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Our most frequently asked questions

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Why is it important to develop a base tan?

Moderate exposure to UVB helps develop a natural barrier in the skin to protect the body from excessive UV light. UVB stimulates the production of melanin which then surrounds the core of cells to protect the DNA. This melanin substance absorbs and/or scatters radiation. In addition, exposure to UVB thickens the epidermis (the top skin layer), thereby limiting the amount of UV light which could penetrate the lower skin layers. If this photo-protection (base tan) is not developed or a sunscreen is not used, sunburn can occur and the DNA of the skin cells may become damaged. Repeated sunburn can result in damaged cells which then reproduce themselves. This could be the initial development of skin cancer. (top)

Can the UV Rays emitted by indoor tanning lamps pass through the skin and affect the internal organs?

The UV rays emitted by indoor tanning lamps do not emit sufficient energy to penetrate past the skin layers. Thus, despite claims and rumors to the contrary, internal organs are not directly impacted by longer wave UV light. (top)

Why should I tan?

Sunlight is absolutely essential to all life on earth. There are various reasons, both biological and psychological, why exposure to light is desirable. In addition, many people believe they look better with a tan. Thus, having a tan may provide a psychological uplift for some. (top)

Do tanning lotions help with the tanning process?

Yes. For three reasons:

  • Hydration
    It is necessary that skin be hydrated sufficiently to reach and maintain the desired tan. Dry, neglected skin reflects UV light, not allowing it to tan underneath. It also exfoliates faster, causing the tan to fade quickly.
  • Nutrition
    The natural vitamins in many lotions or creams are fundamental to the skin’s appearance and to its ability to tan. Along with other hydrating properties, these vitamins replenish the necessary nutrition to skin, promoting cell regeneration and oxygenation for greatly improved tanning results.
  • Oxygenation
    Oxygen fuels all skin cell functions, thereby accelerating the tanning process. A good lotion or cream containing vitamins and botanical oil formulas help achieve deep oxygenation to stimulate melanin production for the best tan possible. (top)

Why indoor tanning?

Our tanning beds and the sun both emit UVA and UVB rays. However, while tanning outdoors the time of day, time of year, weather, and atmosphere affect the amount of UVB rays you are exposed to. This creates an unpredictable environment and often leads to over exposing your skin. Our Tanning beds are designed and our consultants are trained to provide you with enough exposure to develop and maintain a tan without overexposing your skin. Indoors you receive a precise computer-timed session with consistent output from the tanning beds, rain or shine! (top)

How long will it take to establish a tan and how is it maintained?

Our tanning consultants will review your skin type when you first visit our salon and explain the bed type and exposure times suitable for you. Most skin types require starting with a relatively short exposure time and gradually increasing as time passes. On average it will take 3-7 sessions at the recommended 24-48 hour intervals to achieve a good base tan. After a base tan is established you can maintain it with regular visits. The frequency of the visits depends on your individual skin characteristics and the type of bed you prefer. (top)

Are there times that a person shouldn’t tan?

  • Pregnant women should not tan as the body chemistry is undergoing changes and tanning results are unpredictable.
  • If you’ve already tanned outside or indoors on a given day.
  • If you are on certain types of medications. Certain medicines are photosensitive and can cause you to burn or have unpredictable skin discolorations. Medication lists are available for you to review at our salon. If uncertain you should always ask your physician or pharmacist. (top)

What are the skin types?

Skin types are the way individual’s skin is categorized based on its reaction to ultraviolet light. Tanning consultants will consider your skin type when recommending tanning session exposure times. The skin types are as follows:

TYPE I – Always burns easily, severely, never tans. Very fair skin.
TYPE II – Burns easily, tans minimally or lightly peels. Fair skin.
TYPE III – Burns moderately and will eventually tan.
TYPE IV – Burns minimally and will tan well.
TYPE V – Always tans, rarely burns.
TYPE VI – Always tans profusely. Barely burns. (top)

Must eye protection be worn?

Yes! The law requires it. Indoor tanning goggles are necessary to protect your eyes from UV light that penetrates even through closed eyelids. (top)

Does Tanning increase Vitamin D in your body?

A study published in a recent nutrition journal shows tanning indoors raises a person’s vitamin D levels and bone mineral density (BMD). Subjects who used tanning beds were found to have vitamin D concentrations 90 percent higher and BMD scores “significantly higher” than non-tanners. The regular use of a tanning bed that emits vitamin D-producing ultraviolet radiation is associated with higher Vitamin D concentrations in the body. Vitamin D, which is rare in the diet, is produced in the body when skin is exposed to ultraviolet light. It is believed that healthy doses of the vitamin help the body ward off a host of maladies in the young and old–namely cancer, diabetes, hypertension and osteoporosis. (top)