What is the difference between the different tanning levels?
We have levels 1,2,3, 4, and diamond. The higher the level, the better and more advanced the machine is. Diamond Level is hybrid machines that combine UV tanning and red light for rejuvinated skin and a deep tan. You will get better color in the higher levels along with a longer lasting tan. The lower levels will take more sessions to get the same results and will take more to maintain your desired color as well.
If i normally burn outside will i be able to get a tan indoors?
When you come into our salon we have you fill out a skin typing questionnaire which will determine whether or not we think your skin will be able to get a tan. A small percentage of people are physically unable to tan because their skin does not produce melanin, however many people who burn outdoors are still able to get a tan indoors in a controlled environment when exposed to UV light in very short sessions built up gradually over time.
What kinds of tanning lotions do you have?
Intensifier/Accelerator: Basic white tanning lotion that will enhance your natural tan.
Natural Bronzer: Has cosmetic bronzer to give you a boost of instant color and will wash off the next time you shower.
Dark Bronzer: Has cosmetic bronzer and DHA which gradually builds and develops on the skin with each use, getting you color much quicker. Dark bronzer comes in various amounts depending on which lotion you buy, so you can buy a lotion with a small amount of dark bronzer for a little bit of extra color or a lotion with lots of dark bronzer for a deeper darker tan.
What is the difference between UVA and UVB rays?
All indoor tanning equipment emit UVA and UVB rays, just like the sun does. UVB rays stimulate the melanocytes to start producing melanin, and UVA is what the oxidizes the melanin and browns the skin, producing your tan. Both are needed to produce a tan. The different levels of our tanning equipment have varying percentages of these rays; the higher level beds have a higher percentage of UVA rays which is why the higher level beds are more likely to bronze you much quicker and darker, because they have more of the “bronzing ray” than the other levels.
Do I need to take out my contact lenses before tanning?
Tanning can make your eyes feel dry and if you wear contacts the dryness can feel extra irritating, so we suggest using an eyedrop before and afterwards to eliminate any uncomfortability, along with your protective eyewear of course. If you tan with your contacts and eyewear and feel ok without using eyedrops, you are perfectly fine to do so.
Why is tanning lotion important?
Tanning lotion is important because dry skin reflects UV rays for the first several minutes rather than absorbing them. Tanning lotion is full of moisturizing agents, vitamins,and nutrients to help your skin receive the most out of your tanning session, therefore making the most out of your hard earned money. You will have much better results with a tanning lotion than without, and with many options ranging from no bronzer to dark bronzer we will be sure to help you get your desired results. The tanning process dehydrates the skin, removing moisture and nutrients; tanning lotion rehydrates the skin and replaces the nutrients that were lost during your tanning session. Conditioning your skin with quality professional products will not only help you get more color but will also keep your skin in good shape.
How does the tanning process work?
Tanning is the skin’s way of protecting itself from the sun. Skin cells called “melanocytes” produce a brown pigment called melanin that comes to the surface of the skin and darkens when exposed to UV rays. Depending on the skin tone of the tanner, the time this process takes will vary. Some tanners produce melanin very easily while other take a little bit longer for the process to take off and start showing up. Developing a visible base tan may take anywhere from 3-7 sessions.
Can I tan if I’m pregnant?
If you’d like to tan while pregnant, we ask that you talk to your doctor first and bring in a note approving you to tan. UV light does not penetrate the skin deep enough to harm the baby, but hormonal changes caused by pregnancy may make your skin more prone to burning and is hard to predict which days your skin will be more sensitive. You may do fine with a session one day and burn on a different day at the same intensity. It is best to wait until a few months after you are not pregnant anymore as our goal is for you to never burn.
How often should I tan?
When developing a base tan you should come every few days for the first week or two. If you still want to develop darker color, continue at the same rate and when you are satisfied with your color it is suggested to come 2-3 times per week to maintain. NH state law states that you may tan once per day, but we suggest tanning in moderation in order to avoid overexposure and skin damage.