Monday, February 28, 2011

More about negative publicity about Tanning

Have you noticed that there always seems to be a lot of negative publicity about tanning and mostly indoor tanning? Well it is really easier to understand if you understood what I lovingly
call the politics of it.

The different entities have a problem trying to regulate the sun but a different story for the indoor tanning industry, so we get to hear negatives that do not address all of the positive advantages to UV exposure.

The lotion companies that sell SPF are huge compared to our Tanning Industry. With that in mind rest assured they focus on advertising dollars on the big name magazines and papers and when they do so they are also in a position to demand press releases touting only tan with SPF be printed. Those magazines, newspapers and some of the visual media are glad to jump through hoops for millions in revenue. That gives you half truths and false information, sad but true.

In addition think about something else and where other negative publicity tends to come from and that would be the cosmetic dermatolgy group. Any scare tactics or press releases will drive alot of dollars (oops customers) to their offices. OH yes and for those of you who dont know they do what they call phototherapy sessions, which utilizes indoor tanning equipment in the dermatolgists office. At an average cost of $100 per session.

Back in 1993 873,000 such phototherapy sessions were delivered in dermatology offices in the US by 1998 as the popularity of the indoor tanning industry grew those phototherapy sessions in the dermatology offices fell off by 94%. One of the main uses for these phototherapy sessions was to treat psoriasis.

Now if you put all that into perspective if tanning salons were closed, the cosmetic dermatology industry could gain up to $5 billion in phototherapy sessions which would be charged to health insurance companies and the Medicare system.

When I mentioned politics I meant it. Think about the tan tax. Nobody likes it but we have to collect it. That started out to be tax against the clinics selling botox and some of the cosmetic surgery procedures. I am reasonably sure that originally it was going to be 3% tax to them which would have brought in a lot more money than the 10% tax they levied on Tanning Salons and Tanning bed use. That cosmetic surgery group or groups had the money to convince politicians to not charge them but instead to tax the Tanning Industry under the Obamacare plan.

So when you hear or see negative publicity about Tanning, Tanning in Tanning Beds etc. do some research you will be amazed at the documentation you will find.

Remember it is not good to burn so listen to the tanning consultants and adjust your time as to keep from burning. When you are outside as the weather gets nicer or you travel, use an spf. Also think about the fact that your skin tanning is your bodies natural way to keep you from bruning. Use good skin care products to keep your skin hydrated properly, quality tanning products and one of our excellent moisturizers with tan extending capabilites will help you.

Happy Tanning

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Hair Stylist Added to Tan Down Under Team

Maybe it does not sound like a big deal but the fact that we have added a Hair Stylist to our Tan Down Under Team is really big.

We wanted to give our Tanners more to simplify their lives and by having a hair stylist on staff and her keeping regular hours in the salon will certainly allow many of our tanners to streamline their schedules. Now it is simple to book an appointment to go tanning and book a hair appointment near the same time as well.

Our new stylist, Debbie Steward comes to us with a lot of great experience in her chosen field. She does cuts, color, highlights and perms just to mention a few. Even if you do not need any work done, next time you are in why not say hello and get to know her.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Reseach Shows Increased UV Light Exposure and Male Libido

As you know we have a real interest in keeping our Tanners informed with much of the information available both about tanning and about vitamin D because it is so relative to Tanning.

According to If you needed any more reasons to pursue a UV vitamin D boost, news out of Austria may do the trick. Research that appeared in Clinical Endocrinology indicates a connection between increased UV light exposure and male libido.

Based on the research, a representative from the Sunlight Research Forum suggests that men with proper vitamin D levels tested with favorable amounts of testosterone. Several thousand men participated in the study, which noted correlations between fluctuating vitamin D and testosterone levels through a designated time period. When vitamin D was elevated, so was testosterone – as well as the inverse relationship.

The source article mentions some researchers’ recommendations for daily UV light exposure in order for the body to help produce vitamin D; the necessary time varies based on skin tone. It’s noted that the body can complete the vitamin D stimulation process long before any adverse result such as a sunburn would occur.

According to Cancer Research UK’s Jessica Harris, “Enjoying the sun safely while taking care not to burn should help people strike a balance between making enough vitamin D and avoiding a higher risk of skin cancer.”

Also mentioned are: the reported widespread health benefits of vitamin D, the increase in vitamin D deficiency worldwide, and the problems sunscreen causes in prohibiting vitamin D production.

Thank you and Happy Tanning

Thursday, February 3, 2011

How Much Vitamin D Do You Need?

The question of how much is enough Vitamin D is huge.

Currently, there’s scientific debate about how much vitamin D people need each day. The Institute of Medicine, in a long-awaited report released on November 30, 2010 recommends tripling the daily vitamin D intake for children and adults in the U.S. and Canada, to 600 IU per day. The report also recognized the safety of vitamin D by increasing the upper limit from 2,000 to 4,000 IU per day, and acknowledged that even at 4,000 IU per day, there was no good evidence of harm. The new guidelines, however, are overly conservative about the recommended intake, and they do not give enough weight to some of the latest science on vitamin D and health. For bone health and chronic disease prevention, many people are likely to need more vitamin D than even these new government guidelines recommend.

The Institute of Medicine's new recommended daily intake of vitamin D is 600 IU for people ages 1 to 70, and 800 IU after age 70. Yet this recommendation is overly conservative, since strong evidence shows optimal intakes are higher, at least 1,000–2,000 IU for those over age 2.

The new guidelines from the IOM (Institute of Medicine) note that in children over the age of 9 and in adults, taking up to 4,000 IU per day as a supplement is safe. For children ages 4 to 8, up to 3,000 IU per day is considered safe, and for children ages 1 to 3, 2,500 IU; in older infants (6 to 12 months), up to 1,500 IU per day is considered safe, and in young infants (0 to 6 months), up to 1,000 IU.

Most people find that taking supplements is their easiest way to get Vitamin D. However studies show that most multivitamins (400 IU) is to low. However some of the maufacturers have started adding 800 or 1,000 IU of vitamin D to the mulitvitamins now.

Getting more exposure to UVB rays of light, the rays that trigger the skin to produce vitamin D are of course stronger near the equator and weaker at higher latitudes. So in the fall and winter, people who live at higher latitudes can't make much if any vitamin D from the sun.

That means that in order to get enough UVB exposure it would likely be done indoors in a tanning unit. Remember 20 minutes in a tanning unit is equal to 2 hours in the sun.

Vitamin D is needed

I have been doing a fair amount of research on the subject of Vitamin D so that I can help you be better informed as tanners. This ongoing quest for knowledge of the subject has led me to many interesting studies.

"My guesstimation is that $4 trillion of health costs could be averted over a decade if adequate food fortification and/or supplemntation programs were to be implemented, which would save Americans $1,300 per person per year or $3,900 per family of three annually. These savings won't be achieved now that the Food and Nutrition Board has only taken baby steps to remedy a widespread deficiency in sun-deprived population." This a quote form Dr. Bill Sardi, vitamin D and sunshine advocate, from a statement to the Vitamin D Council.

Simply put so much of our country, especially in climates like this one is deficient in Vitamin D. Getting Vitamin D to off set your bodies deficiency can be done in various ways. The first and what is known to be the best way is UV exposure, then there are supplements and of course eating more Vitamin D rich foods such as Salmon.

As tanners you are tanning in UV light which is a copy of the natural sun rays that are needed to develope the need vitamin D. Tanning for 20 minutes in a tanning bed is equal to two hours in the sun.