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Things You Should Know About Indoor Tanning

Since tanning became a fashion trend, more and more people are looking for ways to achieve that much-coveted glow.

The time-tested method and still most common way to get a tan is through sunbathing However, other methods have been created and people need not expose themselves directly under the sun for long hours anymore. The concept of indoor tanning originated in Europe and quickly spread to other parts of the globe.

Although it has been said that the ultraviolet rays from the sun or from other sources such as tanning beds and sun lamps still sends out UVA and UVB radiation that are comparable to the sun or sometimes even stronger.  Given this fact, it means that indoor tanning too can pose some health risks especially when done very often.  It can cause both melanoma and non-melanoma types of skin cancer.  It may also destroy the DNA in the skin cells, or cause cataracts, premature aging, burns, and even inhibition of the immune system.  And get this: frequent use of  indoor tanning equipment may also lead to tanning addiction!

High Demand for Tanning

We know that indoor and outdoor tanning can be dangerous to our skin, as well as to our health.  But even with this knowledge, it has been found that in the United States, more than 1 million people and 70% of which are Caucasians with the age range of 16-29 years old go to tanning salons.  Because of this demand, the tanning industry has gained revenue as big as approximately $2.6B.

In 1999, Indoor Tanning Association (ITA) was founded to endorse responsible moderate tanning, as well as to prevent sunburn.  ITA was founded to defend the freedom of the people to obtain a sun tan whether thru natural or artificial light.  The ITA represents a lot of indoor tanning manufacturers, facility owners and distributors.  They mention that UV light also has its positive effects if done in moderation.  They claim that UV light can help produce Vitamin D and can also generate endorphins and serotonin. 

Minimize the Damages

If you still want to get a tan, the best thing you can do is minimize whatever damage it might cause to your skin. For example, apply an aloe or water-based lotion to get a tan faster; wear goggles in tanning beds to protect your eyes; exfoliate before tanning; use soap that has Cocoa and Shea Butters; use sunscreen with an SPF of 10-15.  Remember to also protect your lips as it burns quite faster than other parts of your body and face.

You can achieve a healthy, sun-kissed glow by tanning  without exposing yourself to danger and damaging your skin.

The Inside Scoop on Wrinkle Creams- What is Inside?

There are so many companies at this time which manufacture skin care and anti-aging products.  And because competition is high among the brands, they do everything to make their product look more attractive than their competitors.  It is then up to us, the consumers, to figure out which ones are really the best anti-aging products. 

We should not be swayed by mere attractive packaging, or be carried away with hyped advertising of the product, as well as be lured by celebrity endorsements.  Instead, we should still listen to what the real users of the product say.  We should check out the testimonials of those who are actually using the product, and of course, couple it with our own personal research on what our chosen wrinkle cream can do to our skin.  On top of everything else, we must be aware of what is inside the wrinkle cream or the anti-aging product that we plan to use. 

A good anti wrinkle product must contain only the best and natural ingredients and must definitely have undergone scientific research and clinical trials. 

Since there are a lot of brands competing to be the best wrinkle cream, we must be cautious on which one to pick because not all the products that are available actually work.  Some important components that we must look for are:

·         Matrixyl 3000- this ingredient is said to improve the elasticity of the skin, as well as the skin tone.  It also removes wrinkles and renews the skin.  Matrixyl 3000 are peptides that allow the production of collagen and so they also make the skin go back to looking young and healthy.

·         Argireline- is like botox without the injection.  It removes wrinkles, as well as crow’s feet.  Argireline is a special molecule that is part of a natural peptide chain.  It tightens and lifts the skin, creating a younger looking skin.

·         PhytoCell Tec- comes from a plant stem cell of an unusual Swiss apple that is known for its long life.  It is said that it is best to use 2-5% concentration of this ingredient twice a day for 28 days and after that you will notice a big difference on your fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet.  Another great thing about this ingredient is that it combats and delays the signs of aging.  PhytoCell Tec is also known to rejuvenate the skin.

These are only some good components that we must look for in a wrinkle cream or an anti-aging product.  There are definitely more good ingredients that we must know in order to find the best wrinkle cream.  There are the antioxidants, the retinol, and the like.

Aside from using an anti-aging product or a wrinkle cream, we must also do an overall effort to create a better looking skin that is young, healthy and fresh.  These can be achieved by having a good diet, getting enough and proper rest and sleep, maintaining a good and healthy lifestyle, meaning no smoking and less alcohol, using sunscreen at daytime to protect our skin.