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Great Moments In Tanning History

  1. The Faux Tan Industry
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    The Faux Tan Industry

    It has been a remarkable transformation for an industry that was once a joke. When it was introduced in 1998, Mystic Tan, which is widely credited as the first mainstream spray tan, often resulted in a bathed-in-­Cheetos look. Yet in recent years, spray tan manufacturers perfected their recipes, decreasing the amount of ­dihydroxyacetone—the ingredient that darkens the skin—from 25 percent to just under 10 percent. Now spray tan “artists” have gone from maligned outsiders to wealthy specialists.
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  2. 1960
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    1960

    Coppertone unveils QT, the first-ever sunless tanning lotion.
  3. 1989
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    1989

    The George Hamilton Sun Care System receives its trademark.
  4. 1994
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    1994

    Silvio Berlusconi is elected Prime Minister of Italy.
  5. 1997
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    1997

    Fantasy Tan produces what it claims is the first spray-tanning equipment.
  6. 2004
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    2004

    Charlize Theron’s deep hue attracts extraordinary attention at the Oscars.
  7. 2005
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    2005

    The International Agency for Research­­ on Cancer criticizes the UV bed.
  8. 2007
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    2007

    Sunset Tan, a reality show about an L.A. tanning salon, debuts. It lasts two seasons.
  9. 2008
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    2008

    David Hasselhoff receives a spray tan between takes on America’s Got Talent.
  10. 2009
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    2009

    Jersey Shore premieres.
  11. 2010
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    2010

    A 10 percent levy in the U.S. for using tanning beds benefits the spray business.
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  12. 2009
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    2009

    Jersey Shore premieres.
  13. 2011
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    2011

    The Middleton sisters flaunt faux glows at the royal wedding.