The sun is finally shining and you can’t wait to get outdoors to enjoy it.
You’ve probably heard how being in the sun is a terrific way to support your overall health and wellbeing, especially with its extraordinary vitamin D benefits...
But, right now, you’re thinking more about how to get your picture perfect tan as quickly as possible than anything else.
You know what I’m talking about...
- A summertime tan that is rich and dark...
- A flawless natural bronzed tan where you look and feel fabulous ...
- A gorgeous healthy glow that fills you with confidence...
There really is something magical about a tan, isn’t there?
That’s why finding the ultimate tan is the Holy Grail for sun worshippers everywhere.
However, whether you’re a casual sunbather, a dedicated sun lover, or are just looking for a quick tan so you can wear your favorite swimsuit, it’s very important you educate yourself with the latest information on all available tanning products.
Finding the Ultimate Tan: Where You Should Start
As you know, there’s a wide variety of tanning products available to you -- a quick search on Google will return hundreds of options. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with your choices.
But, did you know that many of the most popular products on the market today contain ingredients that you probably would NEVER consider putting on your skin if you knew what they really were?
That’s right -- many tanning products are filled with ingredients such as:
- Harsh chemical irritants
- Petroleum-based derivatives
- Artificial dyes and fragrances
- Preservatives and binding agents
And, believe it or not, even ingredients that have been shown to dry out your skin!
Now, is that what you’re looking for in a tanning oil -- something that dries out your skin rather than keeps it moist and silky soft? I didn’t think so.
Go ahead... take a look at any sunscreen or tanning oil you have in your house right now.... you’re sure to find a list of ingredients filled with long, unpronounceable names that are most likely chemicals that you don’t want anywhere near your skin.
With so many products on the market today, it’s hard to know which are good for you and which are not. That’s why I’m here today to give you the facts...
When you know the facts, you can make informed and conscious decisions about your tanning products.
When you equip yourself with the proper knowledge, you’re guaranteed the best tan ever... that’s also safe and healthy for you.
And, it begins by understanding the basics of safe tanning...
Start by Knowing the Basics: My Top 5 Tips for Safe Tanning
Before you even begin thinking about heading out into the sun, you need to know the fundamentals of safe tanning.
No tanning product can help you if you’re not practicing safe and effective sun sense.
If your skin is unused to the sun, it is important to build up your tolerance regularly and gradually. It’s good to start early in the year, in the spring and early summer. This will prepare your skin for the stronger sunlight later in the year.
At the beginning of the season, go out gradually and limit your exposure to perhaps as little as 10 minutes a day. Progressively increase your time in the sun so that in a few weeks, you will be able to have normal sun exposure with little risk.
Here are my Top 5 Tips for Safe Tanning:
- Keep It Early, Keep It Cool
Early morning is the best time to sunbathe if you have not already built up a base tan, because you’re less likely to burn in the mild morning sun than later in the day. In addition, it’s best to sunbathe when the temperature is below 64 degrees Fahrenheit (18 degrees Celsius), so that you don’t overheat.
- Keep It Regular
Regular sunbathing is extremely important; you can’t cram all of your sun exposure into a two or three week vacation period and expect to experience the benefits.
It’s also important to treat your tanning as a medicine and control the dosage; frequent, short periods of exposure are best. You don’t want to overindulge or skip too many days.
- Show Some Skin
A common myth is that occasional exposure of the face and hands to sunlight is "sufficient" for vitamin D nutrition. For most of us, this may be an absolutely inadequate exposure to move vitamin levels to the healthy range. For optimal benefit, strive to have at least 40 percent of your skin uncovered.
- Keep Track of the Time
In Caucasian skin, equilibrium can occur within 20 minutes of ultraviolet exposure. It may take 3 to 6 times longer for darkly pigmented skin to reach similar equilibrium concentrations of skin vitamin D.
So, bearing in mind, gradually increase your time, starting in the spring, you should be aiming towards exposing large areas of your skin to the sun, anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours at a time, depending on your skin type and environmental factors.
- Use Your Skin as a Guide
If you have light-colored skin, you can use the color of your skin to tell you when you’ve had enough sun and it’s time to get in the shadet c (or cover up using a long-sleeved shirt, pants, and a hat). Stay out just long enough so that your skin turns the very lightest shade of pink.
Remember that continuing UV exposure beyond the minimal dose required to produce skin redness will not increase your vitamin D production any further.
Now that you have a handle on what you can do to get the perfect tan, it’s time to learn what ingredients you must AVOID when choosing a tanning oil for use.
In a moment, I’ll also tell you what ingredients you absolutely need to find if you’re looking for the hands-down best oils...
Warning: If You’re Going to Tan,
Avoid Tanning Oils that Contain These Ingredients...
When it comes to today’s tanning oils, there almost should be a public health warning.
That’s right -- many of today’s leading brands contain harmful chemicals that nobody should be applying to their skin.
Hidden behind fruity fragrances and promises of tropical tans lurk much more devious ingredients that potentially can do more harm than good for you.
To show you what I’m talking about, let’s take a look at some of the more common ingredients that you’ll find in many tanning oils.
I’m pretty sure you’ll be as shocked as I was when I first started researching tanning oils.
- Mineral Oil
You probably already knew mineral oil is in many suntan products. It sounds safe enough, right? Wrong!
Mineral oil is a derivative of petroleum... yes, petroleum like you put in your car’s engine.
Because it’s very viscous (slippery), many tanning products use mineral oil as the main ingredient -- it allows the tanning oil to be spread easily across the skin.
But, even though it’s a known carcinogen, as in it can cause cancer, and there are plenty of other safe alternatives that can serve the same function, for some reason hundreds of everyday products still contain it... including many tanning oils.
Mineral oil is also comedogenic which means it blocks your pores and your skin’s natural respiration process. Blocked pores can lead to blackheads and pimples -- that’s definitely not my idea of a perfect tan!
And, because mineral oil can create an impenetrable film on your skin, it may actually block the absorption of any helpful ingredients that do exist in a given product.
Does that seem right to you? An ingredient that may actually make the entire product less effective seems preposterous...
Finally, think you’re safe because you don’t see it listed on your label? Sadly, that doesn’t mean it isn’t in there. Mineral oil has countless different names, but each has the same effect... one you’ll want to stay away from!
- Sodium Hydroxymethyl Glycinate
Sodium Hydroxymethyl Glycinate is touted as a “natural preservative” and it’s commonly found in tanning products.
Initially introduced as a replacement for paraben -- another preservative that had been potentially linked to cancer, but still found in tanning products -- Sodium Hydroxymethyl Glycinate is actually a skin and eye irritant in high concentrations.
Although it is true that Sodium Hydroxmethyl Glycinate is derived from the amino acid glycine, it is far from “natural” or “organic.” Processed using numerous chemicals, Sodium Hydroxmethyl Glycinate has actually been found to contain formaldehyde, which is often used during manufacture.
Additionally, there is speculation that Sodium Hydroxmethyl Glycinate actually breaks down into formaldehyde once it’s permeated the skin. Whether or not research will bear this out over time, in my opinion, you definitely don’t want to take the risk now.
- Artificial Fragrances and Colors
When it comes to smell, the fragrances used in your favorite tanning oils are often created from petrochemicals. There are literally hundreds of chemicals used to create pleasing scents (some less pleasing, in my opinion) -- many of which are known carcinogens (such as methylene chloride).
Is there anything refreshing about allergies, skin irritation, headaches, or nausea that can be a result of petrochemicals?
Plus, most artificial colors are made from petroleum and coal tar -- both thought to be cancer-causing. If you see a FD&C or D&C on your tanning oil label followed by a color and a number, then you’re taking a risk, in my opinion. The biggest dangers seem to come from amber, blue, green, and yellow products.
If you’re going to use a tanning product, you don’t just want an artificial fragrance, you want to experience the real benefits of an all-natural oil. I’ll talk more about this in a moment.
That’s just scratching the surface of potentially harmful chemical ingredients found in today’s tanning oils. You’ll also find:
- Amyl Acetate -- This ingredient is actually used in the dry cleaning business. It helps dissolve stains that usually aren’t dissolved by other cleaning agents. A high-power cleaning agent? That doesn’t sound like something I would willingly put on my body... would you?
- Octyl Stearate -- Known as both an irritant and to be comedogenic, an ingredient that be a nuisance and clog your pores doesn’t seem like the best way to go about getting that flawless tan.
- Isopropyl Myristate -- Also comedogenic, so it causes blackheads and acne, Isopropyl Myristate is thought to bind to nitrates in the body... nitrates are a known carcinogen.
Add to that silicone, other chemical emulsifiers, and a HUGE list of ingredients that can potentially cause a whole spectrum of health challenges and it becomes pretty apparent why you should be very picky when it comes to selecting your tanning oil.
Your body, as well as your health, is far too important. It’s just not worth it to risk your wellbeing with potentially unsafe products... even to achieve the perfect tan.
Thankfully, I have the solution: an all-natural product that contains none of these potentially harmful ingredients.
In fact, it only contains the best ingredients you’ll ever need to safely put you on the fast track to a healthy, glowing and radiant tan.
I’d like to introduce you to the eco-friendly Mercola Dark Tanning Oil...
The Perfect Tan Can Finally Be Yours: My Dark Tanning Oil
After searching for years for a safe and effective tanning oil, I decided to take matters into my own hands.
Based on a recipe long kept secret by the natives of Acapulco, Mexico, we created a Dark Tanning Oil that offers you the best of all possible benefits.
With a perfect blend of nine all-natural ingredients, each serves its own special purpose in nourishing, protecting and moisturizing the skin, while promoting a dark, rich tan.*
Introducing Mercola Dark Tanning Oil...
- 100% natural, including green tea extract to reduce sunburn risk
- No emulsifiers
- No chemical preservatives, including zero parabens
- No fragrances
- 100% biodegradable and eco-friendly
- Completely hypoallergenic
Plus, it’s formulated and manufactured under the strict guidelines of a FDA-approved bottler, and proudly made in the USA.
I firmly believe the success of our Dark Tanning Oil is a testimony to its powerful ingredients. By carefully combining only the best ingredients for you, we created a superior tanning oil that, in my opinion, has no equal.
See for yourself why these all-natural ingredients simply cannot be beat for the perfect tan...
All the Natural Ingredients You Need for a Rich Dark Tan... Safely
As you read above, many tanning oils contain harsh and potentially harmful chemicals... ingredients that seem less at home in a tanning oil than they do in a scientist’s lab or even a gas station.
I hope you’ve reconsidered applying any tanning product before doing some thorough research on its ingredients...
As we developed my Dark Tanning Oil, we rigorously researched every single one of its nine ingredients to make sure you had the oil you needed for the richest, deepest all-natural tan... that was totally safe, too.
Take a look at what’s inside and I’m sure you’ll agree...
- Green Tea Extract
Of course, if you’re going to be out in the sun, you want to be sure you don’t get burnt. Aside from a great tanning oil, you want to make sure you do everything you can to protect yourself and your skin.
A great way to start is to eat lots of fruits and vegetables that are high in phytonutrients and antioxidants because these help to control the free radicals that UV exposure can cause. One of the best ways to get started is with green tea extract...
The power of green tea is undeniable. It has the potential to:
- Reduce the effects of sun damage by neutralizing out free radicals*
- Reduce inflammation that causes sunburn with antioxidant properties*
- Slow down the development of some common signs of aging with polyphenols
For the healthiest skin, we need proper doses of Omega 6 fatty acids. If you’re eating processed foods -- which 97% of Americans are -- you’re going to have damaged fat in your skin. To help offset the effects, you need to eat or apply topically a higher quality Omega 6.
As a combination of mono-unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, sunflower oil is a superb source of Omega 6 fatty acids. Plus, it has very low saturated fat levels and is an ideal essential fatty acid that your skin needs to stay healthy.
- Very high source of vitamin E
- Noncomedogenic, so it won’t clog your pores or cause blackheads or pimples
- Helps to alleviate dry skin, so it acts as a very effective moisturizer
- Contains potent levels of vitamins A and D which can help support the most supple and soft skin
Coconut oil serves a fabulous dual role.
First, coconut oil helps preserve the perishable Omega 6 fats that are found in the sunflower oil. These Omega 6 fats are easily oxidized and thus lose their potency. But, coconut oil does a great job of reducing the oxidation process.
Then, because it contains nearly 50% lauric acid -- an essential fatty acid that is only found in more abundant levels in human breast milk -- it potentially provides the support your skin needs to stay healthy and moisturized longer than without.
- Includes an effective antioxidant helps neutralize free radical damage
- Can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- May exfoliate dead skin cells
- Shows potential for superior skin absorption, so you get what you need... where you need it most
Cocoa butter has often been called the ultimate moisturizer. For centuries, it’s been used to keep skin silky soft. As one of the most stable, highly concentrated natural fats known, it readily absorbs into your skin.
When applied topically, cocoa butter retains moisture -- which is essential for a great tan -- while also protecting sensitive skin from other environmental stresses (e.g., wind and temperature).
- All-around terrific moisturizer
- Rich and important source of vitamin E
- Contains cocoa mass polyphenol (CMP) that is known to help reduce skin irritation
Almond oil has long been considered an excellent emollient that soothes and softens the skin. With a pleasant natural aroma, there are no harsh fragrances found here.
- Contains high levels of vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and vitamin E
- Potentially relieves skin irritation due to sun exposure
- Balances skin moisture level
- High in mono polyunsaturated fatty acids... that’s the good stuff!
Widely used for moisturizing dry and sunburned skin, lanolin actually comes from the oil glands of sheep (though it collects in their wool, which is where it is extracted). Lanolin has long served as a water-proofing wax, and serves to seal in your skin’s natural moisture as well as the moisturizing ingredients of my Dark Tanning Oil.
Vitamin E (Tocopherol Acetate)
- Bacteriostatic to reduce risk of irritation
- Natural emollient to seal in the moisture
As you probably know, vitamin E is essential for the good health of your skin. Both naturally occurring (via sun absorption) and as topically applied or ingested, vitamin E is an all-around stellar skin protector.
Vitamin C (Ascorbyl Palmitate)
- Can protect skin from early stages of UV damage
- Absorbs deeply into the skin
- Can increase the success of sunscreens
- Can reduce risk of sunburns... even if applied after sun exposure!
As a well-known antioxidant, vitamin C has many benefits for your skin. As Ascorbyl palmitate, you’ll see better results than with products that contain other sources of vitamin C, notably ascorbic acid.
- Protects against sunburn
- Reduces negative UV effects
- Decreases formation of free radicals that can damage skin
Eucalyptus oil has been shown to exhibit powerful anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.
With a super star-studded list of ingredients like that, it should be easy to understand why I’m so excited to be able to offer you my all-natural, totally safe Dark Tanning Oil.
Great for Outdoor or Indoor Tanning!
If you use a tanning bed, you need this product.
As you saw, many other tanning oils contain mineral oil. Another drawback of this ubiquitous ingredient is that mineral oil ruins the acrylics found in tanning beds. That’s right -- it destroys them!
Especially if you own your own tanning bed, it’s so important that you do not use products that contain mineral oil.
And, if you rely on the sun for your tanning, you’ll be happy to know that my Dark Tanning Oil is biodegradable and eco-friendly, so you’ll never have to worry about polluting your local environment, waterways or clothing.
It’s Time to Get Your Tan On Dark and Deep, Starting Right Now
Summer will be gone before you know it, so the time to act is now.
- Don’t pay the high prices of those other tanning oils that can retail for as much $75 and more for a tiny bottle.
- Don’t risk putting potentially harsh chemicals on your body that could do more harm than good.
- Don’t miss out on the powerful benefits of vitamin D from sun exposure because you just can’t find a tanning oil that’s right for you.
Your perfect tan starts here... Your ultimate tan starts now...
Take a moment:
Imagine how good you’re going to look when you discover that golden bronze skin that just glows with health.
Imagine how great it’s going to feel to experience that all-over tan...
Imagine how amazing you’re going to feel when you know you got that tan with a 100% safe, effective and all-natural tanning oil that treats you and your skin the way you deserve.
Now, stop imagining... you can have this and more simply by selecting the most cost-effective and valuable tanning oil available today...