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Yes, the use of indoor tanning lotions will provide the three essentials of effective tanning: hydration, nutrition, and oxygenation. Skin must be hydrated to reach and maintain the desired tan. Dry, neglected skin reflects UV light and exfoliates much faster. The natural, vitamin rich products sold at The Texas Tans are fundamental to the skin’s appearance and ability to tan. Vitamins replenish necessary nutrition to skin cells, promoting cell regeneration and oxygenation. Oxygen fuels skin cell functions, thereby accelerating the tanning process. Our trained personnel will recommend the appropriate product for you. Outdoor lotions are prohibited as well as drug store varieties since they are capable of diminishing the rate at which you’ll tan and ruin the acrylics in our tanning beds.
Tanning attire is entirely up to the client. The potential danger of tanning nude is ultraviolet overexposure-such as sunburn-of sensitive body parts that are not normally exposed to ultraviolet light. Tanning in the buff: Please be careful about areas not accustomed to sunlight. During the first three visits to Texas Tans, cover them for half the sessions to gently ease into a base tan.
The tan or pigmentation process occurs in the epidermis, the top layer of the skin. Everyone’s skin naturally exfoliates every 28-30 days. When bathing, using loofahs or body puffs will also increase your natural rate of exfoliation.
Although this is a popular myth, ultraviolet light waves cannot penetrate so deeply to affect the body’s tissues and organs. Ultraviolet rays are not the same as X-rays or heat rays and therefore, have different effects on the body. Overexposure will result in sunburn but will never affect internal organs.
It is not advised to wear contact lenses while tanning at Texas Tans. Although wearing the provided protective eyewear will protect your eyes from ultraviolet light, the heat generated could cause drying and discomfort.
While some dermatologists may advocate total avoidance of UV exposure, the media seems to quote only those who do. Many dermatologists and others from the medical community have acknowledged the need for moderate sun exposure, while advocating the use of sunscreens.
There are 2 possibilities. This could be genetic determination whereas the melanocytes in that certain area may not be efficient at producing melanin. The other scenario — tinea versicolor — is from a harmless fungus that lives on the skin’s surface. It does not appear as a result from tanning, it only becomes more obvious once tanning occurs. Some topical lotions or prescription drugs from a doctor can remedy this situation easily.
Phototherapy (use of UV light) has been effective in easing the skin problems common to this condition. There are also many drugs, including tetracycline and Retin-A, which are also widely used for the treatment of acne. Because these drugs can render the skin photosensitive, one must avoid UV exposure when medicated. Furthermore, the use of UV light for acne treatment should only be administered by a qualified physician. The Food and Drug Administration prohibits indoor tanning equipment operators from asserting that equipment use is beneficial for any purpose other than obtaining cosmetic coloring.
People cannot contract diseases from properly sanitized, well maintained tanning beds. Disease specialists have said that no evidence exists to prove that sanitized tanning units have spread diseases.
There exists a growing body of scientific evidence which indicates that some people actually require more light exposure in order to function properly. Exposure to bright light, such as that emitted by the midday summer sun, causes the brain to suppress the release of the hormone melatonin. Melatonin acts as a depressant in the body if generated during the daytime. Thus, when affected people are exposed to longer hours of bright light, they feel happier, euphoric and more able to enjoy life. Bright light sources emitting only visible light, are now frequently used to successfully treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Sub-syndromal Seasonal Affective Disorder (SSAD)
It is too difficult to make this simple comparison. Tanning lamps differ in spectral output and energy transmitted while the suns strength is dependent on many factors as well. Factors such as time of day, latitude, time of year, cloud cover, pollution and reflective surfaces all make it too difficult to measure. Consequently, there is no formula for relating indoor tanning to outdoor tanning. Indoor tanning at Texas Tans will provide a controlled environment for you to tan in.
Developed in Europe 30 years ago for use in photo therapy treatment, high pressure lamps produce UV/A and UV/B in different ratios than conventional tanning beds: just enough UV/B to produce the melanin required to get a tan, and a lot of UV/A to oxidize that melanin and turn it golden brown.
Currently, the FDA guidelines suggest a 48 hour time interval between sessions. Pigment darkening may not be visible for 12-24 hours, therefore, two tanning sessions within a 24 hour period could cause an unintentional burn. It’s best to achieve a gradual tan by following the professional recommendation given to you by the staff at Texas Tans as well as our equipment guidelines.

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