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BE SMART, LOOK GREAT SUMMER TANS

Suntans make us look better, no doubt about that. And when we look better, it’s no secret that we also feel better. But sun worshippers beware. Unless you’ve been living under a rock someplace, you know all the dangers and down sides to UV rays – from deadly skin cancers to wrinkles, brown spots and dried, weather beaten skin. Enter Sunless Tanners.

Lotion and spray sunless tanners are applied directly to the skin. These products can give you a safe, beautiful tan without the inherent dangers of direct sunlight. Today dye ingredients have been perfected to yield a rich, natural tan indistinguishable from those obtained from the sun. But you need to use them properly and exercise a few precautions.


  • The surface of your skin needs to be smooth. Otherwise the self-tanner will stain those clumped surface cells darker than the rest of your skin. To get that smooth surface, exfoliate regularly with a glycolic exfoliant to rid your skin of uneven, dead surface cells. (Exfoliating is good for the skin whether using a sunless tanner or not, but particularly important if you do.)
  • Test sunless tanning products on a small patch of skin before applying it to the entire body, to avoid an allergic reaction or rash.
  • Wear protective garments or gear over the eyes, mouth and nose while applying sunless tanning products. Avoid inhaling the fumes or absorbing them through mucous membranes.
  • If using a spray-on tanner, as with any aerosol product, (antiperspirants, insect repellants, etc.), wait two minutes after applying before going near an open flame. 
  • If you have sensitive skin, eczema or other dermatological conditions, consult your dermatologist or other skin care professional to see if one of these tanners is safe for your skin.

Look great while having fun this summer.

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TANNING BEDS, SUNSHINE, AIRBRUSH TANNING & VITAMIN D

Most of us avoid basking in the sun these days, the culprit of both deadly melanoma skin cancer, as well as aging skin (premature lines, wrinkles and brown spots). Without regular sun exposure,  many of us become vitamin D deficient. 

The quick fix for this: Vitamin D supplements.

Others are simply  sun worshippers seduced by tanning beds, thinking they are a quick fix to a dazzling golden tan without the dangers wrought by direct sunlight exposure. But beware. Know the facts. The UV bulbs used in tanning salons are almost all UVA, which make no Vitamin D. You need UVB light to make Vitamin D, but tanning salons don’t use them because besides making Vitamin D, they cause sun burns. Furthermore, regular use of tanning beds makes you as prone to all the types of skin damage as from direct sunlight.

Maybe we should just settle for bronze glow makeup.

Or for those committed to a more lasting effect, Airbrush Sunless Tanning could be a good  alternative .

These are safe choices. Either way, your body might need those Vitamin D supplements. Check with your physician.

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