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Self Tanners For Fair Skin

Dear Sugar
I am very fair-skinned, so much that I buy the palest shade of foundation at the drug store. I need to darken up my skin for the summer without hitting a tanning salon, but because I'm so pale, many self-tanners turn out too orange. Are there any you can recommend that are made for paler girls that will look natural and not orange.

Dear Cautious Kim
Helena Rubinstein's Sun Care Product Diagnosis takes you through your sun and skin goals to help find your best product match. Famous Dave's Fair Skin and Face self tanner gives you a light glow which can be repeatedly applied for desired color and is less expensive than many of it's competitors ($9.99), and Clinique's Self-Sun Face Quick Bronze Self-Tanner($17.0) results in a warm, honey looking tint that looks beautiful on super-fair skin. Self-tanning products work by using a color additive called dihydroxyacetone (DHA), which is the only such additive approved by the FDA for topical use. DHA was a discovery made in the meat packing industry in the late 60's. It was created to turn meat that fabulous delicious looking color and last for 5-7 days. But using DHA on skin is a little trickier. It's a sensitive ingredient with a pH level that determines how tan you will become. You can tell what the pH on your self tanner is by looking on the label for any of these 3 ingredients that should never be present: Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, and Mineral Oil. All of these ingredients have a naturally high pH - over 6. And a pH over 6 means that you'll going to turn orange. So that's just a little self tanner lesson. Here are 7 tips on how to acheive a natural fake bake look.

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