Did you know? Tanning in a professional facility today minimizes risk because the government regulates indoor tanning in the United States and Canada. In the United States, exposure times for every tanning session are established by a schedule present on every piece of equipment that takes into account the tanner's skin type and the intensity of the equipment to deliver a dosage of sunlight designed to minimize the risk of sunburn.
The schedule, as regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Health, also takes into account how long an individual has been tanning, increasing exposure times gradually to minimize the possibility of burning.
Professional indoor tanning facilities today are in the business of providing cosmetic tans.
Effects to Indoor Tanning
There are many advantages of indoor tanning. In the summer, shores are jam packed with beachgoers looking to soak up the sun and get a great tan. But when the colder months roll around, it's hard to maintain that summertime glow. An alternative to being out in the sunshine is using indoor tanning booths to create an even bronze that will keep you looking fresh and summer-ready all year round.
A Controlled Environment
Arguably the largest positive effect of indoor tanning is getting a dose of sunshine in a controlled environment. While the sun's temperature is out of a person's control, strictly regulated tanning beds offer a variety of bulb strengths to help avoid sunburns and sun poisoning. Federal laws also dictate time limits for tanning booths, and one cannot tan more than 20 minutes within a 24 hour period. The regulations set forth minimize skin damage and maximize the benefits of indoor tanning; a guarantee that we do not get from the sun.
Our Tanning Salon is run by Smart Tan Certified professionals who cannot only advise patrons of the best way to achieve a tan, but can also provide detailed information on the best products to assist in the process. Our salon sells tanning lotions, oils and moisturizers in store to aid in the tanning process. By utilizing the products and information our salon offers, the effect is a lasting tan that leaves your skin with a warm glow that lasts through the seasons.
Physical and Psychological Effects
Many people claim that having a tan just makes them feel good, resulting in more confidence and a positive body image.
Another positive effect of indoor tanning is getting the color without the exposure to UV light. Since there are inherent risks of sun exposure-especially for certain skin types-those who burn easily can benefit immensely from a sunless tan. Our salon offers spray tanning, a cosmetic procedure in which a bronze dye made from Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) is airbrushed onto the skin.
Smart Indoor Tanning
Indoor tanning, for individuals who can tan, is an intelligent way to minimize the risk of contracting sunburn while maximizing the enjoyment and benefit of having a tan. Again, we call this SMART TANNING because tanners are taught by trained tanning facility personnel how their skin type reacts to sunlight and how to avoid sunburn outdoors, as well as in a salon.Tanning in a professional facility today minimizes risk because commercial tanning salons in the United States and in most Canadian provinces are regulated by the government. That kind of control is impossible outdoors, where variables including seasonality, time of day, weather conditions, reflective surfaces and altitude all make outdoor tanning a random act and sunburn prevention more difficult.
The Smart Tan Creed
Moderate tanning, for individuals who can develop a tan, is the smartest way to maximize the potential benefits of sun exposure while minimizing the potential risks associated with either too much or too little sunlight.
Indoor Tanning Offers Control
Indoor tanners are at a great advantage by having access to the control that goes into the indoor tanning process. In addition to various state and local regulations in place, national guidelines set by the Federal government enhance the controllable factors involved in indoor tanning. Since 1986, Federal Performance Standards for tanning devices have been in place to cover and control many of the following aspects of indoor tanning:
- Timer control
- Protective eye wear
- Temperature control
- Electrical safety
- Protection from lamps
- Equipment access and support, and more
Remember to Protect:
- LIPS - with lip balm containing SPF
- TATTOOS - UV light will cause colors to fade. Lip balms containing SPF work well.
- ACRYLIC NAILS - May look yellowish when exposed to UV light. We sell nail covers to protect them.
How Do Indoor Tanning Facilities Teach Sunburn Prevention?
The indoor tanning industry is at the forefront in educating people how to successfully avoid sunburn over the course of one's life. In fact, studies of indoor tanners have shown consistently that indoor tanning customers, once they begin tanning in a professional salon, are up to 81 percent less likely to sunburn than they were before they started tanning. Consider that sunburn incidence in the general population has been steadily increasing. Sunburn increased 9 percent from 1986-1996, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), and the sub-group most likely to burn was older men.We believe that teaching people strictly to avoid the sun may be making them more likely to sunburn when they do go outside for summer activities - and everyone does go outdoors at some point.
- Tanning is your body's natural defense mechanism against sunburn, and indoor tanners have activated this defense against burning; non-tanners are more vulnerable when they inevitably do go outdoors.
Indoor tanners are educated at professional tanning facilities how to avoid sunburn outdoors, how to use sunscreens appropriately and how to properly moisturize their skin.
- When you also consider that the majority of people who sunburn are male, according to the AAD, and that 65-70 percent of indoor tanning customers are female, clearly, it is non-tanners who are doing most of the burning outdoors. In the war against sunburn, tanning salons are part of the solution. Those who abstain from sun exposure completely are more likely to sunburn when they inevitably do go outdoors, even if they attempt to wear sunscreen
Why should I tan?
The application of light is absolutely essential to all life on earth. Yet there are various reasons, both biological and psychological, why exposure to light is desirable. In addition, most people believe they look better with a tan. Thus, having a tan can provide a psychological uplift for some.
What is the tanning process?
The ability to develop a tan is influenced by an individual's predisposition. Yet the process itself is the same for everyone. Generally speaking, mainly UVB stimulates the melanocytes in the upper skin layer (called the epidermis) which then produce melanin.
The pale pink melanin granules formed in the melanocytes are stored around the core of the keratin cells there. In this manner the pigment granula protect the sensitive DNA located inside the nuclei without impeding the other parts of the cell receiving ultraviolet light. UVA then darkens the melanin, thereby giving the skin a dark appearance. A tan gradually fades as the skin cells migrate to the surface.
How often is a person allowed to tan?
Since 1986, the Food and Drug Administration guidelines maintain that a 48 hour time interval should pass between tanning sessions. Pigmentation and/or erythema (sunburn) may not be fully visible for between 12-24 hours. Thus, two tanning sessions within this 24 hour period could cause an unintentional burn. In general, maximum pigmentation should be built up gradually in 8-10 tanning sessions.
May pregnant women tan indoors?
Even though there is no current or scientific and/or biological reason why a pregnant woman cannot tan indoors or outdoors. However, there is concern that the heat buildup which inevitably occurs when tanning indoors or outdoors may adversely affect some pregnant women just as a sauna or jacuzzi might. Furthermore, for liability reasons, it is recommended that pregnant women consult their physician before tanning indoors or outdoors.
Can teens and children tan indoors?
Yes. There exists no biological reason why teenagers and children couldn't tan indoors. However, it is incumbent upon all consumers to ensure that they make an informed choice regarding indoor tanning. It may be questionable whether a minor can make such a decision. Many states, for example, have used the following guidelines -- recommending that persons under 18 years old obtain the written consent of their parent or legal guardian. Such precautions may be necessary for liability considerations. In addition, those states which have enacted their own regulations for the indoor tanning industry often include provisions which include parental consent for minors.
NY State requires if you are between the ages of 17 to 18 years old, a parent must accompany you on your first visit to sign a Parental Consent Form, which is only good for three (3) months.
Why do some people itch after tanning indoors?
Itching and/or rashes may be linked to several unrelated causes, so it is important to get a tanning history on each customer. Some people are naturally photosensitive; that is, they may have an allergy which becomes symptomatic upon exposure to UV. Others are susceptible to heat rashes, a cause totally unrelated to UV light. Certain chemicals or ingredients found in cosmetics, lotions, shampoos, and even the acrylic cleaner may cause itching as well. Rashes caused by the products generally occur in localized areas on which the products were applied. Customers should be advised to tan with the skin as clean as possible. If discontinued use of a suspected product does not inhibit the rash, a person should discontinue any exposure to UV light until the condition subsides or see a physician. If the customer wishes to tan thereafter, his/her exposure schedule should be adjusted to shorter sessions over a longer period of time.
Is pigmentation induced by exposure to indoor tanning equipment the same as a tan obtained from the sun?
Yes. Both the sun and indoor tanning equipment emit UVA and UVB, a combination of ultraviolet light which most efficiently produces pigmentation and darkening in the skin. The most prominent difference in exposure are the times in which the tanning process takes place and also the external factors existing in outside sunlight. Some examples include the angle of incidence (time of year and day), altitude, cloud coverage, pollutants, proximity to the equator, reflective surface, etc.
Are you taking medication that may make you photosensitive?
Many prescription medications can cause photosensitive reactions with ultraviolet light. Because the reaction of each photosensitive drug can vary with each individual, you should contact your doctor or pharmacist before tanning.
Most photosensitizing medications are labeled as such by your doctor or pharmacist. You may want to notify your pharmacist that you are tanning when filling any prescription. Professional tanning salons keep a list of potential photosensitive medications available for you as well.
Aren't all tanning salons alike?
Definitely not. Sure, anyone can plug in a piece of tanning equipment and call themselves a tanning salon but indoor tanning is a sophisticated process that should not be taken lightly.
As members of the Indoor Tanning Association and Smart Tan Network our employees are professionally trained and certified annually. Other salons may claim they are trained, but they will never have the understanding of lamps and equipment and how they affect your skin that we have gained as Smart Tan members.
Furthermore, this Smart Tan Salon follows important medical issues, federal and state regulations and product updates giving you the smartest tanning experience available. So, "Tan With Confidence". We are absolutely the best!
Can people catch AIDS or herpes from tanning beds?
Absolutely not! The HIV virus dies upon exposure to oxygen and would not survive on a tanning bed. What's more, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control says the odds of contracting any virus from a tanning bed are virtually impossible.
Furthermore, professional tanning salons sanitize their tanning equipment before any session with anti-bacterial disinfectant that kills any and all viruses and bacteria that could otherwise be harmful, including the HIV virus.
Is there no such thing as a safe tan?
Actually, you could say that it is not safe to totally avoid the sun. Research suggests the benefits of regular sun exposure may outweigh the risks of overexposure by merely avoiding sunburn.
What causes white spots?
There are several reasons why white spots become noticeable on the body once the tanning process begins: Patches of skin, which do not tan, could be the result of genetic determination. White spots could also appear due to the presence of a fungus, which lives on the skin's surface. We call these sunspots (medical term, tinea-versicolor). While the fungus is harmless, it does not absorb ultraviolet light, which would normally penetrate the skin. This fungus did not appear as a result of tanning; it merely becomes noticeable once tanning occurs. It can be remedied through the use of prescription drugs or topical lotions sold at our salon. Sunspots usually occur on the cheeks, shoulders, neck and chest. Pressure points may cause white patches of skin, which are often prominent on the shoulder blades and just above the buttocks. These can be caused by pressure from the body as it reclines on a hard tanning bed surface. This pressure inhibits the flow of blood through that area of skin. Since blood carries oxygen, which is essential to the tanning process, this area does not tan. Periodic body shifting during tanning will make these patches disappear.
Should I shower after a tanning session?
Taking a shower after tanning will not wash your tan away. Since ultraviolet (UV) light penetrates your skin, it cannot be washed off. A shower may cause your skin to cool getting rid of the reddening that the heat flux of the bed caused, but it will not wash away UV light. Remember, it takes a few days and sometimes up to a week for the full results of your tanning session to appear.
Why do I feel better when I tan?
It's no big secret that when you look good, you feel great! Experts have known for years that there are many psychological benefits to tanning. Increased self-confidence and self-esteem are just a few of the obvious benefits and many more are surfacing. But one thing for sure: Tanning makes you look good and feel great!
Why do most Beauty Magazines condemn tanning?
MONEY! A recent study revealed that the average Beauty magazine receives approximately $1 million in advertising from billion-dollar sunscreen related companies every issue. These "Suncare" advertisers are making billions of dollars by scaring you out of the sun. If Beauty magazines didn't support their "sunscare" agenda, would they receive their advertising dollars? No wonder Beauty magazines work so hard to keep us in the dark!
Why should I use eye protection when I tan?
You risk serious injury to your eyes if you fail to wear your protective eyewear. Ultraviolet light can penetrate deep into your eyes when you tan. Specifically, the short waves of UVB can penetrate the cornea, possibly causing painful corneal eye burns. Some UVB and the longer waves of UVA can penetrate the lens or the retina, causing retinal burns or even cataracts and other long-term internal eye damage.
BECAUSE SOME OF THESE CONDITIONS TAKE YEARS TO DEVELOP, YOU MAY NOT REALIZE THAT YOU ARE DAMAGING YOUR EYES WHEN YOU FAIL TO WEAR EYEWEAR. Merely closing your eyelids while you tan is not enough!
Is it harmful to where contact lenses when tanning indoors?
Even though there exists no known reason why contact lenses may not be worn while tanning indoors, we highly recommend removing contact lenses prior to tanning. When the eyes are kept closed and proper protective eye wear is worn, it is impossible for UV light to penetrate to the eye or lens. However, the heat generated by indoor tanning equipment could cause the eye to dry a bit, thereby making the lens uncomfortable. Just as one should moisturize the skin after tanning, contact lens wearers should also use the eyedroppers recommended by his/her optometrist. There is no evidence which indicates the heat buildup in indoor tanning equipment will cause contact lenses to melt.
If a person cannot tan in the sun, will he/she indoors?
Normally, a person tans indoors only as well as he/she is able to tan outdoors. Yet, those fair-skinned people who generally cannot tolerate the uncontrollable rays of the sun often achieve some color when tanning indoors. This can be attributed to a different spectral output as well as carefully timed tanning sessions in a controlled tanning environment. Skin type and individual photo-sensitivity's determine who will have success tanning indoors.
Can tanning cause wrinkles?
Yes. Excessive exposure, particularly the high-intensity UVA, can destroy the resilient fibers of the lower skin layer, thereby causing the top skin layer to sag. Thus, wrinkling appears. UVA, if not blocked by pigmentation and skin thickening in the outer skin layer, can penetrate to the dermis and destroy skin elasticity. Thus, if one makes the decision to tan, it is recommended that one use a light source which contains both UVA and UVB. Even if a person uses a sunscreen, if it does not block both UVA and UVB, damage to the lower skin layer can still occur upon overexposure.
Why should I use indoor tanning lotions when I tan?
Did You Know? Dry skin reflects UV light, so if you are not using an indoor tanning lotion, you can be
wasting up to 50% of your tanning session. Think of it this way, dry skin is what color? It is white. What
the color white do to light? It reflects it. If you have white skin you
will actually reflect a certain percentage of the UV light. Just by
applying lotion, you will increase your tanning potential.
Indoor tanning lotions work differently than outdoor tanning lotions. Indoor lotions are scientifically bio-engineered to maximize your tanning performance while moisturizing your skin. Today's tanning lotions deliver nutrients to your skin that skin cells need to induce the tanning process. It is literally like feeding your tan. Also, these special ingredients, only found in indoor lotions, can help you attain a darker tan in fewer tanning visits, saving you money while taking care of your skin. You maximize your tan, your time and your money when you use indoor tanning lotions. Going without doesn't make sense. According to American Academy of Dermatology the use of tanning lotion is a must during an indoor tanning session. the benefits of tanning lotions are:
- Contain essential nutrients which restore the condition of the skin. this makes skin softer and healthier.
- Protect you from premature aging.
- The amino acid tyrosine present in lotions stimulate the melanin production giving a uniform and better tan.
- Lotions for indoor tanning contain DHA formula that enhances the tanning procedure. The accelerating of tanning is beneficial in the sense that it reduces the time of exposure under the lamps and moderate tanning threats no risk. also, it provides the dark tan that you desire.
- Tanning lotions also contain hydrating particles that keep the moisture balance of the skin intact and no wrinkles or dryness prevails.
To maintain the integrity of our tanning acrylics, we will only allow approved tanning lotions that are sold in professional tanning salons. Maintaining our acrylics is a serious matter, as it determines the amount of UV light that penetrates to give you the results you desire.
Exposure to ultraviolet radiation may increase the likelihood of developing skin cancer
And can cause serious eye injury.
Why use Tanning Accelerators?
- ¨ INTENSE HYDRATING: They put the moisture in your skin before the sun takes it out. Dry skin actually reflects the sun. Plus, you won't have that healthy summer glow.
- ¨ ACCELERATING: Their special ingredients accelerate your tan by stimulating your skin's melanin production so it will tan faster and deeper.
- ¨ EXTENDING: Your tan's life is extended from the conditioners, moisturizing and deeper tan penetration.
- ¨ ODOR FIGHTING: Tanning odor is virtually eliminated by anti-bacterial agents.
- ¨ ANTI-AGING: Best of all, anti-aging ingredients help fight the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and some accelerators even contain firming agents!
Are tanning lotions and moisturizers beneficial to the tanning process?
Yes, for three reasons:
- ¨ HYDRATION: It is necessary that skin be hydrated sufficiently to reach and maintain the desired tan. Dry, neglected skin reflects UV light, not allowing it to tan underneath. It also exfoliates faster, causing the tan to fade quickly.
- ¨ NUTRITION: The natural vitamins in many lotions or creams are fundamental to the skin’s appearance and to its ability to tan. Along with other hydrating properties, these vitamins replenish the necessary nutrition to skin, promoting cell regeneration and oxygenation for greatly improved tanning results.
- ¨ OXYGENATION: Oxygen fuels all skin cell functions, thereby accelerating the tanning process. A good lotion or cream containing vitamins and botanical oil formulas help achieve deep oxygenation to stimulate melanin production for the best tan possible.
Do tanning accelerators / intensifiers really work?
Lotions created for Indoor Tanning help you tan faster, replace and maintain moisture. Many help reduce and combat the signs of aging (e.g. appearance of fine line and wrinkles.) By supplying your skin with needed vitamins, minerals, amino acids and moisture these lotions can help you tan better than using no lotion at all. By using lotions you can get in fewer sessions with less UV exposure while taking care of your skin = smarter tanning!
I have reached a point that I just can't get any darker. What can I do?
Your skin actually becomes thicker as your tanning progresses and makes it difficult for UV light to penetrate the upper layers of skin. This is commonly referred to as a tanning "Plateau". Moisturizer is extremely important at this point. Your skin cells are standing up as much as 45º and are actually reflecting the UV rays. Using a lot of moisturizing lotion will help these cells lay down and become more translucent, therefore more receptive to UV rays. We have some excellent tanning lotions and moisturizers here at Sole' Tan. Our recommendation is to use a moisturizer and tanning lotion specifically designed for tanning indoors. Those type of moisturizers, like the ones we carry, are designed to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, condition and hydrate your skin, and PROLONG your tan. Our tanning lotions are also specifically designed to maximize your indoor tanning results.
My face and legs don't tan very well. What should I do?
Our face is the only part of our body that does not produce it's own moisture. Our legs become a little dryer because of clothing, hosiery etc. Fact is that moist skin tans much better than dry skin. Use a moisturizer at least twice daily. As stated before moist skin tans better than dry skin. This is not only applicable to the face and legs but all parts of the body.
Can't I use any moisturizer for my dry skin?
Use moisturizers that were specifically designed and developed for indoor tanning. Also use moisturizers frequently while tanning. Properly moisturized skin tans much easier.
What is a Bronzer?
Tanning Bronzers are a dye that changes the color of your skin instantly. Some people love them and others hate them. Products with "Browning" or "Bronzer" in the name usually have real heavy (dark) bronzers.
You have to be careful when applying tanning lotions that contain bronzers as some will streak if not applied evenly, also real dry areas of the skin will absorb more of the tanning bronzer and leave the skin a different color.. Elbows, knees, between the fingers, and palms of hands are the most common spots. Many people that use bronzers will take wet wipes with them to clean these areas and hands immediately after applying tanning lotions with bronzers.
What is this tingle, I hear about?
Tingle, Hot, Fire, Heat Tingle Factor.... It's all the same principal. Different lotion manufactures just call it different names. A Tingle is a stimulation of the epidermal layers of your skin. Most people feel their skin heat up or Tingle after applying these tanning lotions. The skin stimulation (irritation) brings blood closer to the surface of the skin. The blood brings melanin with It and you may receive a better tan. The tingle factors range from 1 to 30+ with some tanning lotion manufacturers and others use words like hot, hotter, hottest, max reddening, . The higher the number, the more intense the tingling. It is recommended you start with a tingle of 1 or 2 to become accustomed to the stimulation then gradually work up through the different levels.
Can I bring in my own lotion?
Yes, only if it is specifically formulated for indoor tanning use. Many off the shelf lotions contain sun blocks and don't nourish your skin the way our lotions are designed to do. Plus, certain oils are harmful to the acrylics you lay on and can actually cloud and pit them so that you don't get as much sun as you could.
Can I use my indoor tanning bed lotion outdoors?
This is not a good idea. Indoor tanning lotions usually do not contain SPF. You will have no sun protection outdoors. Outdoor UV rays can vary daily even hourly in intensity. It is recommended you use a SPF while tanning outdoors. Outdoor tanning lotions are not recommended for indoor use, as they can cause a film on the acrylic and will inhibit the tanning process. You do want to use an SPF lotion if a certain part of your body is susceptible to burning. Sun Burns are bad and you never want to tan to the point you get a sun burn. If you do burn after an indoor tanning session you need to decrease the tanning time of your tanning sessions or use an SPF lotion to prevent this from happening in the future.
What is the difference between a sunblock and a sunscreen?
Sunblocks are opaque formulations which absorb, reflect and scatter up to 99% of both UV and visible light. They are often used on localized, sun-sensitive areas such as the nose, lips, ears and shoulders. Because they are messy and may stain clothing, they are not acceptable for application over large areas. An example of a sunblock is zinc oxide. On the other hand, sunscreens absorb specific wavelengths and are classified as drugs by the FDA because they are "...intended to protect the structure and function of the human integument against actinic damage." Sunscreens are considered more cosmetically refined due to their pleasing consistency and are, therefore, typically used over a prolonged period of time for effective photoprotection.