FAQs

UV TANNING, SUNLESS TANNING and VIP SUN CLUB FAQs!

  • UV TANNING FAQs
  • Can anyone tan?
    Certain skin types cannot tan, but anybody can get a beautiful golden-tan look with our UV-Free tanning system process. Our tanning professionals can help you determine the type of tanning best suited to your skin type. The six basic skin types are shown below:
    Skin type 1: Always burns, never tans
    Skin type 2: Burns easily, tans slightly
    Skin type 3: Sometimes burns, tans gradually
    Skin type 4: Burns minimally, always tans well
    Skin type 5: Burns rarely, tans deeply
    Skin type 6: Almost never burns, deeply pigmented
  • How does tanning work?
    Tanning beds use UV or Ultraviolet light to tan your body. Since there are three types of UV light -UVA, UVB, and UVC - tanning beds are designed to use more levels of UVA with lower levels of UVB on your skin to promote the production of melanin, the pigment that makes you look tan even if you don't spend time under actual sunlight. The most harmful form of UV light is the UVC which tanning beds filter out so that you only get the best forms of UV light.
  • Is tanning in a salon safe?

    Yes! Tanning in a salon is safe, especially compared to being out in actual sunlight for prolonged periods of time. Since tanning beds filter out the UVC light, you'll get the healthiest forms of UV light. Before tanning regularly you should get a base tan first so as not to get sunburned.

  • How long should I tan when I first start?

    If you easily get sunburned, it is advisable to start with a smaller exposure time. You can then increase it gradually as you start your base tan. Once you get considerably tan from being outside and just want to maintain that color, then you can tan for a longer period of time. But If you absolutely never get any sort of tan from the sun, keep in mind that you will not get a tan from tanning beds or booths as well, since they emit the same type of UV light.

  • How often can I tan?
    You should wait at least 24 hours after a session before tanning again. It is recommended that you do not go more than 3 times a week to make sure you do not get sunburned. Your salon may have more specific requirements.
  • When shouldn't I tan?
    You should not tan if you have just done so in the past 24 hours or if you are taking photo-sensitizing medication. This will enhance the tan and often cause you to burn. Ask your doctor to be certain you can tan if you are taking any kind of medication.
  • Why do I need to wear eye protection?
    Closing your eyelids is not adequate protection, your eyelids are too thin to stop ultraviolet light. For this reason you must wear eye protection when tanning at our salons.
  • Why should I use lotion?
    All our lotions are specifically designed for the indoor tanning industry; they contain ingredients to assist in achieving maximum tanning results. They are designed not only to maximize and accelerate great tanning results, but most importantly replace essential nutrients, minerals and lost moisture to your skin. Lotions also contain antioxidants to shield free radical damage.
  • Why do I need to wear eye protection?

    Closing your eyelids is not adequate protection, your eyelids are too thin to stop ultraviolet light. For this reason you must wear eye protection when tanning at our salons.

  • What should I wear while I tan?
    Tanning booths and beds are private areas in which you can wear whatever you like. If you feel more comfortable in your bikini or swimsuit then by all means wear it. You can also choose to go more natural and wear only your birthday suit since no one will see you. Many women, however, do choose to wear underwear so that they do not burn the more private parts of their anatomy. You will also be required to wear eye protection since your eyes, even when closed, can allow the light into them and cause permanent damage.
  • Do I need to wear SPF lotion when I tan?
    No, because SPF tanning lotions allow you to stay in the sun longer than what is considered safe for you. It is then advisable not to wear an SPF tanning lotion so that you won't be emboldened to stay long under the scorching sun to the point of overexposing yourself.
  • Is there such a thing as a
    The word 'safe' usually implies that an activity can be engaged in recklessly, without any fear of injury. Overexposure can result in sunburn and skin damage, which is why we teach both tanners and non-tanners alike to be intelligent about their sun exposure. Moderate sun exposure for individuals who can develop a tan is the 'smartest' way to maximize the potential benefits and minimize the potential risks associated with either too much or too little sunlight.
  • Why do some people itch after tanning indoors?
    Rashes or itching occurring on the body after ultraviolet light exposure are not an indication of skin disease, but of dry skin or a photosensitive reaction. They often are caused by a combination of heat from the tanning lamps, a lack of sufficient melanin in the skin being tanned and ultraviolet light. This is why it's extremely important to properly moisturize before, during, and after your tanning session. Both irritations usually subside within several days after tanning has stopped.
  • If I don't tan in the natural sun, will I tan in a bed?
    If you can't get color from the sun, you can't get color in an UV bed. However, UV-Free tanning system can give you a natural looking tan without any UV exposure at all.
  • Why is moisturized skin important for a tan?
    Healthy, moist skin will tan quicker, get darker and keep its tanned appearance longer because the melanin is produced rapidly and the skin also will not exfoliate as quickly when it is properly moisturized.
  • How do you define "Moderate Tanning"?
    The term "moderate tanning" means something different for every different individual, and that is an important point. The bottom line is what we call "The Golden Rule of Smart Tanning- Don't EVER sunburn. A fair-skinned, red-headed, green-eyed person may not have the ability to develop a tan without sun burning. This person should not attempt to tan then. On the other hand, most of us have the ability to develop a tan, and the majority of us tan very easily. Moderation, in our view, means avoiding sunburn at all costs. Going about that agenda will mean something different to every different person.
  • How does indoor tanning exposure compare to the natural sun?
    Your skin produces a tan the same way it does when you tan indoors or outdoors. It is difficult to make a simple comparison of the sun with that of modern indoor tanning equipment. The sun's strength is dependent on several factors as well. When you are outdoors in the sun you cannot control the amount of ultraviolet light you are exposed to. Indoor tanning is a very controlled environment in which you can regulate the amount of ultraviolet light you are exposed to. You can gradually increase your exposure time to achieve the tan you desire without burning.