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the use of the sun’s rays for therapeutic and preventive medical purposes; a form of phototherapy. The body is affected by the sun’s visible light rays and invisible rays— infrared and the more biologically active ultraviolet rays.

Heliotherapeutic treatment consists in the use of sun baths, as a result of which the skin acquires a tan, metabolic processes and immunity are activated, and hematopoiesis, tissue nutrition, general health, appetite, and sleep improve. Heliotherapy has an antirachitic effect and increases the body’s resistance. Sunbaths are taken in special areas removed or protected (by plantings) from sources of dust and noise. During the winter, they are taken on special verandas, which are covered with materials permitting the passage of ultraviolet rays.

Excessive exposure to the sun’s rays may lead to burns, sunstroke, cardiovascular and nervous disorders, and the exacerbation of chronic inflammatory processes. Heliotherapy is contrain-dicated in cases of neoplasms, active forms of tuberculosis of the lungs, pronounced heart failure, hyperactivity of the thyroid gland, and certain other diseases.


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Heliotherapy (or climatotherapy) has been used extensively to treat thousands of patients in the Dead Sea basin, Switzerland and Sweden for many decades.
As with conventional phototherapy, heliotherapy requires precautions.
Absolute contraindications to heliotherapy include xeroderma pigmentosum and other disorders predisposing to sun-induced cancers.
When faced with complaints about the decency of the billboard, Kirkeby says, "Three people, with three different shades of tan are basking in the sun, feeling the relaxation the sun gives them and the power of heliotherapy.
California Tan is the Los Angeles-based maker of Heliotherapy tanning and sun care lotions, which are sold in over 18,000 salons nation-wide.
CONTACT: Cheryl Stone, or Mandy Kisthardt of California Tan Heliotherapy, 310-824-2508, ext.
Heliotherapy sunscreens as well as the company's luxury pure tanning formulas contain tanning nutrients, including a bioengineered Melanin Stimulating Hormone and specific amino acids.
Heliotherapy sunscreens are designed to help boost the skin's natural tanning process -- creating more browning from a limited amount of UV that is allowed through the sunscreens SPF levels 2, 4, 8, 15 and an SPF 20 Sport Cream.
CONTACT: Cheryl Stone, or Mandy Kisthardt, both of Heliotherapy by California Tan, 310-824-2508, ext.
Climax is a limited edition, Private Reserve tanning maximizer by California Tan Heliotherapy.
Tanning ingredients include: complexes of amino acids, copper, and oxygen molecules exclusive to California Tan Heliotherapy that enhance the skin's ability to brown when melanin reaches the skin's surface layer.