Spring Break Tanning Tips


You lucky spring breakers are returning to a different Lake Chelan. Snow has mostly melted, the sun is out, and a few brave flowers are poking their way through dusty patches of garden all over the mountains. While you may be glowing with sun-kissed, Cancun-skin now, it will inevitably fade just in time for spring in the northwest. Rather than start all over again during sundress season, maintain your spring break tan at Healthy Glow Tanning & Airbrush Salon!

You’ve heard of pre-tanning for vacation, but Chelan Valley's best tanning salon is offering a way to maintain your naturally beautiful tan well into summer. When you schedule a tan at Healthy Glow, you’ll enjoy state-of-the-art tanning beds. But the most important part of getting a tan is making it last! 

Here are a few tips for how to maintain your spring break tan with help from your Lake Chelan tanning salon.


  • Shower, exfoliate, and moisturize with natural products to balance your skin tone before tanning.
  • Remove all makeup, deodorants, perfumes, and other beauty products.
  • Ask your Beach Bum tanning consultant about the best tanning accelerator or amplifier for your specific skin type and budget.


  • Ask about tanning extenders and moisturizers which will help prolong the life of your tan.

Healthy Glow Tanning & Airbrush Salon has a range of beauty and salon services to help you look and feel your best this spring (and all year round). Their team of experienced tanning specialists and state-of-the-art equipment is gentle and extremely effective. Guard that spring break tan until summer this year at the best tanning salon in Chelan Valley. 

Tanning Lotion 101

Every indoor tanning lotion is different. Some are tanning accelerators. Some are bronzers. Some contain special ingredients to make the surface of your skin feel warm or cool. However, most indoor lotions do not contain sunscreen and don’t offer protection from UV rays, because they are designed to harness those rays and enhance your tan.

Types of Indoor Tanning Lotions

Tingle and Hot Action Lotions: These products can be fun to try in your search for the ultimate tan, but are not recommended for first-time tanners. Hot action lotions contain an active ingredient like benzyl or methyl nicotinate, which promotes micro-circulation. More plainly, it increases blood flow and brings oxygen to the cells in your skin. This process of oxygenation will improve your tanning results. When you use these products you will experience a mild tingling, reddening and warming sensation on the skin’s surface. You might want to test these tanning lotions on a small area at first, because they can cause reactions for people with delicate or highly sensitive skin. 

Bronzer Lotions: Some people are confused by indoor tanning lotions and self-tanning products. What’s the difference? Self-tanners contain dihydroxyacetone (DHA), a chemical that changes the cells of the skin. This chemical is also found in bronzing lotions. The nice thing about a bronzer is it gives you an instant tan, so you achieve that sun-kissed look immediately, and you continue to darken for hours after your session. With bronzers you typically wait a few hours after tanning before taking a shower, but it is recommended to wash your hands right away to avoid discoloration. The skin on your hands reacts differently to bronzers than the rest of your body and can sometimes get splotchy if they are not washed as soon as you’re done.

Accelerator & Maximizer Lotions: Accelerators and maximizers are great for beginning indoor tanners. They are formulated to help you quickly achieve a base tan, but normally don’t contain any added bronzers. They usually contain a large amount of moisturizers that allow the skin to tan more quickly and retain your color for a longer time. Once you build up a good base tan you can try a more intense bronzer or tingle lotion to give you that extra boost.What’s In Your Tanning Lotion?

With so many options available, carefully read product labels to find the lotion that’s right for your skin type and your level of tanning. Knowing the following terms will give you an advantage:

  • Hemp Seed Oil: Its nourishing and moisturizing properties make it a popular ingredient.
  • Body Blush: A type of product made for those who want a tingling effect but have sensitive skin.
  • Anti-Aging: These lotions contain added vitamins that help protect against premature signs of aging.
  • Shimmer: Glimmering additives in these projects have reflective properties that give your skin an added glow.
  • Caffeine: Caffeine is often added to reduce puffiness and energize your skin. Caffeine will absorb into the body, so if you are sensitive to caffeine or have eliminated it from your diet, steer clear of these lotions.
  • Silicon: Silicon is a mineral with moisturizing benefits. It’s used to help condition your skin.
  • Beta Carotene: Also called vitamin A. It enhances pigment coloration in your skin.
  • Vitamin E: Makes skin softer and reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

source: http://www.indoortanninglotion.org/tanning-lotions-101/

Tanning Benefits

Vitamin D - Humans make 90% of their vitamin D naturally from sunlight exposure - specifically, from UV B light. Humans spend less time in the sun today than any point in history, which is why more than 1 billion people worldwide are vitamin D deficient. Vitamin D sufficiency has emerged as one of the most important preventative factors in human health. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to higher rates of many forms of cancer, as well as heart disease, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis and many other conditions.

Sunlight is the best and only natural source of vitamin D.When you get your vitamin D from the sun, unlike dietary supplements, your body takes what it needs and de-metabolizes any extra. Exposure to any of our tanning beds with uv B light will produce 200x more vitamin D in a 10 minute session than one glass of milk. So get your daily vitamin D dose and feel good about your tan!

Look Good, Feel Great - Tanning will make you look good no matter your shape or size. Tanning also releases endorphins that trigger the brain that says "this feels great!" Build your confidence with a beautiful bronze tan, and show off the way you look! 

Tan In Moderation - It is always recommended to take the advice of one of our trained tanning consultants on how long you should stay in a tanning bed. This will help ensure that you are tanning according to your skin type and will help avoid overexposure.


Understanding the Base Tan

Article from SmartTan.com

One thing that critics of the indoor tanning industry either don’t understand or refused to admit is the reality that base tans acquired in a non-burning fashion at a professional tanning facility help to prevent sunburn.

It’s surprising. That is a fundamental cornerstone of the indoor tanning industry. And yet, after all these years, they refuse to acknowledge it. “Tans acquired at indoor tanning parlors have been studied and have a very poor ability to prevent sunburning,” the Skin Cancer Foundation claims on its web site.

We think the Skin Cancer Foundation’s claim deserves a second opinion. How about 30 million second opinions? Key to the success of the indoor tanning industry for more than two decades has been the ability of base tans, in proper combination with sunscreen usage outdoors, to protect people from sunburns on sunny vacations. Literally millions of indoor tanners will tell you it works. And it does.

Here’s what the sun-scare lobby either fails to understand or won’t admit: Sunscreen, as a product, is designed to prevent sunburn. A base tan essentially multiplies the ability of sunscreen to do its job. It’s all about protecting skin cells, one cell at a time, from overexposure and burning. Because a tan essentially enshrouds skin cells one cell at a time – in layman terms, much like the hard-shell coating of an M&M candy protects the chocolate – sunscreen is better able to do its job.

Think about it. An average indoor tanner might begin his or her tanning regimen with a five minute session and, over the course of three to four weeks, gradually work up to 15 to 20 minute sessions under the supervision of a professionally trained tanning operator. That means – after building a base tan – he or she can be exposed to 3-4 times as much sunlight before sunburn develops. And here’s the thing the anti-sun lobby doesn’t tell you: Professional tanning facilities recommend the proper use of sunscreen outdoors in situations where sunburn is a possibility. So the base tan makes the tanner’s skin 3-4 times more resilient, which multiples the effectiveness of the sunscreen he or she applies outdoors.

That’s a huge difference on a sub-tropical vacation and most likely means the difference between burning and not burning. It’s also the reason why Smart Tan studies have shown that a higher percentage of indoor tanning clients use sunscreen outdoors than non-tanners, and likely is part of the reason why surveys consistently show indoor tanners sunburn outdoors less often than non-tanners.

Sun scare lobbying groups are still clinging to yesterday’s science – contending that any sun exposure is harmful to the skin, that any tan is damage and that people should wear sunscreen 365 days a year in all climates. That’s horse and buggy thinking. As the science continues to mount showing that humans benefit from regular sun exposure, the sun scare messages will continue to look more and more ridiculous.

SmartTan.com news articles regularly report medical and scientific information to keep you abreast of current events related to UV light. This information is not intended to be used by any party to make unwarranted health claims to promote sunbed usage. Indoor tanning businesses are obligated to communicate a fair and balanced message to all clients about your products and services including the potential risks associated with indoor tanning. Contact your Smart Tan representative to find out more about what you can and can’t say in your tanning salon business.

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