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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: February 27th, 2013

tanningSo many products and so little time to figure out what you should use.

It won’t be long until spring break, and here are great secrets to your own home-spray-tan from Toni Brattin of www.tansecret.com. Brattin is the founder and owner of Toni Brattin & Co., Inc., a beauty and cosmetics company featured on Home Shopping Network (HSN) at one time.  

  • Spot-Test First – If you’re worried about a reaction on sensitive skin, test the product on a small area of skin.
  • Choose a foam – A consistency of mousse more easily spreads on the skin.
  • If you want a quick tan, make sure you choose one that says it is quick acting and dries quickly.
  • What smells  — check the active ingredients. Dihydroxyacetone and erythrulose are chemicals that have a distinct odors that smell days later. Not all tanners are created equal.
  • Be careful with sprays“Some of the tanning sprays are very apt to produce overspray which is then inhaled, and some people don’t react well to that,” said Brattin. She advises wearing  a mask or holding your breath. 
  • The spray can settle all over the room you’re in, so choose the garage or outdoors.
  •  Use gloves to prevent discoloration on your hands – “That’s why we provide gloves and an applicator wand with every bottle of Tan Secret® Instant Tanning Foam,” Brattin said. 

Toni Brattin is the founder and owner of Toni Brattin & Co., Inc., a beauty and cosmetics company based in the Oklahoma City, Okla., area.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.


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Posted: July 18th, 2012

There’s an old saying that men sweat and women glow. In 90-degree heat, when I play two hours of tennis, I don’t glow. I sweat.

We all know sweating is the body cooling itself off. If you are female, you may mist, glow or sweat at certain times of the month — or if you are as old as I am. Well, here are sweating solutions and things to watch out for.

Low iron levels. Years ago when I was running like a fiend and playing tennis — and sweating — I had bouts of dizziness, fatigue and difficulty breathing. After my doc tested for everything, he found my iron levels were just shy of normal, and he put me on an iron supplement. It worked. Now, before you run out and take an iron supplement — check with your doc. Too much iron in your system is dangerous.

On “The Doctors,” they offer solutions to embarrassing sweating during workouts. OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson also explains night sweats and how to treat them. She also suggests that endocrine disorders, thyroid problems, hormone and pituitary imbalances can be to blame. Alternative therapies from webmd.com include soy, black cohosh, dong quai root, ginseng, kava, red clover, or DHEA.

Certain foods and drinks, such as spices, liquor, wine and other triggers can cause your body to sweat and release odors. Other things that The Doctors recommend for severe uncontrolled sweating include: BotoxThe Vaser procedure, Accusculpt.

No matter what problem you have, don’t stress about it. That will only make you sweat. Go talk to a doc.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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