Although you may understand the facts about tanning, there’s a good chance that your friends and family don’t. Most likely, you’ve heard a lot of disturbing comments from them about tanning. Here are a few common misconceptions about Tanning.
Men shave, and this scraping of the skin, along with any preparations used to ready the skin and whiskers for the process, play a part in helping the skin shed tanned cells more quickly.
The skin’s renewal cycle takes about a month and skin cells that have finished their cycle lie on the skin’s surface until shaved or washed away. Since these cells also tan, the skin sheds or loses some of its tan when it is cleansed. Many people cleanse the face even more often than the rest of the body, thereby hastening the sloughing of tanned skin cells.
The legs present a slightly different situation. Some people experience a problem tanning their legs in a stand-up unit and should try a tanning bed instead. In a tanning bed, position might be checked. Feet should be spread for half the session, then together for half to expose all sides of the legs.
If a tanner is over 40, it helps to know, this is about the age that the body begins to lose melanocytes, the pigment cells that help the skin tan. Controlled, systematic exposures can slowly replenish what has been lost.
To optimize your ability to tan every exposed part of the body, indoor tanning lotion should be worn on every area of skin exposed! Remember that clean, moist skin tans best.
Scars are a little different issue. Here, the skin has tried to compensate for damage done to the affected area. In most cases, scars, whether from incisions or from burns, generally don’t tan very well. Instead, they often become sensitive to UV exposure, and can burn more easily. Persons with scars are advised to use sunscreen on those areas to minimize UV exposure.
One reason for white spots is vitiligo. Usually these spots are fewer in number and larger in size. The melanocyte cells in the affected area are beginning to degenerate and die off. Treating these spots requires medical attention.
Another reason for white spots is a scalp fungus known as tinea versicolor. This microscopic fungus flakes off of the scalp on to the upper body, just like dandruff, and remains unnoticed until a person starts to tan. Home remedies for these problem spots include shampoos like extra strength Head and Shoulders and extra strength Selsun Blue. Sunbanque can also order you a special sunspot lotion to help eliminate these stubborn spots.
Skin needs three things in order to help it tan— UVA, UVB and oxygen. No oxygen, no tanning occurs. In the initial stages of tanning, oxygen comes from the bloodstream underneath the skin. The pressure created on certain spots of the body from laying on the acrylic sheet constricts blood flow – that means little or no oxygen, and little or no tanning. By the way, this kind of white spot can happen to anyone who lies still on the acrylic sheet. Body size is not the deciding factor. The remedy? Move. A person doesn’t need to roll over on the acrylic to do this. Those suffering from white spots on their back side should use the flat part of their right forearm and, if needed, the flat part of their right foot to raise up one side of the body from the acrylic sheet. Give your skin a chance to breathe. Lower that side, and then raise the other and do the same thing. Tanners might have to do this two or three times a session to maintain good circulation, but this practice should eliminate those white spots.
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 bronzer from a bottle, or the Versa Spa airbrush SUNLESS Tan booth.
The best way to determine if a medication has photosensitizing potential is to consult with the prescribing medical practitioner or pharmacist. Sunbanque has access to an extensive listing of agents that have been identified as photosensitizing. Let us know if you need a copy.
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