Why Should I Wear Goggles When I Tan?

The question is why would you want to damage our eyes? Protecting your eyes is very important, and if you do not wear eye wear, you greatly increase your risk of eye problems. According to Preventing Blindness America, there are two types of UV rays: UVA and UVB. They both target different areas of the eye. UVA can cause central vision problems by damaging the macula (which is part of the retina, located in the back of the eye), and UVB damage is more common, which affects the cornea and lens of your eyes.

Long term exposure to UV rays without eye protection can cause blindness, disorders, cancers, and lesions. Also according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, UV rays can increase your risk for cataracts, which can cause a clouding of the lens. Cataracts have been known to be the leading cause of blindness among older adults in the United States.

Did you know that your eyelids only protect you against about 25% of the UV rays from a tanning bed? So the, “I forgot my tanning goggles” or the, “I will just put a towel over my face”, will not work! Your eyelids are too thin to protect the eyes from the UV rays and the towel does not block the UV either, it just filters it. UV rays can pass through objects, just like a towel. Even if you do not where eye wear now, it is never too late to start!

I Want Lashes Like the Celebs!

Ever wondered how celebs always have enviously long and thick lashes!? In order to make your eyelashes look longer and thicker, one thing you can do is use a darker eyeliner. In other words, use a liner that is darker than the color of your eyelashes. It will create the illusion of thicker eyelashes at the root. Here are a few more ways to make your lashes look like the celebs!

 

Enhance the lashes you have: You can achieve a seriously enviable set of lashes with lash extensions; something that beauty experts and celebrities alike swear by. Make sure to do your homework on the place you decide to get them done at. You want someone with experience and a place that uses mink lashes instead of synthetic. Something to keep in mind for lash extensions, you truly get what you pay for!
Master mascara: Mascara really opens up your eyes and gives them a more bold look. For maximum impact first use eyelash curlers and an eyelash brush to separate the lashes. Take your time and really make sure you have mascara on each of your lashes for a bolder and thickening effect!
Fake it: If you want to make a statement with your eyelashes for a night out, fake it. Strip lashes are a popular weapon for most of the celebrities who don’t have those long and thick eyelashes. The only difference is that they are applied by professionals, and in your case, you will be applying them on your own. This fact may take you a bit longer to learn how to apply fake eyelashes like the professionals. Keep trying to use them on a everyday basis to get your technique down! Practice makes perfect.

Help!…My Legs are Still White!

They say that the farther away from your heart a part of your body is, the harder it is to tan. This makes sense, as you probably have come to discover your legs are the hardest place to tan!  The reason behind this is that most people have at least some cholesterol build up along artery walls, making it much more difficult for blood (and oxygen) to flow. Oxygen that comes from outside assists the tanning process as well. So wearing pants, especially tight ones, could very well cause enough oxygen deprivation to hinder the tanning process. Don’t fret, we have various ways around this! First, before you come in to tan try to shave and exfoliate so new skin is there. Newer skin is more susceptible to tanning. Another huge role in tanning your legs is keeping them moist and massaged so the oxygen is circulating. There are some awesome tanning lotions made just for your legs to keep them hydrated properly, allowing you to achieve the deepest and darkest tan. Popular ones, for example, would be Gorgeous Gams or Leg Work by Devoted Creations. Gorgeous Gams is an ultra dark bronzing formula targeted just for your legs to speed up the tanning process. Leg Work as well, but this dark bronzing creme is also formulated with cocoa butter, macadamia oil, and natural bronzers to keep that year round glow. Self tanner spray cans and lotions (i.e. Salon Solate or Glitz) can also be used in and out of the salon to touch up your tan and add immediate color.  It’s a universal want to achieve the same tan on their legs as their upper bodies. With the help of a few tanning products your legs can be bronzed and beautiful I’m no time!

Why Do I Need Vitamin D??

I’m sure your doctor has told you that you need lots of vitamins to keep your body healthy. One of them is vitamin D. But why do you need it? Below are some ways your body uses vitamin D, as well as ways to get it:

What does Vitamin D do for diseases?

 

-Reduce chances of heart disease

-Dramatically reduce chances of cancer

-Extremely helpful against osteoporosis

-Very good for the immune system

-Helps fight depression

-Reduces acne

-Helps reduce chances of getting Alzheimers

-May also help with weight loss

-Help prevent pathological muscle weakness

-Combat type II diabetes and the metabolic syndrome


There are several food sources for vitamin D. Fish, such as salmon, tuna and mackerel, are sources of this vitamin, as are egg yolks, cheese and beef liver. Vitamin D-fortified milk and other foods are also good sources. You can find vitamin D through taking supplements that come in two forms: vitamin D2, and vitamin D3. Both of these are good to have because your body needs both.

Sunshine, however, is the most natural way to get vitamin D. UV exposure stimulates your body to naturally produce vitamin D in your skin.  This is the easiest way to get the essential vitamin D that your body needs. When there is not enough sun outside, you can always run into your local tanning salon to catch some rays and relax in the winter.

How Does Tanning Affect Your Hair??

Just like your skin, the sun and UV rays tend to dry out your hair if you aren’t taking the proper steps to maintain it. This is why we stress the importance of tanning lotion and aftercare moisturizers for your skin; to put back all of the vitamins, nutrients, and amino acids UV rays tend to take away. Your hair is no different. Since UV rays can be drying to hair, it would be in your best interest to use a moisturizing conditioner when you know you are going to be in the sun or tan indoors often. Also, there are some leave in conditioners sold online or at drugstores made with sunscreen, allowing you to spritz a little in your hair before coming into the salon for extra protection.

Tanning can also be responsible for lightening those locks. This is awesome for those of you that are blonde, or if you’re trying to lighten up your hair anyways. However, if you prefer to keep that head of hair of yours on the dark side, we suggest using a hair cap while tanning indoors. The Tannie, for example is one of the most popular ones out there; sold at most tanning salons or online. This is a hair cap that helps to retain moisture and protect your hair from fading and becoming too brittle. It’s breathable and washable too so it’s a great one time investment if you plan to tan indoors frequently. Although most people don’t really think about it, dryness and lightness are two ways tanning indoors, or outdoors, will affect your hair. Luckily with a great conditioner and/or hair bonnet you won’t have to worry too much about your hair becoming damaged by the sun.

Keep up with the Lash Trend!

False lashes have been a trend on the market for quite some time now, but are increasingly growing in popularity as we speak. False lashes come in two different forms; individual and strip. Where strip lashes tend to be more popular and easier to apply, individuals give a great subtle winged out and natural look, but for the more intense looks strip lashes would be the way to go. Now, you don’t always have to get that dramatic look with these however, so don’t be afraid to try them out! They come in all different lengths and sizes. Some are lengthy and full, ideal for a night out on the town. Some strip lashes also come in a more natural length, just to add some more volume and ‘umph’ to your own lashes, great for daily wear. Strip lashes also come in different looks such as wispy or feathery- as well as some really fun ones with rhinestones and glitter attached to them. False lashes really complete any look, making you appear and feel more sultry and glam.

There are so many strip lashes to choose from and you can get them at any drug store and also at Island Tan Salon. Make sure to look for the ones that are 100 percent natural human hair. These can be reused up to 5 times! All you do is peel off the glue from the day before and use a q-tip to gently clean the lashes with soap and water or eye makeup remover.

Top 5 Celebrity Secrets Revealed For a Simplified Beauty Routine

Now you do not have to hide the imperfections of your skin under your tresses from one side or by wearing the not-so-trendy costumes 2012 that are not at all revealing. Understand that there are only a handful of people who are actually blessed with perfect skin, hair and nails. If you don’t fall under that category don’t worry, most of us don’t! Now it is not very difficult to get the perfect radiance and healthy skin using beauty products. To make it simpler further, here are some celeb beauty secrets revealed to give you a perfect Red Carpet look:

Following tips can prove to be of great help in bringing you the basket full of compliments your way:

  1. Save your skin: Pollution and sun have a harsh effect on your skin. They are largely responsible for the development of fine lines and wrinkles which is the scariest nightmare for all women. Exposing the skin to sun rays for longer durations lead to the appearance of dark spots. Apply a good sunscreen every time you step out of home to keep away the tanning and save yourself form the signs of early aging.
  2. Curly eyelashes: Have you ever wondered what makes the eye lashes of the celebs so fuller? Curly eyelashes are the most happening look this season and you can spot number of celebrities flaunting it. If you are not comfortable using mascara then get the false eyelashes or accentuate your original eyelashes by using a curler.
  3. Have a signature look: It is great fun to have a signature style that people are envious of. It is best to create a look of your own. You can choose your eyes or lips to create your signature style. It is best to accentuate your strengths and make them your style statement.
  4. Take care of your tresses: Excessive styling plays havoc to your hair and may do permanent damage if you don’t give them the nourishment and care that they need. Next time you feel that your hair has lost its shine, you need not visit a hair spa to get those perfect locks. Just dip your hair in the cold drink of the color of your choice. It is sure to give them their lost sheen and also add to the color.
  5. Hydrate your body: Drinking plenty of water is your first step towards healthy skin. Moisturizers can’t alone give your skin the essential moisture that it requires. Try drinking water every two hours, you will soon start to see the difference in your skin type and glow.

The natural radiance and impeccable face of your favorite celebrity will soon become your reality if you make the above tips a part of your lifestyle. But remember to do things you are comfortable with and that you know, for sure, suits you the best.

Written by guest blogger, Brenda Lyttle, for Island Tan

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