View Full Version : Best Alternatives to Tanning Bed by GreatSkin Esthetician Lori Van Wormer

07-14-2012, 11:05 AM
Tanning is a desirable by many who want to look hot, feel youthful and improve their overall appearance. Lori Van Wormer, Licensed Esthetician at GreatSkin encourages people to avoid the using of tanning beds and recommends few useful tips and products for your youthful and vibrant appearance.

I realize that this is the season where we all are getting ready to wear shorts and bathing suits; we all want to look sun kissed and “healthy”. Consequently, many are rushing to get a head start by tanning in tanning beds. Please, Please, Please think twice before doing so. Tanning devices especially tanning beds and sun lamps are worse than natural solar radiation in terms of the risks of cancer and long term skin damage.

The UVA rays emitted by these tanning beds penetrate more deeply and can cause damage to collagen, elastin, and the skin matrix. The result is that your skin will clearly age well before its time. There is a clear association between tanning beds and skin cancer.
The risk of squamous cell skin carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma increase 15% for every four visits to a tanning salon! The risk of malignant melanoma (highly metastatic and generally lethal once the cancer leaves the skins surface) increases by 11% for each four visits to a tanning bed! These statistics are from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. One other significant reason that most people don’t think about is the risk of skin infection. Tanning beds are notorious for E. coli, Staph, Strep, Pseudomonas and other bacteria which can result in significant skin and soft tissue infection.

A little Vitamin D, solar induced, is actually good for you. Getting it from Tanning beds can be lethal. The native Solar Rays of the sun have increased in intensity over time. A good rule of thumb for sun exposure is about 10 minutes per side, at 10-11 AM or 4-6 PM two to three times per week and that’s it. Take about 20,000 Units of Vitamin D daily, get your 25-OH Vitamin D 3 levels checked about twice per year as well as your calcium, and the rest of the time cover up and wear sun block. Use Tan Towels for sunless skin coloration or La Roche Posay’s new Anthelios Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluide SPF 50 (http://www.greatskin.com/la-roche-posay-anthelios-50-mineral-ultra-light-fluid-lrp-141), which is lightly tinted, blends in easily and is safe for the most sensitive skin.

As a licensed esthetician, I have had a lot of great results from these particular tips and products with my clients! Hope that you will have great results, too!

About the Author:
Lori Van Wormer is a Licensed Esthetician at GreatSkin. As a licensed Esthetician, she does European Facials and LED Light facials at her facility in Clayton, New Mexico, and carries a wonderful make up line called Glo Minerals. The product lines that she carries include GreatSkin, Dermalogica, Bioelements, Rhonda Allison, and Peter Thomas Roth to name a few.