Tanning Tips for Indoor or Outdoor Tanning:

Avoid Burning!!!
Burning is very damaging to your skin.
Know your skin type and how much time you can spend in a sunbed or in the sun. Tan in moderation. It is better to be overcautious and reduce your time than it is to overexpose and burn. Be extra cautious outdoors! You can get a sunburn even when it is cloudy or overcast. Use protective clothing and/or high quality sunscreen when you plan to be outdoors for prolonged periods of time. Keep in mind that some products may contain ingredients that are toxic &/or may dry your skin or increase your sensitivity to light. We recommend protective clothing & shade along with moderate sun exposure as a better alternative to sunscreen.
Some foods and drugs may contain photosensitive components increasing your potential to burn.

Protect Your Eyes Always wear proper, approved eye protection when exposed to the light from tanning equipment. Wear quality sunglasses when outdoors in the sunlight. Prolonged exposure to sunlight or UV may affect your color vision or "night vision". You only have one pair of  eyes, protect them.

Protect Your Skin
Use good quality moisturizer. The best time to moisturize is after you get out of the shower or bath. Sun, wind, cold, dry heated air, are just of the things that can dry out your skin. Dry skin will exfoliate faster causing your tan to "fade" faster. The body normally replaces a layer of skin about every three to four weeks. Protect your skin, your tan, and your money, use high quality moisturizers and/or tanning lotions purchased from your professional tanning salon.

Tanning Information
Positive Affects From Tanning?
Are there any positive affects from tanning? Although we are not permitted to claim any health benefits, we encourage you to look into natural health by doing your own research. Research by Dr. Michael F. Holick, Ph. D, MD. at Boston University shows that the benefits may outweigh any negatives. Dr. Holick, former director of the General Clinical Research Center at the Boston University School of Medicine, and other researchers find that Vitamin D deprivation may be linked to Osteoporosis, Depression, and certain types of cancer. They explain that sunlight and ultraviolet radiation help the body to produce vitamin D.
"We think that in general the population is in risk of vitamin D deficiency chronically at all ages," Holick said. "Only by having adequate exposure to sunlight or taking much more vitamin D will you satisfy your vitamin D requirements."
Dr Holick has written several books, including " The UV Advantage" and other articles detailing the affects of UV and the human body.
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A Brief Overview of the Skin

Tanning is the body's natural protection against sunburn. Human skin is a complicated structure with many functions. Your skin is composed several layers, the three main layers are: epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous tissue .
The epidermis contains 5 to 6 different layers of skin. At the bottom layer, the stratum basale, cells divide and push already formed cells into higher layers. As the cells move into the higher layers, they flatten and eventually die. The top layer of the epidermis, the stratum corneum, is made of dead, flat skin cells that shed about every 3 to 4 weeks,this is called exfoliation .
There are three types of specialized cells in the epidermis: the melanocyte, the Langerhans' cell, and Merkel's cell . The melanocyte are the cells that produces pigment (melanin), These are the the cells that give us a tan.
Melanin and Melanoctyes are affected by both UVA and UVB. Sunlight and tanning lamps produce both UVA and UVB along with visible light and heat. The UVA rays are sometimes referred to as the "Tanning" rays, they oxidize (tan) the melanin produced in the epidermis. The UVB rays are sometimes referred to as "Burning" rays. They help to produce melanin in the melanocyte cells. Both are needed to tan & both can cause burning, although the UVB rays are more likely to cause the reddening of the skin or the "sunburn".
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