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We’ve all heard about the incredible benefits of a little sunshine. In fact, during the spring and summer months, experts recommend at least 10-20 minutes of daily sunlight exposure for our required dose of vitamin D. We’ve heard of the health benefits and seen how tanning leaves behind gorgeous, sun-kissed skin. But will it actually help you lose weight?

The answer is yes, it absolutely will. And here’s why:


We were made to bathe in the sunlight! It’s been proven that depression rates skyrocket in the Fall and Winter months, most especially in areas with a regular lack of sun. However, according to The Seattle Times, light deprivation could lead to more than just depression. They state:

“Dreary winters are infamous for inducing depression. But being starved for sunlight can do more than kick you into a psychic hole. A growing body of evidence suggests it can raise your risk of cancer, increase susceptibility to heart attack, diabetes and other disorders…”

It’s safe to say that a significant lack of the sun’s healing rays can have a pretty negative impact on your body. It’s really a good thing that the opposite is also true!

Regularly exposing your skin to the replenishing light of UV rays has been proven to alter your nitric oxide levels. According to the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, this dilates your blood vessels and lowers your blood pressure, which reduces your stress levels considerably. Just 15 minutes of sunlight exposure will drastically boost your brain’s production of serotonin and endorphins, helping to combat depression and upping your energy levels.

Say goodbye to stress eating and hello to more energy to be active! How’s that for helping with weight loss?

Eating Healthy

Did you know that certain foods will actually help you tan faster? And it’s just our luck that those same foods also happen to be ridiculously healthy and good for you.

According to The Daily Meal: “Foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and squash contain high amounts of beta-carotene — a strongly colored red-orange pigment that is converted by the human body into vitamin A. Vitamin A is critical for healthy skin, nails and immune health, and for achieving that summer glow. Not only do these foods speed up your tanning process, but they also decrease your risk of certain cancers, cognitive decline, and heart disease.”

Check out our blog about how to Eat Your Way To A Better Tan to get a list of Superfoods that will keep your skin beautifully sun-kissed and also help you shed a few pounds fast!


Taking the time to do regular workouts can be a drag. But what if we told you a quick 10 minute exercise session before or after a tanning appointment can actually give you a deeper and longer lasting tan?

When you sweat, your pores open up, which makes your skin more receptive to the indoor tanning lotions or self-tanners that work with the natural oils in your skin. Increased blood flow and a boost in oxygen levels throughout your skin causes your body to be more accepting of UV rays, even with places that are harder to tan like your legs. Sweating also gets rid of toxins and clogged pores, leaving you with a smoother and brighter complexion!

When it comes to tanning, a little exercise goes a long way. Boost your confidence levels by getting in shape while leaving your skin smooth and gorgeously bronzed!


At Tan Unique, we want our customers to be happy and healthy! Our friendly staff can answer any questions you may have regarding the benefits of a little more sun in your life. Call us today at (479) 785-1185 or stop by our salon at 4500 Rogers Ave.

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