Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to develop a tan?
This depends on your skin type. Generally most people can acquire a base tan on our Level 1 sun beds in 5 to 10 sessions done in a 14 to 21 day period. Fewer sessions are needed in our higher levels and a base tan can be achieved in our high pressure beds in as few as 3 sessions. When starting out, we will recommend shorter sessions, gradually building to the full session length. It is important not to overexpose your skin during this period, as sunburn halts the tanning process. The Food and Drug Administration suggests that a 48 hour time period should pass between tanning sessions. Pigmentation and/or sunburn may not be fully visible for between 12-24 hours. Following the recommendation of your tanning consultant will provide the best results.
Do you have to tan everyday for a great tan?
You should not tan every day. It takes as long as 24 hours for pigmentation and any skin reddening to become fully visible. A responsible tanner observes his or her’s skin reaction after exposure in order to determine if subsequent exposure is recommended to maintain a tan.
How often should I tan?
When you first start to build your tan, we will develop a schedule for you based on your skin type and any prior tanning history. After you have reached your desired darkness, 2 to 3 sessions per week should be enough to maintain your new tan. We recommend tanning every other day to avoid overexposure.
Why does a tan fade?
Cells in the epidermis’ germinative layer (also called the living epidermis) are constantly reproducing and pushing older cells upward toward the horny layer (dead epidermis). This top layer of your skin (your tan) is sloughed off continuously. As your skin replaces its cells, the cells laden with melanin are removed. The new cells need UV exposure to stimulate melanin production, so the tanning process must continue with the new cells.
Why should I tan indoors?
The advantage of tanning indoors is control. The UV light is controlled both in quantity and quality. Indoors you receive a measured amount for a specified period of time. Out doors the process is subject to any external factors such as time of year, time of day, cloud cover, reflective surface, etc. Indoor tanning is in a controlled environment while outdoor tanning is in an uncontrolled environment.
What should I wear when tanning indoors?
You may wear whatever you wish. The tanning room is private so no one will see you. Some tanners wear a swimsuit or undergarments and some prefer to wear nothing at all. The age old question “Tan lines or not”, it’s up to you. If you tan naked those areas not normally exposed may be sensitive, especially when first starting. You should cover these areas for portions of your session and allow gradual exposure.
Do I need to wear eye protection when tanning indoors?
Yes. The Food and Drug Administration (21 CRF 1040.20) requires that protective eyewear which meets its transmissions specifications be worn. Your eyelids do not provide adequate protection from UV light. Although there may be no immediate symptoms, damage may be occurring to your eyes which can lead to vision problems. Always wear eye protection when tanning. Some state regulations require the salon operator to refuse tanning services to those who will not wear eyewear.