Tanning Facts

Indoor Tanning Facts


It's Au Natural

Developing a tan is the body's natural way to protect against sunburn. 

It's the Same Thing

Your body receives the same UV Light from indoor tanning beds as it does from outdoor sunlight. 

It Helps Eliminate the Guesswork

Location, weather, and time of day make sunburn prevention difficult when tanning outdoors. 

We're Sticklers for the Rules

Indoor tanning is regulated in the State of Illinois by the Public Health Department. At Unlimited Tan, we follow all Health Department guidelines to minimize overexposure. Location, weather, and time of day make sunburn prevention difficult when tanning outdoors. 

There's No Need to Overdo It

It's not necessary to tan every day. We offer tanning equipment that can maintain your tan in as little as 24 minutes a month! If you're looking for Vitamin D, 15-20 minutes of UV exposure 2-4 times a week is more than enough to get your fix for an entire week! 

 

Vitamin D - The Sunshine Vitamin


What Is Vitamin D?

  • Vitamin D is a nutrient created naturally within our bodies when our skin is exposed to UVB light.
  • People with light skin can create as much as 10,000-20,000 units of Vitamin D in their bodies with a single 10-20 minute full-body exposure to direct summer, noonday sunlight.
  • Dark skinned individuals may require more exposure.
  • Studies show that as many as 77% of Americans and 97% of Canadians are Vitamin D deficient.

Why Is Vitamin D So Important

Vitamin D is well known for bone and muscle strength. Now, a growing body of evidence has shown that adequate blood levels of Vitamin D is associated with good health and reduced total mortality. Having adequate blood levels of Vitamin D has been linked to a decreased risk of chronic illnesses including:

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Stroke
  • Common Cancers (Breast, Colon, Prostate)
  • Autoimmune Disease (Multiple Sclerosis, Type I Diabetes)
  • Infectious Disease (Colds, Flu Virus)

Who Needs Vitamin D?

Everyone needs the sunshine vitamin. Specific people who may need more Vitamin D are those who:

  • Have dark skin
  • Live and work indoors
  • Do not spend much time in the sun
  • Live in northern latitudes where sunlight is limited such as the U.S. and Canada
  • Do not receive UVB exposure from UVB omitting devices such as tanning beds

Where Do You Get Vitamin D?

Many people with little exposure to UV Light find it difficult to obtain adequate Vitamin D from other sources. Sources of Vitamin D include:

  • UV Light, 10-20 minute exposure = 10,000-20,000 IU
  • Cod Liver Oil, 1 tsp = 400 IU
  • Salmon, Fresh Wild 3.5oz = 600 IU
  • Salmon, Fresh Farmed 3.5oz = 250 IU
  • Fortified Milk, 1 cup = 100 IU

Resources:
  • Autier P, Gandiri S, Vitamin D supplementation and total mortality; a meto-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Arch Intern Med 2007
  • Bischoff-Ferrari HA, Giovannucci E, Willett WC, Dietrich T, wson-Hughes B, Estimation of optimal serum concentrations of 25-hydroxyvitamin D for multiple health outcomes. Am J Clin Nutr 2006
  • Giovannucci E, Yiu L, Hollis BW, Rimm EB, 25-hydroxyvitamin D and risk of myocardial infarction in men, a prospective study. Arch Intern Med 2008
  • Holick MF, Sunlight and Vitamin D for bone health and prevention of autoimmune diseases, cancers, and cardoivascular disease. Am J Clin Nutr 2004
  • Connell JJ, Vieth R, Umhou JC, et. al. Epidemic influenza and Vitamin D. Epidermial Infect 2006