For Serious Tanners Only

Building a base tan safely and effectively can be a slow and delicate process, but when done properly and with patience, the result is always rewarding. While you can't achieve a deep, dark tan overnight, there are ways you can maximize your skins' tanning ability both from the outside, and from the inside:

Prepare Your Skin...To achieve and maintain a great tan and assure that your skin retains its' moisture levels, use an appropriate cleanser...not bar soap. Your skin has a protective covering referred to as the acid mantle. It provides a limited barrier of protection from bacteria and also against moisture loss. Bar soaps are alkaline based and strip away that protective barrier resulting in a loss of moisture.

Use our Cool Mint or Fragrance-Free Cleansing Scrub, formulated to promote, not rob, your skins' moisture. Our cleansers help condition the face and hard-to-tan areas like legs. They contain natural enzymes originally created to treat acne-prone skin, yet they are safe and effective for all skin types...even the most sensitive. Micro-sized granules exfoliate dead, lifeless skin, important in maintaining even skin tone. Botanical extracts nourish the skin leaving it soft and silky.

Accelerate And Moisturize... Tanned skin requires special care. The tanning process, whether indoors or in the sun, can be very drying to the skin. Excessive exposures can result in premature aging and wrinkling of the skin. Preparing the skin before and replenishing the skins' cells after tanning exposures is of the utmost importance. We have been able to formulate our products using many of nature's finest ingredients known to heal, soften, nourish and replenish the skins' cells. We work closely with our chemist to produce products of the highest quality. With the exception of necessary preservatives, only natural ingredients known beneficial to the skin are used. Natural ingredients have the ability to be absorbed in the skin more easily and effectively, your tan is less likely to fade quickly. All of our products, tanning lotions, moisturizers, and even our cleansers, are formulated in a base of "True" liquid Aloe Vera, not a gel or inferior grade. Aloe Vera is known for its hydrating, softening and soothing properties and has the ability to penetrate human skin almost four times faster than water. Aloe is also known to produce an anti-aging effect on the skin and stimulate cell renewal.

Drink Plenty Of Water... Water is also very important for skin health. Drink 6-8 glasses of purified water every day to help replace the skins' moisture loss from tanning. There is no substitute for "just plain water". Other beverages may contain water, but have to be metabolized before the body can use the water. Caffeinated sodas, coffee, tea, and alcohol tend to counteract the positive effects of the water they contain. They dehydrate the body, resulting in headaches, fatigue, indigestion, and even dry skin.

Increase Circulation... Many have discovered the health benefits of using our PowerWave Dry Hydromassage System but, few are aware that these treatments can also help tanning too. Through its mechanical action on the soft tissues, the PowerWave, produces a reflex vasodilatation of the blood vessels, thus increasing local circulation. When circulation increases so does blood flow and the general nutrition of the tissues, improving skin tone. Additionally, treatments help reduce tension in the skin and adjoining tissues, as well.

Nutritional Support For Tanning... Your skin is a reflection of the nutrients you put into your body...both through diet and supplementation. It requires an abundant supply of specific nutrients to help maximize your tanning potential. Vitamin C, Magnesium, Zinc and Essential Fats are extremely important ingredients for healthy skin. Because the body does not manufacture essential fatty acids, they must be obtained from diet or supplementation.

The nutritional supplements and formulas we sell like, Fish-Free Omega 3 Oil capsules, are not only beneficial for optimum health, but improve your skins' ability to achieve and maintain a tan as well. Fish-Free Omega 3 Oil users notice healthier and stronger hair, skin, and nails. An essential formula in improving most skin conditions, many state that chronically dry skin conditions disappear.

Natural Skincare Products:
Tanning Products • CoolStuffTanStuff 
Cleansers • Fragrance-Free Scrub
Moisturizers • Aloe PlusBurnStuff 
Skin & Tanning Supplements • Fish-Free Omega 3 OilTan-Aid



by Ray Allard (Tan Plus/Essentials Of Life)

It is not surprising that so many people experience skin reactions to many tanning and skincare products on the market today. Many tanning products contain chemicals that could one day prove to be more harmful than helpful, not only to your skin, but to your health as well.

Specific chemicals, like methyl nicotinate, have been added to many indoor tanning products to purposely cause the skin to redden so that the tanner will feel they are getting instant results from the product and the tanning session. In reality, they are more-likely getting an allergic reaction from these "cheap" chemical ingredients. Results can be extreme redness, red streaks or blotchy patches of skin.  Masks must be worn by chemists preparing these products to prevent shortness of breath from these chemicals. These products, are commonly referred to as hot, spicy, or tingling to the skin. Although they are relatively inexpensive to produce they can sell for as much as $60.00 a bottle.

Another way of causing an adverse reaction to the skin, according to our chemist, Dan Bayer, is excessive use of preservatives like Propylene Glycol and Butylene Glycol. Many manufacturers are using these as part of the base of their products. While these preservatives, if used, should appear near the bottom of the ingredient label, they are found near the top of the ingredients list. The greed of the manufacturers is further supported by the lack of product knowledge of the tanning salon operators taken in by the hype of these products through creative marketing campaigns.

As the cost of safer preservatives continues to increase, and since the FDA doesn't regulate the cosmetic industry, expect to see ingredients such as Butylene Glycol being used in many popular tanning products, even those selling for more than $50.00. Butylene Glycol is a humectant most resistant to high humidity and also being used in hair sprays and setting lotions as a preservative and to retain scents. It is known to be similar in toxicity to ethylene glycol, found in antifreeze and solvents. According to "A Consumer's Dictionary Of Cosmetic Ingredients" (Ruth Winter, M.S.-1994 edition), Butylene Glycol is one of the few humectants not on the FDA's Generally Recognized As Safe List, although efforts to place it there have been made through the years.

Many products also contain petroleum based ingredients such as mineral oil, petrolatum or paraffin that are derived from the same crude oil used to make gasoline and motor oil and will cause reactions in certain skin types. According to certified nutritionist Robert Crayhon, M.S. (Nutrition Made Simple), "toxic chemicals in many tanning lotions may damage the skin when mixed with free-radical producing sunlight." He suggests choosing sunscreens and tanning lotions that are rich in antioxidants and as low in synthetic chemicals as possible.  Like everything we put on our skin, these ingredients are absorbed and eventually end up in the bloodstream. It may take years before we realize the health effects of these chemicals in our blood.

The purpose of tanning salons should be to minimize the clients chances of burning not cause it or create allergic reactions on purpose. The responsible tanning salon operator should never lose sight of that. The time has come for all retailers of cosmetic and skin care products to take responsibility for what they are selling.  If they are more aware of the potential short and long term effects caused by the ingredients in their skincare products they may think twice about putting it on their shelves in the first place. If manufacturers can't find a market for their junk, they won't make it anymore. There is nothing more valuable to us than maintaining a client's trust.  To offer products like these would only serve to diminish that trust and make a mockery of what we stand for.

Natural Skincare Products:
Tanning Products • CoolStuffTanStuff 
Cleansers • Fragrance-Free Scrub
Moisturizers • Aloe PlusBurnStuff 
Skin & Tanning Supplements • Fish-Free Omega 3 Oil 



Dr. Bernard Vodnoy, a retired ophthalmologist from South Bend,Indiana, has lectured for 16 years worldwide about the roles sunlight and nutrition play in a healthy lifestyle. At 84, Dr. Vodnoy tans every day at home yet has the skin of a man 40 years his junior. What's his secret?

According to Vodnoy, poorly nourished skin, not sunlight is the cause of skin cancer. He blames the "Standard American Diet" laden with fatty foods, chemical preservatives and other artificial agents that clog arteries and harm our bodies over time

By age 18, he says, bad diet leaves most Americans with a form of arteriosclerosis-a thickening of the walls of blood vessels that inhibits nutrients from reaching points in the body. The outer layers of skin, which have no blood vessels, are denied nutrition by this phenomenon. This leaves the skin more susceptible to damage.

Dr. Vodnoy, who eats only natural foods and is a vegetarian, shuns the medical establishment for encouraging people to avoid sunshine, especially considering the many positive physical and psychological effects that have been associated with moderate sun exposure. Vitamin D from sunlight cannot be substituted by dietary vitamin D, Vodnoy said.

Nutrition For Healthy Skin

The most powerful strategy you can employ to get vibrant skin, according to Robert Crayhon, M.S.,C.N., named one of the top 10 nutritionists in America, is to pursue optimum health.

Crayhon believes that almost every skin problem can be helped through eating a more health-promoting diet. Skin requires the right kind of fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. A chapter in his book, Nutrition Made Simple, is dedicated to achieving and maintaining healthy skin. "If you have been good to your body your skin will show it", he says.

The thinning ozone layer and over consumption of refined omega-6 fats like corn oil, safflower oil, and sunflower oil may increase the risk of skin cancer, while toxic chemicals in many tanning lotions may also damage the skin when mixed with free-radical producing sunlight. Many of the toxins in our environment and food supply may also damage the skin as they are excreted through the skin in the presence of sunlight.

Crayhon suggests choosing sunscreens and tanning lotions that are rich in antioxidants and as low in synthetic chemicals as possible. He recommends increasing your intake of antioxidants vitamin A,C,E, beta-carotene, B2, zinc, selenium, taurine, and NAC.  Take all of the antioxidants rather than just one or two of them. Many studies have shown that antioxidants may be a very important strategy for preventing skin cancer.

Your skin requires an abundant supply of specific nutrients to help maximize your tanning potential. Vitamin C, Magnesium, Zinc and Essential Fats are extremely important ingredients for healthy skin. Water is also very important. Drink 6-8 glasses of purified water every day. The nutritional supplements and formulas we sell like, Fish-Free Omega 3 Oil capsules, are not only beneficial for optimum health, but improve your skins' ability to achieve and maintain a tan as well.  Users notice healthier and stronger hair, skin, and nails. An essential formula in improving most skin conditions, many state that chronically dry skin conditions disappear.

Natural Skincare Products:
Tanning Products • CoolStuffTanStuff 
Moisturizers • Aloe PlusBurnStuff 
Skin & Tanning Supplements • Fish-Free Omega 3 OilTan-Aid

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