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

4 Steps to a Flawless Spray Tan!

Have you ever wanted to try a spray tan, but just don’t know what to do before and after? Or, have you had a spray that didn’t come out so well? Here is a step by step process that will help you get the best possible outcome for your spray tan!


Pre Care:
Step 1: Cleanse and exfoliate. To ensure the most even coverage and longest lasting tanning results, it is important that you exfoliate thoroughly prior to your appointment. Exfoliating the skin removes any layers of dry, dead skin cells, ensuring that your spray tan is applied to fresh new skin cells. It is also advisable that you wax or shave at least 24 hours prior to your appointment. Avoid using deodorants, moisturizers, perfume or make-up on the day of your appointment as these can reduce the effectiveness of your spray tan.

Step 2: You want to wear suitable tanning attire to your appointment. Tanning solution solutions do not typically stain clothing, but it is best to wear loose fitting, comfortable, and dark clothing to your appointment. Any slight rub-off on your clothing should wash out easily, however light colored leather, acrylic or other sensitive fabrics may be harder to clean and therefore should not be worn to, or immediately after your appointment.


After Care:
           Step 3: Once your spray tan has been applied, the tanning process now begins. The all natural tanning agent contained in the tanning solution reacts with the amino acids in the skin to create a beautifully natural tan. You should not shower for at least 8-12 hours after application and showering the next morning is the best option.  You should also avoid any of the following activities for at least 5 hours after your tanning application; saunas/spas, water, physical exercise/sweating, swimming, and tight fitting clothing.
Step 4: If you followed these instructions your spray tan should last you for up to 5 to 10 days, depending on factors such as your skin type, lifestyle, activities etc.

Regularly moisturizing twice daily will extend the overall life of your tan. Avoiding long baths, hot tubs, and extended swimming sessions will also help prolong the life of your tan as well.  Also avoid any products designed to exfoliate the skin after your tan and wait to use these products until just before your next spray tanning session!

The Perfect Eye AND Lip Primer!

Do you need a primer for both your eyes and your lips? How about a good highlighter?  Well Prime Time from MANNA Cosmetics is the perfect item for you. The hardest part after having a long day at work or running around, is keeping your make-up on. Most makeups tend to smudge or come off by the end of the day. Well this great product will take care of that.

Prime Time will provide long lasting color for your eyes and lips throughout the whole day. It will help prevent eye make-up from smudging and creasing, and keeping your eye shadow that you put on at six in the morning, looking like you had just put it on. Using Prime Time on your lips also will prevent feathering and will keep lipstick or lip gloss from fading away. Remember that a little bit of this product goes a long way so it won’t leave you running out all the time.

All you have to do use take your finger and dip it in the container and guide your finger over your eyelid and lips. An added benefit is to use this amazing product as an eye shadow highlighter. A primer that can keep your make-up on and looking perfect all day is a perfect and quick item for any busy woman.