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How To Make Yourself Attractive you’re single and dating, odds are you spend a fair amount of time worrying about your looks. Even someone who isn’t especially prone to narcissism will find him or herself staring at a reflective surface before a date, contemplating their own pulchritude. “Am I good looking?” “Am I better looking than his last date?” “Will she find me attractive?”

It’s a troubling worry, because, you know, we were all sort of born with either Angelina Jolie genes, or … without.

Luckily, science, for once, has some good news. Really good news.

So, there are things you can change about yourself (hairstyle, clothing, physical fitness) and things you can’t (face shape, eye color, height).

Dr. Jeremy NicholsonPsychology Today’s Dr. Jeremy Nicholson recently rediscovered a 1997 study which sought to discover which physical features would be most attractive to the opposite sex. After surveying a number of men and women, the researchers were surprised to discover that the highest marks went to changeable qualities.

“Their shocking finding was that, by far, the most attractive features fell under the category of ‘self care’. These features were changeable aspects like good grooming, neat hair, nice fitting and quality clothing, good posture, and healthy weight. Essentially, the most attractive features about a person (male or female) is that they put forth some effort to shower, groom, select some nice clothes, stand up straight, and manage their diet a bit. No plastic surgery, major gym time, or extensive overhauling required.”

Really good to hear, right? Sure, a male model is probably going to have a pretty easy time getting dates. But just because you don’t look like a supermodel does not mean you’re unattractive to the opposite sex, as long as you sort of take care of yourself. When it comes to dating, looking neat is more important than looking hot.

So, now that you can stop stressing about that bump in your nose or the fact that your hair is thinning, what should you worry about? Dr. Nicholson has some spot on advice. Grooming

Dr. Nicholson says that grooming is the most important variable when it comes to attractiveness, and can really make or break your chances with someone. Brush your teeth. Comb your hair. Shower. Keep your fingernails neat. Clothing

Again, no matter what your personal clothing style is, neatness is of the utmost importance.

“The research says that three aspects of clothing are required to be attractive – neat, well fitting, and more formal. Put plainly, your clothes need to be clean, pressed, and well maintained.”

Additionally, when it comes to attracting someone, it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed. Posture

The easiest, cheapest, and best thing you’ll ever do for your dating life is to simply stand up a little straighter. As Dr. Nicholson says, good posture is sexy. Fitness

Don’t worry, you don’t have to run out and get a personal trainer for a total body overhaul. You just have to, again, take relatively good care of yourself, which can be achieved with moderate exercise three times a week. Attitude

One of the most surprising finds of the study was that “pleasantness” rated pretty highly among both sexes. This means being happy, positive, and friendly in attitude. In the immortal words of the little orphan Annie: “You’re never fully dressed without a smile.” (But seriously: just being nice shows way more self-confidence and ease than being shy or sarcastic does — and it’s really attractive.)

So, see? You’re already way hotter than you probably give yourself credit for. It’s easy to maximize your physical attractiveness through small changes.

And as for the things you can’t change? They really don’t matter.

Best Ways To Tan’s face it – most people look better with a tan. I know I do (at least I think I do). You know how dark clothes make you look thinner? Well, I think dark skin has the same effect.

I miss those days of not caring about my skin and getting as brown as wood from just playing outdoors. But now I’m a fanatic about covering my face. My daily moisturizer has a 30 SPF and when I sit by the pool or on the beach I wear a hat, sunglasses and usually sit under an umbrella. And I try to remember to reapply lotion every few hours. And you should too.

According dermatologist Casey Gallagher, MD, sun exposure, the

predominant source of ultraviolet radiation, is never healthy. “Based on recent reports, the International Agency for Cancer Research has elevated both ultraviolet radiation and tanning beds, which emit ultraviolet rays, to the highest level of cancer-causing agents,” Dr. Gallagher warns.

He says that while some people think of the sun as a good source of Vitamin D production, it’s much safer to take supplements.  And when it comes to over the counter tanning products or spray tans — they pose no threats, unless you have an allergy to one of the ingredients.

Or an aversion to the smell. All sunless tanning products are made with DHA (dihydroxyacetone), which temporarily stains the skin surface and fades like a suntan does as skin cells are shed naturally. And they all have that stinky tanning solution smell, although some do a better job of masking it than others.




The Dangers of Tanning!

A tan, whether you get it on the beach, in a bed, or through incidental exposure, is bad news, any way you acquire it. Tans are caused by harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or tanning lamps, and if you have one, you’ve sustained skin cell damage.

No matter what you may hear at tanning salons, the cumulative damage caused by UV radiation can lead to premature skin aging (wrinkles, lax skin, brown spots, and more), as well as skin cancer. In fact, indoor ultraviolet (UV) tanners are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never tanned indoors.

Skin Cancer Kills

Tanning beds might as well be coffins. Oncologists now believe they are to blame for the alarming spike among young women in lethal melanoma cases—the second most common cancer in adults under 30. A big part of the problem: Many women think catching indoor rays is a harmless—or worse, healthy—part of their beauty routine
It was Tricia Thompson’s hairstylist who first spotted a dark brown mole behind her ear. “I didn’t think much of it,” says Tricia, who was 32 at the time. “I went to the dermatologist and she froze it off.” But a year later, the same hairstylist saw that the mole had grown back, and this time it was a greenish-blue color.Tricia made an appointment with a different dermatologist, who took a biopsy of the mole. It was melanoma, the most serious of all skin cancers. Best possible scenario: Tricia would end up with a disfiguring scar. Worst case: The melanoma would kill her.
 “I worked at an indoor tanning salon in high school and college,” she says. “I tanned an average of two or three times a week from the time I was about 14 until I was 21. I remember there was a waiver everyone had to sign, but that was just protocol. Nobody ever sat down to talk about the dangers of indoor tanning so I didn’t really think about them.
“And then I was 34, thinking, Who’s going to take care of my dog? Should I sell my house so my family doesn’t have to worry about things if I don’t make it through this?”Tricia had surgery to remove the melanoma—and the top quarter of her ear—a couple of weeks after her diagnosis. Her doctor did reconstructive surgery to replace the part of her ear he had to remove, but at her six-month follow-up appointment, the melanoma had returned. She had to have another surgery, this time to remove about a third of her earlobe.Becky Kocon was just 23 when she was diagnosed with melanoma after she spotted an irregular mole behind her knee. “I started going to tanning salons with my mom when I was 17,” says Becky, who’s now 27. “When I got to college, I’d go two or three times a week. I knew tanning wasn’t good for me, but I didn’t think I’d get cancer. At least not in my twenties.”

According to a recent Mayo Clinic study, the incidence of melanoma has increased eightfold among women ages 18 to 39 since 1970. “Melanoma is a new epidemic in young women,” says Jerry Brewer, M.D., a Mayo Clinic dermatologic surgeon and author of the study, who admits even he was shocked by these findings. “Other studies have shown an increase, but this study found melanoma occurring in women 705 percent more often. It’s astounding.”

The usual suspects are partly to blame for the scary rise in this deadly disease among twenty-and thirty-something women, including the disappearing ozone layer and the fact that we’re still getting sunburns, even though we should know better. (In fact, recent research found that half of all adults and 66 percent of whites ages 18 to 29 report they had at least one sunburn in the past year.) But because these factors affect women and men alike, and the rise in melanoma diagnoses are in young women, doctors are starting to believe indoor tanning—which can raise a person’s risk for melanoma 75 percent—is a key reason the disease has become an epidemic.

“It’s significant that melanoma is on the rise in the same group of people who use indoor tanning beds more than anyone else,” says Deborah Sarnoff, M.D., a dermatologist in Manhattan and Greenvale, New York, and senior vice president of The Skin Cancer Foundation. The numbers are striking: Thirty-two percent of white women ages 18 to 21 and 30 percent of white women ages 22 to 25 say they use indoor tanning beds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And a 2012 survey found the same has been true for almost 40 percent of college students.

“If we can change the behavior of young women and get them to stop tanning, the curve of the incidence of melanoma would change,” says Brewer.

Look Good, Feel Good: The Effects of Self Esteem

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How You Perceive Yourself Can Affect Your Self Esteem

Have you ever had a really good hair day? Don’t you just feel like you can take on the world? It’s no surprise that our level of self-esteem has a huge impact on every aspect of our lives. When you greet the day with a positive attitude and a healthy self-esteem, it can drastically improve every aspect of your life. Here are just a few things that can be improved by having a high self-esteem.


Studies have shown that dressing up can make you feel more powerful, which changes the way you see the world. Wearing formal clothing makes people think more broadly and holistically. This study proves that when you feel like you look better, that feeling carries over into your mental well-being and dramatically improves your overall attitude.


Along with improving the way you think, self-esteem can also have a huge impact on your creativity. The same study showed that those who wear formal clothing process information on a more abstract level than those who don’t. For example, Michael Slepian of Columbia Business School says:

“If you get a stinging piece of critical feedback at work, if you think about it with a concrete processing style, it’s more likely to negatively impact your self-esteem.”

Those who think in more abstract terms have a higher tolerance to criticism, which allows them to be more creative.

Ability to Learn

In another study, subjects were given a white coat and told that it belonged to a doctor. When wearing the coat, they were more attentive and focused. Researchers found that there is a direct correlation between your self-image and your ability focus and complete tasks.

It’s no surprise that when you look better, you feel better. And when you feel better, you are better. A positive self-image can help you take on the world! At Tanning Bay, our motto is look better, feel better for a reason. We can provide you with the products you need to improve your self-esteem and your life. Our self-tanners give your skin a healthy, beautiful glow that will help you look and feel better. Our innovative self tanner, Moisture Tan was voted the Best Sunless Tanner because it provides you a natural, bronze glow, without the harmful effects of tanning, and no orange streaks, plus, it’s fragrance free!

Visit our buy self tanner online to learn more about our self tanners and self tanner with bronzer.

Beautiful Veggies = Beautiful Skin

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The Benefits of Eating Vegetables

Mom was right. Eat your vegetables. We know, we know: the vitamins and minerals keep our bodies working well and give us energy. The fiber fills us up and the water content keeps us hydrated.

Did you also know that eating those veggies is a great way to get and maintain healthy youthful-looking skin!

Eat Your Way to Better Looking Skin

The bounty of antioxidants found in veggies is the big hitter when it comes to great looking skin. Antioxidants strengthen skin tissue and decrease its sun sensitivity — both of which can ward off wrinkles before their time! Antioxidants have anti-inflammatory properties (decreasing inflammation and ridding the body of toxins). They are also essential for skin cell development and collagen production.

Betacarotene, Vitamins C, E & A, selenium, and lutein — all powerful antioxidants — are abundant in:

  • green, red, yellow and orange peppers
  • sweet potatoes
  • pumpkin
  • carrots
  • beets
  • tomatoes
  • kale
  • spinach
  • broccoli
  • avocado

Avocados (nuts and seeds, too!) are also great sources of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats — the “good” fats that keep skin full and glowing.

For the healthiest of skin, also remember to drink lots of water, don’t smoke, and limit alcohol and sugar consumption.

Of course, that dewy skin will look even better with a healthy glow from Tanning Bay Sunless Tanning products! With none of the risks to your skin that come from tanning beds and overexposure to the sun. So eat your veggies and show off your beautiful skin!

Ultraviolet Light Reveals Hidden Sun Damage [Video]

Your Skin’s Hidden Damage

We all know that the sun provides vitamin D and that too much sun can cause premature aging cancer, and other harmful effects of overexposure. Some of the signs of sun overexposure take the form of age spots, freckles, wrinkles, and moles, however some damage may not be as noticeable… unless seen under UV light.

What would your skin look like under UV light? What hidden damage would it uncover? Thomas Leveritt wanted to find out. This powerful video shows the sun’s hidden effects on your skin and how sunscreen works to protect your skin.

Watch this powerful video and you’ll never go without sunscreen again!

Easy Ways to Drink More Water and Why

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Why You Should Drink More Water

We know drinking water is great for our bodies for SO many reasons:

  • Improve Bodily Functions: every system in your body depends on water — at about 60% of the body’s weight, it is the main chemical component; it carries nutrients, flushes out toxins, keeps soft tissues moist and healthy, and keeps cartilage around joints supple
  • Healthy Skin: your skin is about 60% water — staying well-hydrated helps the skin look smoother, healthier and less irritated; water helps with collagen production, too
  • Weight Loss: drinking water can help with weight loss — studies have found that participants who drank a glass of water before a meal lost weight faster than those who did not (increasing water intake makes you feel full faster and it aids with digestion)
  • Stay Alert: water keeps the mind alert and boosts the metabolism — even mild dehydration can make it difficult to concentrate and can sap your energy

How Much Water Should I Drink?

But are you getting enough of it? Our bodies are constantly losing water through breath, perspiration, and waste elimination. To keep your body functioning properly, you need to replenish that water supply. Your personal consumption can vary depending on your health, your activity level and where you live. For example, pregnant or breastfeeding women need to consumer more water than they did before. It’s also important to hydrate before, during and after exercising.

The Institute of Medicine suggests an adequate intake for men is about 13 cups of total beverages a day, women should drink about 9 cups. So the “eight 8-oz glasses a day” is still pretty accurate advice — and easy to remember!

How to Drink More Water

For a lot of people, the complaint is that it’s hard to drink that much water because it’s just so boring. It’s really best to avoid the flavoring packets/drops at the stores because of the high sugar and unnatural ingredients; and lots of evidence is surfacing about how bad diet sodas are for you. So … how to make good old water more exciting (and still healthy)?

  • try sparkling water instead of plain
  • make ice cubes out of pure fruit juice to add to still or sparkling water
  • use frozen grapes as ice cubes
  • add chunks of fruit (pineapple, watermelon, honeydew melon, etc.) to a pitcher and let it steep in the fridge for a few hours
  • add slices of cucumbers or citrus fruits like lemons, limes, or oranges to your glass
  • add muddled mint leaves
  • make non-caffeinated herbal tea (mint, ginger, chamomile) into iced tea

Eating more of certain foods that are particularly high in water content is another way to stay well-hydrated. Foods such as strawberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumbers, tomatoes, and spinach give you the added benefits of vitamins, minerals and fiber.

Have Trouble Remembering to Drink Your Water?

Set reminders on your phone if you’re having trouble taking a break to drink some water. For extra help search for “water consumption apps” and you’ll find cool stuff like:

apps to help you drink more water

waterlogged for iPhone

water your body app
water your body for Android

hidrate me water bottle
and even the awesome HidrateMe smart water bottle that syncs with an app on your phone to track consumption — and glows to remind you that it’s time to hydrate!

Water works for you, the point is to drink a good amount of water and stay well-hydrated for healthy and happy skin, body and mind.

The Sun: Our Love Hate Relationship

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The Sun: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

The sun. We wouldn’t have this beautiful world of ours without it, would we? The sun’s light and energy give us the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the weather and the seasons we enjoy. But it can also bring drought, famine and destroy fields, farms and forests. Our human bodies have had a similar “love/hate” relationship with the sun and its rays for as long was we’ve been on the planet. Basically, a little sun = good. Too much = bad.

The Good:

  • Vitamin D — essential for bone health and key to our muscle, nerve and immune system functions; but 15 minutes a day of exposure is all that our bodies need to keep production at a healthy level
  • Mood enhancer — many people suffer from seasonal depression and low energy; doctors recommend increased exposure to natural light as the best cure
  • Better sleep — exposure to sunlight first thing in the morning is a proven way to wake up the body and mind (and to keep the body’s natural sleep rhythms on track for improved night-time sleep)

The Bad:

  • Tan lines  — purely an aesthetic complaint — but who hasn’t stressed over how your tan lines don’t match up with the lines of your new sundress; or realized how goofy your “farmer’s tan” looks just as you take off your shirt to impress your new girlfriend with your beach volleyball moves?
  • Freckles — sure Grandpa called them “angel kisses” and sure, some people look great with them. But for me, they lost their charm as soon as my middle school friends started pointing out how much I look like the “Wendy’s” girl. Or when I noticed that the freckles surrounding my lip make for a not-so-great moustache.
  • Age spots, sun damage and wrinkles — just one more thing making you look way older than you actually feel….

The Ugly:

  • too much unprotected time in the sun can quickly cause severe sun burn and/or dehydration and heat stroke
  • Skin cancer — this sobering fact from the American Academy of Dermatology:  “On average, one American dies from melanoma [skin cancer] every hour. In 2015, it is estimated that 9,940 deaths will be attributed to melanoma — 6,640 men and 3,300 women”And this fact on tanning from “More people develop skin cancer because of tanning than develop lung cancer because of smoking”

Practice Safe Sun Exposure

So although the sun has it’s pluses and minuses. It’s always best to practice safe sun exposure – always apply sunscreen and limit your time in the sun, especially during peak hours.