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The Beginner’s Version of “Test your ‘Eye-Q’” in the July 2017 issue was a big hit! Here are a few tougher questions often asked by salon guests. How would you answer them?
A: If you wear FDA-compliant eyewear that fits properly, your eyes are completely protected from UV light. Feel free to open your eyes to check the time, adjust the fans and change channels on the sound system. As long as your eyewear fits properly, you are protecting your vision. Your eyelids block less than 25% of damaging rays, so keeping them closed when you AREN’T wearing eyewear is NOT protection!
A: The fabric of a towel or T-shirt offers an SPF of 5 or 6. It’s not blocking the UV light and it is NOT protecting your eyes. If you don’t want to expose your face to UV rays, you need to use an SPF25 lotion and wear FDA-compliant eyewear. Here’s a good rule of thumb: if water can go through it, so can UV light. Cotton balls, towels and T-shirts are not adequate protection. They may keep you from getting a tan, but they don’t protect your face or eyes from potentially damaging UV overexposure. You may want to try face-protection products instead of applying SPF lotion, but it’s best to wear eye protection with a face-cover.
A: The Food and Drug Administration strongly recommends that salon tanners wear eye protection during spray-booth and airbrush sessions. It’s not a law, just a recommendation. Try the clear disposables made just for this purpose – they allow the tanner to see their surroundings during the session. Disposables have no strings to leave lines on the side of the face and are discarded after use. It’s best to include a pair of the clear eyewear with the price of the spray-tan session, along with the other accessories commonly provided (hair covers, foot protection, barrier cream, nose plugs). I suggest you encourage your salon guests who get spray-tans to wear the clear eyewear, and return the next day for a facial touch-up if they have tan-line issues in the eye area.
Want to try clear eye protection for spray-tanning? Email Brenda@WinkEase.com with the code IST Sunless, and I’ll send some to your salon.
Keep an eye out for the Expert Version of “Test Your Eye-Q!”!
Tanning industry veteran Brenda Fishbaugh is president of Eye Pro, Inc., makers of disposable eyewear. She travels extensively training salons on the effects of UV light on vision.
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