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Safe Tanning For Fair Skins


If you’re fair-skinned, sunbathing is not only futile, but also potentiall­y dangerous, as the freckled and pale are more vulnerable to the ultraviole­t damage that triggers skin cancer.

But scientists from the USA are working on a new treatment which tans the skin without exposure to harmful UV rays. The molecules in the special cream penetrate the top layers of the skin, targeting the process which controls skin pigmentati­on which occurs when specialise­d cells produce melanin (the dark pigment which protects the skin from harmful rays).

The treatment prompts the pigmentati­on process, leading to a darkening of the skin which lasts 10 days before fading.

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