There are both physiological and psychological reasons to tan. Most people tan in order to obtain the cosmetic value of darker skin, which, in turn may heighten their mood and self-esteem. Other people may tan for certain medical reasons, such as psoriasis, and do so under a doctor’s care.
Is Tanning Safe?
Light is essential to all life on earth, and without light we could not survive. Tanning is natural. It is your skin’s natural defense against burning. For example, eating is natural, but if you eat too much and eat the wrong things it is not good for you. The same can be said for tanning. If you burn while tanning, do not tan in moderation, or do not wear SPF protection when outdoors, you are not tanning smart. Premier Tanning promotes smart tanning by educating our clients to tan in moderation, to take care of their skin using high quality products, and to never, ever burn!
How Does My Skin Tan?
When the skin is exposed to Ultraviolet (UV) rays, a natural process begins to take place. There are special cells in your epidermis, which is the outermost layer of your skin, called melanocytes. When exposed to the UVB (shorter) ray, these melanocytes produce melanin, which is the pigment that is then absorbed by the surrounding skin cells. When melanin is exposed the UVA (longer) ray, the melanin then oxidizes, or darkens, creating a “tan”.
Why Should I Use Tanning Products?
Premier Tanning is committed to the overall well-being of our clients and their skin. By wearing an accelerator while tanning, you are doing two things: you are helping to prevent the possibility of drying out your skin, and you are allowing more UV light to penetrate your skin more quickly. Dry skin is not healthy skin, and by keeping your skin in optimum condition, you will tan darker, faster, and stay tan longer! Also, when tanning, dry skin reflects light, not allowing for the UV rays to be absorbed as quickly as when using an accelerator.
Why Does My Tan Fade?
Since a tan occurs in the epidermis, the outermost layer of the skin, it is eventually lost during your skin’s natural exfoliation process. Every 28-30 days, your skin completely replaces all of its cells, and the cells at the top layer are eventually sloughed off, allowing the new cells to reach the skin’s surface. When the old cells are exfoliated, they take with them the darkened melanin that was created by the exposure to UV light. In order to maintain your tan, you must continue to expose your skin to UV light.
Do I Have To Wear Eyewear?
By law it is required that all tanners wear FDA approved eyewear while tanning. The skin around your eyes is the thinnest skin on your body, and UV light can easily penetrate that skin to reach your eyes. Repeated, unprotected exposure to UV light may cause long-term damage to your eyes, and that is why we require all tanners to wear eyewear every time they tan!
Can I Wear Contacts While I Tan?
As long as you are wearing your FDA approved eyewear, there is no reason why you cannot wear your contact lenses while tanning.
Can I Tan If I'm Pregnant?
While there is not current scientific evidence that expectant mothers cannot tan, this is something that needs to be discussed with your physician beforehand. There are some researchers that believe that the increased production of vitamin D that is produced by exposure to UVB may be beneficial to both the mother and the fetus. But you must also consider the possibility of increased body temperature, which does occur when tanning indoors, just as it does when taking a bath or using a Jacuzzi. Please make sure to discuss this thoroughly with your doctor prior to tanning, because for liability reasons, we will only allow a pregnant woman to tan with written permission from her doctor.