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Is Tanning Safe?

We get asked that a lot, and with summer fully under way we would like to give this topic the space it deserves. First, moderate exposure to the sun is desirable. It aids the body’s production of Vitamin D and helps regulate mood.  Some people react to sunless seasons with a seasonal depression because of the loss of full spectrum light.

But moderate exposure does not include sun bathing and tanning. Many people believe that tanning in a tanning bed is safer but may be surprised to learn that the FDA considers the damage your skin receives from an indoor tanning bed to be up to 12 times that of the damage received from a similar amount of time in the sun! Another fact that few people understand is that tanning occurs when the skin is exposed to Ultra Violet Radiation and the skin cells undergo changes (including darkening) as a result. Frequent tanning has been known to lead to accelerated aging, precancerous and cancerous skin cell changes, and a depressed immune system.

What can you do then to protect your skin and get at least a little bit of a bronze glow in the summer? First, whenever you go out be sure to where a good sunblock. Sun screens and sun blocks should be paraben free and a high enough SPF to really protect your skin. Our Protect Me broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 30 paraben free sunblock has the sun protection, the moisturizers and is paraben-free and water resistant. It can be worn under your makeup and is non-irritating for delicate skin.

The next thing you may want to do is use a self-tanner. If you are a mature woman you may remember the orange-y color and streaky results of early “tanning lotions.” These used mostly carotene for color and the result was not natural or consistent.

Modern self-tanners give you a bronze glow in about four hours from application. They go on smoothly and do not streak. So the result looks natural and you look great without risking the damage that can come from the sun. Ready to tan without the sun? Try Tan-Fan self-tanner and get the look you want with no sunburn!

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The rise of melanoma can be prevented

Melanoma is the deadly kind of skin cancer – the kind that can metastasize (migrate through the body).  Not too long ago, melanoma was uncommon. In 1930, only one in 1500 individuals would get melanoma. By 1980, this number had increased to 1 in 250. Today,  we note with great concern that this number has risen to 1 in 60.

The culprit isn’t difficult to find.  The group most likely to get melanoma is young women who get exposed to the intense ultraviolet rays of artificial tanning beds.  This is completely preventable.

Besides contributing to skin cancer, ultraviolet radiation, whether from tanning beds or sunlight, causes most of the aging of our skin. Up to 80%, in fact.

So, you should use a good paraben-free broad spectrum sunscreen every day – even if you’re not tanning at the beach, and even on cloudy days. This is because the effects of sunlight are cumulative over your entire lifetime. UV rays are also invisible, so on an overcast day, just because it’s not as bright, there are still a lot of UV rays penetrating your skin.

But you don’t have to be pale, either. There are some excellent, non-toxic sunless tanning lotions on the market to give you that golden skin glow – safely.

What’s the Best Way to Prevent Skin Aging?

Sunlight and Aging

Everyone wants skin that has a youthful glow. However, most people don’t understand what actually causes skin to age. Although there are multiple factors that can impact the way your skin looks, there is one factor that stands out from the rest.

Sunlight has the biggest impact on skin aging and wrinkles. It can cause up to 80% of skin aging! Because sunlight has such a huge effect on the appearance of your skin, it’s the factor you should focus on if you want to keep your skin as attractive and healthy as possible.

Even though there’s just one factor that causes the majority of skin aging, there are two main reasons why so many people still end up with skin that looks worn out. The first is most people are exposed to sun on a daily basis. As a result, proper skin care isn’t something that should be done on a monthly or even weekly basis. Instead, preventive measures need to be taken each day. The other reason that sunlight and skin aging is such an issue is because many people willfully expose themselves to far more sunlight than they need.

A common misconception is that tanned skin is more healthy than pale skin. In reality, tanning is the result of skin being damaged. The reason skin darkens when it’s exposed to sunlight or other forms of UV rays is because it’s trying to stop the rays from causing additional damage to the epidermis.

If you want to keep your skin truly healthy, there are two main steps you need to take:

Limit Sun Exposure

Because sunlight is the root cause of skin aging, you want to limit your exposure as much as possible. Keep in mind that this doesn’t mean you have to spend your entire summer indoors. Instead, you can have the best of both worlds by using a broad spectrum sunblock. By applying this type of product whenever you’re getting ready to go outside, you can protect your skin against the sun rays that cause it to age. An added benefit is the ingredients in this type of sunblock will work as a moisturizer for smoother skin.

Avoid Outdoor and Indoor Tanning

Although shows like Jersey Shore have reignited the popularity of tanning, that doesn’t mean that outdoor or indoor tanning has suddenly become a safer option. Fortunately, the fact that you should avoid both forms of tanning if you want to preserve your skin also doesn’t mean that you can’t add a desirable bronze glow to your appearance.

By using self tanning lotion, you can add color to your face and body without aging your skin. To ensure that you safely get the best results from this type of product, be sure to choose one that is paraben-free.

While many people assume that they just have to accept skin damage and eventually use an invasive option like surgery to rejuvenate their skin, the good news is that a few small steps can go a long way in keeping your skin free of wrinkles and other signs of aging. For existing wrinkles and lines, we recommend a good peptide cream.

Summer has faded – what about your tan?

Summer is officially over, and along with shorter days and cooler temperatures, that epic tan you worked on all summer is probably fading also.

Keep that summer glow!  Now you can enjoy a bronzed body all year long with our paraben-free Tan-Fan™ lotion.  It won’t streak and doesn’t have that strong bug spray smell of most sunless tanners.

Remember, sunless tanning is the only safe tanning – sunlight causes 80% of skin aging! And parabens can cause health problems, so order your paraben free Tan-Fan™ self-tanner today!

An remember, if you ever spent too much time in the sun and lost a little of that youthful looking skin in the process, try our outstanding anti aging creams today!

Sun Damage causes 80% – 85% of skin aging

There are two kinds of ultraviolet solar radiation that can affect your exposed skin: UVA and UVB Rays. UVA Rays make up about 95% of the UV rays on earth and can cause deterioration of collagen and elastin in your skin. This can lead to thinning and wrinkling of skin – sun damage.  With age, elastin and collagen fibers gradually decrease – UV radiation speeds up this process.

Ultraviolet B rays (UVB) are the ones that cause your skin to turn red and give you a sunburn. The resulting darkening of your skin is cause by your body trying to defend itself against further solar damage by producing a pigment known as melanin.

Too much ultraviolet light will damage your skin cells. Some say that UVB isn’t as damaging as UVA rays – while they don’t penetrate your skin as deeply, UVB rays can still harm your skin.

Protect your skin with a good titanium-dioxide based, full spectrum, UVA/UVB sunblock with a SPF of at least 30. Avoid direct sunlight for two hours before and after noon, and remember that tanning beds are not a safe alternative. If you want a tan, look for a good paraben-free sunless tanning lotion.

Keep Your Skin Healthy – Protect from Sunlight

Limit sun exposure.  Avoid direct sunlight during the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when the solar radiation is strongest. Cloudy days don’t offer much protection – many of the sun’s rays can pass through clouds, especially ultraviolet.  Being around water can intensify sunlight through reflection and the fact that water’s ability to cool the skin can make people unaware they are getting burned.

Use a good UVA/UVB sunblock with a SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or higher.  Look for “broad spectrum” sun screen – the best kind contain titanium dioxide.  Also, use waterproof sunblock so it stays on your skin if you perspire of get wet.

Protective clothing such as a wide-brimmed hat will help shield your face, ears, and neck.  Be sure your sunglasses filter out ultraviolet radiation.

Avoid sun tanning, which includes artificial sunlight at tanning salons.