Burning is NOT tanning!

Many unknowing tanners always ask the question:

Will burning first give me a darker, better tan?


Burning causes damage to the surface layers of the skin. Many people say ” my burn turns to tan “. This myth is very dangerous. Tanning and burning are two totally different processes.

Burning leads to premature aging, sunspots, drying, flaking and peeling of the skin, and should be avoided at all cost! A burn may heal and disappear at the same time a tan is developing , giving you the appearance that your burn is turning tan. You’re actually causing damage to your skin. Repeated damage could lead to some forms of skin caner.

The tanning process is not something that can be rushed. It may seem like nothing happened, but it can take up to 48 hours for melanogenisis to begin. Adjust your session slowly till you reached your desired color. Remember everyone is different, and while building a base tan 48 hrs is the recommended time between sessions.

The Golden Rules of Tanning

Want the best possible glow? Follow these fundamental Rules for tanning.

  1. Apply Skin Care Products
    • Use lotions before and after tanning to keep an attractive tan looking better longer
    • Use an indoor tanning lotion to maximize the appearance of your tan.
    • Choose from an array of tanning skin care products that are designed to work with any skin type and tanning level.
  2. Slow Down
    • Never try to hurry a tan and always use common sense.
    • Never tan more than once a day
    • Retain your desired color by tanning once or 2 to 3 times a week, depending on the level of the bed.
  3. Wear Eye Protection
    • Always wear protective eye goggles when tanning.

4. NEVER Burn

How long will it take to get a base tan?

Everyone’s skin is different, and the tanning process occurs at different speeds depending on a person’s skin type. Those with darker complexions usually tan faster than those with fair skin.

As a general rule, 10-15 consecutive sessions (every other day, or not more than 4 times per week) will give you a base tan. How long it takes to get a tan also depends on whether or not you use a premium indoor tanning product to maximize the tanning results from UV exposure.

There are also different bed levels that provide different UV wattage, UVA to UVB percentages, lamp quantity, etc… that will affect the time it takes to build your base tan.

The benefits of using an indoor tanning lotion.

The answer is simple, indoor tanning lotions give you better results. They are also an important part of tanning responsibly and keeping your skin looking radiant and healthy.

Here are just some of the reasons why tanning lotion is a must-have:

  • Moist skin tans faster and more efficiently, resulting in a better tan in fewer visits
  • Tanning lotions allow for better magnification, giving you maximum results
  • Moisturized skin readily absorbs UV light, while dry skin reflects it
  • Active ingredients supplement your skin’s cells with the same proteins that naturally enhance the tanning process
  • A specially formulated tanning lotion can give you a lasting tan by helping retain UV induced melanin longer
  • Tanning lotions supply the skin with vitamins and nutrients essential for a tan, while keeping your skin moist and healthy
  • UV exposure can dehydrate your skin, and tanning lotions help to replenish moisture lost during your tanning session
  • Contrary to some belief, all persons tanning can benefit from a premium quality indoor tanning lotion

Without using an indoor lotion while tanning:

  • Your skin will be drier and flaky
  • Vitamins and nutrients are lost from UV exposure during the tanning process
  • You will never reach your true tanning potential by up to 70%
  • Dry skin actually reflects light
Why use an Indoor Tanning Lotion?

1. You need to prepare your skin to tan. Dry skin doesn’t tan as well, dry skin, reflects light, instead of absorbing it. This can mean you will get a sunburn easier as well. By using lotion your skin is moist, and healthy and supple, ready to take in the sun.

2. You need to protect your skin! Most of the premium brand lotions are high quality lotions. Many lotions are aloe vera based, which is widely known for its positive effects on the skin during moderate to heavy sun exposure. When using a tanning lotion, the main active ingredients are those which accelerate your skins ability to generate melanin. The process by which the skin tans – simplified – is the conversion of Tyrosine, to Melanin, by the UVA portion of light. Your body produces some Tyrsosine, but not enough to actually keep up a high-quality unit like the matrix, especially with its low UVB output. It’s similar to having the fastest brick wall building crew, and no bricks. So by not using lotion, you are going to have to a lot more, to get the same tan. Chewing up MORE minutes and increasing your total UV exposure which puts added stress on the skin, especially without the moisturizing qualities of lotion to take care of your skin.

3. You want to prolong your tan. By using lotion, along with some other very basic skincare principles like exfoliating during your shower, your skin will stay healthy, and thus stay tanned longer. This means less tanning, using less minutes tha you are paying for, and keeping the same look.

So by ignoring the Prepare/Protect/Prolong factors in using lotion, we end up with wrinkly un-tanned customers, that will go on to talk about how tanning is bad, when its just tanning like an idiot thats bad. Doing anything like an idiot is bad, you could drive your car with your feet if you want to, doesn’t means its a good idea!

Besides all the fun benefits like smelling good and anti-oxidants, lotion is absolutely imperitive to tanning. It would be like if you saw your little cousin brushing his teeth without toothpaste, you would think he’s being stupid. If he argued with you on the importance of toothpaste, you’d tell him he’s being retarded, yet you are not a dentist. It’s common sense, which isn’t so common these days. This is why I get frustrated with people when you have to “SELL” them lotion, rather than just show them the lotions, let them smell them, explain the features and the benefits of those features, and let them happily pick a favorite.

The difference between high-pressure and low-pressure
  • Low-Pressure Sunbeds: These beds are the most popular. They use low-pressure fluorescent bulbs to mimic natural sunlight. A typical low-pressure tanning bulb emits a UVA to UVB ratio around ninety-five percent UVA, and five percent UVB. The higher amounts of UVB can lead to burning, but also produce higher amounts Vitamin D. A drawback of low-pressure beds is that they require more sessions to maintain your existing tan. A higher percentage of UVB will give you a quick boost of color, hence the name “bronzing beds”.
  • High-Pressure Sunbeds: High-pressure beds release higher amounts of UVA rays using High Intensity Discharge bulbs. UVA rays penetrate deeper into your skin. Conversely, they contain lower amounts of UVB, which can lead to less burning or reddening as you tan. With high-pressure beds you can establish a base tan 6 to 8 times faster than with low-pressure. They also result in a deeper tan, which means you need to tan less frequently to maintain your color.

Please remember, that contrary to what any operator may tell you as a selling gimmick, you can burn in any bed/booth that emits UVA/UVB. After all, it is called a sunbed and can’t you burn outdoors?

What is a tanning plateau and how do I break through it?

A tanning plateau is a phase you go through when it just doesn’t seem like you are getting any darker.

When you first start tanning it’s easy to see daily results but as you gradually acquire a dark tan, it’s sometimes hard to see the different stages of tan. There is only so much melanin your skin will produce using indoor tanning equipment because tanning salons are regulated as to how much “sun” we can give you in a session.

This is where tingle lotions can come in. They prompt your skin to produce more pigment by increasing the blood flow to your surface skin. Rotate your lotions and/or rotate the tanning equipment you are using. Always moisturize your skin between tanning sessions. As your skin becomes tanner, it becomes thicker which actually blocks a bit of the the UV light from penetrating your upper skin layers.

If you think you’ve reached a plateau, talk to a certified professional and they’ll help you get over that hump.

It also depends on what may be causing your tanning plateau.

  • Sometimes a person needs to alternate between a couple of tanning lotions, based on the nutritional and moisture needs of their skin.
  • Medications, and even a poor diet, can cause a temporary plateau.
  • Rotating the tanning bed/booth you are using can help. This is because different equipment provides different levels of UVA/UVB. Your skin may just need to switch it up for a while.
  • A couple of cold, hard realities you may need to face are your tanning goals and limitations. If your goal is to look like a piece of charcoal, you may need to adjust your goal to something that is a little more realistic.
  • Everyone also has a genetic limitation. Skin type II individuals (lighter skin) won’t ever be able to reach the depth of color that a skin type V (dark skin) can achieve from tanning.
  • If you happen to be a tanning addict, it’s probably time to give your skin a break. Organs usually require at least occasional rest, including skin. You might want to take a reasonable break from tanning to allow your skin to properly rebuild itself.
  • If you are still unsatisfied, you may need to try a professional Spray Tan.
What causes white spots when tanning?

These white spots are not from a dirty tanning bed. White spots are usually caused by a skin condition that effects tanners called Tinea Versicolor, a microscopic fungus from the scalp. White spots are treatable and should avoid ultraviolet light exposure until those areas have begun developing melanin again. Use special shampoo, or cream found at your local tanning center. There a several other reasons why white spots become noticeable on the body when tanning. When patches of the skin do not tan its because of Melanocytes in that certain area may simply not be producing enough melanin. Birth control pills and some other medications can cause blotches and uneven pigmentation of the skin when exposed to UV light. White spots could also be appear due to fungus which lives on the skins surface, once again this is harmless. It can be remedied through the use of a special shampoo or cream found in most tanning salons. Pressure points are white patches of the skin. These patches are usually found on the shoulder blades, and just above the buttocks. These patches are caused from the pressure of the body as it reclines on the hard surface. The pressure inhibits blood flow through that area of the skin. This area will not tan because blood carries oxygen and is essential to the tanning process. To make these white patches disappear, try shifting your body during your tanning session. We recommend to use Selsun extra strength with 2.5% Selenium Sulphide to treat Tinea Versicolor. Shower with it or for quicker results, rub it on and leave it overnight. Apply it like an ointment rather than a body wash. Shower and rinse it off in the morning. After about 3-4 of these treatments and you shouldn’t see it anymore. You have to tan to verify there aren’t any white spots. According to the America Association of Dermatologists: When the yeast overgrows, it causes the skin disease tinea versicolor. It is believed that the following can cause the yeast to overgrow: Hot, humid weather. Lots of sweating. Oily skin. A weakened immune system.

Confusion regarding Hemp Seed oil and the military.

I have heard the same comment hundreds of times over the past decade. “I can’t use that lotion because the drug dogs will alert on me and anything with hemp is not allowed.”

Like many other myths and misconceptions, everyone just passes along these statements as fact instead of verifying the validity of the source.

Truth is that hemp seed and hemp seed oil products, from clothing to lotions, are derived from a plant in same family as the Cannabis plant. Hemp does  not contain any THC, which is what marijuana is and what is tested for. The military’s stance since 2004 is that ingesting hemp products is strictly forbidden. Skin care products containing hemp are not. However, in the military’s opinion, it may be possible that a search may give a false dog alert and would be at the least embarrassing, but not against regulations. If in doubt, ask your base commander or local office for advise.

The Associated Press
CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – A trade organization is asking the Air Force to clarify that its ban on marijuana use doesn’t apply to personal care products that contain hemp seed oil.
The California-based Hemp Industries Association and the Indoor Tanning Association have sent Air Force Secretary James Roche a letter this week criticizing a recent article in the Cannon Air Force Base newspaper – Mach Meter.
The article warned airmen not to use products containing hemp seed oil, hemp oil or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol – known as THC – marijuana’s main active chemical.
The article said using such products created the “statistically small” chance of flunking a drug test and could attract attention from the base’s drug-sniffing dogs.
“While the lotion was not used with intent to break any laws and is not illegal, the fact that a military working dog alerts on your car or your person creates a perception that nobody wants,” said the article written by Capt. Gwendolyn Beitz.
People in the military are prohibited from using marijuana, and the services test for THC levels. Hemp is a plant that is used for a variety of products, from fiber for making clothes to tanning lotion.
The Cannon story said while base officials don’t think anyone would ingest a lotion, the lotion could be applied over a cut or scrape, creating a chance of absorption under certain circumstances.
A spokesman for the Hemp Industries Association disputes that such use could lead to a positive drug test.
“There’s no way a personal care product will cause someone to fail a drug test,” association spokesman Adam Eidinger said Thursday during a telephone interview.
Eidinger said the association that represents about 200 companies decided to write Roche because it complained to Cannon officials about the article and failed to get a response.
“We want the Air Force to clarify this policy,” Eidinger said. “At the very least, they should clarify that their ban on hemp foods does not apply to personal care products … which contain varying amounts of hemp oil.”

Original article here: http://amarillo.com/stories/2004/06/11/new_tradegroup.shtml#.VR2URfnF98E

Air Force: Sunscreen Not Part of Hemp Ban

The Associated Press
CANNON AIR FORCE BASE— The Air Force, in response to concerns from a hemp trade group and the tanning salon industry, says its ban on hemp seed or hemp seed oil products does not include skin care products containing hemp.
The California-based Hemp Industries Association and the Virginia-based Indoor Tanning Association in June asked the Air Force to clarify that its ban on marijuana use doesn’t apply to personal care products that contain hemp seed oil.
    The Air Force in 2001 changed its alcohol and drug abuse policies to prohibit its members from ingesting hemp seed or hemp seed oil products.
    However, the policy does not prohibit the use of skin care products containing hemp, Maj. Gen. Joseph E. Kelley, assistant surgeon general, wrote the two industry groups in a letter this month.
The issue arose after the associations criticized an article in Cannon’s newspaper, Mach Meter.
The article, written by a judge advocate who defends airmen, warned them not to use products containing hemp seed oil, hemp oil or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol— THC— marijuana’s main active chemical. The article said such products create a “statistically small” chance of flunking a drug test or drawing the attention of a drug-sniffing dog.
“While the lotion was not used with intent to break any laws and is not illegal, the fact that a military working dog alerts on your car or your person creates a perception that nobody wants,” said the article written by Capt. Gwendolyn Beitz.
The Hemp Industries Association, which represents about 200 companies, disputed her conclusion. Candi Penn, the association’s executive director, said it’s ridiculous to think drug-sniffing dogs would target a person wearing hemp sun block and that there’s no example of anyone failing a drug test after using hemp personal care products.
Kelley’s letter explains the duties of judge advocates, saying they are encouraged to make airmen “broadly aware of risks that might damage their careers or land them in court.”
“The article by the Cannon Air Force Base area defense counsel was her independent, cautionary advice to airmen at Cannon about the possibility of unintended consequences from using tanning lotions and oils that contain hemp oil or hemp seed oil,” he wrote.

Original article here: http://www.abqjournal.com/news/military/210741military08-20-04.htm

See the official Air Force statement concerning hemp related products here: https://www.votehemp.com/PDF/AF_hemp_skincare_policy.pdf

How do I get the Vitamin D my body needs?

The two main ways to get vitamin D are by exposing your bare skin to sunlight and by taking vitamin D supplements. You can’t get the right amount of vitamin D your body needs from food.

The most natural way to get vitamin D is by exposing your bare skin to sunlight (ultraviolet B rays). This can happen very quickly, particularly in the summer. You don’t need to tan or burn your skin to get vitamin D. You only need to expose your skin for around half the time it takes for your skin to turn pink and begin to burn. How much vitamin D is produced from sunlight depends on the time of day, where you live in the world and the color of your skin. The more skin you expose the more vitamin D is produced.

You can also get vitamin D by taking supplements. This is a good way to get vitamin D if you can’t get enough sunlight, or if you’re worried about exposing your skin. Vitamin D3 is the best kind of supplement to take. It comes in a number of different forms, such as tablets and capsules, but it doesn’t matter what form you take, or what time of the day you take it.

Different organizations recommend different amounts of vitamin D supplement to take each day. The Vitamin D Council recommends taking larger amounts of vitamin D each day than other organizations, because smaller amounts aren’t enough to give you what your body needs. Most people can take vitamin D supplements with no problems. However, if you have certain health problems or take certain medicines, you may need to take extra care.

Your body gets most of the vitamins and minerals it needs from the foods that you eat. However, there are only a few foods that naturally contain any vitamin D. Most foods that contain vitamin D only have small amounts, so it’s almost impossible to get what your body needs just from food.

Because there are only small amounts of vitamin D in food there are only two sure ways to get enough vitamin D:

  • Exposing your bare skin to sunlight to get ultraviolet B (UVB).
  • Taking vitamin D supplements.