Thursday, August 16, 2012

Differences between Indoor and Outdoor Tanning

You made a wise decision in choosing to tan in a comfortable, controlled atmosphere. Our goal is to help you achieve the best tan possible while teaching you how to avoid sunburn and overexposure, both outdoors in the sunshine and indoors at Tan Down Under.

It is interesting how when you tan your skin tans the same whether you are tanning indoors or outdoors and it actually takes ultraviolet light rays to stimulate the production of melanin, the pigment tthat makes your skin tan.

There are two kinds of ultraviolet light, UVA and UVB talked about with regards to tanning. Some tanning units use different combinations of these two tanning rays. Keep in mind that whatever the combination being used in that certain bed you are tanning in, your exposure time is regulated by the federal government to minimize your risk of sunburn.

So the big difference between tanning indoors or outdoors is how the light and exposure time is controlled.
Controlled exposure is done in a salon by utilizing the manufacturers exposure times during each session. When you go outside it is so common for nearly everyone lose track of time and get overexposed or sunburned. Think about the variables when you tan outside. Think about how the movement of the earth can change the angle and intensity of the light you are exposed too. In addition clouds can make a difference as well. While a tanning bed is set a certain distance from your skin and on for a certain amount of time you are much less likely to suffer a sunburn as a result of your tanning session

I thought this would be a fantastic time for me to talk about the difference between indoor and outdoor tanning.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Firestar Island is a Very Popular Lotion

 FIRESTAR ISLANDÒ:  (Hemp, Tingle) There is a place that is known to only a select few. A place where all tanning inhibitions are stripped away and your skin is taken to an extreme darkness level that was once unimaginable to all of civilization. Where is this hidden fortress of tanning extravagance? Secretly it is hidden deep in the heart of the tropical paradise known only as "Firestar Island". Once you start down this mysterious path to skin smoothing silicone infused Maxxx Tingle tanning, there is no turning back. Your skin will emerge darker and softer than you ever thought possible. Beware, you will be swept away by this ancient skin care formulation combined with the latest in 21st century bio-tanning technology for a perfect infusion of fiery tingle perfection. Only Advanced tanners will venture to this level.

This is a fantastic lotion from Skincare by Hoss it is a skin firming tanning maximizer with a slight tingle. With this lotion you will get fast results that you will be very happy with. You will appear shades darker after just one use. It smells great.

Firestar Island is our lotion of the week at Tan Down Under the Original in Gresham.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Hair Stylists that will do your hair your way

How many of you have a regular Hair Stylist?

The reason I am asking is pretty simple, we have created an excellent Hair Salon called Beauty Factory inside of Tan Down Under and our Stylists are excellent.

Wouldn't it be nice to have a Hair Stylist that would do your hair the way you want it? Hard to find isnt it? We all know that Hair Stylists are artists and artists sometimes want to express their ideas which is probably ok in some cases but not when doing your hair. I have been through that and I am sure you have as well.
But the reason I brought that question up is to bring me to the point that our stylist will do hair your way,
they are talented but they want you to like what they do for you.

Now if you need a haircut, a trim, an updo, color, weave, braids our team can do that, if you ask for ideas they will gladly consult with you and when they work on your hair you will like what they do.

In addition to doing hair we have some waxing services available and very soon nails.

In the mean time if you would like to come in and have some work done that would be great. We take walk ins and if you would prefer an appointment call in and book it.

In our salon we have a very large selection of Hair Products  for sale at prices that are very hard to beat. Stop by and check it out and by all means give our stylists a try, I know you will be glad you did.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Beauty Factory in Tan Down Under offers more

Most of you watched the remodel of the hair styling area late last year. Our goal was to establish a top quality hair salon for our customers. Well we leased hair stations to four long time Gresham stylists with many years of experience. Seemed we had created a win-win-win situation for all--a place for 4 stylists to work, a place for their customers to come and a convenient place for our customers to get hair services!   Once the stylists got set up and working it quickly became obvious that they were only willing to work the hours convenient for themselves and their established clients.  None of them were willing to put any effort into taking walk in clients and we had to turn away walk in business. That did not reflect well on Tan Down Under and the high service level we strive to maintain for all our clients. Changes had to happen quickly and happen they did! The stylist who were leasing the stations found another location that fit their needs and we are now building the best stylist team ever and can return to our customer freindly philosophy we so strongly believe in. These professionals work for us and are part of our team. That means you can call that familiar Tan Down Under phone number to book hair services just like you do tanning sessions. And we welcome walk ins as well.

With our new team of stylists you will find highly trained individuals who are up on the latest styles, colors, trends and fads as well as possessing the skill sets to properly maintain hair styles that you have chosen as your own. Our stylist will be attending classes for continuing education, always making sure they have the latest knowledge and techniques necessary to give you the best and latest in Hair Care. We are staffed Monday through Friday at this time and as our new stylists arrive our hours will increase to fit almost any schedule. Our new team will soon be available longer, more customer convenient hours

In addition we have added a large inventory of the finest hair products available, brands like Matrix, Paul Mitchell, Rusk, Kenra, American Crew and many more. We are expanding our inventory and have plans to add many more great brands and supplies. We have products for all types of hair and for every member of the family. We have a "Men's Corner" where guys feel more comfortable shopping and a large selection of travel size products to make your travels easier. We also offer some of the best prices to be found on these great products.

So the next time you need a cut, color, weave, up do or a whole new style and look give us a chance. It is easy to make an appointment by calling the familiar salon number already programmed into your phone.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Vitamin D Deficiency a big problem

For years the sun has been considered public enemy number one, causing skin damage, premature aging, skin pigmentations and increasing our risk of skin cancer. But before you head for the shade when the sun is out, consider the fact that those so called nasty UV rays are needed in the production of vitamin D and by blocking out the sun, you are risking a deficiency that could leave you open to all sorts of ailments.

An increasing number of scientific studies are now pointing to vitamin-D deficiency as a factor in a catalogue of illnesses including colds and flu, heart disease, strokes, diabetes, auto-immune disorders, depression, osteoporosis and numerous cancers. It has even been suggested as one possible cause of autism.

At the root of the rate of deficiency is the modern-day habit of avoiding sun exposure. Add to that busy lifestyles such as city-living which mean we actually spend more time indoors than our ancestors did. Because of that you have a population that is not getting enough exposure to uv light to produce the vitamin D their body needs.

Around 50 per cent of Americans are believed to have insufficient levels of vitamin D - and living in sunny climates doesn't necessary make you less prone to deficiencies. Studies in Australia have noted similar deficiencies, especially among the darker skinned and the elderly, while a recent study by the University of Hong Kong revealed more than 60 per cent of Hong Kong people were insufficient in vitamin D.

Professor Annie Kung Wai-chee, who led the study, said part of the problem was the common misconception that people living in sunny climates get all the sun and therefore the vitamin D they need without trying.

In addition, dark-skinned people are more at risk because the melanin that colours the skin works like a sun-block preventing the UVB rays being synthesized into vitamin D.

The truth is vitamin D is not a vitamin but a type of hormone that plays an important role in the control of calcium. It has long been known to encourage healthy bones, reduce inflammation, and prevent the bone disease rickets in children and osteoporosis later in life.

Since time began, humans have gotten most of their vitamin D from the sun. Just 15-20 minutes in bright sunshine produces 10,000 to 20,000 IU (international units) of vitamin D - some 50 times the amount you can get in many Vitamin D supplements.

Remember that 20 minutes in the tanning unit of your choice is equal to two hours in the sun.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Exposure to UVB light helps Vitamin D levels

Are you tired of hearing all the negative comments about tanning? Would you like to know the truth not slanted by this faction or that or by this advertiser or that but some real facts from which you can learn.

In order to help you to understand I am constantly reading and studying about such things as Vitamin D and the pros and cons of having low levels of vitamin d and how UV light plays into your bodies levels of vitamin D.

This week I read a study being published in the January 2012 edition of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, that study found that obese children with lower levels of vitamin d had higher degrees of insulin resistance, researchers said.

Though they stopped short of concluding that vitamin D dieficiency causes abnormal glucose metabolism researchers from the University of Texas said their study suggests that low viatmin D levels may play a role in the development of type 2 diabetes.

Meanwhile, a study published last month out of the University of Missouri-Columbia found that obese teenagers need significantly more vitamin D than their leaner courterparts - seven times more than the current daily recommended intake of 600 Internationl Units.

That's because obese adolescents absorb vitamin D in their fat stores and are about half as efficient as their leaner counterparts at metabolizing their benefits, researchers said.

Vitamin D is a key nutrient for everyone and there are three ways to obtain it: from the UV light from the sun or tanning bed, food or supplements. Here's what you need to know about each source.

Sunlight is an excellent source of vitamin D. It is free and abundant. The ultraviolet B (UVB) rays from the sun convert a precursor into vitamin D, which becomes 25-hydroxyvitamin D in the liver and is then activated to 1, 25-hydroxyvitamin D in the kidneys. A person sitting outside in a bathing suit or by being exposed to UVB rays from a tanning unit gets more vitamin D in 20 minutes than from drinking 200 glasses of milk. In fact, many experts suggest getting even 10 minutes of unprotected UVB exposure on the arms and face or arms and legs, three times weekly helps the bodies levels of Vitamin D. But getting vitamin D from the sun isn't that simple. UVB rays vary greatly depending on latitude, cloud cover, time of year and time of day. Above 42 degrees north latitude, the sun’s rays do not provide sufficient D from November through February, for example. Remember thought that Tanning Units control the length of exposure time and they do not have clouds drifting by to change intesity of the UVB Rays.

Vitamin D3 supplementation is an effective alternative to UV exposure, provided adequate doses are taken. Much individual variation exists in response to supplemental vitamin D. The amount needed to raise and or maintain blood serum levels for one person may not be enough for another. This can be due to various factors such as age, weight, absorption, overall health and amount of sun exposure.

Vitamn D deficiency is a worldwide epidemic, with recent estimates indicating greater than 50% of the global population is at risk.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Looking Back Over 2011

Well we are close to the end of 2011 and I wanted to take just a minute to look back over what has happened this year at the salon just in case you had not noticed.

We remodeled a nice section of the salon and added four very talented Hair Stylists to serve you, our customers. After all nobody wants to trust their hair styling and color to just anyone and we are well aware of that so in order for us to be sure you will be happy we found some of the very best.

OK I know that each of you probably has someone that takes care of your hair now and I can just imagine you sitting their saying, not a chance I am going to change. Oh I get that but sometimes change is good, sometimes making a change from one stylist to another can give you a whole new outlook on life. A new you if you will.

Well just remember we have top notch stylists that are waiting to serve you. Even if you do not want to make a change stop by and meet them, ask them what they think they could do for your style. You will be pleasantly surprised I am very sure.

In addition to remodeling and adding great talent in our hair salon we have added a lot of hair products and in case you have not noticed we are pricing everything  with you in mind. Well we all know that the economy is difficult right now and that saving money means a lot. Well check out our prices and our growing selection. You will love the prices, the selection and the very friendly no pressure shopping. We care about our customers. Come see for yourself.

We continued with our lotion of the week specials, special sales and of course our low prices. Remember we try to keep tanning affordable for everyone. It is the lamps that make the difference and we change ours more often.

Hope you had a fantastic Christmas and had an opportunity to enjoy the free tanning we presented as a way to thank you for tanning with us.

We are open on New Years Day and are having a special on our year package so if you get a chance stop by and join us.

I want to thank you for your continued business and the opportunity to serve you with the best in Tanning, Hair and Nails. I hope you have a fantastic NEW YEAR.

Happy Tanning