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Tanning tips for 5th Annual Tan Awareness Week, June 17-21; Enjoy the sun, but don’t overdo it
Date:6/18/2013

Kelowna, BC (PRWEB) June 18, 2013

As Canadians try to make the most of our notoriously short summer, the Joint Canadian Tanning Association (JCTA) is reminding sun lovers to tan responsibly.

The association, which represents professional tanning salons across the country, is offering educational advice to coincide with Tan Awareness Week, which runs from June 17 to 21.

“In Canada we want to be outside enjoying the summer sun any chance that we get but it’s important to take some precautions,” said Steven Gilroy, Executive Director of the Joint Canadian Tanning Association. “Tan Awareness Week lets us explain the proper ways for Canadians to enjoy spending their summer outdoors by doing just a little bit of preparation before stepping outside. Research has even shown that tanners independent of their tanning experience have a 'more relaxed and less tense mood' when exposed to UV light.”

The JCTA offers the following tanning tips for anyone looking to enjoy the sun this summer.

  • Base Tans: Building a gradual base tan in a controlled environment, such as a tanning salon, can increase natural protection against potentially harmful sunburn by up to six times. Gradual exposure to UV light in a JCTA professional member salon increases production of melanin pigment and thickens the outer skin, shielding it and enabling it to withstand increased sun exposure. This also starts producing vitamin D which is shown to help protect from skin damage.
  • Sunscreen: Start with a golf-ball sized portion (35ml) of sunscreen and spread it evenly to all areas of exposed skin, allowing it to
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