TAN SMART

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TANNING IS NATURAL, and it works the same whether you tan outdoors or in a salon. The advantage of using our tanning beds is that we can control the intensity and duration of your session, which results in minimal risk of an uneven tan or a sunburn.

CONTROLLED UV: When it comes to UV light, both summer sunlight and most sunbeds produce pretty much the same kind and mix of sunlight: about 95% UVA, and 5% UVB. The difference is that most tanning beds are 2-4 times more intense than summer sunlight. That’s the reason you only stay in a sunbed a few minutes.

CUSTOMIZED PROGRAM: Everyone’s skin is different. That’s why we determine your skin type and set your exposure schedule accordingly. Our system is designed to get you the best possible tan while minimizing the risk of sunburn.

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Sunburn is completely different from a tan. The red color is increased blood flow, sent to the skin to help your body repair the damage done from overexposure.

PROTECTION: A smart tan naturally enhances protection against sunburn. Melanin literally enshrouds skin cells protecting them from getting too much UV exposure. Additionally, as the skin tans the outer layer thickens, which also is nature’s design to make tan skin naturally more resistant to sunburn.

BETTER SUNSCREEN: As most tanners know, a suntan multiplies the effectiveness of sunscreen in outdoor sunburn prevention. For example, an SPF 15 product applied to the skin of a person whose base suntan has already made her two-to-four times more resilient to sunburn creates a “net SPF” of about 30-60.

SPF 15 x 2 = SPF 30
SPF 15 x 4 = SPF 60

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Vitamin D is “The Sunshine Vitamin” and most sunbeds, just like sunlight, emit enough UVB light to trigger natural vitamin D production in your skin. While you may not need to become tan to make vitamin D, and while vitamin D supplements are another option, you should know that most people who tan in equipment that emits UVB will make vitamin D

WE ARE VITAMIN D - there is a good reason Vitamin D is known as the "sunshine Vitamin" .  Exposing our skin to the sun is the most abundant source of Vitamin D production.

One typical non-burning tanning session can produce as much Vitamin D as 100 glasses of milk.

Although indoor tanning is mostly a cosmetic service, indoor tanners have Vitamin D levels about 90% higher than the general population.

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“The dogma, now fossilized in print, is that any tan is a sign of skin damage. Tell that to Darwin. Pigmented melanocytes in the skin are a system that protects it from excessive UV, which evolved long before the advent of sunscreens. Even if there was hard evidence that melanoma was UV-induced it would be all the more important to keep a protective tan,” says Dr. Sam Shuster, professor of dermatology at Newcastle University in England.

Tanning is your body’s natural protection against sunburn — it is what your body is designed to do. Dermatology industry representatives myopically have referred to this process as “damage” to your skin, but calling a tan “damage” is a dangerous oversimplification. Here is why:

Calling a tan damage to your skin is like calling exercise damage to your muscles. Consider, when one exercises you are actually tearing tiny muscle fibers in your body. On the surface, examined at the micro-level, that could be called “damage.” But that damage on the micro-level is your body’s natural way on the macro-level of building stronger muscle tissue. So to call exercise “damaging” to muscles would be terribly deceiving.

The same can be said of sun exposure: Your body is designed to repair damage to the skin caused by ultraviolet light exposure. Developing a tan is its natural way to protect against the dangers of sunburn and further exposure.

In other words: Saying that any ultraviolet light exposure causes skin damage and therefore should be avoided is misleading and inaccurate. It would be like saying that since water causes drowning, humans should avoid all water. Yes, water causes drowning, but our bodies also need water. Regular daily exposure to water is not dangerous – indeed, we would die without it. Similarly, we need sun exposure; we would die without it.

It is the professional indoor tanning industry’s position that sunburn prevention is a more effective message than total abstinence, which ultimately encourages abuse. It is a responsible, honest approach to the issue.

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A base tan created from moderate exposure to UV rays helps develop a natural barrier in the skin that protects the body from excessive UV light providing a natural SPF of 2-4. UVB rays stimulate the production of a pigment called melanin, which then oxidizes or darkens when exposed to UVA rays. Melanin absorbs and scatters radiation to thicken the epidermis, your skin's top layer, thereby limiting the amount of UV light penetrating your skin.

If a base tan is not developed or a sunscreen is not used, sunburn can occur and the DNA of your skin cells may become damaged. Even with the protection your skin has developed from a base tan, sunscreen should still be used outdoors