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Can I use any lotion while tanning?

No, indoor tanning lotions are formulated specifically for use with tanning equipment. Indoor tanning lotions actually can enhance and stimulate the body’s natural tanning process. Tanning lotion applied just before a tanning session will help prepare the skin to tan more effectively and help a tan last longer. Please do not use outdoor tanning products at Tan-Tations! They can damage the acrylic surfaces of the beds.

What is the tanning process?

Tanning takes place in the skin’s outermost layer, the epidermis. This layer contains cells called melanocytes which, when stimulated with ultraviolet (UVB) light, produce melanin. Melanin is the dark pigment found throughout the layers of the skin. The melanin then moves up through the epidermis and is absorbed by skin cells. When exposed to UVA light, the melanin darkens, producing a tan. Both the UVA and UVB components of ultraviolet light are needed to produce the protective condition we call a tan

How long does it take to get a tan?

Generally, you will begin to notice results after a 1-2 tanning sessions, but it may take several weeks of regular tanning (about 3 times a week, going every other day) to get a good tan. If you are developing a base tan before going on vacation, please start tanning 2-3 weeks before you are scheduled to leave

What causes a tan to fade?

Tanning takes place in the top layer of skin, the epidermis. This outer layer is shed every 30 days causing the tan to fade. Indoor heating, hot water, harsh soaps, and colder weather can increase the fading process. Well moisturized skin, increased water intake, neutral ph soap and showering in warm water can increase the longevity of your tan. Regular tanning sessions are also needed to maintain a great tan.

Do I need to protect my lips?

Absolutely! Lips will burn easily. We recommend SPF lip balm. We sell Carmex SPF

Is eye protection really necessary?

Yes. You should always wear protection for the eyes. Night Blindness, lack of color perception, retinal ulcers and eventual blindness are consequences of not protecting the eyes. Using a towel, coins, cotton balls or regular sunglasses are not an acceptable alternatives while tanning indoors.

Is indoor tanning a smart idea?

Research suggests the benefits of regular, moderate sun exposure may outweigh the risks of overexposure, which easily can be minimized by avoiding sunburn. Moderate indoor tanning is the smartest way to minimize the risk of contracting sunburn while maximizing the enjoyment and benefit of having a tan. Tanning is also the main source of the body’s production of vitamin D. This is a vital component in healthy teeth, bones and muscles. Vitamin D also increases your immune system. Indoor tanning clients are exposed to a controlled dosage of ultraviolet light carefully formulated to tan you and minimize your risk of sunburn. It may be a more reasonable decision to tan indoors.

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