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Question Posted Monday May 25 2009, 5:06 am

how is iodine and babyoil bad for you?

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NinjaNeer answered Monday May 25 2009, 9:22 am:
I've never heard of people using this before! Is it a self-tanner recipe, or a tanning oil recipe?

If you're using it as a self-tanner, the iodine is the main ingredient you have to worry about. It stains skin orange. Very orange. And for a long time. How is this a problem, you ask? What if there are inconsistencies in your application? What if you add too much iodine? Then you could be blotchy and dark orange.

Here's a picture of an iodine stain on skin, just so you know what you're getting into:

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As for the baby oil, it's basically like coating yourself in butter or Pam and frying your skin. It will amplify the effects of the sun's rays. Not such a bad thing, right? You DO want to get darker...

However, do you really want to get skin cancer? The oil won't just amplify your tan, it will also increase the damage done to your skin. So 10, 20 or 30 years from now, you could suffer melanoma for the sake of a "healthy" glow as a teen. Not worth it.

Your best bet? Use a self-tanning product and stay out of the sun. If you do need to go out in the sun, wear a sunscreen with a strong SPF.

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