About This Site-

I created this blog to help other people that have questions about tanning, tanning lotions and anything else that has to do with getting a tan. When you search the internet all you find are tanning salons that offer information but there are not many unbiased sites that just tell you how to get a great tan! I hope you enjoy my site:)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Tanning While Breastfeeding

After having a baby you likely haven't had much tanning at least in a tanning bed for the last nine months and your body is starting to go back to it's original shape and feel, so you are probably thinking of doing things like getting a nice tan. If you chose to bottle feed your baby then you don't have too much to consider but if you are breastfeeding then you do have things to think about with using a tanning bed along with using tanning lotions while breastfeeding. With a new infant there are so many precautionary measures and you must ask yourself what to avoid while breastfeeding. So here is the scoop on breastfeeding and tanning in a tanning bed.

According to the book about Breastfeeding, which was published by la Leche League International, there is no effect that exists between nursing mothers and the baby and tanning or the use of tanning lotions or tanning beds. It is a precautionary measure to limit the exposure in sun tanning and tanning beds to keep away from burning the skin. Yes there are instances that was reported that mothers complained about burned nipples when they used tanning beds, that is why extra precautionary measure should always be observed, and if you can avoid tanning while you are breastfeeding, then that’s the best precautionary measure for you. Tanning lotions may be just fine but if you are going to take in medication check the label for any warning and better yet consult the doctor.

The ideal situation would be to not go tanning in a tanning bed while you are breastfeeding but I know that isn't always easy and as new Mom's we still want to look beautiful, and that includes our skin! So if you must tan while breastfeeding there are a few main things to take into consideration. From my reading and experience these things are as follows-

* Be careful to not get your nipples burnt because this can be very painful and in combination with already painful breastfeeding(at times for some people) it's just not a good situation.

*Along with the first thing I mentioned is the fact that you might be taking different vitamins or medications. Some medications and other things can make you more susceptible to the sun, hence making you burn much easier. So please do your research on that first and ask your doctor if you feel it's needed.

* The last thing but perhaps the most important is the fact of indoor (or outdoor for that matter) tanning lotions. Some are tingle tanning lotions and others have an array of different ingredients. Some are not the best chemicals to have in the human body let alone near an infants face and mouth. So if it were me, I think I would try to not use anything on my breasts and maybe just cover with a small towel to be extra safe but if you don't feel that's an option then please make sure that you shower shortly after each tanning session and before breastfeeding baby. Maybe have a pumped milk supply on hand. As far as tingler lotion, I'm sure you have all used them and if you have fair skin or not it's probably safe to say that they freakin burn! I know I don't even like them for that reason so I can't even imagine how traumatizing it could be to an infant. If you read your bottle of sizzle tanning lotion you will see that it even says not to touch young children after using it. So please, please be careful with that!

I hope I was able to answer some if not all of your questions regarding tanning beds and breastfeeding. Please feel free to leave any comments, they are always welcome! Thanks for reading and come back for more on hot topics about tanning, tanning beds and everything that goes along with it!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Spray Tanning

Sunless spray tanning or airbrush tanning is the newest popular thing in the tanning industry and for good reason. I would say up until about a few years ago I have always had a bad attitude or idea when it came to any type of sunless tanning and I think that's because many years ago I tried a few of the drugstore type tan in a bottle with bad results. When I finally got around to trying out sunless tanners recently I guess I could say I kind of got addicted!

What really started me on the sunless tan was airbrush tanning and the fact that I have light skin with many moles. If you don't know, moles + sun = skin cancer! So in search of something a little less life threatening I went to a local salon to be sprayed by a professional. It came out great and I loved it but it was expensive. So I started to experiment with different tanning supplies. I even bought my own airbrush machine! I probably should have done more research before spending almost $200 though because I don't use it anymore. Mostly because it doesn't cover a large enough area, it clogs and basically gives me different problems all the time.

From all of my trials I have come to conclude that using a mixture of gradual self tanner that is mixed in with a moisturizing lotion and a "tan in a can" so to speak. Like I said I have tried many, many different kinds of the self tanners and my absolute favorite would be the Body Drench Quick Tan Sunless Spray Tan.  I also love, love, love the gradual self tanner by the same company. It is the ONLY one that I know of that actually smells kind of good, it's called Body Drench Quick Tan Tanning Lotion.

I usually use this lotion right after I get out of the shower. I use the dark one by the way, I think they have light, medium and dark. I stopped using the sunless tanning lotion for a few days and I could not believe how white and pale I was. I guess I didn't believe how much the gradual self tanning lotion was actually working! I think most women apply body lotion after their shower anyway so why not make it one that gives you a beautiful tan too. I also use it on my face and have had no bad experiences from it. I like to be a little darker though so after I use the lotion and let it dry a few minutes I then use the sunless spray tanner. In the winter I just put it on my face and chest and sometimes arms but for the most part the lotion gets my arms as dark as I need them. In the summer though, I do use it on my legs and other parts and I do go through a lot of the stuff. If you don't have the money to afford that then just use it less often or only on certain areas. You will have to find what works for you individually.

I plan to write more on this topic in later posts but I'll leave you with this for now. It's the basics anyway. I want to add that I DO NOT work for any tanning companies, I truly just want to provide my knowledge and experience about tanning, tanning lotions and sunless tanners to help others in their quest for a beautiful tan! I do however make a small profit from ads and links that go to Amazon, like the ones for the products I mentioned earlier. I am NOT writing about these particular products just to make money though. These are the ones that I honestly recommend and love! Please leave me feedback, especially if you have tried these brands. I would love to hear your input on the topic and suggestions for others!!

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Using Eye Protection In Tanning Beds

One of the biggest mistakes that people make, myself included, is not protecting their eyes when tanning in a tanning bed, or even outside for that matter. I have to admit, that I am guilty of this myself. When I was younger, I didn't like the way I got white circles around my eyes from wearing tanning goggles in the tanning beds, so I just thought closing my eyes was good enough. Then other times I would wear them for half the time of my session and keep them off for the other half of my session.

Now that I am older and a little wiser, I always wear eye protection in the tanning bed. They even have super skinny tanning goggles, to cover the least amount of your eye, while still protecting your eyes from the harmful UV light. Also, some tanning salons offer stickers, I believe these are called "Wink-ease", that are specially made for your eyes. They kind of fold into a cone type shape and stick to your eyes, they work absolutely wonderful for showing no signs of white,"raccoon eyes", they are sometimes called. If all fails and you still feel like you have white circles around your eyes, use some sort of bronzer or make up, even a face moisturizer with a touch of sunless tanner in it.

Over exposure to UV light can cause great damage to your eyes if not protected,and believe it or not, just closing your eyes is not enough.

Here are eight facts about using eye protection in a tanning bed, that you must read.

1. Your eyes can get sun burnt! Tanning with no eye protection can cause red, itchy or watery eyes. These symptoms are all indications of short-term eye damage.
2. You can damage your eyes in just one tanning session! Even just one tanning session, without protecting your eyes, can be enough exposure to cause you short-term eye damage.
3. Two common forms of sunburned eyes
- Photokeratitis (a temporary corneal burn which causes tearing, pain and blurring for several days).
- Basal Cell Carcinoma (delicate eye tissue becomes damaged causing swelling and redness in and around the eye)
4. Closing your eyes is not protecting them! Your eyelids naturally block less than 25% of harmful UV rays from your eyes, and this will not protect you well enough.
5. You may also be at risk from eye disease. Sharing eye protection is one of the main ways that eye infections such as conjunctivitis are spread. Eye protection that isn't disposable is less hygienic and runs the risk of becoming contaminated.
6. Repeated exposure to UV light without eye protection can also cause long-term and even permanent eye problems.
7. Some damage caused to your eyes is irreversible! Long-term damage caused to your eyes include Diminished Color Perception (your sight will be dulled) and Reduced Night Vision. There is no cure for these.
8. Long-term exposure to UV light without eye protection seriously increases your probability of developing a cataract. This causes severe pain and even blindness. Surgery is the only cure for cataracts.

Wearing eye protection when you tan is one of the most important indoor tanning tips that there are. I hope this article convinces some of you to cover up those eyes. I know that when we're young we don't feel like we need to worry about things like this, but believe me, in a few short years you'll be wishing you had done a few things differently, don't make "wearing eye protection while tanning" one of them.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Tanning Beds

Using a tanning bed allows you to have a bronze body all year around, without worrying about spending all of your time in the sun. Tanning beds also let you control the intensity and the amount of light that you are exposed to.

Tanning beds really started gaining popularity in the United States in the 1980's. They were discovered by a scientist from Germany, named Friedrich Wolff. That is where the famous Wolff tanning beds originated.

There are basically two ways to tan, in a tanning salon or in the convenience of your own home. Home tanning beds can easily be purchased. You can purchase a tanning bed from an online retailer, direct from the manufacturer or some local stores will carry tanning beds. It is important that when purchasing a tanning bed for home use, that you get one that is specifically designed to be used in a home, verses one that is designed to be used in a salon.

There are many different tanning beds available. The most popular is the lay down tanning bed. There are also the stand up tanning booths. There is always some sort of protective cover usually made of Plexiglas, over the actual tanning bulbs.

Tanning beds are made to be quite comfortable. Some come with a variety of features, including cooling fan, radio, misting fan and some even have air conditioning or aroma therapy to make your tanning experience as enjoyable as possible.

The type and number of tanning bulbs used in a tanning bed vary from bed to bed. Some beds have 48-60 UV bulbs that are each 100 watts. Other beds are designed to hold 24-46 UV bulbs that are between 100-160 watts each. The number and type of bulbs each bed uses, depends on the size and style of the tanning bed.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

How Does Your Skin Tan?

Whether you tan outdoors under the sun or tan indoors in a professional tanning salon, the tanning process is the same. This natural process takes place when your skin is exposed to ultraviolet light. Here is an overview.

Light is composed of energy waves that travel from the sun to the Earth. Light can be broken into three general categories: infrared, visible and invisible. Ultraviolet light is in the invisible light spectrum.

There are three kinds of ultraviolet light: UVA, UVB and UVC. Two of those categories, UVA and UVB, are used in indoor tanning equipment.

Indoor tanning equipment is designed to replicate UVA and UVB produced by the sun, but tanning lamps emit the light in carefully controlled and government-regulated combination's. As a result, the user has control over their exposure. That’s why people face greater risk of overexposure tanning outdoors than they do by using indoor tanning equipment.

Tanning itself takes place in the skin’s outermost layer, the epidermis. There are three major types of skin cells in your epidermis: basal cells, keratinocytes and melanocytes. All play different roles in the tanning process.

Everyone has roughly the same number of melanocytes in their bodies—about 5 million. Your heredity determines how much pigment your melanocytes can produce. Melanocytes release extra melanosomes whenever ultraviolet light waves touch them. This produces a tan in your skin.

The tanning process is your skin’s natural way of protecting itself from sunburn and overexposure. Calling a tan “damage to the skin” isn’t telling the whole story. Your skin is designed to tan to protect itself.

5 Reasons You Should Use After Tan Moisturizer

One of the best indoor tanning tips that I can give to achieve a nice tan is to use an after tan moisturizer. I have recently fell in love with these products. They are just awesome moisturizers, not to mention the tanning benefits.

I wasn't always like that though, I used to think that tan extenders and things like that, really didn't make a difference. It was just recently that my view of all those moisturizing products has changed.

My favorite, I have to say is probably a brand called "Hempz". Oh, do I love that stuff. I'm starting to think I'm getting addicted to it. I use it before tanning, after tanning, and everywhere in between.

Even for people who don't go tanning, I suggest you try some of this stuff. I don't think that there is a woman that I know who doesn't use some kind of lotion or moisturizer. This is the ultimate moisturizer. We all know that the key to a great tan is keeping your skin extra moisturized. If your skin is dry and flaky it is impossible to get a nice, deep tan.

So, my point is that these after tan moisturizers are called that for a reason. They are extra moisturizing to help with all of the stress a tanning bed or UV light can put on our skin. If you don't tan they will still help to make your skin soft.

I like these lotions for a few different, but very particular reasons, that I feel are important enough to share with who ever reads this. Here they go~

#1 They smell so freaken good. I'm serious, every single tan extending lotion I have ever used has always smelled awesome. It's like no other.

#2 You can get them with just a touch of sunless tanner or shimmer, if you will. Don't be mistaken though, this is not how it extends your tan. No, no, no this is just an extra added bonus if you choose an after tan moisturizer with this in it but you don't have to.

#3.A lot of after tan moisturizers have natural products in them, such as hemp, aloe and green tea extracts just to name a few. Also, they are made to help fight the aging process and help firm the skin.

#4 To maximize, and make your tan last longer. I also love the soothing feeling it has on your skin after you come out of the tanning bed.

#5 I also hear that these are great for spray tans as well. They help your spray tan go on more evenly and help it last longer!

Like I said, you have to moisturize your skin anyway and let me tell you, I don't think I will ever use a regular creme or lotion ever again.