Good News About Tanning


Outdoor Vs. Indoor Tanning

Compared To Outdoor Tanning...
Indoor tanners are at a great advantage by having access to the control and comfort that is part of the indoor tanning experience. In addition to various state and local regulations in place, national guidelines set by the Federal government enhance the controllable factors involved in indoor tanning. Since 1986, Federal Performance Standards for tanning devices have been in place to cover and control many of the following aspects of indoor tanning:

• Timer control
• Protective eyewear
• Temperature control
• Electrical safety
• Protection from lamps
• Equipment access and support, and more

Outdoor tanners are at the mercy of many uncontrolled elements. Here is an example of a few things to consider if tanning outdoors:

1. Solar elevation (height of the sun in the sky)

The intensity of outdoor ultraviolet light (the sun), and especially UVB, depends on the height of the sun in the sky. This will vary depending on the season of the year, time of day and latitude in which you live. UV intensities are highest during the summer months in the 4-hour period around noon (or 13:00 if daylight saving is in effect).

UVB intensity varies more with the time of the day than does UVA. As a rule of thumb "when your shadow is shorter than your own height" you may receive half or more of UVB during the 4 hours around solar noon on a clear summer day. In summer at noontime, UVB is two to three times more intense in equatorial areas than in northern Europe. At about 600 latitude the total UVB exposure during the months of January and February can be less than one clear day's exposure around midsummer.

2. Latitude and Altitude

The UV intensity at the earth's surface is related to the angle at which the UV rays pass through the atmosphere. In the tropics (close to 00 latitude, or near the equator) solar UV is more intense because it has less distance to travel through the atmosphere to the earth's surface.

Know Your Skin Type

The sensitivity of your skin is genetically determined, and has a lot to do with the manner in which your skin will tan, and the protection it will afford against getting burned.

Prior to using a tanning bed, a salon professional should determine your skin type based on several characteristics. Your skin type is matched with the manufacturers printed material to assist in determining your tanning session time. Below is an example of skin types.

Skin types are typically classified into six categories:

1. Skin Type I: Usually bright white or pale skin, blue or green eyes, red hair and many freckles. This skin type always burns outdoors, never tans.

NOTE: A person who is a true Skin Type I should avoid tanning indoors and outdoors.

2. Skin Type II: Beige skin, blue or grey eyes; blonde or light brown hair and some freckles. This skin type has a strong tendency to sunburn outdoors, but sometimes tans.

3. Skin Type III: Light brown skin, brown eyes and hair. This skin type sometimes burns outdoors but always tans.

4. Skin Type IV: Light brown or olive skin, dark brown eyes and hair. This skin type sometimes burns outdoors and tans readily.

5. Skin Type V: Brown skin, dark brown hair and eyes. This skin type rarely burns outdoors and tans easily.

6. Skin Type VI: Black skin, black-brown eyes and hair. This skin type rarely sunburns outdoors.

Your salon may use a specific skin type formula to determine your tanning sensitivity indoors.

Please Note: Although the chart above discusses a persons "sunburning" potential, you should always tan in moderation and avoid sunburning indoors and out!

Eye Protection

Appropriate protective eyewear is available from your Smart Tan Salon for a very important reason. No other device placed over the eyes can offer the same adequate protection! Not coins, sunglasses, contact lenses, towels - nothing. Federally-approved eyewear is designed to block at least 99 percent of UVA light and 99.9 percent of UVB light, while allowing visible light to pass through to enable you to see.

Some resulting eye conditions take years to develop, so you may not immediately realize the damaging effects of not using proper eye protection. Cataracts or macular degeneration, both leading causes of blindness, as well as night-blindness, can develop later. - Tanning indoors is an educated choice.

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Teaching Consumers

The American Journal of Preventive Medicine reported in August that of 150,000 survey respondents, 31.7 percent of Americans had been sunburned due to outdoor ultraviolet exposure within the previous 12 months.

There was a strong relationship between age and sunburns. While 7 percent of adults 65 and older reported being sunburned, 57.5 percent of respondents aged 18 to 29 had been sunburned at least once in 12 months.

These findings complement those of a recently published study that showed that sunburn rates among teenagers, 12 to 18 years old, might go as high as 80 percent.

"Such high sunburn rates for a one-year period confirm reports that extensive unprotected sun exposure is occurring among young adults," the researchers say.

Members of the indoor tanning industry hope to reduce these statistics through educating consumers on the importance of Moderate, Sensible and Responsible exposure to ultraviolet light.