Get To Know Aspen Tan’s Team Members of The Month

As you know, each month we showcase team members that has gone above and beyond in the salon. We caught up with our August Team Member of The Month, Ally Warren, and our September Team Member of The Month, Elise Neff, for a fun Q&A!

 

 

How long have you been an Aspen Tan team member and what location/s do you work at?

Ally: I hit my one year mark in August and I could not be more excited! I work at the Glenwood Springs location.

Elise: I have been an Aspen Tan member since December 2016. I work at the Boulder location.

 

Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

Ally: Before moving to Colorado, I lived in Lancaster, California. Whenever I visit I go to Disneyland!

Elise: I have climbed 7 14ers!

 

When you’re not working, what do you like to do?

Ally: When I'm not working I like to be at the lake boating or spending time with friends.

Elise: When I am not working I like to run, hike, do yoga, read, paint, travel and watch sports.

 

What do you love about being apart of the Aspen Tan team?

Ally: I like that Aspen Tan is personal. We have great clients that come in regularly and it’s great to build relationships with them. I am also fortunate to have coworkers that I love!

Elise: I love the team! Everyone is so fun to work with and they make the job feel less like a job and more like a fun pass time! I have made so many close friends at Aspen Tan!


What song/s do you like to jam out to while working?

 

Ally: I like to jam out to country music while working!

Elise: I like to play Jack Johnson - it brings happy vibes into the salon!

 

Favorite tanning bed and why?

Ally: My favorite tanning bed is the Open Sun 1050 because it penetrates a lot deeper into the skin being only UVA and gives the best bronze look!  

Elise: My favorite bed is the Black level Esprit 770 because it makes me the most tan.

Shout out to Ally and Elise  for always giving it their all and always going above and beyond! To learn more about Aspen Tan Team Members, salon updates and specials be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Humanity & Hope: Shop For A Cause Event

Our Regional Manager and Social Media Manager, Caitlin Safchik has started working with Humanity and Hope. This organization helps people in Honduras overcome challenges and grow to become their best. They work hand-in-hand with people to get clean water, create jobs, and create access to education.

 

Caitlin has made a personal challenge to raise enough money to create jobs for those living in a village in Honduras, the village of La Cuchilla. This village has 27 families in 20 small homes. Currently, they have no jobs, no access to education and they all share one well to obtain water, which must be boiled in order to be safe to drink.

Caitlin is on a mission to raise $16,000 for the people of La Cuchilla so they can provide for themselves and their families. While working towards her goal, she has organized a shop for a cause event, exclusive to Aspen Tan members! On Sunday, September 10 she will be hosting a jewelry trunk show from 11AM - 1PM at our Hill location. 15% of all sales will be going directly to Humanity & Hope. Join us for tanning, shopping and giving back!

 

If you are interested in learning more about the organization visit their website here. If you can’t make the event but still want to donate you can do so here. Please remember that any little bit helps!

Fall Foliage Is Coming! Don’t Miss it!

Fall is here! Although that means school is back in full swing, your life does not need to transition into all work and no play. Fall in Colorado means beautiful foliage and what’s more fun than hiking among the changing leaves. We have compiled a list of some of the best spots to see the foliage.

 

 

  1. Trail Ridge Road: Trail Ridge Road is the highest continuous paved road in North America. It winds through Rocky Mountain National Park from Estes Park to Grand Lake. The road is above 11,000 feet and has a maximum elevation of 12,183 feet, making it an incredible point to view the changing leaves. Plus, if you are feeling lazy you never have to get out of your car! Or, if you are feeling more adventurous, you can check out some hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park.

  2. Maroon Bells: The Maroon Bells are two towering 14,000-foot mountains located in White River National Forest, the heart of Aspen. There are numerous hiking trails that offer unbeatable views of golden aspen trees.

  3. Guanella Pass: Only one hour from Denver, Guanella pass climbs to 11,670 feet and features many high aspen groves. There are aspen groves at all elevations along the trail, offering a strong chance of seeing color along the mountainsides.

  4. Kenosha Pass: Kenosha Pass is a high mountain pass located in the Rocky Mountains. The elevation is 10,000 feet and offers stunning fall foliage and spectacular views. You have the option to drive and take a few photos, but Kenosha Pass has an easy hike that will take you to beautiful views and leave you walking through the foliage.

  5. Front Range Foliage: Established in 1918, Peak to Peak Scenic and Historic Byway is Colorado’s oldest. The byway starts in Boulder and provides views of the Continental Divide and dramatic fall colors. It is less than 60 miles in length and there are numerous stop off points along the way, all offering their own unique vantage points.  

  6. Brainard Lake: If you are looking for less of a commute, check out Brainard Lake Recreation Area - less than one hour from Boulder. Brainard Lake Recreation Area offers two trails that highlight the fall foliage: Mount Audubon and the Sourdough Trail. The Audubon trail offers great views of the aspens, while the Sourdough Trail offers a denser forest experience.

 

Planning on waiting until October to check out the foliage? In that case, you will want to check out the Cherry Creek Bike Trail. It is a 40 mile bike path that follows the tree-lined creek - perfect for a weekend activity. The South Platte River also has a bike trail that goes from downtown Denver to Chatfield State Park and Waterton Canyon, where it meets up with the Colorado Trail and offers beautiful views. Lastly, you can check out the Highline Canal which meanders through Denver for more than 70 miles. The majority of it is lined with Cottonwood trees that turn yellow in the fall.

After you visit one of these spots, stop by one of our locations and tells us about it! Or, tag us in a picture on Instagram. We love seeing your adventures and hope to see you in one of our locations soon.

 

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Get To Know Aspen Tan’s Team Members of The Month

Recently, we implemented a Team Member of the Month title! Each month, we will showcase one team member that has gone above and beyond in the salon. And, because we want you to know our team members just as well as we do, we will be featuring a Q&A of each month’s Team Member of The Month.

For this first Q&A, we get double the fun! We caught up with our June AND July Team Members of The Month!

How long have you been an Aspen Tan team member and what location/s do you work at?

Caitie T: I have been an Aspen Tan team member for one year. I work at both Boulder locations.

Destany W: I have worked at Aspen Tan for more than four years. I am the manager of the Glenwood Salon so I primarily work there, but I have worked quite a bit in Aspen this summer!

Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

Caitie T: I like to play pranks on my close friends! And, I can make a great pizza from scratch, dough and all.

Destany W: Fun Fact- hmm. I am turning 21 on August 9th.. so in 3 weeks! My boyfriend and both of our families are going to Las Vegas for that week to celebrate! (Maybe that isn't a fun fact.. I'm just really excited about it!)

When you’re not working, what do you like to do?

Caitie T: I like to spend my time talking to my family because I don't see them as often as I would like to, with my best friend, or staying active. I enjoy exercising and finding new places to hike.

Destany W: When I'm not working, I am hanging with my boyfriend Cole & our fur-baby Teddy, usually at the lake! I love fishing, swimming, and floating on tubes.

What do you love about being apart of the Aspen Tan team?

Caitie T: The best parts of being an Aspen Tan team member are the great girls I get to work with and all the nice people I get to meet while in the salon.

Destany W.: The best thing about working at Aspen Tan is the people. I've made really good friends with people I work with, and I probably would have never met my best friend Alexandria if we didn't work together. The clients are also great, especially people you see on a regular basis.

What song/s do you like to jam out to while working?

Caitie T: I love jamming out to upbeat, energetic music. Good music keeps my energy up during long shifts! But, when I work late and have to stay past closing, I love to listen to classic hip hop.

Destany W: I'm usually jamming to country, but sometimes I switch it up and play Frank Sinatra or Nicki Minaj. I have a pretty eclectic taste in music, just depends on the day!

Favorite tanning bed and why?

Caitie T: My favorite tanning bed is the stand up. It has the shortest maximum time, so you can get a great tan in half the time. Using the stand up bed also allows you to avoid missing those small pressure point areas that don't get tan while laying in a bed, and you can play your own music while tanning.

Destany W: My favorite tanning bed is the Esprit. It’s quick and gives me a really good base tan. I also love that the facial tanners are optional on that bed, because as much as I love my freckles I don't need more!


Shout out to these team members for always giving it their all! To learn more about Aspen Tan Team Members, salon updates and specials be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Shine Happiness This School Year: How To Get Back Into Your School Routine (Minus The Stress)

School is right around the corner and we want to help you shine happiness this school year! Over the next few weeks, take time to get yourself back into your school routine! Check out the below tips to help you feel prepared for the start of the new semester.

  1. Adjust Your Bed / Wake Up Time: Summer is the time to catch up on all that sleep you lose, but if you don’t adjust the time you go to bed and the time you wake up before your classes start you will be exhausted trying to wake up on time. During the two weeks leading up to when your classes start, go to bed and wake up ten minutes earlier each night. For example, if you usually go to bed at midnight and wake up at 10:00 AM, the first night you should try to go to bed by 11:50 PM and wake up at 9:50 AM and so on.

  2. Organize Your School Supplies And Books: Open up that draw you are hiding all of your notebooks, folders and pens in and get organized! Make sure you have enough school supplies for all of your classes. Also, take a look at the books you need for each class. Though this may not be the most exciting task, you don’t want to show up to school short notebooks and required textbooks and then be forced to pay for the overpriced ones at the school bookstore. Fun tip? Target is a great place to go for school supplies! And, Amazon is a great place for textbooks!

  3. Sort Through Your Closet: Now that you have your school supplies in order, it’s time to check out that closet of yours. Sort through your closet (and drawers) and donate any clothes you haven’t worn in the last six months to a year. There is no reason to bring clothes back to school that have been hiding in the back of your closet or still have the tags on from a shopping spree you went on last year.

  4. Plan Your Schedule Ahead of Time: We all know that schools make you register for classes far in advance, so your class schedule is set. That said, take some time before school starts to focus on your schedule. Take a look at your schedule and see when you can fit in your favorite workout, meal prepping, studying etc. By outlining your schedule in advance, you will feel more prepared once the semester gets busy.  

  5. Get Ready To Shine This School Year: A new school year means another opportunity to let your best self shine! Aspen Tan wants to help you shine happiness this school year, so we are offering a great special in August. If you sign up for a Season Pass this month you’ll receive rewards valued at $200 +, including no enrollment fee, 40% off lotion the day you sign up and 10% off everyday after, first month upgraded for free, one free Red Light Therapy session and two free Cocoon Wellness Pod sessions! Stop by one of our locations to learn more.

 

 

Here’s to a great start to a new school year!

 

 

Baby You're A Firework: How To Sparkle This 4th of July

The 4th of July is right around the corner and we want to help you shine from the inside out! July 4th means BBQs, pool parties and fireworks. It also means a lot of photos, Instagram posts and Snapchats. We want to help you feel confident and look great at whatever you have planned for the holiday (yes, even if it is a family BBQ). So, here are some tips on how to sparkle this 4th of July.

 

  1. Relax In The Cocoon Wellness Pro: We recently added The Cocoon Wellness Pro to our wellness offerings. Just one 20 minute session will leave you feeling rejuvenated and relaxed and ready for the holiday! You get to customize your session so you can focus on relaxation, weight loss, improved energy levels, detoxing, reducing stress and more! You will notice results in one month or less. Plus, The Cocoon Wellness Pro incorporates infrared light to eliminate puffiness and inflammation.

  2. Recognize The Power of Red Light Therapy: Are your muscles sore from all your extra summer workouts? Recovering from an injury? Bothered by that small bit of cellulite (even if no one notices it but you)? Try out our Red Light Therapy beds. Short term results include soft skin, increased moisture, a more glowing complexion and reduced soreness in muscles and joints. The long term results are even better - positive influence on hair and nail growth, and reduced swelling around the eyes to name a few.

  3. Enhance Your Summer Glow: Now that you’ve relaxed in The Cocoon Wellness Pro and improved your skin with some Red Light Therapy, it is time to shine! Check out our top-of-the line beds that are perfect for maintaining that tan you have been working for all summer, or giving you that glow you have been craving.  Spent too much time in the sun? (it happens) In that case, check out the VersaSpa® for all sunless tanning. You can give your skin a natural, vibrant, long-lasting glow in just minutes and can bronze, hydrate and smooth fine lines in one session.

 

And, since we are so excited for you to shine this summer, we are offering some exciting new specials!

  • Buy any select product, get $40 in free Cocoon/Lightstim sessions (2 free sessions)

  • Sign up for a season pass in July, and take advantage of no $25 enrollment fee, and still get season pass rewards valued over $75! This includes free upgrades, buddy passes, and free wellness sessions!

Glow From The Inside Out With Our New Wellness Options

BIG NEWS! We have been busy setting up some new wellness options for you just in time for summer. Stop by to try out the new Red Light Therapy, Red Light Facial Lamp Treatment (coming soon) and the Wellness Cocoon.

Red Light Therapy not only helps with aesthetics, such as wrinkles andor cellulite, it also can provide relief from joint aches, muscle soreness, and help the healing process with injuries or nerve damage. It uses light in special ranges of effectiveness to naturally rejuvenate the skin. The light is absorbed by the skin cells, where it stimulates the body’s own production of collagen, elastic and hyaluronan.

Short term benefits include soft, supple skin, increased moisture, and a more glowing complexion. Reported long term results include reduced swelling around the eyes, replenished collagen and elastin in the connective tissue, positive influence on hair and nail growth, bones and tendons, and improved regeneration capacity of muscles.

Red Light Facial Lamp Treatment is a 20 minute session that emits UV-free, beneficial light rays that energize cells and stimulate the body’s natural process to build new proteins and regenerate cells. Benefits include reducing fine lines and wrinkles, repairing, rebuilding collagen and elastin, and reducing pore size. Plus, the treatment accelerates healing and tones the skin for a radiant glow. Your skin will look and feel softer and smoother!

The Cocoon Wellness Pro is a personalized sauna, detox, and weight loss system designed for full body comfort and relaxation. The Cocoon POD includes both infrared (IR) and traditional dry (sauna) heat features. While your body lies comfortably inside the Cocoon chamber, your head remains outside for your comfort and enjoyment of the session. In addition, an adjustable stream of cool air is at your fingertips for keeping your face and neck comfortable. A state of the art, FDA approved Red Light Facial Lamp Treatment will soon also be available to combine with every session! During each 20 minute session, the Cocoon offers a rejuvenating and relaxing experience for the mind, body and spirit.

Not sure which is the best option for you? Want to hear more about them? Stop by and speak to an associate or visit http://www.aspentan.com/wellness.

 

We Are Hiring!

Are you a fan of Aspen Tan? Always telling your friends to stop by our salon? Enjoy spreading the word about Aspen Tan? Well we want to hear from you! We are currently hiring at all four locations.

We are on the hunt for full-time and part-time salon associates. Tasks include managing the daily operations and salon tasks such as maintain salon cleanliness, cleaning and resetting beds after every use, exercising an extensive knowledge of the industry, equipment, science behind UVA, UVB, and Vitamin D, and more by educating customers on services and products, and helping to train new hires.

Interested? Check out the full description here and turn in the following to the salon nearest you:

And, growth opportunities are available! We can’t wait to hear from you!

 

Yes, You can stay healthy this summer!

May is almost over, which means summer is almost here! Wondering where the first half of the year went? So are we! Worrying that you aren’t as far along with your health & fitness goals as you planned? That’s okay - it happens to everyone!

We are sure you are going to rock that bathing suit ;)

But, just because it’s almost summer doesn’t mean you should throw away your health & fitness goals. Half way through the year is a great time to get back on track or even set some new ones. Need some inspiration for some new goals?

Here are a few of our favorites to stay healthy throughout the next few months.

  1. Exercises 3 - 4 times per week. Though summer months are often packed with BBQ’s and pool parties, it’s important to schedule time to exercise. And, summer is a great time to take advantage of the warm weather so ditch the treadmill and go for a run outside, throw on your bathing suit, grab some friends and go stand up paddle boarding, or jump in a pool and swim some laps. Exercise does not have to be daunting.

  2. On Monday’s go meatless. Give yourself some extra veggies each week by following meatless Monday’s. Ditch the beef or chicken for one day a week and enjoy some fish. Taking advantage of meatless Monday’s has a ton of benefits including improving digestion, increasing energy and increasing nutrient absorption.

  3. Do Red Light Therapy 4 - 6 times per week. We are confident you’ll be spending a good amount of time outside catching some rays, but you should continue to visit us at Aspen Tan for some red light therapy. The Beauty Light is absorbed by the skin cells (fibroblasts), where it stimulates the body’s own production of collagen, elastic and hyaluronan. Small wrinkles are reduced and the skin becomes visibly tauter and smoother.

Now that we have shared three easy goals for the next few months, feel free to share your goals with us! Or, use our suggested goals and let us know how it goes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We look forward to seeing you this summer!

How Do Battle of the Bronze Winners Prep for Summer?

Recently, we hosted our annual Battle of The Bronze to help sororities prep for Spring Break and give them a chance to win a tanning package valued at over $7,000. This year’s winners were University of Colorado Boulder’s Alpha Phi! Congrats!

We caught up with Alpha Phi’s VP of Marketing, Becca, to chat tanning preferences, workouts, healthy meals and summer prep.

 

What is your favorite workout to do with your sorority sisters?

“We love to go to the sculpting classes at Core Power on the Hill together! It's walking distance away and is the perfect late night workout to whip us into shape for swimsuit season!”

 

What is your favorite healthy meal to make and enjoy with your sorority sisters?

“We love when our chef Michelle makes her grilled salmon served with her quinoa salad and vegan coconut curry cauliflower.”

 

What is your favorite way to get ready for summer?

“We get ready for summer by enjoying the warm weather outside, perfecting our workout routines and of course coming to Aspen Tan to start on our summer bronzed look!”

 

Which Aspen Tan bed is your favorite? Or do you prefer spray tans?

“Your stand up bed is our favorite for the best all around tan! This bed helps us avoid uneven tanning and has the best coverage for that perfect sun kissed glow!”

 

Which Aspen Tan location do you and your sisters love?

“The Aspen Tan on the hill is the perfect location for us. It is right behind the Alpha Phi house making it just a short walk from our back door.”

 

Anything else to add?

"Warm weather brings the best kind of memories with my sisters! Thank you Aspen Tan for being a part of my journey to summer!”


Shout out to Alphi Phi for winning, and for being such incredible customers! Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date on specials.

So what exactly IS collagen?

Collagen is the most important protein in our body. It is a fundamental building block of connective tissue and is found not only in the skin, but also in tendons, joints, ligaments, bones, blood-vessel walls - and even in the cornea in the eye. As it is collagen that determines the firmness of connective tissue, it is also called the body's "filler". Sufficient collagen content is therefore the main requirement for skin to have a firm appearance - and indeed the whole body. But collagen is also vitally important for the health of bones, tendons, joints, ligaments etc.

 

Our Ergoline Red Light Therapy Beauty Angel has been found to be a great way to build and increase collagen.  Try your first session FREE today!  

 

 

So what exactly is Red Light Therapy?

So what exactly is Red Light Therapy?..

 

At Aspen Tan, we pride ourselves on offering only the best tanning and wellness brands in the industry.  Our Ergoline Beauty Angel uses light in special ranges of effectiveness to rejuvenate the skin naturally. The Beauty Light is absorbed by the skin cells (fibroblasts), where it stimulates the body’s own production of collagen, elastic and hyaluronan. Small wrinkles are reduced and the skin becomes visibly tauter and smoother. The treatment also enhances the absorption of cosmetics into the skin, making them more effective. Enjoy a soothing session in the BEAUTY ANGEL and simply feel good in your skin!  Click here for more information!

 

 

Short Term Results

  • Soft, supple skin
  • Increased moisture
  • A more glowing complexion
  • Increased resistance
  • Refines pores and improves skin texture
  • Relaxing, feel-good factor

 

Long Term Results

  • Reduces small wrinkles on the face
  • Age and pigment spots fade
  • Reduces swelling around the eyes
  • Replenishes the collagen and elastin in the connective tissue – for visibly tauter skin on the whole body
  • Positive influence on hair and nail growth, bones and tendons
  • Improved regeneration capacity of muscles

 

See for Yourself!



We're incredibly excited about the positive feedback we've been receiving from our clients at Aspen Tan!  Now it's time for you to experience the Beauty Angel for yourself.  Stop by our Aspen, Glenwood Springs, or Boulder (29th street location) salons and allow one of our educated team members give you a tour.  Mention this email, and we'll give you your first session for FREE!

How To Prepare For Spring Break (because doing things last minute is too stressful!)

These winter months have been moving quickly - anyone agree? That means spring break is right around the corner (cue the screams of excitement). This year, don’t get stuck doing everything last minute. Nobody enjoys paying extra for airline tickets, or staying at a less-than-ideal hotel. To plan the perfect spring break trip, you need to start now. We hope these tips will help you plan, and feel prepared, for this year’s spring break!

 

 

  1. Make a list of destination options: First things first, decide where you want to go. This sounds easier than it is especially if you are planning a trip with your sorority sisters. When a group of people are trying to decide on one destination things can get a bit hectic. We recommend having you and all your friends write down a list of destinations, cross reference your lists and we are sure one popular destination will show up!

  2. Beat the high costs of airplane tickets: Once you pick your destination, start looking at your flight options (assuming your travel involves an airplane). The longer you wait to book a flight the more expensive it will be. Also, don’t forget to check if you have miles you can use - either from a specific airline or a credit card you have. Not flying by plane? Taking a car? Decide which of your friends will be driving to your destination as soon as possible to avoid scrambling last minute.

  3. Research the best place to stay: Now it’s time to decide where you are going to stay. Looking at hotels? All inclusive resorts? Be sure to do your research! Check the hotel’s website and compare the cost with those listed on StudentUniverse. Never heard of StudentUniverse? We’ll try not to judge you. StudentUniverse provides students with exclusive travel deals on airfare and hotels so check it out!

  4. Schedule some time to sweat: Spring break usually means bathing suits and beaches. Make this year the year you feel 100% confident in your bathing suit. Start working out. Make a schedule and stick to it! Check to see if your university offers any fitness classes or find a workout program to follow. Remember, consistency is key! Before you know it you’ll be posing proudly on the beach.

  5. Bronze Yourself: Don’t show up at the beach pale. Start tanning to give yourself a nice bronze to match that new bikini we know you will be splurging on ;) So come visit us at Aspen Tan. Not only will you look great on the beach, but you will also get a nice dose of Vitamin D to boost your immune system - because nobody wants to get sick before spring break. Not interested in a tanning bed? We proudly use VersaSpa® for all sunless tanning. You can give your skin a natural, vibrant, long-lasting glow in just minutes and can bronze, hydrate and smooth fine lines in one session.

How To Fight The Winter Blues

 

 

Many people struggle with the shorter days and colder weather that come with the winter season. Let’s be honest waking up to a gray sky and a low temperature does not make many people want to jump out of bed and start their day. So as we advance more into Colorado winter we wanted to provide a few tips to help fight the winter blues.

 

 

  1. Make a book and movie list - Winter often means being stuck inside more often than one would like, so it is a great time to make a list of all those books and movies you kept talking about watching. Having hobbies or activities to do inside will help it seem less depressing when you are on your couch all day. If you really want to make yourself feel better, make sure your list of books and movies are light hearted and comical. A funny movie can definitely help prevent feeling blue for a few hours! Need some movie suggestions? Check out what is new on Netflix this month. Need book recommendations? Check out People Magazine’s inspirational books to read this winter article.  

  2. Get more Vitamin D - We have said it before but we will say it again - nearly 20% of the United States population suffers from a form of seasonal depression according to the National Center for Biotechnology, often caused by the lack of Vitamin D during the winter. The special lamps used with tanning beds provide light of similar wavelengths to sunlight and studies have confirmed that these can also increase the amount of Vitamin D produced in the skin. Next time you are feeling blue come on in and see us for a quick Vitamin D boost! 

  3. Exercise - Studies have shown that exercising under bright lights may be good for seasonal depression, so make time to go to that gym you have been paying for and try out a new workout class. Working out with a group of people with similar goals as you, under bright lights of course, can help boost your mood - plus, it gets you out of the house. If you are too cold or lazy to head to the gym then turn on every light in your living room and try a fun indoor workout. Try out this 20-minute home cardio workout

  4. Plan a vacation - If you find yourself longing for warmer days and summer try planning a vacation. Research has shown that planning a vacation can help increase happiness. So pull up airbnb or expedia and get to planning! Need inspiration? Check out pinterest for some new vacation ideas. 

  5. Blast your favorite music - Everyone knows that upbeat music can totally change a person’s mood so blast your favorite upbeat music and dance around your bedroom. No one will judge you if a little Britney Spears or throwback N’Sync will help improve your mood this winter. 

 

 

And, always remember that winter won’t last forever!

 

 

How to set achievable goals and maintain them!

Welcome to 2017! We hope the year is off to a great start for you! We are sure that many of you have set ambitious goals for the year, so we wanted to take a few minutes to provide some tips and tricks to help you achieve those goals.

First things first, make sure that your goals are achievable. We are all for setting ambitious goals but it is important to make sure that you are setting SMART goals. SMART stands for:

 

 

 

  • Specific - Sure, setting a general goal like “lose weight” or “travel more” is easier than setting a specific goal such as “lose 10 pounds by July” or “travel to three new states this year,” but odds of you quitting on your goal will be greater. By being specific you know exactly what you want to accomplish.

  • Measurable - Make sure your goal is measurable. Using the same example as above if your goal is to “travel more,” how would you measure if you achieved that goal unless you had a way to measure it? For instance, you could say you want to travel to one new city each month, or travel to five new cities by the end of 2017.

  • Attainable - Though this may seem obvious, you want to make sure the goals you set are attainable. For instance, if you work a full time job and your goal is to “travel to 24 countries in 2017” you are most likely setting yourself up for failure. Goals are not meant to be impossible to achieve, so while you don’t want to make the goal too easy, you also don’t want to make it impossible.

  • Rewarding - Again, this may seem like a no brainer but you want to make sure you are setting goals that will be rewarding to you. Maybe your best friend set a goal to run a marathon by October 2017 and she wants you to join her. If you hate running and will never feel anything but torture while training and running the race then don’t make that a goal of yours. It may sound silly but we are sure there are people out there willing to set goals just to appease others and that is not what a goal should be about. When you achieve a goal you should feel rewarded at the end.

  • Trackable - Although not all goals may not fit into a specific time frame, you want to make sure you set up a way for any goal to be tracked. For example if your goal is to “travel to 6 new cities by December 2017,” set a reminder at the beginning of each month to check in with yourself and see if you have any trips planned. Some goals, such as “lose ten pounds by July” are more easily trackable as you can plan to weigh yourself every two weeks to see if you are on track to achieve your goal.

 

Once you have set SMART goals, it is important to maintain your motivation to achieve them. A great way to keep your motivation up is by knowing why you set the goals in the first place. For example, why do you want to lose 10 pounds? Why do you want to travel to three new states this year? Take some time to think about the motivation behind your goals and then write it down somewhere you can see it every day. Maybe it is a sticky note on your mirror or on a piece of paper you hang on the fridge - just make sure you read it every day because it will help you remember why you set the goals you did and help keep you motivated to achieve them.

 

We hope these tips help set you up for a successful 2017!

Holiday Specials Make Fantastic Gifts!!

 

 

The December holidays are almost here! Are you still shopping for gifts for family and friends? Don’t worry, we are in the same boat. So we wanted to share some holiday specials we are offering this month that make fantastic gifts. 

 

For Your Secret Santa

Is your sorority doing secret santa? Need a gift that everyone will envy? Look no further than our gift cards! Right now if you buy a gift card you get an extra one for free. Sound too good to be true? We promise on our favorite holiday cookies it’s not! We are feeling extremely generous this holiday season so If you buy a $25 gift card, you get an extra $10 free; buy a $50 gift card, you get an extra $25 free; and if you buy a $100 gift card, you get an extra $75 free. 

 

For The Beauty Fanatic

Everyone has a friend, sister, cousin, mother, etc. who loves beauty products. Swing into Aspen Tan to say hi and pick up some Hempz products —for 20% off! If your beauty fanatic does not tan, don’t worry - Hempz makes a ton of products including daily moisturizers, lip balms, and mini lotion bottles (the perfect stocking stuffer ;) ).

 

For All Ages

Searching for a gift that works for all ages? In our Aspen and Glenwood Springs locations we’re offering 20% off all of our Blowfish Hats. Blowfish understands that mass produced goods can be a bit boring and they don’t want you to suffer. All of their hats are unique, making them a fun gift to give this season.

 

For Yourself (Yes, you read that right)

While you are shopping for all your friends and family don’t forget to treat yourself! Right now we are running a great special on tanning lotions — we are giving free upgrades with purchase, up to a $20 value.  

 

We hope to see you in one of our locations soon!

 

A friendly reminder on holiday hours:

  • The Hill location will be closed from December 19 - January 15. It will re-open on Monday, January 16.

  • The 29th Street, Aspen, and Glenwood Springs locations will have normal hours except on December 24 and December 31 (we will close at 3PM), and we will be closed on December 25 and January 1.

 

If you have any questions on hours please feel free to reach out to us. We hope everyone has a happy, healthy New Year!

Look and feel your best this holiday season!

The holidays are right around the corner! Between Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years Eve, everyone is trying to come up with quick and easy ways to look and feel their best this holiday season, so we wanted to share some tips. Let’s end 2016 on a high note!

Take Time To Clear Your Mind: The truth is the holiday season can be stressful for many, and schedules have a tendency to become hectic. Before you know it those dinners and parties you are attending start to feel more like a chore than a fun gathering with friends and family. A great way to prevent stress from putting a damper on what should be an enjoyable time of year is to schedule time for yourself each morning. I know what you’re thinking - ugh, why in the morning? - well it’s the best time because nothing else will get in the way. Think about it, if you schedule your “you time” for midday something else is bound to come up. We recommend using your “you time” for a quick 20 minute yoga session. Yoga will allow you to clear your mind and refocus on what’s most important this holiday season - friends and family. Plus, it will give you a great workout and help you feel less guilty about indulging in holiday treats. Not sure where to start? Check out do yoga with me for a ton of free yoga videos.

Water Is Your New Best Friend: The holiday season usually means a lot of food. Let’s be honest, no one can resist homemade Christmas cookies or perfectly cooked latkes - we can’t! That being said, it is important that you are drinking your recommended daily water intake to help combat any bloating. Not sure how much water you should be drinking each day? Check out this water intake calculator. Remember, if you are working out you may need to up this amount. If water is not your beverage of choice, you can spruce it up with some fruit. Adding lemon to your water will add additional flavor PLUS it helps with digestion and flushes the body which can lead to healthier skin.

Bronze Yourself: Now that you have a clear mind, gotten in some exercise, and are working to combat bloating and stay hydrated it’s time to talk about enhancing your color so you can rock your sparkly New Years Eve dress with confidence! Come visit us at Aspen Tan to get your tan on. Not only will you look great in your dress, you will also get a nice dose of Vitamin D to boost your immune system - because nobody wants to get the flu during the holidays. If you are looking for a tanning bed alternative, we proudly use VersaSpa® for all sunless tanning. You can give your skin a natural, vibrant, long-lasting glow in just minutes and can bronze, hydrate and smooth fine lines in one session.

These quick and easy tips are a great way to help feel and look your best this season, and all year round if we are being really honest. We hope everyone has a happy holiday and a great New Year’s Eve!

 

 

 

 

Benefits of Incorporating Tanning Into Your Finals Schedule

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means so are dreaded finals. We are sure you have prepared to be face down in the books for a while - stocked up on coffee and snacks, comfy clothes, and some good tunes - but a little break never hurt anyone. So, why not take a quick break from studying and stop in to Aspen Tan? There are some great benefits to taking a break with us and getting your nose out of your textbooks!

Take A Mental Break + Warm Up

While it may seem like a great idea to study for hours on end, eventually your brain is going to need a break. And, we are sure that coffee you stocked up on for studying is helping to keep you awake, but is it really keeping you warm? Obviously not! That’s why you also lug your scarf and extra sweater to the library with you. Why not use your study break to not only give your brain a break, but also warm up with us here at Aspen Tan? Check out our Green, Blue, or Black level tanning beds to enjoy a warmth that doesn’t require extra clothing!

Boost Your Immune System + Calm Your Nerves

Winter means flu season and we all know that the flu and finals definitely do not mix. So, why not take a study break and boost your immune system? Many scientists believe that the flu may be caused in part by the reduced production of Vitamin D during winter months and tanning is a good option for getting the daily amount of sunlight required. The special lamps used with tanning beds provide light of similar wavelengths to sunlight and studies have confirmed that these can also increase the amount of Vitamin D produced in the skin. Plus, a quick 15 minute Vitamin D boost will not only give you some well-deserved, quiet, no books involved, “me” time, but Vitamin D is proven to help calm nerves too. Now you can stop forcing yourself to drink that herbal, calming tea your grandma recommended!

Fight Seasonal Affective Disorder

In addition to the flu, SAD (seasonal affective disorder) season is here as well! Many are not aware of the effects of Seasonal Depression, caused by the lack of Vitamin D during the winter months. In fact, nearly 20% of the United States population suffers from a form of seasonal depression according to the National Center for Biotechnology. Tanning is a great alternative way for those who suffer from Seasonal Depression or SAD to get their Vitamin D! And, we are sure that hunkering down in the library or your dorm room studying is not providing you with the Vitamin D you need to feel good, so come visit us.

 

We can’t wait to see you on your study break!

7 Signs You May Have a Vitamin D Deficiency

Great article from Dr. Mercola on Vitamin D and signs you may have a Vitamin D deficiency: 

By Dr. Mercola

Vitamin D deficiency is incredibly common in the US, but many Americans mistakenly believe they aren't at risk because they consume vitamin-D-fortified foods (such as milk). 

There are very few foods that actually have therapeutic levels of vitamin D naturally and even fortified foods do not contain enough vitamin D to support your health needs. 

Despite its name, vitamin D is not a regular vitamin. It's actually a steroid hormone that you are designed to obtain primarily through sun exposure, not via your diet.

Just How Widespread Is Vitamin D Deficiency?

Before the year 2000, very few doctors ever considered the possibility that you might be vitamin D deficient. 

But as the technology to measure vitamin D became inexpensive and widely available, more and more studies were done, and it became increasingly clear that vitamin D deficiency was absolutely rampant. For example, according to one of the leading vitamin D researchers, Dr. Michael Holick

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 32 percent of children and adults throughout the US were vitamin D deficient -- and this is grossly underestimated as they used vitamin D levels that were not consistent with optimal health.
  • The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that 50 percent of children aged one to five years, and 70 percent of children between the ages of six and 11, are deficient or insufficient in vitamin D 
  • Researchers such as Dr. Holick estimate that 50 percent of the general population is at risk of vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency 

Researchers have also noted that vitamin D deficiency is prevalent in adults of all ages who always wear sun protection (which blocks vitamin D production) or limit their outdoor activities.1 People with increased skin pigmentation (such as those whose ancestors are from Africa, the Middle East, or India) are also at risk, as are the elderly.

It's estimated that over 95 percent of US senior citizens may be deficient in vitamin D, not only because they tend to spend a lot of time indoors but also because they produce less in response to sun exposure (a person over the age of 70 produces about 30 percent less vitamin D than a younger person with the same sun exposure).2

7 Signs You May Be Vitamin D Deficient

The only way to know for sure if you're vitamin D deficient is via blood testing. However, there are some signs and symptoms to be aware of as well. If any of the following apply to you, you should get your vitamin D levels tested sooner rather than later.

1.  You Have Darker Skin

African Americans are at greater risk of vitamin D deficiency, because if you have dark skin, you may need as much as 10 times more sun exposure to produce the same amount of vitamin D as a person with pale skin! 

As Dr. Holick explained, your skin pigment acts as a natural sunscreen, so the more pigment you have, the more time you'll need to spend in the sun to make adequate amounts of vitamin D. 

2.  You Feel "Blue"

Serotonin, the brain hormone associated with mood elevation, rises with exposure to bright light and falls with decreased sun exposure. In 2006, scientists evaluated the effects of vitamin D on the mental health of 80 elderly patients and found those with the lowest levels of vitamin D were 11 times more prone to be depressed than those who received healthy doses.3

3.  You're 50 or Older

As mentioned, as you get older your skin doesn't make as much vitamin D in response to sun exposure. At the same time, your kidneys become less efficient at converting vitamin D into the form used by your body and older adults tend to spend more time indoors (i.e. getting even less sun exposure and therefore vitamin D).

4.  You're Overweight or Obese (or Have a Higher Muscle Mass)

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble, hormone-like vitamin, which means body fat acts as a "sink" by collecting it. If you're overweight or obese, you're therefore likely going to need more vitamin D than a slimmer person -- and the same holds true for people with higher body weights due to muscle mass.

5.  Your Bones Ache

According to Dr. Holick, many who see their doctor for aches and pains, especially in combination with fatigue, end up being misdiagnosed as having fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome. 

"Many of these symptoms are classic signs of vitamin D deficiency osteomalacia, which is different from the vitamin D deficiency that causes osteoporosis in adults," he says. "What's happening is that the vitamin D deficiency causes a defect in putting calcium into the collagen matrix into your skeleton. As a result, you have throbbing, aching bone pain."

6.  Head Sweating

According to Dr. Holick, one of the first, classic signs of vitamin D deficiency is a sweaty head. In fact, physicians used to ask new mothers about head sweating in their newborns for this very reason. Excessive sweating in newborns due to neuromuscular irritability is still described as a common, early symptom of vitamin D deficiency.4

7.  You Have Gut Trouble

Remember, vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, which means if you have a gastrointestinal condition that affects your ability to absorb fat, you may have lower absorption of fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin D as well. This includes gut conditions like Crohn's, celiac and non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and inflammatory bowel disease.