Tanning Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the tanning process?
A: The tanning process is the skin's natural reaction to ultraviolet exposure that occur in both long term events and short term events. Tanning is your skin's defense mechanism and protection against burning. Tanning takes place in the skin's outermost layer, called the epidermis. When the melanocytes 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?
- Some medication can increase one's sensitivity to UV lights and precautions must be taken. You should always consult your physician before tanning if you are taking a new medication.
- A tan should always be obtained gradually and in incremental doses. Never tan more than once every 24 hours.
- Do not apply any type of cosmetics or perfume before tanning, as they can act as a photo sensitizer.
- ALWAYS wear protective eyewear while tanning. UV light penetrates the eyelids and the intense light can be harmful to your eyes.
- 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 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. Burning 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 developing, 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.
Q: What is sunburn?
A: A sunburn is an inflammation of the skin that is caused by overexposure to UV radiation from the sun or UV tanning rays. UV radiation can also damage the eyes, although no surface burn is apparent.
Q: Why does a tan disappear?
A: A tan is a pigmentation process that occurs in the epidermis. Everyone's skin exfoliates naturally. The epidermis 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 causes 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.
- There is a lack of production of melanin in certain areas,
- Birth control pills and some other meiccations can cause blotches and uneven pigmentation
- Pressure points may cause white patches, typically on the shoulder blades and tailbone. 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. Tanning oils should NEVER be used in any tanning unit. By using an indoor tanning lotion, 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.