Tanning Tax is in Effect

The tanning tax is officially in effect since July 1st, 2010. Anyone getting an indoor tan will pay an extra 10% tax for the services. Many tanning salon owners and customers are outraged and feel like they’re being punished. 

“It’s terrible,” said Jan Meshon, owner of City Sun Tanning in New York City.

Meshon goes on to tell cnnmoney.com, “We’ll do everything to keep our customers, but they are very upset by this, he said. “When they first hear about the tax, their reaction is, ‘What? How did that get in there? Why are they attacking me?”.

The constant articles and information out there on the amount skin damage and cancer caused by indoor tanning doesn’t seem to affect the millions that tan each day. Don’t people realize that they aren’t being attacked for tanning. They’re being looked after, their health and well-being is being kept in mind. Maybe if it hurts their pockets they’ll reconsider it.

The tax will not affect self tanners and spray-tans. For safe ways to get the same glow from tanning beds check out, Glow Kardashian Style and Jergens Will Make You Glow.

Snooki Approves of Sunlove

Self-proclaimed guidette, Snooki, does not step out the house without a bronzed complexion. Recently she’s been spotted promoting Sunlove’s self-tanners. It’s a spray tan you can give yourself at home. The formula is blended with natural ingredients that start working on your skin up to three hours after it’s been applied. The radiant glow will last on your skin for up to three days. Go as dark as you want by layering the mist on the body.Sunlove is designed for everyone in mind wanting a safe tan. 

You can see pictures of her on their website and she might even be filming a commercial for sunlove.  Snooki told allure magazine:

“I just heard about Sunlove not too long ago and then I tried it out. It doesn’t leave your face greasy, and there’s no bad smell to it like other spray tans. I never used spray tanners until this one because I usually just went tanning. But you know after the taxing, you don’t want to deal with that, and friggin’ cancer—so this is a great product to replace all the bad stuff of tanning.”

No word on whether she’ll stop using tanning beds altogether, but the tan still looks great.

Jergens Will Make You Glow

I’m all about the faux tan. A tanned complexion can be accomplished without the harmful UVA/UVB rays from the sun as well as tanning beds. Every time you tan and the skin darkens, it means that damage has been done to your skin. Extra precaution should be taken to avoid sunburns, because when you burn your skin is more vulnerable and sensitive to the rays. If you read Beauty vs. Health, it further explains how damaging tanning is.

There are so many other alternatives from spray tans, mousse, lotions, and gels. There’s an option for every body, tone, and skin type. Try something affordable at first if you’re not sure. Jergens has a natural glow collection. I’ve been using their Revitalizing Daily Body and Facial Moisturizer ($8.49 each). In just a day or two of using it your skin starts to get a healthy glow. Another one of their products you can try is the Foaming Daily Moisturizer (Also $8.49 and an Allure magazine favorite). It comes in the form of mousse and makes it so much easier to tell where you’ve applied it on the body or not for a streak free finish.

Glow Kardashian Style

Kardashian sisters have just added a new product to their belts. Reality shows, bebe clothing line, diet products, and skin care; how they find the time for it all who know. They are offering a product that promises a glowing sun kissed body like theirs. Kardashian Glamour Tan is available for purchase at Sephora stores and online. It’s a gel based self-tanner that can be used on both the face and body. The self-tanner also works as a moisturizer delivering vitamin D and antioxidants. Another pro is that the formula is stain free and comes in a clear gel. Kardashian sisters promise this is a streak free formula and they swear by it.

I’m all for self tanners and bronzers. They’re a great alternative to tanning beds and exposure from the sun’s harmful rays. As bad as either forms of tanning are, people continue to do so in hopes of achieving a glowing tan. I myself have been guilty of. Finding a bronzer that works for you can save your skin and health and keep you safe from skin cancer. Khloe herself has faced skin cancer three times before, but thankfully was able to defeat it. being as obsessed with bronzer as I am, I’d give any self-tanner a try at least once. Although Kardashian Glamour Tan retails for $34, it has gotten many positive reviews on Sephora’s website.

The Importance of Sunblock

Temperatures are rising, the layers of clothes are coming off and the beach is calling your name. There’s no better time to discuss the importance of using sunblock than now. As great as a tanned complexion looks, the appearance and health of your skin won’t be as great in the long run. Too much exposure to UVA and UBA rays makes the skin rough and leathery. Constant exposure makes your skin uneven and gives you dark spots (Especially on your face).

If the toll it takes on your appearance doesn’t bug you, then at least consider your  health. There are 3.5 million cases of skin cancer reported every year. One in five Americans develop some form of it. Put the baby oil down and opt for a higher SPF this year. Don’t get fooled by waterproof products either. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be a re-applying, at least every four or five hours.

Don’t neglect your hair from getting the proper sun damage protection. All that styling, blow-drying, hot rollers, flat irons and countless other things we experiment with takes a toll. Damage from the sun is another harm we must save it from. There are products created specifically to recover the hair from daily exposures. Aveeda has a Sun Care Kit that contains a masque, everyday serum protector, and cleanser for your hair. For those who color their hair use a shampoo and conditioner designed color preservance. This will prevent the color from fading.

Once you learn to incorporate sun protection into your everyday routine it won’t be a burden. Get in the habit of applying a moisturizer with SPF. Just because you don’t feel the heat doesn’t mean the rays aren’t hitting you. That goes for the wintertime as well. Keep your lips smooth and kissable. Choose a lip balm with an SPF 15 or higher.

Beauty vs. Health

Beauty standards change year after year, decade after decade. Sometimes they even change over night. There was a time when the fairness of your skin meant you were in a higher class of people. A dark or tanned complexion appeared to others as someone who was a worker and did their labor outside. The beauty regime was much easier also. Stay under an umbrella to protect yourself from the sun or stay indoors. But, O, how drastically the times have changed. Today a tanned complexion is the preferred kind. Being tan gives people the illusion of beauty and that the person takes care of themselves. You look well rested, athletic, and like you’ve just arrived from vacationing by the beach.
 Tanning salons and services can be found easily.
Some gym facilities offer tanning services with their memberships, as if working out and tanning go hand in hand in being a healthy individual. The harmful affects of tanning beds have been reported numerous times, yet people don’t stop the unhealthy habit.Younger individuals who use tanning beds have a greater risk getting melanoma than those who don’t tan.  Skincancer.org posted an article on five reasons to give up tanning beds. The wrote that the deadliest form of skin cancer has been found in UV radiation. Will you risk your health in the name of beauty?