How long will it take to get a base tan?

Everyone’s skin is different, and the tanning process occurs at different speeds depending on a person’s skin type. Those with darker complexions usually tan faster than those with fair skin.

As a general rule, 10-15 consecutive sessions (every other day, or not more than 4 times per week) will give you a base tan. How long it takes to get a tan also depends on whether or not you use a premium indoor tanning product to maximize the tanning results from UV exposure.

There are also different bed levels that provide different UV wattage, UVA to UVB percentages, lamp quantity, etc… that will affect the time it takes to build your base tan.

The benefits of using an indoor tanning lotion.

The answer is simple, indoor tanning lotions give you better results. They are also an important part of tanning responsibly and keeping your skin looking radiant and healthy.

Here are just some of the reasons why tanning lotion is a must-have:

  • Moist skin tans faster and more efficiently, resulting in a better tan in fewer visits
  • Tanning lotions allow for better magnification, giving you maximum results
  • Moisturized skin readily absorbs UV light, while dry skin reflects it
  • Active ingredients supplement your skin’s cells with the same proteins that naturally enhance the tanning process
  • A specially formulated tanning lotion can give you a lasting tan by helping retain UV induced melanin longer
  • Tanning lotions supply the skin with vitamins and nutrients essential for a tan, while keeping your skin moist and healthy
  • UV exposure can dehydrate your skin, and tanning lotions help to replenish moisture lost during your tanning session
  • Contrary to some belief, all persons tanning can benefit from a premium quality indoor tanning lotion

Without using an indoor lotion while tanning:

  • Your skin will be drier and flaky
  • Vitamins and nutrients are lost from UV exposure during the tanning process
  • You will never reach your true tanning potential by up to 70%
  • Dry skin actually reflects light
The difference between high-pressure and low-pressure
  • Low-Pressure Sunbeds: These beds are the most popular. They use low-pressure fluorescent bulbs to mimic natural sunlight. A typical low-pressure tanning bulb emits a UVA to UVB ratio around ninety-five percent UVA, and five percent UVB. The higher amounts of UVB can lead to burning, but also produce higher amounts Vitamin D. A drawback of low-pressure beds is that they require more sessions to maintain your existing tan. A higher percentage of UVB will give you a quick boost of color, hence the name “bronzing beds”.
  • High-Pressure Sunbeds: High-pressure beds release higher amounts of UVA rays using High Intensity Discharge bulbs. UVA rays penetrate deeper into your skin. Conversely, they contain lower amounts of UVB, which can lead to less burning or reddening as you tan. With high-pressure beds you can establish a base tan 6 to 8 times faster than with low-pressure. They also result in a deeper tan, which means you need to tan less frequently to maintain your color.

Please remember, that contrary to what any operator may tell you as a selling gimmick, you can burn in any bed/booth that emits UVA/UVB. After all, it is called a sunbed and can’t you burn outdoors?

Confusion regarding Hemp Seed oil and the military.

I have heard the same comment hundreds of times over the past decade. “I can’t use that lotion because the drug dogs will alert on me and anything with hemp is not allowed.”

Like many other myths and misconceptions, everyone just passes along these statements as fact instead of verifying the validity of the source.

Truth is that hemp seed and hemp seed oil products, from clothing to lotions, are derived from a plant in same family as the Cannabis plant. Hemp does  not contain any THC, which is what marijuana is and what is tested for. The military’s stance since 2004 is that ingesting hemp products is strictly forbidden. Skin care products containing hemp are not. However, in the military’s opinion, it may be possible that a search may give a false dog alert and would be at the least embarrassing, but not against regulations. If in doubt, ask your base commander or local office for advise.

The Associated Press
CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – A trade organization is asking the Air Force to clarify that its ban on marijuana use doesn’t apply to personal care products that contain hemp seed oil.
The California-based Hemp Industries Association and the Indoor Tanning Association have sent Air Force Secretary James Roche a letter this week criticizing a recent article in the Cannon Air Force Base newspaper – Mach Meter.
The article warned airmen not to use products containing hemp seed oil, hemp oil or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol – known as THC – marijuana’s main active chemical.
The article said using such products created the “statistically small” chance of flunking a drug test and could attract attention from the base’s drug-sniffing dogs.
“While the lotion was not used with intent to break any laws and is not illegal, the fact that a military working dog alerts on your car or your person creates a perception that nobody wants,” said the article written by Capt. Gwendolyn Beitz.
People in the military are prohibited from using marijuana, and the services test for THC levels. Hemp is a plant that is used for a variety of products, from fiber for making clothes to tanning lotion.
The Cannon story said while base officials don’t think anyone would ingest a lotion, the lotion could be applied over a cut or scrape, creating a chance of absorption under certain circumstances.
A spokesman for the Hemp Industries Association disputes that such use could lead to a positive drug test.
“There’s no way a personal care product will cause someone to fail a drug test,” association spokesman Adam Eidinger said Thursday during a telephone interview.
Eidinger said the association that represents about 200 companies decided to write Roche because it complained to Cannon officials about the article and failed to get a response.
“We want the Air Force to clarify this policy,” Eidinger said. “At the very least, they should clarify that their ban on hemp foods does not apply to personal care products … which contain varying amounts of hemp oil.”

Original article here:

Air Force: Sunscreen Not Part of Hemp Ban

The Associated Press
CANNON AIR FORCE BASE— The Air Force, in response to concerns from a hemp trade group and the tanning salon industry, says its ban on hemp seed or hemp seed oil products does not include skin care products containing hemp.
The California-based Hemp Industries Association and the Virginia-based Indoor Tanning Association in June asked the Air Force to clarify that its ban on marijuana use doesn’t apply to personal care products that contain hemp seed oil.
    The Air Force in 2001 changed its alcohol and drug abuse policies to prohibit its members from ingesting hemp seed or hemp seed oil products.
    However, the policy does not prohibit the use of skin care products containing hemp, Maj. Gen. Joseph E. Kelley, assistant surgeon general, wrote the two industry groups in a letter this month.
The issue arose after the associations criticized an article in Cannon’s newspaper, Mach Meter.
The article, written by a judge advocate who defends airmen, warned them not to use products containing hemp seed oil, hemp oil or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol— THC— marijuana’s main active chemical. The article said such products create a “statistically small” chance of flunking a drug test or drawing the attention of a drug-sniffing dog.
“While the lotion was not used with intent to break any laws and is not illegal, the fact that a military working dog alerts on your car or your person creates a perception that nobody wants,” said the article written by Capt. Gwendolyn Beitz.
The Hemp Industries Association, which represents about 200 companies, disputed her conclusion. Candi Penn, the association’s executive director, said it’s ridiculous to think drug-sniffing dogs would target a person wearing hemp sun block and that there’s no example of anyone failing a drug test after using hemp personal care products.
Kelley’s letter explains the duties of judge advocates, saying they are encouraged to make airmen “broadly aware of risks that might damage their careers or land them in court.”
“The article by the Cannon Air Force Base area defense counsel was her independent, cautionary advice to airmen at Cannon about the possibility of unintended consequences from using tanning lotions and oils that contain hemp oil or hemp seed oil,” he wrote.

Original article here:

See the official Air Force statement concerning hemp related products here:

How do I get the Vitamin D my body needs?

The two main ways to get vitamin D are by exposing your bare skin to sunlight and by taking vitamin D supplements. You can’t get the right amount of vitamin D your body needs from food.

The most natural way to get vitamin D is by exposing your bare skin to sunlight (ultraviolet B rays). This can happen very quickly, particularly in the summer. You don’t need to tan or burn your skin to get vitamin D. You only need to expose your skin for around half the time it takes for your skin to turn pink and begin to burn. How much vitamin D is produced from sunlight depends on the time of day, where you live in the world and the color of your skin. The more skin you expose the more vitamin D is produced.

You can also get vitamin D by taking supplements. This is a good way to get vitamin D if you can’t get enough sunlight, or if you’re worried about exposing your skin. Vitamin D3 is the best kind of supplement to take. It comes in a number of different forms, such as tablets and capsules, but it doesn’t matter what form you take, or what time of the day you take it.

Different organizations recommend different amounts of vitamin D supplement to take each day. The Vitamin D Council recommends taking larger amounts of vitamin D each day than other organizations, because smaller amounts aren’t enough to give you what your body needs. Most people can take vitamin D supplements with no problems. However, if you have certain health problems or take certain medicines, you may need to take extra care.

Your body gets most of the vitamins and minerals it needs from the foods that you eat. However, there are only a few foods that naturally contain any vitamin D. Most foods that contain vitamin D only have small amounts, so it’s almost impossible to get what your body needs just from food.

Because there are only small amounts of vitamin D in food there are only two sure ways to get enough vitamin D:

  • Exposing your bare skin to sunlight to get ultraviolet B (UVB).
  • Taking vitamin D supplements.
What causes white spots when tanning?

These white spots are not from a dirty tanning bed. White spots are usually caused by a skin condition that effects tanners called Tinea Versicolor, a microscopic fungus from the scalp. White spots are treatable and should avoid ultraviolet light exposure until those areas have begun developing melanin again. Use special shampoo, or cream found at your local tanning center. There a several other reasons why white spots become noticeable on the body when tanning. When patches of the skin do not tan its because of Melanocytes in that certain area may simply not be producing enough melanin. Birth control pills and some other medications can cause blotches and uneven pigmentation of the skin when exposed to UV light. White spots could also be appear due to fungus which lives on the skins surface, once again this is harmless. It can be remedied through the use of a special shampoo or cream found in most tanning salons. Pressure points are white patches of the skin. These patches are usually found on the shoulder blades, and just above the buttocks. These patches are caused from the pressure of the body as it reclines on the hard surface. The pressure inhibits blood flow through that area of the skin. This area will not tan because blood carries oxygen and is essential to the tanning process. To make these white patches disappear, try shifting your body during your tanning session. We recommend to use Selsun extra strength with 2.5% Selenium Sulphide to treat Tinea Versicolor. Shower with it or for quicker results, rub it on and leave it overnight. Apply it like an ointment rather than a body wash. Shower and rinse it off in the morning. After about 3-4 of these treatments and you shouldn’t see it anymore. You have to tan to verify there aren’t any white spots. According to the America Association of Dermatologists: When the yeast overgrows, it causes the skin disease tinea versicolor. It is believed that the following can cause the yeast to overgrow: Hot, humid weather. Lots of sweating. Oily skin. A weakened immune system.

Common tanning myths and mistakes

For decades, the public has been drilled false statements regarding the benefits of moderated tanning both indoors and out. Many consumers have also not been properly educated on what tanning really is and how to moderate their tanning process. If you are not using a professional tanning salon that is regulated, certified and monitors your UV exposure, go elsewhere.

Here are just a few of the common myths and tanner misinformation I have heard over the past decade. Please feel free to share or add to the list!

I don’t use goggles, I use a towel over my face.

At best a towel is only an SPF 5. This is not enough protection for your eyes. Closing your eyes is also not effective at protecting your eyes. Eyelids only block about 25% of UV light.

It needs to be really, really hot in order to tan.

Skiers can burn in the sun in the middle of January. Hot does not equal tan. The UV lights are what are tanning you, so be comfortable while you tan.

Tanning cooks your insides.

This one is quite ridiculous, but I still hear it. Mythbusters actually did this test on an episode. They put two raw chickens in a tanning bed for almost an hour. Guess what? They were still raw.

The more you tan, the darker you will get.

Excessive tanning can cause the epidermis layer of the skin to thicken, which blocks UV rays from tanning you. You can actually lose color when tanning too often.

If I don’t burn, I am not tanning.

Sunburns damage the skin, making it harder for the skin to tan. Burning indicates overexposure. You are not tanning when you burn. A responsible salon should always moderate your exposure and increase gradually to avoid burning at all costs!

I get darker without a lotion.

While that may be what you think you are seeing, the reality is vastly different. Lotions are designed to feed and enhance your tan.  They are formulated to hydrate your skin so it can better absorb the UV light, and contain nutrients to nourish and feed your skin exactly what it uses to produce tanning pigment.  Step 1 lotions contain Vitamins to help product pigment, and step 2 lotions contain CuO2 (Copper Dioxide) to bronze that pigment.  Cosmetic bronzers are also a part of most lotions, and they also add to your overall tan.  So why then do you sometimes appear darker immediately after tanning without a lotion? The simple answer is dehydrationThe act of tanning without a lotion causes the skin to dehydrate temporarily, causing it to appear darker for a very short amount of time (minutes to hours, not days). This is why leather looks darker than skin. This is not considered a real tan (one that develops from Melanin being produced by cells in the skin). Rather, it usually has a more leathery, damaged appearance than a healthy natural one. It’s easy to see where the ‘Perception is Reality’ game can play tricks making you think you’re tanning better…but reality is reality and feeding your skin nutrients that produce a tan will not give you less of results. Also, anti-oxidants and nutrients will keep your skin looking healthy for years to come as well.

Spray tans turn people orange.

Professional Spray Tans do not turn you orange like many store bought products. The solution used in a professional salon does not contain the same preservatives as store bought brands that can cause this issue. Also, the number one reason for Orange appearance is overapplication. The same applies when you’re spraying a tan on at home. This is simplified and prevented when an automatic booth evenly mists the entire body giving you the perfect amount for that airbrushed look. Another factor in color can be your PH balance. This can be thrown off by using lotions or perfumes directly before applying sunless tanner or spray. Make sure your skin is clean and hydrated and make sure that you are hydrated as well. For added color, using a PH Balancing product or Sunless Accelerator can also help add deeper color. If you’ve never tried a professional spray tan, don’t worry, it’s not the tan in a can that you may be used to.

Tanning beds are different than sunshine.

Mid-day summer sunlight is made up of 95% UVA light and 5% UVB light. Most indoor tanning equipment emits the same thing but in slightly higher doses, usually 2-3 times more intense. That’s why professional tanning salons control the duration of your total exposure based on the UV output of the tanning unit.

It’s simple math. Your total exposure to the sun or a tanning unit is based on the intensity of the UV light multiplied by the total exposure time. So if the tanning unit you’re using is two times more powerful than sunlight, your tanning professional will carefully adjust your exposure time to at least half of the non-burning exposure you would want to get outdoors in summer sunlight.

What is a tanning plateau and how do I break through it?

A tanning plateau is a phase you go through when it just doesn’t seem like you are getting any darker.

When you first start tanning it’s easy to see daily results but as you gradually acquire a dark tan, it’s sometimes hard to see the different stages of tan. There is only so much melanin your skin will produce using indoor tanning equipment because tanning salons are regulated as to how much “sun” we can give you in a session.

This is where tingle lotions can come in. They prompt your skin to produce more pigment by increasing the blood flow to your surface skin. Rotate your lotions and/or rotate the tanning equipment you are using. Always moisturize your skin between tanning sessions. As your skin becomes tanner, it becomes thicker which actually blocks a bit of the the UV light from penetrating your upper skin layers.

If you think you’ve reached a plateau, talk to a certified professional and they’ll help you get over that hump.

It also depends on what may be causing your tanning plateau.

  • Sometimes a person needs to alternate between a couple of tanning lotions, based on the nutritional and moisture needs of their skin.
  • Medications, and even a poor diet, can cause a temporary plateau.
  • Rotating the tanning bed/booth you are using can help. This is because different equipment provides different levels of UVA/UVB. Your skin may just need to switch it up for a while.
  • A couple of cold, hard realities you may need to face are your tanning goals and limitations. If your goal is to look like a piece of charcoal, you may need to adjust your goal to something that is a little more realistic.
  • Everyone also has a genetic limitation. Skin type II individuals (lighter skin) won’t ever be able to reach the depth of color that a skin type V (dark skin) can achieve from tanning.
  • If you happen to be a tanning addict, it’s probably time to give your skin a break. Organs usually require at least occasional rest, including skin. You might want to take a reasonable break from tanning to allow your skin to properly rebuild itself.
  • If you are still unsatisfied, you may need to try a professional Spray Tan.
The Golden Rules of Tanning

Want the best possible glow? Follow these fundamental Rules for tanning.

  1. Apply Skin Care Products
    • Use lotions before and after tanning to keep an attractive tan looking better longer
    • Use an indoor tanning lotion to maximize the appearance of your tan.
    • Choose from an array of tanning skin care products that are designed to work with any skin type and tanning level.
  2. Slow Down
    • Never try to hurry a tan and always use common sense.
    • Never tan more than once a day
    • Retain your desired color by tanning once or 2 to 3 times a week, depending on the level of the bed.
  3. Wear Eye Protection
    • Always wear protective eye goggles when tanning.

4. NEVER Burn

Benefits from UV exposure outweigh the risks.

The health benefits of exposing skin to sunlight may far outweigh the risk of developing skin cancer, according to scientists.

Edinburgh University research suggests sunlight helps reduce blood pressure, cutting heart attack and stroke risks and even prolonging life. UV rays were found to release a compound that lowers blood pressure. Researchers said more studies would be carried out to determine if it is time to reconsider advice on skin exposure.

Heart disease and stroke linked to high blood pressure are estimated to lead to about 80 times more deaths than those from skin cancer in the UK.

Dietary vitamin D supplements alone will not be able to compensate for lack of sunlight”

Dr Richard WellerEdinburgh University

Production of the pressure-reducing compound, nitric oxide, is separate from the body’s manufacture of vitamin D, which rises after exposure to sunshine. Researchers said that until now vitamin D production had been considered the sole benefit of the sun to human health. During the research, dermatologists studied the blood pressure of 24 volunteers under UV and heat lamps. n one session, the volunteers were exposed to both UV rays and the heat of the lamps. In the other, the UV rays were blocked so that only the heat affected the skin.

The results showed that blood pressure dropped significantly for an hour after exposure to UV rays, but not after the heat-only sessions.

Scientists said that this suggested it was the sun’s UV rays that brought health benefits. The volunteers’ vitamin D levels remained unaffected in both sessions.

‘Reconsider our advice’

Dr Richard Weller, a senior lecturer in dermatology at Edinburgh University, said: “We suspect that the benefits to heart health of sunlight will outweigh the risk of skin cancer. The work we have done provides a mechanism that might account for this, and also explains why dietary vitamin D supplements alone will not be able to compensate for lack of sunlight. We now plan to look at the relative risks of heart disease and skin cancer in people who have received different amounts of sun exposure.”

“If this confirms that sunlight reduces the death rate from all causes, we will need to reconsider our advice on sun exposure.”