Don’t Tan If You’re A Skin Type 1

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The Joint Canadian Tanning Association (JCTA) launched a new educational website - to show Canadian consumers how to indoor sunbathe in a responsible way. The two key elements in tanning responsibly and safely are; 1) professional and trained operators are in control of the equipment and 2) each sunbed user knows their skin type so that they are protected from overexposure.

When tanning indoors or outdoors be Responsible. Everything in Moderation!

When tanning indoors or outdoors be Responsible. Everything in Moderation!

The key to indoor sunbathing is, tanning with a Professional Salon

The Joint Canadian Tanning Association (JCTA) launched a new consumer website to educate the Canadian public on how to tan responsibly. Tanning responsibly starts by knowing your skin type, then choosing a salon that will determine a safe UV exposure time based on your skin type and the specific type of equipment. JCTA member salons ban Skin Type 1’s from UV exposure and suggest they try a cosmetic tan using spray tanning.

The JCTA believe that the risk revolves around equipment control, so the public should, before tanning indoors, always check out the salon they’re about to use. The JCTA strongly recommends that consumers search for a salon where the operators of UV equipment are trained and certified; that is why we have included a Salon Finder on our new website which will link consumers to local salons that follow and adhere to strict indoor sunbathing guidelines. Consumers should ask to view personal certificates and look for a current JCTA window decal in their salon window.

The new user friendly website includes information about creating a base tan for a sunny vacation or just preparing for Canadian summers, information about risk and benefits of UV light, spray tanning options, teens tanning, and sunscreens.

The JCTA believe that sunlight is part of a healthy balanced lifestyle. Every living organism needs food, water, and sunlight to sustain life. Too much or too little of any of these things is not good for you. Suntanning indoors in a controlled environment allows consumers to tan responsibly and to their skin type to help prevent burning and overexposure. JCTA member salons are certified and trained operators that can help protect sunbathers and achieve the proper balance between a suntan, sunburn avoidance, and natural vitamin D production.

The Joint Canadian Tanning Association (JCTA) is a national non-profit organization created to increase understanding of the professional tanning industry's scientifically supported position that regular moderate ultra-violet exposure from sunshine or sunbed in a non-burning fashion is part of a responsible lifestyle that recognizes both the inherent benefits and the manageable risks associated with ultraviolet light exposure.

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