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May 3, 2016
Tanning Beds stimulate the Production of Vitamin D
You can make up your own mind regarding tanning beds, but before you do, please be apprised of the truth based on research. That truth will set you free.

A new study indicates that tanning beds stimulate the production of vitamin D by the skin. The researchers compared dark-skinned people with Caucasians and found that tanning-bed sessions increased vitamin D levels almost identically in both ethnic groups. Unfortunately, there are organizations that make a concerted effort to destroy the tanning industry by spreading lies–lies that need to be exposed. One of those lies is that tanning beds do not cause an increase in vitamin D production. The Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF), for example, is one group that blatantly makes statements that contradict the actual research. They call the idea that tanning beds are a healthy option for boosting vitamin D levels a “myth.”

Research has shown that women who use tanning beds have a reduced risk of endometrial cancer of 40-50%. There is a significantly lowered risk of venous thrombotic events among women who use tanning beds when compared with those who do not. And, tanning-bed use is inversely correlated to breast-cancer risk.

April 30, 2014
DC Notices That ‘Tan Tax’ Has Failed
The ‘Beltway’ is starting to figure out that a 10 percent tax on UV tanning truly was a job-killing, underperforming tax based on back-room politics and funny math. Politico — perhaps the Capitol’s most-read policy-insider journal — published a major story Thursday documenting the tax’s failure.

“A 10 percent tax on tanning salons, imposed as part of Obamacare, is not raising nearly as much money as the government predicted,” Politico reported. “So far, it’s generating less than half the $200 million budget forecasters anticipated it would produce annually, according to IRS figures.”

Actually, it’s more like one-third the forecasted revenue.

The 10 percent excise tax on UV tanning was a last-minute addition to the Affordable Care Act in December 2009, swapped in by Dick Durbin, other Senate Democrats, and special interest groups in place of a cosmetic surgery tax — dubbed the ‘bo-tax’ — just before they approved the bill in a rare Christmas Eve vote.The tax was imposed without any due process of how it would affect anyone nor how much it could reasonably collect to help pay for the Affordable Care Act.
  • It has closed 8,000 women-owned businesses since 2009.

  • It has cost the economy an estimated 70,000 jobs.

  • It has raised only 1/3 of revenue projections for the Affordable Care Act.

February 25, 2014
The Science Behind Your Tan
Tanning takes place in the skin’s outermost layer, the epidermis. About five percent of the cells in your epidermis are special cells called melanocytes. When exposed to Ultraviolet-B (UVB) light, melanocytes produce melanin. Melanin is the pigment which is Ultimately Responsible For Your Tan. The pinkish melanin travels up through the epidermis and is absorbed by other skin cells. When exposed to Ultraviolet-A (UVA) light, the melanin oxidizes or darkens. This darkening/tanning, is your skin’s way of protecting itself from too much Ultraviolet light. In a way it is a natural form of SPF. Have you ever wondered why people with very fair skin rarely tan and usually burn? It's because they have less melanin in their skin than those who tan more easily.

December 9, 2013
The Weather and Your Spray Tan
The weather is getting colder and skin is becoming drier. What does this mean for your sunless sray tan? Now, more than ever, you must understand the importance of moisturizing! When skin is dry and unhealthy, a spray tan will fade unnaturally, will apply unevenly and fade more quickly. So let’s take a look at three easy steps to better take care of your skin during the winter months.
  1. Increase Moisturization. However often you were applying a tan extender during the warmer months, you should apply once more in the winter. At minimum, a tan extender should be applied in the morning, night and after bathing. California Tan® Tan Extender with Bronzers is perfect to use as it hydrates skin and provides an extra touch of color so your spray tan will last longer.

  2. Take cooler showers. I know there is no better feeling than taking a scolding hot shower during the winter, but I promise your spray tan, skin and hair will thank you! Hot water strips our body of its natural oils causing skin to dry out. It’s also important to be cautious of the body wash you use. California Tan® Sunless Body Wash is perfect to use because it is Sulfate Free and specifically formulated to hydrate skin.

  3. Pay attention to your skin. I love a spray tan just as much as the next person, but in the winter it’s important to monitor how frequently you’re getting them. Spray solution (no matter what brand) naturally dries out skin. If you notice your skin is a little drier than normal, skip your sunless session for the week and use an at home product. California Tan has an at home Sunless Lotion, Spray and Mousse that are easy to use when you need to skip the salon for a week.
So that’s it, three simple steps and I promise you’ll love your spray tan results even more. Next time you come in to Toucan Tan for your personal handheld airbrush spray tan ask us about our California Tan sunless products to Prepare, Develop, and Perfect your tan.