What You Need To Know About Tanning Beds Vs. Sunshine

What You Need To Know About Tanning Beds Vs. Sunshine

Tanning is undoubtedly one of the most exhausted teen-and-young-adult-focused topics in the history of … well… topics that are targeted at teenagers and young adults. Growing up, I was reminded of the damaging effects of UV rays both at home and in school environments. I didn’t have a prayer in the world of obtaining a good tan over the summer because I was being slathered with SPF 50 every…

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            So today thought I would write about a topic that has been seeming to rise up more and more the closer we get to Summer…that is tanning, glowing, bronzed, all of the above! As the temperatures start to rise and more skin starts to show, that’s when this “tan” becomes extra important. Luckily, in today’s world there are many more ways to get your tan on than sun exposure and the infamous tanning bed. Fake tanning has become so popular and the products are so well made that there’s no point to putting your skin through the harsh methods used in the past to get that golden glow. Since we’re just beginning to make our way into summer I thought it would be a perfect time to list the best self-tanning products and other ways to get your glow ready for all of the lakes, beaches, and pools to come! So lets jump right in to the top tanning lotions you can do at home, as well as some of the best other ways to get glowing.  

$33.00: Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel$9.00: Jergens Natural Glow (More price friendly too)

$23 for 10 wipes: Tan Towel Self-Tan Towelettes

38/session: Mystic Tan UV-Free Spray on Tanning (Have to go to a salon for this, but it is done by professionals with guaranteed results)

I hope this helps everyone get some inspiration to save your skin the trouble of beds and sunburns and get the exact same look with these awesome products! Tanning this way we will not only be looking fabulous now, but down the road as well. Taking care of our skin will definitely pay off! Happy Summer everyone!

Spots? Don’t change ‘em, check ‘em.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in Canada. Most cases are caused by over-exposure to UV rays from the sun or sunbeds. There is no such thing as a safe tan - a tan is actually a sign of skin damage. Even one sunburn as a child increases the risk of skin cancer later in life.

By checking your skin regularly, most skin cancers can be spotted early enough to be cured. When checking for melanoma skin cancer, the deadliest form of cancer, look for:

  • a change in shape, colour, size or surface of a mole or birthmark 
  • a new growth – nodule or patch that grows larger, has a crust or is red or scaly 
  • a sore that does not heal 
  • a patch that bleeds, oozes, swells, itches or becomes red and bumpy  

Ask someone to check those “hard-to-see” places on your back, behind the neck, ears and legs. Still not sure about what you should be looking for? Ask your health care provider.

This summer, stay protected by reducing your time in the sun. Remember that shade, protective clothing, hats and sunglasses offer the best protection and always remember to use sunscreen.  

Enjoy the skin you’re in – no tan required.

June 1st to the 7th is Sun Awareness Week.

Guarding the perimeter

There are two definitions for the word perimeter that I’ve heard frequently in the last year. The first and most obvious, a basketball term, is a description of the space beyond the foul circle. It’s a place where the game’s most talented shooters, when left unguarded, are the most lethal.

The other — the jagged circumference of a mole. Another place, albeit much smaller, when left unchecked that is also deadly.

During a routine skin check last year, my dermatologist stumbled upon a spot on my upper right bicep. It was roughly the size of a pencil eraser and looked normal enough, but somehow gave her pause. She took a scrape of the spot with a razor blade, sent it to a lab for a biopsy and assured me she didn’t think it’d require any further attention. 

A few days later, I got a call from the dermatologist’s office. She was wrong. The biopsy came back as “severely dysplastic,” meaning that the mole was on the verge of becoming melanoma (though dermatologists tend to disagree about this — some consider it Stage 0 melanoma). 

“You need to come back,” the receptionist said. “And you need to do it soon.”

I’d been through this before, having had a moderately dysplastic mole excised from my upper back a few years prior. I got the sense from the tone of her voice on the phone call, though, that this time would be different. There was more urgency.

The mole with its now-dangerous perimeter had to go.

About a week later, I took the morning off of work and settled into what looked like a dentist’s chair and waited. 

After getting prodded about 12 times with a local anesthetic in a large needle (hey, they had to get through these massive biceps of mine somehow!), I had to wait again — this time for about 30 minutes for the anesthetic to spread.

There was nothing to do but watch as patches of my upper arm became white as the drug seeped in and took hold.  The necessary needles, cautery tools and bandages sat on a rolling tray right at eye level — enough to cause a full-blown panic attack for the needle-averse (which, thankfully, I am not).

Finally, the doctor returned and thus began a 45-minute process of cutting my skin down to the subcutaneous fat layer and removing the abnormal tissue. How do I know that’s what he was doing? Because I could see him carving away in my peripheral vision. Again, not for the faint of heart.

Cut. Cauterize. Cut. Cauterize. Cut. Cauterize. The process felt like it took four hours. I felt no pain but I could feel the cold tugging of scalpel across skin. Smelling the burning of my own flesh was equally as unpleasant.

Some time later, I got sewed up like a broken doll with two rows of four stitches — one row buried underneath another on top. 

The doctor packed my forearm full of bandages to cushion between the sutures and the giant bandage he applied before circling my upper arm with an Ace bandage. 

I left with some ibuprofen, strict instructions to stay out of the sun and to apply Neosporin frequently. My arm throbbed for two days.

All that, I thought, for a little 3 cm cluster of pigmented cells.

Ten days later I returned to have the stitches removed. In its place, I sported a raised four-inch-long diagonal slash. What should have felt like a win — I’d gotten out ahead of something that kills nearly 1/7th of the 70,000 people it affects each year — felt more like a weight.

Fortunately, mine is more of a cautionary tale, at least for now, though the large scars across my back and upper right seem to indicate more of a fight than was necessary. 

The weight came from knowing that I’ll have to return every year and hope that the sunscreen I’ve begun to use recently will ward off any future surgeries. It came from knowing that, more than likely, the damage is already done. 

According to, the average person’s risk of developing melanoma doubles if he or she has had five sunburns in a lifetime, and increases your lifetime risk by 80 percent if those sunburns occur as a kid.

I’ve had summers — thank you, travel softball — where I’ve gotten five sunburns in a month. Blistering, lobster red sunburns. I used tanning beds frequently in high school to be tan for prom season or softball season or because it’s-the-dead-of-winter-and-this-feels-great-right-now season. I can’t change that now, and that’s what frustrates me most. 

It could have been worse. But it could always be worse, too, and that’s what I worry about every time I schedule a yearly appointment.

I’m telling this story not to lecture, but because none of the warnings I read felt real until I lived it. Now those two scars remind me that I live it every single day. You might not have to. Go get a skin check. It’s 10 minutes that may save you 10 years.

Beach body ready bollocks. Tilf explains 'safe'.

Beach body ready bollocks. Tilf explains ‘safe’.

Ages ago, someone I used to know got offended. He was offended because a female friend and I called him ‘safe’. He couldn’t see why we had called him safe, and seemed to think we had attacked his manliness.
I will now explain why he was wrong.

There are a lot of unfair ways that people behave towards each other. For a currently famous, or possibly infamous, example, a recent advert has been…

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Spray Tanning Tips Be Prepared

Here are some Spray Tanning Tips

I’ve put together the ideal spray tanning tips to boost the success of your appointments,  to make certain your skin is ready to take color, remain protected throughout your spray, and preserve and enhance your coloring after spray tanning.

Prepare for your Spray Tan

  • Make sure you don’t shave at least 24 hours prior to your appointment.
  • To get the most even tan, you want to remove all dead skin cells. So when you shower, make sure to exfoliate with a body scrub, not bar soap.
  • While exfoliating, make sure you concentrate on your elbows, knees & ankles.
  • If your skin gets dry, apply a light lotion. Make sure it’s applied at least 2 hours before your spray tan.
  • To avoid color buildup on your nails and cuticles, put some petroleum jelly on them.
  • Keep the palms of your hands moisturized to achieve the most natural tan.
  • Remove any makeup. I do have makeup wipes if needed at the time of your spray tan appointment.
  • Don’t wear any perfumes or deodorant, it will cause blotching and fading.

During your Spray Tan

  • Use a lip balm and remember to keep your mouth closed.
  • Avoid inhaling the spray tan, I have nose plugs if you want them.
  • I have eye protection if desired.
  • You’re welcome to wear what you’d like while being sprayed, whatever your comfort level is, but you should wear some kind of underwear to protect sensitive areas.

After your Spray Tan

For the most Vibrant Results:

  • Wear loose clothing, preferably a dark color, and avoid any under-wire bras.
  • Bring along a pair of flip flops or other open shoe.
  • Don’t exercise and try not to perspire until after your first shower.
  • Your first shower should be at least 4-6 hours after your spray tan. Apply your shower gel with your hands.
  • Hydrate, hydrate & hydrate, 2 to 3 times a day! The best way to maintain the longevity of your spray tan is to keep your skin hydrated.

These Spray Tanning Tips will give you the best results!

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Have a glamorous day,

Dean & Lisa Rodrigue

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Sun labs products offer safe solutions for your tanning problems. The self tanning lotion gives you a dark tan and protects the skin from the harmful effects of direct sunlight. These are sunless tanning products that give you a perfect beach body with the sun-kissed look and zero health hazards. You can achieve dark self tanning without any nasty streaking.

Benefits Of Self Tanning Products

By using the Sun Labs self tan products, it is possible to get naturally healthy and beautiful skin with minimum amount of cellulite and practically no skin imperfections. These products give natural color to the skin and hide any unwanted blemishes. They dry fast and give a golden bronzed color.

They are more economical than a spa or a salon. It is important to remember that when you use a dark tanning lotion, your exposure to the sun should be much less than if you were using a sun screen with a high SPF. You must reapply the dark tanning lotion if you go in the water or perspire.

Sunless dark tanning options are most suitable if you want to completely avoid the sun. Some dark self tanning creams have a thick consistency like the sun blocks whereas others are available in the form of sprays. Both these options are fragrant and have moisturizing properties that keep the skin hydrated for some time. If you have a very fair skin or are prone to burning, do not use dark self tanning products.

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Stay safe and sexy in the sun by sunless tanning before you hit the beach or pool this summer. Custom airbrush tanning is the best. It is formulated for your individual skin type, professionally applied, and is UV Free. Did you know that certain solutions can be DHA Free as well? Perfect for those who prefer Organic to Nonorganic and who are pregnant and/or breastfeeding.

Getting married this summer? Have a mobile airbrush artist come to you and your wedding party and the bride can always tan for free.

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thelastspeecher asked:

Apollo, Helios, Hermes, and Hestia. Because it spells "AHHH"

ive found it ive found the Biggest Dork Ever

Apollo: favourite piece of music

yipe um, i’m not sure exactly what context this is supposed to be taken in. like, my favorite song? or genre? or are we talking classical music? we just don’t know. let’s generalize this by saying i pretty much listen to/like most things.

Helios: opinion on tanning

be safe about it, kids! tanning is great and all believe me i love my tan skin but make sure not to stay out too often and wear sunscreen. i actually payed attention during the epidermis unit in my anatomy class and uv rays ain’t no game

Hermes: last text you sent

“it was going to be sassy and great but now i’ve ruined it and i’ll escort myself out” sent to a group chat between meathead, ole hickory ham mike, and spongebob post-it titties

Hestia: describe your ideal house

yo man just a one bedroom with a cute lil kitchen and everything’s comfortable and tiled and fit perfectly for me (and my dogs) only because fuck marriage and kids am i right 

anonymous asked:

Sorry if this is too personal I'm a newbie to tanning and wanted to know if you tan your privates or wear a bikini and tan around it. Is fake tan safe on those parts? Xx

I tan nude, make sure whatever tan you are using is natural ingredients and you will be fine :)

anonymous asked:


Helios: Opinion on tanning
Going into a bed or not being safe/not wearing protection- why the fuck would you do that it’s literally so stupid
Going outside and just getting a lil sun with sunscreen or safe tanning lotions- frick yeah

Summer Tips

It is finally summertime which means lots of sun! The sun can be fun, but it is always important to make sure you’re aware of the everlasting effects too much sun can have on your body. Here are a few of my favorite tips to make sure you protect yourself from the sun.

1. Always apply a SPF daily moisturizer in the morning. I use dermalogicia SPF 50 everyday after cleansing my skin.

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