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How Your Skin Works

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Your body produces a substance called melanin as a natural defense against sunburn in reaction to ultraviolet light in sunlight. . Ultraviolet light stimulates melanin production. The pigment has the effect of absorbing the UV radiation in sunlight, so it protects the cells from UV damage. Melanin production takes a fair amount of time - that is why most people cannot get a tan in one day. You have to expose yourself to UV for a short period of time to activate the melanocytes. They produce melanin over the course of hours. By repeating this process over 5 to 7 days pigment builds up in your cells to a level that is protective. Darker complexions contain more melanin than light complexions-thus fair skin tends to burn faster.

When overexposure occurs, your natural blood flow increases which leads to two things: 1) first your skin swells and turns red then 2) skin cells begin to overproduce. To regain its natural cell level, the skin peels in an attempt to discard unnecessary cells. The skin is left without its natural pigment to protect from further damage once it has begun to peel. If you press on sunburned skin it will turn white and then return to red as the capillaries refill. Unfortunately there are no immediate symptoms to warn of overexposure. In most cases it takes several hours to see the effects of too much sun after the damage has already been done.

Preparation for sunning

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The SPF system (sun protection factor) is a uniform code used by all manufacturers of tanning products. The higher the number, the more protection provided. For example: if you would usually burn after 20 minutes of direct exposure (no sunscreen), you could use an spf 4 product and remain in the sun four times as long as usual (4x20 mins = 1 hour, 20 mins) without burning, an SPF 8 would allow you 8 times the exposure etc. Remember, a sunscreen must be applied as directed to retain its full SPF strength.

All sun is not the same! 90 degrees of northern sun can be equivalent to 70 degrees of subtropical of desert sun. While you may not require protection at home, remember the rays here are drastically intensified!
Perfumes and medication often intensify the effects of the sun. Refrain from using perfumed body treatments and ask your doctor about any medication you may be on before starting your tanning program.
Clouds, water, umbrellas, hats and etc. can provide false protection. The suns rays bounce of concrete and sand and can intensify through water to reflect directly on any unexposed part of your body.
The sun reaches its peak between 10:30a and 2:30p, so use extra protection during these hours.
Keep hydrated! We all know the toll of a strong sun can take and your skin and body is dangerously depleted of moisture during the sunning process. Plenty of water or natural fruit juices are essential to staying hydrated.

If you're just starting out or are an experienced tanner, these kits are perfect for achieving the exact results that you want!

The Super Sensitive kit-for those who fear the sun!
Sun Sensitive (spf 25)-for face and other sensitive areas of the body.)
Sun Searcher Lotion (spf 8)-protection for the rest of your body.
Super Aloe Creme-relieves burns
Super Aloe body Gel-cools and moisturizes skin

The beginner's kit-for those with no previous exposure who desire a smooth even base tan.
Sun Searcher Lotion
Sun Dancer Oil
(spf 2)
Super Aloe Creme
Super Aloe body gel

The intermediate kit- For those with a light color and desire a smooth even base tan.
Sun Searcher Lotion (spf 8)
Aloe mink greaseless oil
Super Aloe Creme
Super Aloe body gel

The advanced kit- For those who are already dark but wish to maximize their tan.
Aloe mink oil
Super Aloe Creme
Super Aloe body gel
Master Tanning kit- to enhance the darkest tan and super condition the skin.
Sun Supreme Oil
Super Aloe Creme
Super Aloe body gel

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Skin type Tan characteristics S.p.f factor
Light Burns moderately. tans eventually 15-20
Medium Burns minimally, always tans well 6-15
Dark Rarely burns, tans readily 2-10
Very dark/black Never burns, becomes deeply pigmented 2-10

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