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Tanning Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the tanning process?

A:The tanning process is the skin's natural reaction ot ultraviolet exposure that occur in both long term events and short term events. Tanning is your skin's natural defense mechanism and protection against burning. Tanning takes place in the skin's outermost layer, called the epidermis. When the melancytes in your epidermis are exposed to ultraviolet B light, melanocytes produce melanin, which is the pigment that is responsible for your tan.

Q: Are there guidelines to follow when tanning?

A: Yes! (1) Some medication can increase one's sensitivity to UV lights and precautions must be taken. Many presciption and non-prescription drug contain photosensitizing agents that can cause sunburn, blistering, hives, rash, or other skin reactions. These reactions are classified as either photoallergenic or phototoxic. You should always consult your physician before tanning if you are taking a new medication. (2) A tan shoudl always be optained gradually and in incremental doses. Never tan more than once every 24 hours. (3) Do not apply any type of cosmetics or perfume before tanning, as they can act as a photo sensitizer. (4) ALWAYS wear protective eyewear while tanning. UV light penetrates the eyelids and the intense light can be harmful to your eyes. (5) Sunburn is the body's warning that the skin has been overexposed to UV light. Do NOT ignore this warning. If one continues to expose sunburned skin to UV rays, the skin's atural repair mechanism becomes overloaded and could lead to skin damage.

Q: Will burning first give me a darker or better tan?

A: No! Burning causes damage to the surface layers of the skin. Many people say 'my burn turns to tan', but this is myth! Tanning and burning are two very different processes. Burnign leads to premature aging, sunspots, drying, flaking, and peeling of the skin. A burn may heal and disappear at the same time a tan is devloping, giving you the appearance that your burn is turning to a tan. You're actually causing damage to your skin and repeated damage could lead to skin cancer. The tanning process is not something that can be rushed. It may seem like nothing happened, but it can take take up to 48 hours for melanogenisis to begin. Adjust your session slowly until you reached your desired color.

Q: What is sunburn?

A: A sunburn is an inflammation of the skin that is caused by overexpsoure to UV radiation from the sun. A similar burn can follow overexposureto UV tanning rays. UV radiation can also damage the eyes, although no surface burn is apparent. Please ask a tanning professional how many minutes your skin type can handle.

Q: Can tanning bake your internal organs?

A: No! UV light from a sunbed is similar to UV light from the sun. The rays cannot penetrate deeperthan the skin, thus it cannot harm your internal organs.

Q: Why does a tan disappear?

A: A tan is a pigmentation process that occurs in the epidermis. Everyone's skin exfoliates naturally. The peidermis is replaces skin cells usually every 28 days, therefore to maintain a tan it requires repeated expsoure to UV light. We suggest you build a base tan and maintain it in one of our high level beds 1-2 times per week.

Q: What cases white spots?

A: White spots are caused by a variety of thing. White spots are treatable, but you should avoid UV exposure until those areas have began developing melanin again. Use a special shampoo or cream found at your local tanning center. There are several reasons why white spots become noticable on the body when tanning: (1) there is a lack of production of melan in certain areas, (2) birth control pills and some other meiccations can cause blotches and uneven pigmentation, (3) fungus which naturally lives on the skin surface, (4) pressure points may cause white patches, typically on the shoulder blades and tailbone. These patches are caused by the pressure inhibiting blood flow through that area of skin. To avoid this type of white patch, shift your body weight while in the bed or try the stand up unit.

Q: Can I use outdoor oils and lotions in a tanning unit?

A: No! Outdoor products should only be used outdoor because when used indoor they inhibit the tanning process. Tanning oils should NEVER be used in any tanning unit. By using an indoor tanning ltoin, you will be amazed at the quicker, darker, and more even and long lasting your tan is. Indoor lotions can increase your tanning results by 30% and contain ingredients that produce melanin in the skin, amplify UV light, and contain skin conditioners that restore lost nutrients during the tanning process. Ask a tanning professional to assist your with choosing an indoor tanning lotion.