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Showing posts from June, 2012

Is a Spray Tan Safe?

So many of us enjoy a  beautiful glowing tan!  A fake tan is safer than a real tan.  But, spray tanning  in a spray  booth has been in the news. I have never gotten  a spray  tan at a tanning studio. I'm more of a DIY tan girl. But, I know a lot of people like to go and get a spray tan. But, is a spray tan safe?  As it turns  out, the ingredient, Dihydroxyacetone  abbreviated as  DHA,  used in spray tanning products was  approved back in 1977 for external use only in a cream or lotion form.   It was not  meant to be sprayed! It should not get into the  body by  breathing it in or getting it on and in  mucous membranes including the eyes, no se or lips.  Studies done on  non-human  cells show that DHA can cause DNA changes  and mutations  that could lead to cancer or possible birth defects. Here is an excerpt from the FDA product information  page for sunless tanners: As noted above, the use of DHA in "tanning" booths as an all-over spray has not been approved by t

Jill's Beta Carotene Special: Roasted Vegetables

This is my recipe for roasted vegetables that is full of beneficial beta carotene. Beta carotene is great for your skin and your eyes. The veggies can be roasted on the grill or in the oven. It's easy to make and my family loves it! Jill's Beta Carotene Special Th is dish is loaded with beta carotene.  Beta Carotene converts to Vitamin A, is part of the carotenoids which are powerful anti-oxidants found in highly pigmented red, orange and yellow fruits and veggies, and is fabulous for your skin. Eat a lot of it to help protect your skin against the sun.     1 small yellow onion, coarsely chopped     2 yams, cut into 1 inch pieces     1/2 of a butternut squash, cut into 1 inch pieces     1 red pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces     baby carrots (1/2 of a 16 oz. bag)     3 tablespoons olive oil      salt and pepper to taste Preheat your grill on medium. Place veggies on a large piece of heavy duty aluminum foil. A big enough piece t