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Why Tan Indoors?
Tanning indoors is a smarter way to expose your skin to UV light, whether you're trying to get a tan, get some much needed Vitamin D, or trying to improve a skin condition (such as acne or psoriasis). By tanning in beds that are regulated, you can control how much exposure you get so that you don't get sunburned. Tanning outdoors does not provide you with this same protection.
Is Tanning Safe?
Indoor UV tanning provides the same benefits and risks as outdoor tanning. Moderation is the key for both!
How Do I Build A Base Tan?
Start with a Silver Level (UVB) bed to build your melanin production.
Then upgrade to our Gold or Platinum Level (UVA) beds which turn the melanin you've produced more brown. UVA rays penetrate deeper so your color will last longer.
Visit the salon frequently in shorter sessions. (Every other day or every 2 days, with low minutes at first.)
Use an accelerating (booster) lotion. They WORK! These lotions stimulate the melanin, provide much needed moisture and replace nutrients into your skin to prevent drying and wrinkling.
How Does An Indoor Tanning Session Compare to Tanning In The Sun?
Studies have loosely indicated that a single indoor tanning session can compare to approximately 2 hours of outdoor sun. The difference however, is that a tanning bed is a controlled environment unlike the sun.
Can I Tan 2 Days In A Row?
Technically you can tan 2 days in a row, however by doing so you do increase your risk of overexposure. We recommend skipping 1-2 days in between sessions to allow your skin'smelanin production to fully develop prior to continued exposure.
If you feel you need to tan 2 days in a row, decrease your minutes to prevent overexposure. If you were pink or sunburned after the first day, we do not recommend tanning the next day (as it can lead to further sunburn). You can't rush a tan! Plan ahead to give yourself plenty of time to build up your tan, or perhaps try our sunless Airbrush for that instant tan you need.
What is Double-Dip Tanning?
Double-Dip tanning is when you combine a tanning bed session and a spray tan session to absolutely maximize your tan! You will want to complete your tanning bed session FIRST, then complete the spray tan session.
If I Spray Tan - Can I Also Tan In The Sun?
Yes. There is nothing in the spray tan solution that would prevent you from tanning in tanning beds or the sun. (See Double-Dip Tanning above). Remember, however, that the spray tan does not give you any protection from UV rays.
How Do I Prepare For A Spray Tan?
Shower, exfoliate and shave 4-6 hours before your spray tan session for the longest lasting results. Be sure skin is clean and dry prior to your session (no lotions, oils, make-up, deodorant, perfumes, etc) and wear loose, dark clothing to the salon. Waxing, facials, manicures and pedicures should also be done prior to your session.
Can I Go Swimming After A Spray Tan Session?
You should not swim or shower for a minimum of 4 hours after spray tanning. Swimming in chlorinated water at any time can bleach the spray tan and possibly cause streaking.
How Do I Prevent My Tan From Fading?
The tanning process takes place in the edidermis (top layer of skin) which replaces itself about once a month. As the skin sheds (or is cleaned right after a tanning session), tans gradually begin to fade.
Wait as long as possible to shower after you've tanned (even the next day if possible)
Use both an accelerating (booster) lotion before you tan and a tan-extending moisturizer (like Hempz) after
For regular tanners - change up your schedule! If you have a regular monthly tanning schedule, every month or so - tan 2 days in a row, skip a day, then go again. This will boost your tan!
For regular tanners - you may have reached a tanning plateau. This is where your skin cannot achieve any more color. To break through that plateau, you can try: adding an accelerator lotion, switch accelerator lotions, alternate the tanning beds and level you use and/or increase your frequency.
Do I Really Need To Protect My Eyes & Lips?
YES!! Of all the things you need to protect when you tan, your eyes are most important! Eyelids (and lips) do not produce melanin (which also protects your skin from burning) so shutting your eyes is not enough to protect your retina from UV rays (which are still able to penetrate through your eyelids). Wear goggles and SPF chapstick.
What About "Raccoon" Eyes?
Use goggles that fit right around your eyeballs and don't go much lower than your lower lashline to be "raccoon" free! (You can also use a bronzer to blend your color.)
What Is The Difference Between The Various UV Rays?
Both UVA and UVB rays are necessary to tan, and both have advantages and disadvantages.
UVB - UVB rays are wavier rays that are not able to penetrate your skin as deeply as UVA rays. Since these rays hit more of the top layers of your skin, you are more prone to burning by exposure to UVB rays vs. UVA rays. However, UVB rays are required to start the tanning process since they activate the melanin production process. They are crucial to both starting your tan and keeping it going with melanin production. UVB's other advantage is that it is key in producing Vitamin D naturally in your body.
UVA - While UVB produces the melanin, UVA rays take that melanin and brown it. Tanning in a bed with higher doses of UVB will give you a pink tan, whereas tanning in a bed with higher doses of UVA wil give you a brown tan. UVA rays are not as wavy, which allows them to penetrate more deeply into your skin. This is an advantage to keep your tan lasting longer, however it is a disadvantage because deeper penetration contributes more ot wrinkling.
Those who have heard of "no-burning beds", "bronzing beds" or "high-pressure beds" - these are tanning beds that have mostly UVA rays, with minimal UVB rays. The advantages to these beds are that you can get a tan very quickly, it will last loonger and you almost never receive a sunburn. The diadvantages to these beds are that you are producing virtually no vitamin D, you are speeding up your "wrinkling" process and you are not adequately providing yourself with a base tan that protects you from harsh outdoor sun.
Can I Tan When I'm Pregnant?
Please consult your physician. Although we know there is no damage from the UV rays (since they cannot penetrate deeper than the dermis (skin layer)), pregnant women are advised to avoid or be cautious of saunas, hot tubs and other things that can cause excessive heat to build up in the uterus.
Spray tanning/sunless tanners use DHA to temporarily color your skin. DHA is a safe ingredient for the skin and is considered safe for pregnant women; however, could cause a concern if you inhale the spray tan by accident. Proceed with caution.