Photo displays REAL sun damage – Spray Tanning is the Safe Alternative

A recent photo of a 69 year old truck driver who exposed the left side of this face to the harsh sun rays through his truck window demonstrates just what you can expect with long term UVA exposure.
The New England Journal of Medicine reports asymptomatic thickening and wrinkling of the skin reflecting just how pronounced the damage from the sun can be over long periods of time.
Choose the right method for a great looking tan with SheerTan Tanning products. It’s a great substitution preventing aging and wrinkling of the skin before your time. See our ‘safe alternative tanners’ at www.SheerTan.com

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMicm1104059

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Skin Cancer Risks and Causes – Cancer Research UK

For those who tan, whether in the sun or tanning by going the sunless spray route, we should all be aware of the studies done regarding skin cancers of all types.  Non-melanoma skin cancer is the kind that has plagued my life so I have particular interest in their studies and think you might, as well.

From the Cancer Research UK latest research:

How common skin cancer is
Almost 100,000 cases of non melanoma skin cancer are diagnosed in the UK each year. This makes it the most common type of cancer by far. This type of cancer tends to be under reported. The actual number of cases could be more.
Because non melanoma skin cancers are easy to treat and cure, they are often left out of national cancer statistics (for example, when we say breast cancer is the most common cancer type in the UK).

Skin cancer and the sun
Most skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun. This may be long term exposure, or short periods of intense sun exposure and burning. Look at the preventing skin cancer page in this section for lots of information about how to protect your skin from the sun.
The ultraviolet light in sunlight damages the DNA in the skin cells. This damage can happen years before a cancer develops. The sun’s rays contain 3 types of ultraviolet light.
UVA makes up most of our natural sun light. It goes deeper into the skin and causes skin ageing. It is now also linked to skin cancer
UVB is most likely to burn the skin and is the main cause of non melanoma skin cancer
UVC is filtered out by the atmosphere of the earth (ozone layer)

Who is most at risk?

  • There are several factors that affect your risk from sun exposure
  • How much time you spend outdoors
  • Your natural skin colour
  • Your use of sun beds (artificial UV radiation)

There are 2 main types of non melanoma skin cancer  ̶̶  basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). A history of sunburn or recreational exposure to sunlight increases the risk of BCC. Risk is especially high if you had several episodes of sunburn in childhood. The risk of SCC is linked to overall sun exposure through your life. This means that outdoor workers such as farm workers, gardeners and building site workers have an increased risk. Sunburn in childhood is also linked to SCC in some studies.
Fair skinned people with light coloured hair and eyes, or those more likely to burn than tan, are more at risk of sun damage than dark skinned people. This is because their skins make less of the protective pigment called melanin. People with black skin are less likely to get skin cancer, but they can be at risk on the soles of the feet and palms of the hands.
Albinism is an inherited genetic condition in which the skin makes no melanin at all. Albino people have very white skins and pale blonde hair. They are at higher than average risk of skin cancer because their skin has no natural protection against the sun.
It has always been thought that UVB is the main risk for skin cancer. Sunbeds produce mostly UVA but all produce some UVB too. UVA damages the skin and is now also linked to skin cancer. We know the use of sunbeds causes melanoma, and there is now evidence that sunbeds may increase the risk of non melanoma skin cancer. The evidence is strongest for a link between sunbeds and squamous cell skin cancer.

Age
Basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers develop very slowly. As you get older you have more time to build up sun damage to your skin. So the older you are, the more likely you are to get a non melanoma skin cancer. But skin cancers can develop in younger people too.

Having had skin cancer before
If you have had a non melanoma skin cancer, you have a greater risk of getting another of the same type. According to research, the risk is about 10 times the average risk of skin cancer. If you’ve had a melanoma, you have 3 to 5 times higher than average risk of getting a non melanoma skin cancer. So cover up in the sun and look out for any signs of another skin cancer.
If you have had a non melanoma skin cancer before, you may also be at increased risk of developing a second primary cancer (other than skin cancer). It is not clear why this is.

Family history of skin cancer
Most skin cancers do not run in families. But research programmes have found a few families who do seem to have a higher number than normal. If you have a parent who has had squamous cell skin cancer, you have a 2 to 3 times higher than average risk of getting one yourself. Family history is probably also linked to increased risk of basal cell skin cancer. People who have a family history of melanoma have an increased risk of basal cell skin cancer.
Of course, skin type runs in families. So people from fair skinned families will be more at risk than dark skinned families. But there may be some inherited genes that increase the risk of skin cancer in some families.
Other skin conditions
People with certain skin conditions can be more likely to develop skin cancer. These include the following conditions.
Psoriasis is not a risk in itself. But some of the treatments (such as ultraviolet light) may increase your risk. Having had treatments such as psoralen ultraviolet light treatment (PUVA) in the past may increase your risk of getting non melanoma skin cancer. But the UV exposure is carefully monitored in this treatment and it is good for your psoriasis. The benefits and risks will be carefully balanced by your doctor.
Scarring, for instance from burns or skin ulcers, may make your skin more at risk from sun damage. This may increase your risk of non melanoma skin cancer.
Solar keratosis is also called actinic keratosis. This is a skin condition either caused by many years exposure to the sun or by intense sun exposure on fair skin. Small rough red patches of skin develop  ̶̶  often on the face, hands or, if you are bald, the scalp. These are a sign that your skin has already been damaged by the sun and you should take extra care to cover up when you go out. Solar keratosis can be treated with cryosurgery, chemotherapy creams, retinoids or photodynamic therapy.
Xeroderma pigmentosum is a very rare inherited genetic skin condition. It is usually there from birth. But there is another type of this condition called xeroderma pigmentosum variant that does not show up until the teens. If you have this condition, your skin cannot repair damage from the sun. You should avoid all sun exposure and other sources of UV light. Even so, people with this condition often get skin cancers on exposed skin.
Gorlin’s syndrome is also called naevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome. It is a very rare inherited genetic condition that is there from birth. It causes many basal cell cancers to develop. Very rarely, it can appear in a family with no past history of the condition because of a random gene mutation.

Past radiation exposure
If you have had radiotherapy before, the treatment area will be more at risk from sun damage. You should keep it covered and use high factor sun cream. If you have been exposed to radiation through your job, you will also have a slightly increased risk of non melanoma skin cancer.
A weakened immune system
If you have had an organ transplant or a bone marrow transplant and are taking drugs to stop rejection, you have an increased risk of getting a skin cancer in the future. The risk increases the longer you are taking these drugs. This risk is much less important than the illness you originally had treatment for. But it helps to know about it so that you can pick up any symptoms of skin cancer early on, when it is easier to treat. National guidelines recommend transplant patients have yearly check ups with a skin specialist to look for skin cancers and to learn what symptoms to look for. People with HIV or AIDS may also have an increased risk of non melanoma skin cancer.
People with inflammatory diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease or rheumatoid arthritis may have an increased risk of skin cancer. This may be due to the condition itself or the medication you take to suppress your immune system, or both.

To read further, please go to Source:  http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-help/type/skin-cancer/about/skin-cancer-risks-and-causes

SheerTan Featured on THE DOCTORS TV show

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Before & After Spray Tan Demo – The Doctors – TV

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#SheerTanSunlessSpray will air next Thursday, September 20th – The segment called ‘10 Summer Health Habits to Keep Year Round’ will feature our Before & After Demo so check out our great spray tan.

 

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Application Guideline Part 3

DO’S AND DONT’S

dos donts
Do spray the tanner solution into a gloved hand and spread the solution on your face, neck and don’t forget behind the ears or you may also spray directly onto your face, closing your eyes, and momentarily holding your breathe. Do not allow your tanner to be in hot direct sun. Degradation of the solution meaning to lose its oomph will happen quickly if left in the sun.
If you have ghostly white skin with no base, it is best for you to begin with a very light application so there is not a huge drastic change. A very dark color on every white skin doesn’t look natural. Build a base first then work up to looking darker. Don’t spray your face heavily. It is easy to get it too dark.
Do wet a Q-tip with water and wipe over your brows and lips to clear any tanner solution. Do not hold your arms over your feet while applying to the arms – the mist will drift down and cover the tops of the ankles and top of the foot for double coverage.

Application Guideline Part 2

4. BEGIN YOUR SPRAY APPLICATION

4beginsprayingThere are many ways to apply your tan. Find one that is comfortable and works for you. Our suggested steps will begin by applying tanner beginning at the top of the thigh and working down the legs. If you are a first time or inexperienced tanner, STOP spraying at the bottom of the calf area. DO NOT spray the ankles or the feet. Spray ankles & feet ONLY after you have little practice.

When you become EXPERIENCED, you can stop and blend the wet tanner over the leg, down onto the feet and ankles (without moisturizer) but you must be quick before it dries.

 

 

 

5. UPPER BACK – SHOULDERS 

Move from spraying legs to upper sides of back – Pull one arm to the front of your torso (moving it out of the way). With the other arm, hold the wand over the opposite shoulder and spray Back & Forth across the top-side of the back.

6. UPPER BACK & SHOULDERS TO BACK LOWER SIDES

Variation #2 – Upper sides of back – Pull one arm to the front of your torso (moving it out of the way). With the other arm, hold the wand over the opposite shoulder and spray Back & Forth plus Up & Down the sides of the back.

7. SPRAYING THE BACK

With the elbow pointed straight up, hold the wand over your shoulder and spray in a sweeping motion across the back .

8. LOWER BACK – BUTT 

Some tanners like to turn the wand upside down to spray the small of the back and the butt area ~ it works well moving up and down and side to side.

9. LOWER BACK VARIATION 

Lower Back Variation – Wrap the wand around your waist to reach the back of the lower back. Hold the wand upright and spray up and down the lower back.

10. SIDES OF BACK VARIATION 

Spraying the lower sides of the back – hold the arm up out of the way. Bring the wand around the front of your torso under the raised arm and wrap the want to spray up and down the torso.

11. BLEND MOISTURIZER 

Work the tanner + moisturizer mixture carefully over the indention of each side of the ankle and tops of the feet, make sure the mixture is rubbed into the skin and is not visible on any part of the ankle or foot. Do not pull mixture onto the tops of the heels or onto the bottom of the foot.

12. HANDS 

Remove your gloves and discard. Hold your hand over a sink or extend your arm into the shower and spry the top of your hand holding the can about 10-15 inches away. Spray both hands lightly. Apply a dab of moisturizer on the back of one hand. Turn the other hand over – on top and spread moisturizer by rubbing the backs of the hands together, moving from side to side on the top of the hand. Open your fingers and interlace the fingers down into the base between the fingers to spread the moisturizer and tanner still holding the hands back to back.

13. WRISTS

Cross the wrists and blend the edges of the wrist at the base of the palm.

14. WRISTS

Blend the top of the wrist onto the top of the hand with the other wrist. Move up and down the forearm for the perfect transition of color to the hand.

You will begin to see your tan in about 2 to 4 hours. Do not exercise to sweat and wear loose clothing to avoid rubbing the solution off. Shower after 6 to 8 hours or leave on overnight for optimal development.

See http://bit.ly/JwscR4 for a video demo.

SheerTan Spray Tan Application Guideline Part 1

We want you to be very happy with SheerTan so we want to tell you how to get the perfect application.

Please follow these rules for a perfect application.

 

1. EXFOLIATE
exfoliateFor a glowing even tan, it is important to exfoliate very well. Rub your skin briskly with an exfoliating pad, wash cloth or wear a pair of exfoliating gloves. You can use an exfoliant for the best results but just soap and water will also do the trick.

 

2. PREPARATION

Wait to apply moisturizer until AFTER your spray tan application. Moisturizer clogs the pores. Moisturize before ONLY if you have very dry areas that will drink in and absorb too much tanner. Understand that moisturizer prevents the tanning from sinking into the skin.

Begin your application by standing on towels, in the shower or on any non-slip surface where any overspray can be rinsed down the drain.Protect surfaces by rinsing any overspray.Non-comedogenic – safe to use on the face.


3. LOAD THE WANDloadwand

  1. With the folded wand in one hand, pull to open the Wand with the other hand. Fully extend the Wand until it click into locked position.
  2. Press the tab below the cap to open to receive the spray can.
  3. Insert the can with the nozzle pointing forward.
  4. Lower the cap until it locks into the closed position. Now, you are ready to spray!
  5. Grasp the wand at the base of the handle. Press the hand trigger to dispense the tanner. For best results, keep the wand moving at all times while spraying.
  6. Keep the nozzle 8-12 inches away from your skin and move the wand in small circles or overlap spraying vertically or horizontally for even coverage.

Best Self Tanner – 5 Facts to Stop Melanoma in Its Tracks

Spray on Tanners are always aware of the dangers of skin cancers. Education toward skin cancer prevention is always high on our list. From Skin Inc read the five facts about the prevention of melanoma. Your skin will appreciate it!

http://bit.ly/HC2YBn

 

It is always a good refresher when checking your skin to watch for the ABC’s of Melanoma. Be aware of changes in shape and size of any moles you have and get your skin checked regularly. http://bit.ly/Hsihvo

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2012 Trends for Swimsuit ~ Show them off with your new at-home tanned skin!

As you admiringly glance in the mirror seeing how healthy you look with your fresh spray on tanning application, you can never start too early thinking of the ‘just right’ swimsuit?! There are so many combinations and so much style variety, it can be overwhelming.

There is nothing more fabulous in recent years than allowing the customer to choose the top and bottom swimsuit, separately! Some forward thinking and right on target with that idea!

SHOW OFF SOME SKIN – SELFTANNERS!

First and foremost, the choice must be figure flattering and showing just the right amount of skin. You have your own guidelines for this so having a multitude of choices is so wonderful.

The retro look is one option, shown here by Elizabeth Gorman http://www.bodybybrazil.com/Alto-Terra-One-Piece.html

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High-Waisted Styles

Definitely in for the 2012 season is high-waisted styles. Reminiscent of the 50’s retro look, they are plentiful with lots of fun looks beginning the new trend for the season.

spray on tanning #1 – The antithesis of “granny”: Mara Hoffman’s take has cool crisscross sides.High-Waisted#2 – A perfectly paired bandeau by Norma Kamali Swimwear.photo credit: Getty Images
Cool Cutouts A sexy, strapless silhouette like this one at the Perfect Tan Bikini show would definitely turn heads.
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Animal-Print Cover-up This simple, flowing leopard style by Luxe By Lisa Vogel would look good over anything.

Read more: Bikini Trends 2012 – Swim Fashion Week Trends 2012 – Cosmopolitan

 

Do consider your body shape to accentuate your particular body type.

Consider this guide borrowed from InstyleSwimWear. Another good one is DressYourBodyType. Check them out for the latest styles and advice.

 

tanning placesThe Rectangle

Other names – Straight, Boyish, Athletic Banana, Tube, Ruler.

The most common body shape, you will have very few visible curves and an obvious rectangular shaped figure along with no defined waist. When you gain weight it will be distributed predominantly around your waist first.

Advice: You want to accentuate your bust and create the illusion of curves. Avoid bandeau-style swimsuit tops that go straight across, as they will make you appear smaller up top.
Your Perfect Style: Although most designer swimsuit styles will work well for you, triangle and halter tops are always good for those with smaller busts, especially if they have busier prints or certain embellishments, like ruffles, fringes, or beaded detail. Also, twisted bandeau tops or bandeaus that dip in the front (sweetheart styles) will help create more curves up top and give the illusion of a fuller bust. Low-rise designer swimsuit bottoms with more fabric on the sides, like hipsters or boyshorts, can also create a curvier look. For one-pieces, try monokinis; they have great cutout sections which help create the illusion of curves.

 

what to do before a spray tanThe Pear Shape

Other names – Spoon, Triangle or Bell.

Your upper body will be narrower than your hips. You will normally take a smaller dress size on your top half than your bottom half, and your bottom and hip area will appear curvier in relation to the top half of your body.

When you gain weight it will be below the waistline; on your hips, thighs, and bottom, as opposed to your stomach and mid-section.

Advice: You want to balance out the look by emphasizing your top half (particularly the bust area) and by playing down your bottom half (particularly the hips and butt areas). Avoid hipsters and boyshorts, as too much fabric on the sides can make you look bulky. Also, avoid designer swimsuit bottoms with busy prints or horizontal stripes.

Your Perfect Style: Darker solid color bottoms paired with a print or embellished top will help draw attention toward the top. Try a designer swimsuit top with ruffles, fringes, or beaded detail. Also, high cut designer swimsuit bottoms help elongate the legs and give the illusion of a sleeker and slimmer look.

 

spray tan at homeThe Wedge

Other names – Inverted Triangle, Apple-Shaped, Oval, Triangle Downward)

Your shoulders will be wider than your hips and you may have an athletic body with a full chest. When you gain weight it will be more prominent around your arms and chest.

Advice: You want to balance out the look by playing down your top half and by emphasizing your bottom half. Avoid designer swimsuit tops with busier prints and horizontal stripes, as they will draw attention to your top half and can make you appear wider.
Your Perfect Style: Dark solid colored tops paired with printed or embellished designer swimsuit bottoms will draw attention away from your top half and help you appear smaller up top. Halter and constructed tops will provide more bust support, especially if they have underwires. Printed swimsuit bottoms with thicker sides, like hipsters or boyshorts, will draw more attention to your bottom half. Or, you could try a sexy skirted bottom; they’re universally flattering on everyone, and they’re great for hiding that inner thigh area.

 

how long does a spray tan lastThe Hour Glass

Your hips and shoulders will balance with each other while your waist is short and usually slimmed. When you gain weight it will be evenly distributed all over the body.

Advice: You want to accentuate your bust and create the illusion of curves. Avoid bandeau-style swimsuit tops that go straight across, as they will make you appear smaller up top.
Your Perfect Style: Although most designer swimsuit styles will work well for you, triangle and halter tops are always good for those with smaller busts, especially if they have busier prints or certain embellishments, like ruffles, fringes, or beaded detail. Also, twisted bandeau tops or bandeaus that dip in the front (sweetheart styles) will help create more curves up top and give the illusion of a fuller bust. Low-rise designer swimsuit bottoms with more fabric on the sides, like hipsters or boyshorts, can also create a curvier look. For one-pieces, try monokinis; they have great cutout sections which help create the illusion of curves.Advice: You should avoid swimsuit bottoms that are too thin or too thick on the sides; thin stringed bottoms can further accentuate your hips, making you appear wider, while designer swimsuit bottoms with thicker sides, like hipsters and boyshorts, can take away from your sexy hourglass figure.
Your Perfect Style: Many consider hourglass figures to be ideal, and most designer swimsuit styles will work well for your body type. If your bust is fuller, try halter or constructed tops, especially those with underwires, as they will provide better bust support. For bottoms, try a tie-side designer swimsuit bottom with thicker ties.

 

Have fun with the new styles, play safe at the beach, remember to wear your SPF and plan ahead to have an amazing SUNLESS TAN!