Golden Tan Tanning salon
41w 11 Mile Rd.
Madison Heights, MI 48071
(248)548-6007

Tips N Tricks

UNDERSTANDING THE TANNING PROCESS
Skin is designed to accommodate ultraviolet light, and tanning is the bodys natural reponse to ultraviolet light.  The basic tanning process can easily understood by knowing three necessary ingredients, and how each works.  Here's how the process takes place.  UVB reaches the outermost, or epidermal, layer of skin, stimulating cells called melanocytes to produce brown granules called melanosomes.  The melanosomes are brown because they contain the protein pigment melanin.  Melanosomes distribute themselves evenly throughout the lowest layer of the epidermis.  once melanin is produced, UVA takes over.  When UVA reaches the melanin it blows it up like popcorn, forming a protective shield.  interestingly, the unique odor we notice when tanning occurs is a result of this natural mixture of protein and oil secretions.  The third element needed to produce a tan may not occur to you as quickly.  That other necessary ingredient is OXYGEN.  Without oxygen, neither UVB nor UVA can do their jobs.  When you first start tanning, the oxygen that your skin uses comes form the bloodstream.  Incidentally, this fact explains why some tanners get non-tanned spots called "pressure points", most notably on the shoulder blades, tailbone or buttocks, elbows or on the back of your calves.

 

Tanning Lotions:
Indoor tanning products moisten skin to help it absorb the maximum amount of UV light.  Dry skin also reflects more of the sun's light, rather than absorbing it, so you won't tan as well as you do when your skin is properly moisturized.

Do I have to use a tanning product to get tanning results?
-No, but tanning without a tanning product is like cutting a steak with a dull knife.  You can do it but  its not very efficient.

Tingle lotion
-Hot-action or tingle-based products are designed to increase the amount of oxygen to the skin's surface.  They do this by increasing the flow of blood to the skin's surface. (3rd rule of tanning)
If your tingle lotion is to much, take a cool shower to clean the skin of any loose residue that hasn't soaked in yet,  Taking a hot shower will intensify the tingle even more, causing the skins pores to open.

Product life
-The key controlling factor is temperature.  Tanning products can withstand some temperature changes, but their integrity is really challenged when subjected to extreme temperatures.

Taking a shower
-Washing the skin hastens the naturally occurring exfoliation of cells from the top layer of skin, the epidermis.  Shower and bath gels are recommended for tanners because their pH level is more suited for skin than most over-the-counter soaps, so are less liable to remove protective, moisturizing skin oils that help you keep your color longer.

Keep your tan in between tanning
-Post-exposure tanning products are created because experts indicate that your body is processing the ultraviolet exposure for up to 48 hours after your last tanning session.  By using an after-tan tanning product as often as possible, but especially after your shower and before bed.

Sunburn
-Sunburn is an injury that slows the development of a tan, it is commonly believed that slathering moisturizing lotion on a burn will help it heal.  This is one step, but it should never be done first!  The initial action needs to be to cool the skin down-get rid of the heat that you can actually feel when you touch the affected area, do this by using cool water, we say cool water, because cold water will cause shivering and that generates more heat.  Once the heat is gone, a good moisturizer should then be used.  Remember the two-step process that works reliably:  First remove the heat, then apply moisturizers.  Doing so will lessen the chance of peeling. . Responsible exposure and tanning can't begin to take place again until the sunburn is gone.
 
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