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  Is indoor tanning the same as sun tanning?

When you tan in a solarium, your skin produces a tan the same way as tanning in the sun through ultraviolet light. There is one important difference, though. When you are out in the sun, you cannot control the amount of UV light you are exposed to, because it is affected by changes in the atmosphere. Indoor tanning is one way to regulate the amount of UV light you are exposed to, because it is a controlled environment. You can gradually increase your exposure time to ensure you do not sunburn, which is harmful to the skin.

  How long does it take to get a tan?

This will depend on your skin type, the lotion you use and your current skin tone. Usually, you will begin to notice results after a few tanning sessions. If you are developing a base tan before going on a trip, or tanning for an important occasion, you should start tanning about three to four weeks before the occasion.

  How often should I tan?

In order to build a base tan, it is important to tan regularly at the initial stage. Do not have too long an interval between visits or your tan will begin to fade. You can tan once every 24 hours but it is generally recommended that you wait at least 48 hours in between sessions to allow your tan to fully develop. Once you have achieved your desired tan, you may maintain it by tanning once every fortnight or once a month.

  Is it possible to have more than one tanning session in a day?

All tanning equipments are designed with a safety maximum exposure time. Tanning more than a session a day (repeated exposure) may cause premature aging of the skin or skin cancer.

  What should I wear?

Since you are in a private room while tanning, you may tan in whatever you feel comfortable in, or tan nude to avoid having a tan line. However if you are tanning an unexposed part of your body, be sure to cover it up for a duration of your tanning time, so that you can achieve an even tan without burning.

  Do indoor tanning lotions really work?

Yes. Moist skin tans best. These lotions are specially designed for indoor tanning. They alleviate your skin to tan faster and produce better results. They also prolong your tan. Most importantly they aid in reducing and combating the signs of premature skin aging.
Skin loses water to the atmosphere by diffusion through the epidermis and the sweat glands. Constant cell renewal, the intercellular lipids and the NMF (natural moisturizing factor) keep moisture loss in balance. Moisture loss from the skin is referred to as TEWL or transepidermal water loss. It is necessary for the skin to maintain between 10 and 20% water in the stratum corneum to avoid dry skin conditions. Dry skin is rough, feels abnormally tight and may show signs of fine lines and wrinkles. Because the skin is rough, it will not be able to reflect light from its surface uniformly giving the skin a dull appearance. This also affects UV-absorption because the dry, rough skin may refract UV-light. The task of moisturizing cosmetic products is to improve the degree of hydration of the skin. Active moisturizing ingredients help counter the drying-out of the stratum corneum of the epidermis, and thus contribute to the skin's smoothness and elasticity, while helping deliver greater tanning results.

  How long will my bottle of Tanning Lotion last me?

Since you are using our premium range of tanning lotion, you should apply it sparingly from face to toe and 0.5 fl oz is just nice for one application. Therefore a bottle of 8.5 fl oz should last you about 17 tanning sessions.

  Can I use any outdoor tanning oil/lotion?

No. Outdoor tanning oil/lotion is strictly not allowed.

  Do I have to use eyewears?

Yes. Your eyelids do not provide sufficient protection against Ultraviolet light. It may cause long-term damages to your eyes although you may not experience any immediate symptoms.

  Why is there an "after-tan" odor?

The heated environment of the tanning bed causes the body to perspire. Perspiration disrupts the balance of bacteria on the skin, allowing the odor causing bacteria to increase in number. Due to the increase in bacteria forming on the skin it causes an unpleasant odor known as the "after tan" odor.

  Will showering immediately after tanning wash away tan?

Taking a shower after tanning will not wash your tan away. A natural tan takes 24 to 72 hours to develop. The tanning process occurs within the epidermis when Melanocytes are stimulated by UVB rays that causes them to produce the pink pigment - melanin. Melanin production is the skin's natural defense against the sun. Melanin is further darkened by UVA rays and Oxygen. Melanin travels to the skin surface where it eventually flakes off. This process allows us to develop new skin every four to eight weeks. Keeping your skin hydrated and exfoliated will help maintain a more radiant and healthy-looking tan.

  Why does tan fades?

Cells in the epidermis germinative layer (living epidermis) are constantly reproducing and pushing older cells upward, toward the horny layer (dead epidermis), where they are sloughed off in about one month. As your skin replaces its cells, the cells laden with melanin are removed and therefore the tan fades.

  Sometimes after tanning I itch, but I’m not burned. What causes this “itchy” sensation and how can I cure it?

The reason for that tanning itch is dry and/or overheated skin. Itching can usually be relieved with a good skin moisturizer. Check with our staff for our extra moisturizing products with tan extender.

  How does the tanning equipment work?

Tanning equipment basically imitates the sun. The sun emits 3 types of UV rays; namely UVA, UVB and UVC. Of the 3 radiations, UV-C has the shortest wavelength and is also the most harmful radiation but it is absorbed by the ozone layer and pollution. UVB, the middle wavelength, starts the tanning process but overexposure to it can cause sunburn. UVA has the longest wavelength and it completes the tanning process.

There are 2 types of tanning equipment; namely the Low Pressure (tube) and High Pressure (bulb). Low pressure tanning tubes (the safer of the two) use the best ratio of UV-B and UV-A light to provide optimal tanning results, while the High pressure tanning bulbs emit all the 3 rays including UVC which is then filtered off. Tanning indoor provide a lower risk from overexposure by UV radiation.

   Is indoor tanning more harmful than outdoor tanning since the UV light exposure is more intense?

Tanning beds are designed to maximize tanning and minimize burning. When used according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's exposure guidelines (posted on each machine), people tanning indoors are exposed to a scientifically calibrated amount of UV light. Conversely, outdoor tanning is carried out in an unregulated environment. There are many factors that have to be considered when you tan outdoors: geography, time of day, weather conditions, the seasons, and the ozone layer. The best way to safeguard yourself from sun damage is to apply appropriate levels of SPF sunscreens - even if you already have a tan.

  If I do not get a tan outside because I burn, can I get a tan indoors?

If it takes you a while to get a tan outdoors, it may be easier to get a tan indoors. You would need to start with a short exposure time and increase the exposure gradually. However, if you do not tan in the sun, it is unlikely that you will tan from tanning lamps, since they emit the same tanning rays.

 If I get really hot in a bed or booth, am I getting a better tan?

When you tan in the sun, you usually feel hot; this is erroneously equated with getting a tan. Although heat and UV light are both emitted by the sun, only the UV light effects tanning. This is why skiers can get sunburn even in the middle of winter. The same goes with UV lamps. If you get too hot while tanning, it is either because there isn't enough air circulation due to poor ventilation at that facility or that the equipment is outdated. Since heat do not give you better results - why put up with it?

 When shouldn't I tan?

It is not recommended to tan outdoors or indoors if you are taking photosensitizing medication. Consult your doctor if you are unsure.

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