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 Tanning FAQ's

Why tan?
Light is essential to all living things on earth, and provides many physiological and psychological reasons why exposure to light is both desirable and necessary.  People who are exposed to light will often feel happier and able to enjoy life to the fullest.  Light exposure causes the brain to suppress the release of the hormone melatonin that acts as a depressant in the body.  Exposure to light also produces various health benefits, such as the production of the very necessary Vitamin D in the prevention of bone diseases (such as osteoporosis) and in the improvement of symptoms of psoriasis.  There’s a growing body of scientific evidence showing people actually require light exposure to function effectively.   

Do I really need eyewear?
Absolutely, protective eyewear is the most important piece of tanning equipment besides using appropriate tanning lotion and professional tan extenders/moisturizers. By not using eyewear you increase your chances of burning your cornea. Over a period of time this can cause cataracts, loss of night vision and more.  Practice smart, safe tanning and be sure to wear protective eyewear when tanning.

What should I wear to tan?
Most people tan in the nude to avoid tan lines but feel free to wear a bathing suit.  If you choose to wear a bathing suit, be sure there aren’t any metal clips or anything else that could potentially scratch the acrylic.  Any skin that has never been exposed to ultraviolet light before will be more sensitive so be sure to keep that in mind as those parts must acquire a tan slowly.  When you can’t see any tan lines on your body at all, it’s okay to expose that skin the same length of time as the rest of your body.

How do I prevent “raccoon eyes”?
One way to minimize “raccoon eyes” is to shift your goggles slightly, or turn your head slightly.  Ladies can also reduce that appearance by utilizing make-up or mascara. 

How old do I need to be to tan?
Ohio does not have any age restrictions on tanning; however, we will not allow anyone under the age of 13 to tan in our facility.  If you are between the ages of 13 and 15 you must have a parent or legal guardians consent every session and they must be present during the duration of your tanning session.  If you are 16 or 17 years old you must have your parent or legal guardian sign a consent form every 90 days.  Your parents are not required to be present during your tanning sessions.

What are the causes of white spots?
There are several reasons as to what causes white spots. The first reason would be pressure points.  They are seen on skin surfaces that are in contact with the bed, such as shoulder blades, the backs of calves and the lower back. You can avoid pressure points by shifting and moving positions.  Start by lifting your back and legs periodically so that all skin receives oxygen and blood flow. Another cause is something called VITILIGO which is irregularly shaped white patches of skin that do not tan. It is caused by a condition that causes melanocyte cells in the affected area to degenerate and die off. A physician should be able to help reverse the effects. TINEA VERSICOLOR, or sunspots, is dandruff-like fungus that flakes off your scalp onto the upper body. This condition is very common and has nothing to do with cleanliness. Extra strength dandruff shampoo is often used to treat it.

How often should I tan?
This varies for everyone; however, a good rule of thumb is always to take a day off in between sessions. To establish a base tan you need to come more frequently the first few weeks.  Once you have a tan, most people can maintain their color by coming 2-3 times per week or 1 time per week when using a high pressure bed.

How many sessions will it take to see results?
Again this varies for everyone depending on your skin type and what type of bed you are using.  Low level beds will take longer to see results than high pressure beds, but it can take anywhere from 1 session to 10 sessions depending on how dark you want to get.

Can I shower immediately after a tanning session?
YES, however if you are using a tanning lotion, especially one with delayed bronzers, it is better to wait 1-2 hours to allow the lotion to set in.

Will I streak from a bronzer and will my hands get stained?
A lot of lotions have addressed the streaking problem, but if you apply a bronzer properly, you will not get streaks. You should put the lotion on in an even circular motion then wipe your hands off using the towel provided. You may also feel free to wash your hands before leaving the salon as an extra precaution.

Can I use outdoor lotions in a tanning bed?
Absolutely not!  Not only does an outdoor lotion prevent you from getting color indoors because most of them contain SPF’s, but it damages the tanning bed acrylics making it unsafe for other customers!

Can I use an indoor tanning lotion outside?
Yes and no.  You may use tanning lotions outside, but keep in mind that indoor tanning lotions do not contain any SPF.  Too much sun exposure could potentially allow you to get burnt.  It is always a good idea to wear sun screen when exposing yourself to the sunlight outside, especially extended exposure.  

Can I tan when I have a tattoo?
Yes you may tan with a tattoo.  It is recommended to wait 2 weeks before tanning when you get a new tattoo. Even if the tattoo is old, it can fade from tanning. By using a special SPF tattoo stick or tanning lotion with tattoo protection in it you can help reduce the effects of fading and discoloring. 

Do I need to protect my lips in a tanning bed?
YES, there is no melanin in your lips so they will become dry, chapped and even burned if you do not protect them an SPF lip balm.

Can I tan when I am pregnant?
Yes you can but we will not allow pregnant women to tan in our facility.  The main objection to tanning pregnant women is the increased potential of becoming overheated and creating a health risk to yourself and your unborn child.  Please know that UV light does not reach the unborn baby, as it does not travel beyond the top layers of the skin.  If you are pregnant ask about our VersaSpa Spray tan which provides a great skin regime and excellent color, and is safe for both you and your unborn child. 

What is high pressure tanning?
Developed in Europe 30 years ago for use in phototherapy treatment, high pressure lamps produce UVA and UVB in different ratios than low pressure tanning beds.  There is just enough UVB to produce the melanin required to tan , and a lot of UVA to oxidize the melanin and turn it into a golden brown. Low pressure units emit both UVA & UVB at a low energy level. Low pressure units will give more of a red tone tan, and you’ll need to maintain more often. High pressure units generate UVC, UVB, & UVA, but by means of a sophisticated filtering system, only UVA is emitted during a tanning session. It will take fewer sessions with a high pressure unit it to build a golden tan and to keep it.

What's better, High-Pressure Tanning OR Low-and-Medium Pressure Tanning?
Studies have shown that a combination of low-or-medium pressure tanning and high-pressure tanning produce the best and fastest results. High-Pressure lamps are the fastest: a base tan can be established in as few as 3 visits compared to 10 or more visits to a low-pressure bed.  Once you have your achieved color you do not require many sessions in order to keep your tan is it will not fade as quickly as low-pressure beds.

How often should my sessions be to maintain my tan?
Because high-pressure units emphasize using longer, softer UVA rays, in order to maintain your tan, you only need to tan about 2-3 sessions per month.

How do I keep my tan?
Moisturize! Moisturize! Oh and did we say moisturize?  Healthy skin tans faster, darker, and retains a tan longer than unhealthy, dry skin.  Drink plenty of water and make sure to keep your skin moisturized with a high quality professional tan extender/moisturizer.  You should avoid lotions from big retail stores as they are designed for the general population.  By using a professional tan extender/moisturizer are applying a lotion that was designed specifically for tanners by tanners.  Your skin is constantly renewing itself. The dryer your skin is, the faster it wants to shed its top layers and bring new skin to the surface.  You lose the top layers of your skin and you lose your tan. Dry layers on the surface of your skin blocks the UV rays from getting to the other layers in order to tan them.  Even with using moisturizer you still need to maintain a tanning schedule in order to keep your tan.  Keep in mind your skin is reproducing new skin cells all the time.

Can I tan more than once per day?
Absolutely not!  Not only is it against the rules but it can potentially be harmful to your skin.  The FDA mandates you must wait at least 24 hours in between sessions.  If you are looking to achieve a dark color as quickly as possible we would suggest doing the “Cocktail tanning.”  This is where you have a tanning session in a UV bed/booth then immediately utilize the spray tan afterwards.  UV light opens the pores on your skin which allows for the sunless solution to set in your pores deeper.  The end result is a darker, longer lasting tan.