Tan accelerators help speed up the skin’s tanning process. In order to work, they require either natural sunlight or UV lighting from sun beds. Tan accelerators contain ingredients which stimulate skin cells to produce melanin- the pigment that makes your skin go brown.
1- Some Current Main Components Used:
- Amino acids: The most common substances used in tanning promoters are tyrosine and psoralen, both substances called amino acids. These act as building blocks for the proteins, such as melanin, which are produced by the body’s cells.
2- Some Current Hazardous Components to Avoid:
- Amino acids: Although these amino acids are very effective in increasing melanin production, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not officially approved their use as tanning promoters. One of it substance called Psoralen will provide a skin more sensitive to UV rays while products containing tyrosine may be safer, especially for people with fair skin.
3- Natural Alternatives:
- Carrots: When carrots are consumed regularly, the skin will adapt to a more natural and healthy-looking hue.
- Tomatoes, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe and apricots: These are carotenoid rich fruits and veggies that will improve your skin’s color while providing other health benefits.
- Spinach and kale: These dark, leafy greens should definitely be a staple in your diet, as well as broccoli, as they are the secret to glowing skin.
- Olive Oil: Although olive oil doesn’t contain any carotenoids, antioxidants and omega-3s, it will give your skin a moisture boost for a healthier appearance.