Health & Fitness: Speeding The Glow

For those who burn easily, the promise of a magical elixir that prepares the skin for a maximum tan with minimum exposure is a tempting prospect -- and a potentially dangerous one. U.S. dermatologists dismiss most such preparations, called tan accelerators, as little more than harmless skin moisturizers. But there is sharp debate over the safety of a French-made lotion called Bergasol, which is available in Europe and will be submitted to the Food and Drug Administration for approval.

In recent trials of the tan enhancer, Norman Levine, a University of Arizona dermatologist, confirmed that it produces a fast tan for...

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