Tuesday, May 31, 2005

TanningHealth.org says Sunlight is Healthy, Prevents Cancer instead of Causing It!

In a December presentation given by Dr. Howard Cyr of the FDA, CDRH, in Cancun Mexico, the FDA admits that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has studies on file showing that those who get more sunshine may be protected from some kinds of cancers, including malignant melanoma.

Also at this presentation, Dr. Cyr revealed that the alleged link between tanning beds and skin cancer is getting weaker not stronger.

The presentation was given at "Solar Seminar V", a trade event, sponsored by Island Sun Times magazine, which is published by Vince Lorraine, of Flint MI.

Dr. Cyr noted that several serious flaws have been discovered in most earlier studies that condemned tanning as carcinogenic. He agrees with tanning industry spokespersons who allege that all these studies were done with the wrong lamps! In some cases, he says, the data was even misrepresented in the conclusions given for the studies. Several of these studies have now been denounced, withdrawn, or softened by their original authors, causing the FDA to commission new studies and to rethink it's position.

Dr. Cyr admitted that the FDA relied upon such studies when it formed the opinions about tanning beds. "Now the evidence is leaning in the other direction, showing many health benefits without the cancer risks once thought to be there", says TanningHealth.org spokesperson Lonn Dugan.

Because of these developments and admissions, TanningHealth.org aggressively disputes the findings of the 10th annual Report on Carcinogens (RoC), wherin the NIEHS again lists Sunlight, and Tanning Bed Exposure, as known carcinogens in humans. "Tanning Beds have never been proven to cause cancer", according to Dugan. The NIEHS Study concludes that tanning is not healty only because it relies on flawed studies. Dugan says, "These findings have simply not been demonstrated scientifically. The organization should be ashamed of itself for making such statements."

According to the Mayo Clinic's web-site, sunlight can be healthy. We find these words there, "For the treatment of depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) it is recommended that you (a) Increase the amount of light in your home. Add lamps or skylights and trim tree branches that block sunlight, (b) Walk outdoors on sunny days, even during winter, (3) If possible, take winter vacations in a sunny warm location."

Dugan notes that a sunny day produces more smiles per mile of sidewalk than a cloudy day. He asks, "How can that be bad for you? We rest our case on common sense AND good medicine, which is more than you get from the 'sunbusters' who want us all to live in caves and die of bone disease caused by light deprivation and vitamin D deficiency."

About the organization: TanningHealth.org was founded in November of 2002 to tell the world that Sunlight is healthy! The group cites famous studies and professionals from the FDA and Mayo Clinic to support its position.

For more information, visit http://www.tanninghealth.org - or Contact Lonn Dugan, at BIG Design, 866-826-6377

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Tanning Salons Fight Bogus Cancer Scare Story With Facts, ask FDA to Silence Anti-Tanning Forces


February 11, 2002 - Toledo, OH

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Tanning Salon Industry Fights Cancer Scare Story With Facts, Ask FDA To Silence Detractors.


Tanning salon associations point out that skin cancer scare story is not only bad science, it is not even science. The tanning industry fights back after SUNBUSTERS attack sunlamp tanning with cancer scare story, pointing out that the study is so poorly done that it is not only poor science but does not deserve to be called science.

The anti tanning media blitz was arranged right before an FDA regulatory meeting regarding sunlamp regulations in Washington DC last week. Tanning Industry Members were en route to Rockville, MD to participate in FDA Regulatory Conference when news media outlets were bombarded with a well orchestrated cancer scare story, timed to break right before the meeting opened.

SunTanning.com spokesperson, Lonn Dugan, say it is all part of a monopolistic marketing conspiracy. Doctors can charge $60 for a "Light Therapy Session" he notes, while tanning salons deliver essentially the same thing for about $6.

SunTanning.com was founded in 1997 to improve the public image of tanning, improve professional communication between industry members, and to provide professional education for the tanning industry, The web based organization represents over 1000 members.

Dugan presented, on behalf of SunTanning.com's 1000+ members, at the FDA sunlamp regulatory meeting. SunTanning.com praised FDA decisions to date and asked FDA to take action to silence doctors who he says are making ill founded and slanderous claims about tanning salons.


Suntanning.com presents at FDA regulatory meeting, praises regulatory work by FDA, then calls on FDA to silence medical groups who spread cancer scare for profit. These SunBusters arranged an Anti-Tanning Media Blitz right before the meeting. "The timing was intentional, probably intended to sway the opinion of the regulators as much as the public", says Lonn Dugan, founder of SunTanning.com. Dugan called a press conference immediately following FDA Regulatory Meeting, in Rockville, Maryland at 4:00 PM, February 8, 2002, to discuss the news reports.

Tanning detractors, affectionately called Sunbusters (after the hapless ghostbusters), used the event as an opportunity to release a bogus study that claimed patrons of tanning salons were 2.5 times more likely to develop skin cancer than persons who did not use tanning salons. The study is described as bogus by industry members because it was improperly conducted, poorly controlled, and even admits that its own results are statistically meaningless. Spokespersons for Industry associations TSO and ITA agree that the study is meaningless. Don Smith of TSO says it is so full of holes that it is a "Swiss Cheese" study.

Tanning salon industry members were conducting themselves as professionals while meeting with FDA officials during a scheduled regulatory affairs conference. In addition to improving the regulations for the industry, salon owners want to fight bad science and bad press.

Suntanning.com sent a press release to Washington DC News Stations saying, "This is bad science. It's not even science." He continues his defense of the industry now, saying "We have better science that shows health benefits. They did some interviews and called it science. The real shame is that Journalists don't think deeply about what they print when this happens. Dugan says that the doctors are misinformed by their associations, or that they are actually conspiring to hurt business at tanning salons because they can charge 10 times what salons charge for UV "Light Therapy" treatments. I might go further and argue that these white coated SunBusters are a loosely knit, but single body, acting in violation of U.S. Federal Law regarding monopolies by acting to restrain free trade. They seem to be intent on harming our industry to improve their sales. They are exercising improper influence on government agencies, while they simultaneously lobby against our ability to use good science in telling our story."

Dugan also says, "There are many good scientific studies demonstrating that sunlight can prevent breast cancer, colo-rectal cancer and osteoporosis." Many more people die from these diseases than from skin cancer. Good supporting evidence for these claims can be found at the web site, http://www.suntanning.com

Our message would save far more lives than the SUNBUSTERS can save with their skin cancer message. In fact, there is an excellent study done for the U.S. Navy, by a Dr. C. Garland, that proves that sunlight actually prevents the only kind of skin cancer that is deadly.

Other health benefits include cardiovascular and muscle toning benefits. Ancient Greek Participants in the Olympic Games understood this, and exercised nude in the sun to improve the result of physical training!

Industry members would like to share the health benefits of tanning with the media to counteract bad science and bad press distributed by the Sunbusters. But U.S. Law says they are forbidden from doing this. "Guess who sponsored that law", Dugan asks? "SunBusters!"

Suntanning.com is a web community site founded by Dugan in 1997 to work on improving the public image of the tanning salon industry while serving to improve communication in a manner that contributes to the professional growth of the tanning salon industry. The web community has over 1000 members registered and is currently growing at a rate of almost 100 members per month. Sister sites are Tanlovers.com and TanningProfessionals.com

For more information contact Lonn Dugan at 1-866-TANNERS

Further information can be found at Suntanning.com

For health related news about tanning, visit this link...


SunTanning.com Position Paper

Dear NewsMakers:

The sun gets a lot of bad press, but this is mostly based on old medicine and bad science.

Although we agree that repeated severe sunburns in childhood may contribute to malignant melanoma, we have to take a moment to disagree with much of what is written about sun exposure and cancer.

There are two sides to this story about sun and health. The tide is turning in the weight of scientific evidence regarding the health benefits of moderate UV exposure. Too much sun is not healthy. However, neither is too little. The benefits of moderate UV exposure far outweigh the risks.

"Hundreds or even thousands of times more people die every year from inadequate sun exposure than from too much" according to Lonn Dugan, founder of the popular SunTanning.com web site which serves the indoor tanning industry and other sun loving markets.

Epidemiologists have shown that skin cancer rates have been growing at a rock solid even though alarming logarithmic rate for over a century. They further note that social practices regarding sunbathing have had no impact on this incidence.

What this means is that increased sunbathing behavior in a culture does not cause a noticeable increase in skin cancer rates for that culture.

The rate is increasing at about the same alarming pace for all population groups, whether they live in sun drenched latitudes or sun deprived latitudes.

Since people only started exposing more skin when dressed in swimwear since the 60's, and this corresponded with an increase in seaside vacationing, there should be a corresponding blip in the graph of skin cancer rates. BUT IT US NOT THERE! (From memory, from a presentation by Prof. Dr. F. Urbach, world renowned Photobiologist and Professor Emeritus, Temple University).

It is useful to also note that you cannot prove tanning salons cause cancer either. This is mainly because it takes 20 years for these cancers to develop and tanning salons have not been around much longer than that. Any statement that says tanning salons cause cancer is patently false and is only a theory. Some studies have proven that lamps with rays never emitted in a tanning salon can burn hairless, albino mice, (nocturnal creatures that cannot tan anyway) but no good scientific study has caused cancer in humans using tanning salon equipment.

The indoor tanning salon industry serves a customer base of 30,000,000 Americans who are very health and beauty conscious. We help them meet their need to be healthy and tan. We would not sell tanning rays if we believed what we read in the popular press.

Most articles were based on old views and are incredibly one sided in covering a very two sided issue.

With so much new information coming out about the health benefits of UV exposure, we are shocked that media members of your caliber and stature would not work a little harder to present the facts. If there were a bias we would hope it would be toward promising new information about doing something that both feels good and provides health benefits at the same time!

Many publications persist in repeating old, outdated, and standard fare about sun and skin health. Such anti-tanning salon reporting is normal, but wrong.

Perhaps the unpublished FDA reports often cited by our detractors are unpublished for a reason? Are you aware that almost all of the studies most often cited by our detractors have been debunked by top researchers and even many inside FDA as inconclusive or even bad science.

Journalists have a saying about how the ordinary is NOT NEWS, but the opposite of ordinary IS NEWS. The saying goes, "When a dog bites a man, that's not news - but when a man bites a dog - now that is news."

Well.... The tanning industry is biting back against the medical, pharmaceutical and cosmetic establishment. These folks profit from making people fear the sun. We call them the SUNBUSTERS (AKA White coated specter fighting goons in the movie, "GhostBusters"). We are fighting misinformation to bring you new, better, and more scientifically sound information.

Moderate sun exposure could help many women prevent breast cancer. Moderate exposure helps prevent malignant melanoma, as well as breast, colon, and prostate cancer. (Garland and Garland, U.S. Navy Study).

UV exposure helps prevent Osteoporosis.(Dr Holick, Boston University). Here is how. The skin can produce Vitamin D when exposed to the sun. The Vitamin D is needed to bond to the calcium in your diet so that the body can deliver it to you bones. This is called the Calcium Uptake Mechanism. Without Vitamin D in your diet, you can take all the calcium pills you want and you will not get much benefit from it. The Vitamin D in your milk may prevent rickets, but is not nearly enough to fuel the calcium uptake mechanism. (From memory after hearing Dr. Holick speak)

Dr Michael Hollick, is also doing research funded in part by the Indoor Tanning Association, to show that vitamin D is produced in the skin, and that it can, in vitro, reverse cancer cell proliferation - returning a cell population from cancerous to normal.


Here is a nugget for you: Sunscreens cause more skin cancer than they prevent.

Here is one more nugget: Sunbeds are classified as Class 1 Medical Devices by the FDA - which means they offer real health benefits with very low risk of harmful consequence. They used to be classifed as Class 2 Devices, which means they are not thought to be less dangerous than in the past. This fact does not square with the commonly quoted statements by SUNBUSTERS about there being no known health benefits from tanning. Doctors have been wrong before. And they are wrong again. Maybe dead wrong!

One final nugget: Since many health publications and web sites have supported he PINK RIBBON campaign, about breast cancer awareness, you might be interested to know that there is a direct correlation between sun deprived parts of the world and the incidence of breast cancer. Increased sun exposure as you move toward the equator seems to help prevent breast cancer.

The same can be said about prostate and colon cancer. Your readers might be interested in this.

For those who cannot get outdoor sun, for whatever reason, a tanning salon is a good alternative as part of a health lifestyle. That is why our slogan at SunTanning.com is, "Today is a good day to be healthy and tan" tm.

For a great deal more information about the health benefits of moderate sun exposure, please visit http://www.suntanning.com and click on the various links about tanning and health. Then visit our message board link to the discussion forums. The direct link is at http://www.suntanning.com/forum/boards There is a forum of special interest regarding these issues. It is titled "THE TRUTH ABOUT THE SUN AND YOUR HEALTH."

We thank you for your consideration of our point of view. I hope you will share our thoughts with your readers.
Please feel free to contact me if we can help you any further as you report on this topic this season.

Lonn Dugan, webmaster@suntanning.com
Certification Training Coordinator for Tanning Salon Operator Training
http://www.bigdesign.net - Tel: 734-854-4558


Media Taken for Fools !

SunBusters Up to Old Tricks, using numbers to tell lies... Media swallowing camels whole...

Interviewing 500 People who live in one state about a medical history is not a study. It is a PR event. It is not bad science, it is not even science.

The study released last week said tanning salons increased skin cancer risks by factor of 2.5. But the study was not properly controlled for diet or heridity. Besides, epidemiologists say an increase of less than 3 in this kind of study is statistically INSIGNIFICANT !

I could prove that breathing causes death with an interview based study, or that sex causes divorce....

THIS IS NOT SCIENCE ! Maybe we should do a "STUDY" about death rates among persons who had visited a Geriatric Medicine clinic to prove that visiting such a clinic will increase your chances of death by a factor of 10 in the next 12 months.... The fact that people die without going to such a clinic would, of course, be data that is not consequential to the study, so we would not have to consider that material. Oh yeah, how about if we throw out the high and low scores, limiting the data we use to the one part that supports our hypothesis...

What is really sad is that more or less educated persons, (JOURNALISTS) are swallowing these lies and repeating them without doing any critical thinking.

AMAZING ! Some day, a good journalist will dig into this story and the truth will come out. Then more people will tan at salons and more people will be healthy!

The Sun Is Good For You !

At SunTanning.com, we say "Today is a good day to be healthy and tan !" sm

Lonn Dugan
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Toll Free 1-866-TANNERS
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Today is a good day to be healthy and tan tm.

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tanning salon franchise: Club Tan is Captivating, Enchancing and Nothing "Corporate" About Them!

Franchising and club tan, Scottsdale, AZ November 1, 2003 -- It was the end of my business trip and my last interview of the day. I was very tired and wanted to blow it off to catch a early flight home, but decided to go, yet make it very brief. As I approached the entry of Club Tan Headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona I noticed a blurb on the door, that said "If you have C.O.R.P.O.R.A.T.E. spelled anywhere in your franchise intentions, than we are not for you......As I entered I suddenly felt a warm inviting, yet innovative feel that I honestly have never felt before when entering a Franchise of any sort. The Franchisor Nick Nikias of whom my interview was with, was chasing his two childern around the office and introduced himself to me. He then asked if I could hold his baby for a moment, while he takes care of an emergency. As I relaxed with his two year old Anthony on the sofa watching Barney, I looked around the working salon/Headquarters and was amazed of the energy produced from the employess and clients and how the family atmosphere was so comfortable and warm. Most people are looking for that type of warmth and comfort when they purchase a franchise. It comes naturally to everyone at Club Tan, from Franchisor Nick Nikias, to all Club Tan Franchisee's, Club Tan clients, his wife Amy who I sat and had a glass of wine with. By the end of the interview, I wanted to own my own Club Tan and I don't even tan. In conclusion, Club Tan's purchasing power is amazing, the investment is minimal for the product produced and in their first Franchise year, they sold 23 franchise's. No advertising, no promotions, no high pressure, just by being them! Club Tan, a major asset to all franchises in hopes they will get a little less stuffy....

please connect to their web-site at www.clubtansalon.com

Nick Nikias at 480-570-7701
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Tanning Booths - Safer than you think!

Visiting a tanning booth to tan may be safer than you believe. You have to understand that skin cancer has a 20-30 year latency period, so most stories that you hear now are from the people who way back when thought that getting sun burns would fade into nice looking tans. This approach was not very good nor did it work at all. If you decide to try out a tanning booth the only thing you need to worry about is wearing protective eyewear.

The thing that causes skin cancer is the repeating pattern of getting sunburned. If you can avoid getting sunburn while using a tanning booth then you will not have much to worry about. Also, with using a tanning booth the UV rays are controlled and you can easily set your exposure time to them by using the bed. That way, you will be safe to tan for about 10-20 minutes depending on where you are at.

If you plan on using a tanning booth for the very first time and you do not tan very easily it is recommended that you do it for only 5 minutes for your 1st and 2nd sessions, and then move up to 10 minutes for the next few, then after that move to 15 then 20 minutes. You should never go past 20 minutes in one session unless the bed specifically instructs that it's safe to.

Adam Murray is currently the webmaster and author of several websites, http://www.tanning-beds-resource.com/, is one of his newer additions.

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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Pregnancy and Tanning Beds

With summer approaching, you would love to wear those cute maternity sun dresses, but you don't want to show off your pale white skin. Now, you need to decide what is the best way to tan without possibly putting your baby in danger. Tanning beds during pregnancy are just as safe as tanning outside in the direct sunlight.

At this time there are no studies on the effects of tanning beds on the unborn child, so anything you hear is nothing but myths. The UV light used in tanning beds do not reach the child, therefore your baby is not at risk.

During the first trimester your doctor will advise you not to do anything that will raise your body's temperature, such as hot tubs, saunas, and tanning beds. But, it may be okay to have 10 -15 minute sessions while lying on your side or standing in a tanning booth, to prevent your blood flow from being restricted.

The most important thing to remember is to stay cool and drink plenty of fluids. Your skin during pregnancy is also sensitive to burning, so you should start with short sessions until your body is tanned. Pregnancy and tanning beds is no more harmful to your child than lying in the sun. Just use common sense and make sure you are comfortable. It's always best to go with the motto, if you think it's not worth the risk.. then don't do it!

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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Sun Rays: Harmful or Beneficial? by Natalie Katsman

The argument never stops.

Human skin has special cells, melanocytes. These cells provide
natural, built-in sun protection. You can see it in action each
time you tan. Melanocytes produce dark brown substance, called
melanin, which does not allow sun rays to penetrate deep into
the skin layers as it would be damaging. At the same time sun
light stimulates cell generation, skin becomes thicker, and
therefore more resistant to UV rays.
Turns out the sun is actually good for the skin.

Well... People with fair skin don't have enough melanin
producing cells, their sun protection mechanism is not strong,
and these people get sun burns pretty quickly. UV rays have a
very strong biological effect, they can damage protein
molecules and even alter genetic material causing healthy cells
become malignant.
So tanning is bad.

Could say so, but... Sun energy is good for health. Increased
blood flow to the skin stimulates cell regeneration, helps to
fight acne, smooth scars and minor skin imperfections. Sun
light is a necessary factor for Vitamin D production. Sun
stimulates immune system and makes us feel happier and

So where is the truth? As always, in the middle.

Human body needs sun, but at the same time it must be
protected. To make contacts with sun enjoyable (as they should
be), remember:
- The most dangerous sun is between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
- Sun rays penetrate glass windows, so being in the sunny spot
inside your house or while driving is just as dangerous as
being outside.
- Don't be deceived by cold weather or clouds: clouds let UV
rays through, and UV radiation is not felt as heat.
- Water won't prevent sunburns as the harmful rays can
penetrate water three feet deep.

Wearing sunblock at all times is the best thing you can do for
your skin. Apply it 20-30 minutes before going outside so that
the lotion absorbs and starts working. People with lighter skin
should take extra precautions: wear hats, avoid direct sun
exposure, use sunblock with a higher SPF and reapply it more
often (remember, your skin does not have a strong sun
protection mechanism, so it needs your help).

UV exposure is a major factor of premature skin aging. Sun rays
are able to penetrate deep into the skin, dehydrate it and
damage collagen tissues. Free radical damage may not stop
there. Free radicals, the unstable molecules that appear during
sun exposure, can damage healthy cells and lead to cancer.

Skin has a wonderful ability to repair itself and fight off the
damage, but it needs proper nutrition to be able to do it

To help your skin repair itself more successfully, use products
that contain antioxidans able to halt the destructive activity
of free radicals.

Vitamin C, when applied topically, not only neutralizes free
radicals, it boosts skin's ability to repair itself after the
sun damage (American Academy of Dermatology, 2002 meeting). It
is also shown to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and help to
maintain an even skin tone.

Coenzyme Q10 is another powerful antioxidant. It is found in
beef, fish, grains, eggs, beans, and spinach. Human body makes
its own CoQ10, but the production declines with age. Coenzyme
Q10 has exceptional antioxidant properties. Studies show that
it can effectively counteract free radical damage and provide
significant protection against UVA-induced depletion of cell
membrane. In other words, it will prevent damage to collagen
and elastin production and help you avoid wrinkles.

Omega-3 fatty acid (alpha-linolenic acid) is essential for
healthy looking skin. Some studies suggest that it may inhibit
cancer. Fish oil and many plant oils (canola, flaxseed, hemp,
soybean) are rich in this acid. In cosmetics it is present
either as a constituent of another ingredient (for example: Emu
oil) or by itself.

Vitamins E helps to prevent skin dryness and protects against
environmental factors and free radical damage. It is used in
creams and lotions that relieve skin redness after sun

So stock up with skin armoring lotions, enjoy your summer and
keep your skin safe and beautiful. And if you would like to
have a bronze tan all over, get one in a bottle.

Natalie Katsman is a co-founder of http://www.natural-aid.com,
where you can find fine quality aloe vera products for beauty and well-being and subscribe to HealthySkin Newsletter filled with beauty tips, recipes
and information on herbal healing, skin care and cosmetic chemistry.

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How To Establish A Base Tan Without Getting Burned by Angela Maroevich

How To Establish A Base Tan Without Getting Burned by Angela Maroevich
How To Establish A Base Tan Without Getting Burned Lets face it. A nice tan makes you look and feel great. Plus, it can hide ugly cellulite and also make you appear thinner! If you are going on a trip or you simply want to look good for an event that’s coming up, it’s important to establish a base tan. Here are some 10 indoor tanning steps to help you achieve a nice base tan without getting burned*. By the way, if you are hesitant about using an indoor tanning bed but want to get a tan, try a UV-free spray tan like Mystic Tan. Otherwise, the steps below will help guide you through the UV indoor tanning process: 1.Be careful if you are on any prescription medications: blood pressure medications, antibiotics, skin problem medications are just a few categories of drugs you preferably should not be taking if you are tanning or spending lots of time outdoors. Refer to the photosensitizing medication chart in your local tanning salon to be sure the medications you are taking are not listed. These medications can effect the results of your tanning, making it more difficult to tan and you are more prone to burning. 2.Always use a good quality indoor tanning lotion. It will help your skin to absorb the UV, which will aid in the tanning process. There are also special ingredients that stimulate melanin production, such as Tyrosine, which will give you the most out of every tanning session. Your skin tends to dry out during the tanning process and if you don’t use a good quality indoor tanning lotion, your skin will exfoliate faster, become more dry and flaky, and you will lose your tan faster. So the bottom line: for a deeper, darker, longer lasting tan, you need to use quality indoor tanning lotion. It’s best to apply indoor tanning lotion immediately prior to your session or 1-2 hours prior is even better if you can. Applying it ahead of time allows your skin to absorb the lotion better so you will get the best results from your tanning session. 3.Apply after tan lotion as well to take care of your skin and keep it moisturized. Apply it twice daily at a minimum to keep your skin happy, once in the morning and again at night before bed. This also can enhance your tan and make it longer lasting- the key to a great tan is healthy skin! 4.If you are just beginning to tan, remember to start out conservative. Whatever you do, you don’t want to burn- you cannot tan on top of a burn and you will have to start over. The old saying “I always burn first and then I tan” is completely false, it simply does not have to be this way. If you burn, your skin is telling you that it’s getting too much sun, and then you will peel. So start out with a low number of minutes and work your way up. If you have fair skin but do have the ability to tan, you should not go more than 6-7 minutes your first time in a standard 20 minute tanning bed (also known as a Level 1 tanning bed). For stronger beds with shorter tan times, you would go for even less minutes. 5.Go once every 24-48 hours to build your base. Depending on how well your skin is doing, you can decide whether you can go once a day or once every other day. A good rule of thumb is if your skin is not pink within the 24 hours after your session, you can probably go again the next day without any problem. If your skin is pink, feels dry and itchy, or you get a rash, this is a signal that you went for too many minutes and need to take a break until it feels better and then start over again. 6.Once you build up your base, you really don’t need to tan as often. So depending on the type of bed you are using, you should only go 2-3 times per week to keep your tan, even less in stronger beds. This is where I see many people go overboard, tanning every day when it is really not necessary. Many people enjoy the relaxation time that tanning provides, but tanning too often can and will speed up your aging process and potentially cause other skin ailments over a long period of time. Just like everything else in life, moderation is key! 7.Wear eye goggles at all times! Many people think that putting a towel over their face will block the UV rays, but it doesn’t and repeated UV exposure can cause major eye problems later in life. Would you rather be blind or have lighter eyelids? I think I would choose the latter, but that is just me. For your own safety, please wear the eye goggles! 8.Since indoor tanning does not require the use of a bathing suit, use a towel to cover those ‘sensitive’ areas that don’t see the sun very often if you want to tan all over. In the beginning, try covering those areas for half the session and see how it goes. Gradually you can remove the towel earlier and earlier until you don’t need to use one anymore. The towel acts as a filter but won’t completely block the UV rays, so you are still getting the tanning process started. 9.To avoid getting creases or pressure tanning lines, you should move your limbs into different positions during your session. For the first half, try laying down with both arms extended above your head and legs apart. For the second half, bring your arms down next to your sides but away from your body, and re-position your legs by raising one knee slightly for a half of the remaining time, and then the other leg do the same thing. 10.Try to avoid wearing make-up, deodorant, or other perfumes prior to tanning. Some of these things can make your skin more sensitive and possibly have a bad reaction with your skin when exposed to UV. If you wear a lot of deodorant, you may notice that you are not tanning as well around your armpits, and you need to remove this prior to tanning. When it comes to tanning, every person’s skin type is different and results will vary. Consult with your local tanning salon for a skin type analysis (from a Smart Tan Certified Tanning Consultant) so you can get a good idea of where to start. * Also, ask your doctor for his or her advice if you have any specific medical questions or concerns. ©2005 Angela Maroevich ======================================= Angela Maroevich (everyone calls her Angie) is a salon owner, entrepreneur, and athlete. You can review more of her articles on tanning and skin care for free at http://www.tanning-advisor.com. This article courtesy of www.tanningmarketingsecrets.com. You may freely reprint this article on your website or in your newsletter provided this courtesy notice and the author name and URL remain intact.

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Originally Posted on 5/25/2005 1:41:52 PM
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