- How long does it take to develop a tan?
- Do you have to tan everyday for a great tan?
- How often should I tan?
- Why does a tan fade?
- What is the tanning process?
- Why should I tan indoors?
- What should I wear when tanning indoors?
- Can I catch germs from the tanning bed?
- Do I need to wear eye protection when tanning indoors?
- Can I shower after I tan?
- A 20 minute session in a tanning bed is equivalent to how many hours in the natural sun?
- Can the UV rays emitted by indoor tanning lamps pass through the skin and affect internal organs?
- What causes white spots?
- Why should I use a professional tanning product?
- Do I have to sign up for a membership?
-Patches of skin which do not tan could be the result of genetic determination. The melanocytes in that certain area may simply not be efficient at producing melanin.
-White spots could also appear due to the presence of a fungus which lives on the skin’s surface. While the fungus is harmless, it does absorb UV light which would normally penetrate the skin. This fungus did not appear as a result of tanning; it merely becomes noticeable once tanning occurs. It can be remedied through the use of prescription drugs or some other topical lotions.
-White patches of skin, which are often prominent on the shoulder blades and just above the buttocks, can be caused from the pressure of the body as it reclines on a hard suface. This pressure inhibits the flow of blood through that area of the skin. Since blood carries oxygen which is essential to the tanning process, this area does not tan. Periodic body shifting during tanning will make these white patches disappear.
-Certain medications can react unfavorably with exposure to UV light. For example, birth control pills cause blotches and uneven pigmentation of the skin.
Professional products are made of a better grade than drug store brands. Professional brands usually contain SHEA BUTTER; it is a natural m oisturizer that comes from an African tree. Drug store consumers usually must settle for the related but lower grade cocoa butter which tends to be greasier. Drug store brands often use mineral oils to hydrate which can leave a milky film on the acrylics. Professional products contain water-attracting hyraluronic acids and exotic borage and hemp oils. These oils also serve the skin as anti-inflammatories, helping to enchance the tanning process. You want the skin to concentrate on making melanin, if it’s inflamed or burned, the concentration will be on the burn.
Vitamin C, which is inherently unstable, can easily break down in a product. Most mass-market products lack the complex formulation to keep Vitamin C stable. Even through the label claims it’s there, if you analyzed the product for Vitamin C, you wouldn’t find it because it has fallen apart in the formulation.
The high end moisturizers found in professional formulas can extend a customers tan beyond the limits of a drug store product. Melanin is formed in the deep layers, and then travels through the skin and up to the surface, where it is sloughed off. Skin exfoiliation and flaking will slow down on skin that is throughly moisturized, impeding the travel of the melanin. Professional formulations offer a richer, browner tan that drug store products which often produce tans with RED undertones.
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