FDA continues to crack down on tanning beds

The FDA has stepped in and cracked down on tanning beds. The news broke today that the FDA will require warning labels on tanning beds. The FDA will not force tanning salons to ban teenagers from services but will require salons to place warning labels against teens using these machines.

Tanning beds provide a concentration on harmful UV rays to burn the skin and cause a suntan. Every time someone utilizes a tanning bed they increase their chance of developing melanoma and other types of skin cancer. Skin cancer can spread to other organs of not detected and treated in its early stages. Tanning beds create a 75 percent increase in the risk of developing melanoma and other types of skin cancer.

FDA proposes regulation on tanning beds

News broke today that the FDA has created a proposal to regulate tanning beds. The FDA has proposed that any literature and promotional material for tanning beds require a warning. The FDA will take comments on the proposal for 90 days before making a decision of how to move forward.

The agency is also looking to put a stop to usage of tanning beds for anyone under the age of 18. Many people who began using tanning beds in their 20′s have developed melanoma in their 40′s. Melanoma cases have increased over the past 30 years and it is believed that the harmful UV rays from tanning beds are responsible. Studies indicate that tanning bed use increases the likelihood to develop melanoma by 75 percent.

The FDA has proposed changing the classification of tanning beds to a moderate risk. This would give the FDA authority to make sure each machine is checked out and approved before being sold. There have been many reports of people who have ended up with ‘sunburns’ from using tanning beds. As of now the main concern of the FDA is more to get warning labels on promotional materials. Many advocates against tanning beds believe that will not be enough as people may never read the pamphlets.

Research suggests 1 in 4 melanoma survivors still engage in risky tanning behavior

Although melanoma is the least common form of skin cancer it is without a doubt the most dangerous type. If not detected in its early stages melanoma can spread to other organs. This is why it is important to always wear a sunscreen and make regular visits to the dermatologist.

In a study conducted by Dr. Anees Chagpar of Yale University some shocking results were revealed. Yesterday Dr. Chagpar met with the people of the Association for Cancer Research to reveal her findings. In a health government survey from 2010 Dr. Chagpar studied 27, 120 adults from the US. Of these adults 171 had survived melanoma.

What was truly shocking was that one in four of these melanoma survivors admitted that even after their ordeal they still do not regularly or ever use any form of sunscreen. Two percent admitted that they still visit tanning beds. Some of these melanoma survivors did learn their lesson as one third of them stated that they always use sunscreen. The melanoma survivors who take things more seriously now also admitted they now use protective clothing when outside including caps and long sleeved shirts.

Why would someone who faced potentially deadly melanoma still continue to engage in dangerous tanning behavior? According to Dr. Chagpar she believes that for some people tanning beds and sunbathing are addictions. The need to tan overshadows the fear of skin cancer.

People who have been exposed to melanoma or other forms of skin cancer have a higher likelihood of exposure than someone who has not. Burning the skin with harmful UV rays rather by tanning beds or through direct contact to the sun increases the chance of melanoma and other forms of skin cancer. Skin cancer should be taken seriously. It is important to use a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher. Wear protective clothing in the sun. Self examinations and yearly visits to a dermatologist are also recommended for early detection of skin cancer.

How to Get the Best Spray Tan

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For the last two decades, the awareness of the damaging effects that sunbathing and tanning beds can cause has grown considerably. Even though a natural skin tone is still beautiful, people are still searching for tanned skin. The number of melanoma cases has soared to six times higher for a young adult than they were 40 years ago.

Fortunately, sunless tanners (spray tans, creams etc.) have made an incredible advancement since the 1980s. For those who still want that golden tan without the dangers of UV tanning do not have to worry anymore. Companies, like Palm Beach Spray Tan, are here to save your skin from UV damage, while getting a golden glow.

What Is a Sunless Tan?

The beauty about sunless tanning is that no damage occurs to the skin. The “tan” that comes from the majority of sunless tanners is from a coloring agent called dihydroxyacetone (DHA). DHA combines the proteins on the surface of the skin to form a brownish melanin-like molecule called melanoids. This is what makes the skin appear to be tan. DHA does not penetrate beyond the top layer of the skin like UV rays do.
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The Archives of Dermatology published research in 2010 that encourages people to use sunless tanning products. This is attempt is to reduce the people who chose to sunbath or use UV tanning beds. If one is looking for a safe and effective alternative tanning method, Palm Beach Spray Tan is here to help.

Sunless Tanning Tips

Prep the skin before getting a spray tan. Be sure to cleanse the skin and exfoliate. Make sure after exfoliating that any oil or residue is completely washed away from the skin. If it is not, this can cause a barrier for the spray tan to reach the skin.

Second, after having a spray tan, be patient. The solution takes around six to eight hours to settle on the skin. Over that time, avoid any activities that can cause the skin to get wet like physical activities, pools, and other water or sweat inducing activities.

After the waiting time is over, it is now time for a shower. In the shower, one will notice the bronzer rinsing off in the shower. This does not mean your tan is coming off! After the shower, use a towel to pat dry the skin.

For the best results, be sure to moisturize twice daily. When the skin is moisturized well, the spray tan will receive its best results.

Now that one has a beautiful golden tan, remember this still means to wear sunblock when exposing the skin. A spray tan does not protect you from UV rays.

Matt Damon gets a Spray Tan for ‘Behind the Candelabra’

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HBO has a new movie coming out featuring Matt Damon and Michael Douglas called Behind the Candelabra. Steven Soderbergh, the director, was not happy with Damon’s pasty, pale skin tone.  Since Damon is wearing a variety of bejeweled Speedos during the role, the director wanted him with a more golden skin tone.

He told Entertainment Weekly that his mobile spray tan tech would come to his house every Sunday evening.  They would go in his garage, where he “would hike my boxer briefs up into the crack of my [bleep] and she would give me a spray tan.”

We are excited to see the upcoming HBO movie Behind the Candelabra to see how Matt Damon’s spray tan came out.

We got a little sneak peak at it on the cover of Entertainment Weekly magazine.

Olympian Gymnast Louis Smith gets a Spray Tan

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Louis Smith, an Olympic Gold Medal winner, tweeted a photo of him and his recent spray tan. This was his first spray tan ever and he is looking fantastic in it. He decided to get his spray tan before his win on Strictly Come Dancing, which was Saturday evening. He impressed the judges and fans with his spray-tanned body during a shirtless dance routine.

Louis Smith is a British, gymnast and three-time Olympic medal winner.

Emma Stone uses Spray Tanning to Cover-up Acne

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I am not sure about you, but we find Emma Stone to be absolutely stunning and hilarious. Recently, Emma Stone let the world in on her real life problems. This 24-year-old actress spoke with Refinery 29, and revealed that she has acne issues. She uses foundation daily to cover up those pimples.

She told Refinery 29 about how she wears a strong SPF and is intense about skin care. Since Stone was 17-years-old, she has battled hormonal acne. She even admitted that during Easy A, she had a horrible breakout. The production team had to video-airbrushed it out.

There is another way Stone hides her acne and found a way to help calm it down—spray tanning. She admitted when spray tanning, this helps hide her acne. In addition, the aloe in the ingredients helps reduce the redness and calm her skin as well. She said, “I love spray-tanning so much.”
Well Emma, we love you too!

Glee Star Dianna Agron Spray Tans

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Recently, we were talking about Lea Michele’s spray tan mishap. However, this has not stopped her from regular spray tanning regime. Recently, it was reported that Lea Michele is not the only Glee star who is addicted to spray tanning. Her co-star, Dianna Agron, is a spray tan fan too.

Dianna Agron plays Quinn Fabray on the hit television show. On Tuesday night, she walked down the red carpet looking golden. This bronzed-blonde beauty had everyone turning heads. We think she looks stunning.

Dianna Agron is beautiful with her golden tan or fair-skinned look. We love her either way. What is your take?

Spray Tanning for the Holidays

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As Palm Beach residents prepare for the holidays, there is one thing that is inevitable—holiday gatherings. Some may have office parties, social gatherings and other festivities. With all these exciting events going on, there will be many pictures to conserve those lifetime memories. Regardless of where this holiday season leads someone, everyone wants to look fantastic in those pictures.

As for South Florida, there are many great events going on. No matter where one goes if it is in Boca Raton’s Mizner Park, Pineapple Grove in Downtown Delray, Renaissance Commons in Boynton Beach or even Downtown Lake Worth all these places have exciting and fun holiday events. With all the family and friends photos that will be taken throughout this month, try showing off some gold spray tanned skin in the warm December of Palm Beach County. This time of year is when the rest of the nation wishes they were in this kind of weather.

Great idea, but low on funds?

Well, we understand that everyone is busy shopping for presents. No problem! During the month of December, throw a spray tan party, invite five friends, and pay $25 for each spray tan. Oh and do not forget that spray tanning packages make fantastic holiday gifts. Think about it. Do not be pasty for the winter, come and get your tan on!

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Spray Tanning is Safe

The weather is changing and soon the people of sunny Palm Beach will be trading in their shorts and tank tops for jackets…well, maybe sweaters and long pants. The good news is that they may still maintain their golden glows with a spray tan. A spray tan can help Palm Beach residents achieve a year round glow.

Recently the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association put out another release that spray tans are safe. Spray tans have gotten a negative rap in some publications looking to find flaws in them. The CTPA has stated there is no support or evidence that a spray tan has harmful effects. The CTPA has stated that DHA the main ingredient in a spray tan that turns a person brown in indeed safe. DHA comes from sugar or beets.

Research does prove that ultraviolet rays from the sun are harmful. Of course living in Palm Beach there are going to be times that residents want to enjoy the sun by spending time at the pool, beach or engage in outdoor activities. Residents must remember to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect their skin. Enjoying the sun in moderation and using sun protection is acceptable. Chronic exposure to UV rays for baking the skin until it turns brown is dangerous whether in the sun or using tanning beds.