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As we turn another page of the calendar, it’s natural to reflect back; modern indoor tanning can trace its timeline in the U.S. back to 1979 with the advent of the FDA beginning to regulate the industry. Happy 40th! It’s incredible to think that I’ve been involved in it since 1986. Congratulations to IST Magazine Publisher, Vince Lorraine, who goes back even further – his indoor tanning roots roll back 39 years. We’ve been involved in this for a long time and still have many industry vets with over 30 years in the business of promoting moderate and controlled UV exposure for cosmetic tanning. That’s quite a feat, considering the significant amounts of negative media that have always plagued us.

How do we set the record straight? Clearly, the answer is promoting factual information about UV and indoor tanning to the public, and an easy method to get that information is through the Sun is Life® Training & Certification program. Think you already know it all? Let’s throw a few questions at you.

  1. Regulations say that tanners must be able to see through UV-protective
    eyewear in order to read the tanning units warning label.
    True or False?
  2. People with Skin Type I are the best candidates for UV indoor tanning.
    True or False?
  3. Sunburn affects the epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous layers of skin.
    True or False?
  4. A rash developed after a tanning bed session is the result of an unclean acrylic surface.
    True or False?
  5. Heredity is not a factor in melanoma skin cancer risk.
    True or False?
  6. The Federal Trade Commission allows commercial tanning
    facilities to make health claims regarding sunbed use.
    True or False?
  7. The maximum exposure time for all sunbeds is 10 minutes.
    True or False?
  8. The FDA and NOAA are federal agencies that regulate the indoor tanning industry.
    True or False?
  9. The FDA requires all reusable eyewear to be sanitized after each use.
    True or False?
  10. You don’t need to wear UV protective eyewear, as long
    as you keep your eyes closed during the tanning session.
    True or False?

Answers: True, False, False, False, False, False, False, False, False, False

Regardless of whether you knew all of the answers or not, you and your entire staff should take Sun is Life Training & Certification. Your operation will undoubtedly be in a better position with the knowledge and factual information that you can share with your tanners and prospective customers. Don’t rely on conjecture, urban myths and third-hand info that may taint your business!

Speaking of myths, have you heard the one about the teenager who tanned seven times in one day and fried her internal organs? That one has been around for years – and is NOT true! Learn the truth with the very affordable and accessible Sun is Life Training! Sign up today at

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