“We Don’t Sell Eyewear!”

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

January 2015

IST_cover_1.15You’ll rarely meet two salon owners more adamant about eye protection than Malibu Tans’ Dennis McCormick and his son, Jim McCormick. “We don’t sell eyewear, we sell eye protection,” Jim McCormick emphatically states. “In our salons, eyewear is optional and eye protection is NOT.” Dennis continues Jim’s thought. “Eyewear doesn’t sound very serious, but eye protection does.

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Dear Brenda

Friday, December 5th, 2014

December 2014

IST_cover_12.14“Dear Brenda – I had my first sunbed session  yesterday and used the gold eye stickers. I did not put them on correctly and just stuck them like a sticker on my eyelid. I was in the tanning bed for eight minutes. My eyes were also shut the whole time. Do you think I did any damage to my eyes? Thanks for your help, Rob”.

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A Towel Is Not Enough!

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

November 2014

IST_cover_11.14Every day, millions of tanners
think they’re protecting their
faces during a UV session by
using a hand towel meant for wiping
sweat off their bodies. The women who
cover their faces with a towel think they
are protected from UV rays and dreaded
wrinkles. WRONG!

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The FDA’S Current Position on Eyewear

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

October 2014
IST_cover_10.14Nine years ago, I interviewed Sharon Miller of FDA’s Center for Devicesand Radiological Health that oversees tanning regulations concerning how the FDA viewed the importance of indoor tanning eye protection. That interview appeared in the October 2005 issue of Island Sun Times. I felt it was time to check in with the FDA and update salon operators with any changes in the FDA’s position on the importance of eye protection.

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See Your Future … A Back-To-School Eyewear Event

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

September 2014
IST_cover_9.14You’re in the tan biz’s slow season…what to do? Late summer and fall are great times to host an event that features eye protection. You’ll use it to remind your tanners why eye protection is critical to their future, and to show them all the latest options available in the diverse and fun eye protection world.

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It’s Crappy Eyewear Week

Monday, August 4th, 2014

August 2014
IST_cover_8.14In 2005, I met Luella Gustafson, owner of several salons in Iowa. She explained that she created a most unusual event topromote eye protection. I’ve shared Luella’s unorthodox idea with many salon operators, and they always applaud her creativity. First, what is Crappy Eyewear Week?

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