Article on wrinkles and fake tanning cited from
Below is an exert taken from the article and Id like to add my thoughts in red writing
Fake tans work by reacting with your skin's outer layer, which is mainly made up of dead skin cells. It's called the Maillard reaction and causes what's known as oxidative stress: creating compounds that turn skin cells brown and cause the same type of damage as pollution or sunbathing.
The concern is around the active ingredient in this reaction: Dihydroxyacetone, or DHA.
It's been used as a skin colourant since the 1920s and is derived from sugar cane. It's also what gives fake tan that biscuit smell.
Ok, im just saying, if DHA has been around since the 1920's dont you think we would know by now if there was something seriously wrong with fake tanning, Coco Channel would be a wrinkled prune when she died at the ripe old age of 88.
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"We don't know the long term effects," Dr Stefanie Williams, dermatologist and founder of London's Eudelo skin clinic told the Daily Mail. (WHY DONT WE KNOW THE LONG TERM EFFECTS IF WE HAVE BEEN USING DHA SINCE 1920!) I know that eating animals causes cancer but people continue to eat them.
So while you may be doing your best to stay out of the sun to avoid not just cancer but the effects of ageing, your fake tan alternative could also be the cause of lines and wrinkles.
What about lotions, gels, mousses and creams?
Cosmetic scientist Ian Taylor told the Daily Mail "As a cancer-causing agent, there are no issues with DHA applied externally." OK Great maybe the heading should be No issues with DHA
The concern is around other ingredients that can be added in the production process which may cause problems. Great we are totally organic
Cheaper processes where synthetic raw materials such as solvents are used could lead to accidental contamination.
Some products also contain "penetration enhancers", such as ethanol alcohol which is used to help speed up or deepen the tanning process.
But Taylor says they can disrupt the skin's barrier by "increasing moisture loss and making skin more vulnerable to pollutants".
The result? Dryness, irritation - and wrinkles. Well There are a million things that dry out the skin so why the big scary headline gheeesh..