureDerm.com Facebook page: Hi Nicki, I was wondering if people who suffer from hyperpigmentation can use bronzers/self-tanners, since [I think] they stimulate melanin production, which we try to stop with serums and creams to fight hyperpigmentation? -Càtia Dear Càtia, The short answer is that you can use bronzers without a problem with age Read more »

The 5 Biggest Summer Skin Care Myths — Debunked!


Image source: Ifccenter.com There are certain rumors about skin care that sound so logical, people assume they must be true.  Unfortunately, sometimes the right answer is the one that combats common sense!  Here are five of the most common myths about summer skin care I have recently heard: 1.  SPF 100 means 100% protection. Errrt, Read more »

How Do Self Tanners Work?


One excellent self tanner: Clinique Self Sun Face, $18.50, Amazon.com Self tanners are like the Alfred Hitchcock of the skin care world: they are very popular, yet they work in mysterious ways. However, recently, I decided to uncover the secrets of the self tanner, and I thought that it might be interesting to share. Most Read more »