Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of sun tanning?
The sun is essential to all life on earth. It causes the brain to suppress the release of the hormone melatonin, a depressant, in the body and produces various health benefits such as the production of Vitamin D. Regular sun exposure can strengthen bones, reduce stress, regulate blood circulation, and keeps our hair, nails and skin healthy and strong.
What are the benefits of indoor vs. outdoor tanning?
Your skin produces a tan the same way in an indoor tanning salon as it does when you lay out in the sun but If you like to have absolute control over your tanning experience, indoor is the way for you. Indoor tanning offers the following benefits:
- Tan any time. You are not limited to daylight hours or weather conditions.
- Tan in the nude or partially nude to eliminate tan lines.
- Reduce the chance of getting sunburn when you follow a time exposure regimen.
- Control the amount of UV light, for all all-over even tan.
- Supervised by a trained professional to help you achieve the desired color you want safely.
How do Tanning Beds and Tanning Booths work?
Tanning beds and booths act like the sun, they emit two kinds of ultra violet rays that make you tan, UVA and UVB. UVB rays begin the tanning process by stimulating the melanocyte cells that produce melanin; however overexposure can cause sunburn. UVA rays oxidize the melanin and produce the tan. Technologically advanced tanning lamps use the best ratio of UVB and UVA light to provide the greatest tanning results, with a lowered risk of overexposure.
Will I be able to tan indoors if I always burn when tanning outdoors?
It depends; you may be able to get a tan indoors if you slowly build your exposure times. Begin with a short exposure time and increase it very gradually. A tanning professional can help you determine the best exposure time for your skin type. However, if you NEVER tan from the sun, you will not tan from tanning lamps, as they imitate the sun.
How often should I tan?
Allowing too much time between visits will cause your tan to fade. You can tan up to once every 24 hours; however it's recommended that you allow 48 hours in between each session to permit your tan to fully develop. Once you have a base, maintaining your tan will vary from individual to individual based on skin type.
How long does it take to get a tan?
To build a base tan most people need 3-5 sessions to get the desired color. If you need an instant tan, you should consider Spray-on Tanning or for the fastest tan a combination of regular tanning equipment and spray-on.
How long can my tanning session be on my first visit?
Your first session length will depend upon your skin tone and type. Your tanning professional will ask you to fill out a skin analysis form to help determine your skin type. Also taken into consideration is how long it has been since you last tanned.
What should I wear when tanning indoors?
You can tan in your bathing suit, underwear, semi-nude or nude. Please be aware of exposing sensitive body parts that are not normally exposed to light. It is highly recommended that sensitive body parts be gradually exposed to prevent overexposure.
Do I have to wear eye protection while tanning?
Yes! Eyewear protection is required by law. Your eyelids aren't thick enough to provide protection and do not effectively block light while tanning. Approved eye protection is required to ensure you won't have any ill effects such as reduced color vision or night blindness.
Can I tan more than once in one day?
No! To get an "instant" tan you should consider using our sunless Spray Booth. In just seconds you can have the natural-looking color you want. The FDA prohibits tanning more frequently than once per 24 hours because you could unintentionally sun burn yourself. There is no limitation for spray booth tans.
Do I have to remove my contact lenses when tanning?
Most people may leave their contact lenses in while tanning indoors however; it is recommended to remove your contact lenses because heat from the sunlamps may cause dryness and discomfort. Always wear proper sunlamp goggles.
What precautions should I take if I am new to indoor tanning?
1. Don't try to rush your tan. A tan should be obtained gradually.
2. Gradually increase your exposure times, 1 to 2 minutes at a time.
3. Consult your physician if you are taking any medication. Some medication can cause extra sensitivity to the UV light, causing overexposure.
4. Consult your physician if you have any type of skin irritation or other condition.
5. Always wear protective eyewear!! Ultraviolet light will penetrate the eyelids.
When Should I NOT Tan?
1. When you are taking photosensitizing medication it is not recommended to tan outdoors or indoors. If you aren't sure, ask your doctor, or ask a tanning consultant at your tanning facility to see a list of these medications, which can greatly increase the risk of overexposure.
2. You should also avoid tanning if you are pregnant, due to the heat, unless your doctor approves it. The concern is that tanning while pregnant may tend to increase body temperature which may be harmful to the unborn baby. Pregnant mothers should consult their physicians before considering tanning NOTE: Vegas Sun Tan requires written verification of a doctor’s permission to use tanning equipment during pregnancy and also reserves the right to refuse tanning to pregnant mothers on a case by case basis.
3. Many common ingredients in food, shampoos & soaps can cause photo sensitivity which may lead to overexposure. Perfumes and colognes containing Furocoumarins, compound from natural products such as plants and fruits. Their natural oils can cause your skin to become highly sensitive to UV light. Food and fruits that contain photosensitizing agents: celery, carrots, lime, coriander, parsley, fennel, dill, buttercup, mustard and fig.
4. If you are taking prescription medications please check with your physician regarding possible photo sensitivity. Not everyone will experience a photosensitive reaction. Also, someone who experiences a photosensitive reaction once will NOT necessarily experience it again or every time. Medications will NOT cause the same degree of skin reaction in all individuals.
Can tanning cause wrinkles?
Wrinkles have been associated to many factors such as age, diet, genetics, and smoking. Sun tanning may wrinkle the skin; however, your skin will wrinkle even if you don't tan. Overexposure can cause the skin to wrinkle and should be avoided. Usage of a tanning lotion will help your skin maintain its elasticity as well as prevent it from losing any nutrients and becoming dehydrated during your tanning session.
How long will my tan last?
Your tan should last between five to seven days, depending on your skin type. Just like a tan from the sun, it will gradually fade as your skin exfoliates. It also depends on how hydrated your skin is.
Why do I get small white spots that won't tan?
Most likely it’s a harmless fungus that lives on the skins surface. These fungi don’t absorb UV rays preventing them from darkening. The rest of your body will tan but not where those patches of fungus are located. Prescription medications are available for treatment; contact your physician for more information.
Should I shower after a tanning session?
The tanning process actually continues for a period of time after a tanning session. Taking a shower will remove the mantel acid from your skin and slow down or stop this continued tanning process. It is recommended you not shower for 2 hours after your tanning session or 1 hour before.
What are the various skin types?
What is a recommended exposure schedule?
It’s a predetermined tanning regimen that suggests a specific duration of UV exposure based on your individual skin type and tanning experience. A tanning professional will recommend your exposure schedule on your initial visit. This will allow a tan to develop gradually without the adverse effects associated with over exposure. Attempting to accelerate the tanning process or tanning longer than recommended may result in sun burn and limit the tanning process.
Why can’t I get any darker? What is a tanning plateau?
Your skin becomes thicker as your tanning progresses which makes it difficult for UV light to penetrate the upper layers of skin. Some people after tanning for a while will reach a point where there skin does not seem to become any darker; this is known as the tanning plateau. The Tanning Plateau can be overcome by applying more moisturizer and using a range of tanning equipment with varying UVB/UVA ratios to stimulate different levels within the skin. Some tanners need to step down a level for a few tans to see results.
Why don’t my legs and face tan as well as the rest of my body and how what is a solution?
The skin on your legs and face is thicker than other parts of your body and when you shave your legs and face you are mechanically exfoliating the uppermost skin cells and part of your tan. Specially designed products are available to increase the tan on your legs and face. Consult with a salon's associate to find the best product for you.
Will tanning affect my tattoo?
Yes! Tattoos should be covered with a strong sun block as UV light can cause colors to fade. Tattoo protectors are available for preserving the life of your tattoo. Ask your tanning professional for the right product for you
Why does my skin itch when tanning?
You most likely have photosensitivity to UV light or are allergic to a chemical in your tanning lotion. Take a shower and wash all existing chemicals off your skin and then go to your tanning session and tan without lotion. This process will help identify if you have a UV problem or a lotion problem.
Can a sunburn fade into a tan?
Many people FALSELY assume that sunburns will eventually "fade" into tans. A sunburn is an injury on top of your tanned skin and is associated with permanent skin damage. That's why it hurts. Don’t burn yourself intentionally thinking that it will result in a tan.
What are pressure points and how do I get rid of them?
Pressure points are areas of the body where the most amount of pressure is placed when reclining in a tanning bed. The blood flow is constricted in those areas and that’s why they don't seem to tan. They are usually found on the shoulder blades, tailbone and elbow area. Lifting yourself up and off the acrylic several times during your tanning session will allow oxygen to get at that skin. Within a few tanning sessions, you should see them disappear.
Should I use a lip balm?
Yes. Your lips do not produce melanin and as a result do not tan. However, UV light from the sun or sun bed will cause your lips to dry. When tanning, always keep your lips moist with a SPF lip balm.
Will I feel comfortable tanning indoors if I am claustrophobic?
There are a large amount of people that do not like the tight spaces of most tanning beds. There are tanning beds on the market made with claustrophobia in mind. They are wide and open which relieves this anxiety.
What is Cocktail/Combination Tanning and why should I do it?
A combination of a sunbed tan followed immediately by a sunless session. Sunbed tanning uses UV rays to trigger melanin production, while opening up your pores and allowing the sunless spray solution to penetrate your skin. This produces an even darker, deeper and longer-lasting tan.
How can I extend the length of my tan?
Keep your skin healthy by moisturizing constantly. Moisturizers should be applied after each shower, after tanning, and any time during the day you feel your skin is dry. Using a specially formulated tanning moisturizer will help replenish vitamins and nutrients, keeping your skin smooth and looking younger while helping you maintain a deep dark tan. Properly moisturized skin tans faster, darker and stays tanned longer.
Should I use a "specially designed" Tanning Lotion?
Yes! Specially formulated tanning lotions are enriched with nutrients, vitamins, minerals and other beneficial ingredients to help get you tan FAST. Replenishing the skins moisture is essential for proper skin care and to help achieve a healthier-looking, longer-lasting tan. Hydrated skin tans faster, darker, and retains a tan longer. The most important reason for using a tanning lotion is that it replaces the depleted moisture that your loses during the tanning process. 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.
What is the best lotion?
It depends; the best lotion for you may not be the best lotion for someone else. There are many variables to take into consideration, such as: skin type, tanning experience, oily skin, dry skin, and the type of tanning lamps and tanning bed used. Please speak with a staff member who will best be able to advise you according to your needs and expectations.
Can I use my indoor tanning lotion for outdoor tanning?
Indoor lotions usually DO NOT contain SPF, which will leave you without protection from the sun’s UV rays. Outdoor UV rays can vary daily even hourly in intensity. It is recommended you use a SPF while tanning outdoors.
Can I use outdoor lotion in the tanning beds?
Outdoor tanning lotions are not recommended for indoor use, as they can cause a film on the acrylic and will inhibit the tanning process.
Can I use any moisturizer for my dry skin?
Use moisturizers that were specifically designed and developed for indoor tanning. Use it frequently while tanning. Properly moisturized skin tans much easier.
Is a cheap “drugstore” lotion the same as a specially designed tanning moisturizer?
NO! Our lotions are specially formulated and engineered specifically for the indoor tanning industry. They contain high end ingredients that include active vitamins, minerals and nutrients to keep the skin as healthy and moisturized as possible. Cheap store brands do not contain essential ingredients and may actually contain alcohol, which will dry the skin and hinder the tanning process.
Can I save money by purchasing tanning lotion online?
Buyers should beware of companies selling online. Many products online have been discovered to be counterfeits and may contain ingredients that can potentially harm you. Vegas Sun Tan purchases all of our tanning products directly from the manufacturer insuring the highest possible quality for our customers. If for any reason you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase, for any reason, we will give you a refund.
What is a bronzer and why is it beneficial in a tanning lotion?
Using lotions that contain a bronzer is a way to get better results from your tanning experience and to greatly increase the length of your tan.
What are the three main types of bronzers and what do they do?
1. DHA Bronzers. These do not need any light to produce a tan. DHA bronzers are known as self-tanners. These bronzers work by reacting with certain proteins on the surface layer of the skin. Some of our lotion products contain low levels of DHA bronzers, which can help extend your tan several days.
2. Cosmetic Bronzers. Cosmetic bronzers give you immediate results, allowing you to achieve a dark brown color directly after tanning.
3. Low-Maintenance Bronzers. Low maintenance bronzers reduce staining and streaking. Low maintenance bronzers do not give immediate results but they keep your tan looking golden
What is a Tingle lotion and what does it do?
Tingle is an ingredient added to lotion, usually niacin or Vitamin B that can help clients achieve quicker and darker results than if they just used a regular lotion. The ingredients in a tingle lotion increase the microcirculation and oxidation of blood in the surface layers of the skin. Blood also carries melanin to the surface of the skin. Since your skin needs oxygen to tan and the activation of melanin is what is needed to maximize that tan, the more melanin at the surface of the skin, the darker you will get. The niacin causes a slight flushing effect at the surface layer of the skin causing you to get a slight to moderate “tingle” or warming sensation. This feeling is harmless and will dissipate soon after your session is over.
How can I stop the tingle action on the skin?
Taking a shower with "cool" water and mild soap will help ease the tingle. Never use warm or hot water as this will open up the pores and cause an even greater, intense tingle sensation.
What is the tingle factor?
A "tingle" is a stimulation of the epidermal layers of your skin. Most people feel their skin heat up or tingle after applying tingle lotions. The skin stimulation 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 10, 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.
What is a “Cooling” lotion and what does it do?
Lotions that have a “cooling effect” on the skin when applied. These lotions feel very relaxing as they mildly cool the skin and give a cool tingle sensation on your body while you are tanning. The cooling agents don’t affect the tanning process, but do provide an enhanced experience while you are tanning.
Why can't I feel the "tingle" anymore from my lotion?
If you are an avid tingle tanner, oftentimes your skin acclimates to the tingle and you won't feel the sensation anymore. Despite this fact, the tingle is still working even if you are not feeling the heat. We recommend switching products from time to time to desensitize your skin.
What is a tanning accelerator and what does it do?
Accelerators help super hydrate your skin causing your skin to absorb increased amounts of UV light. This lets you get the most out of the tanning session you just purchased. All of our products also contain vitamins and nutrients to keep your skin as healthy as can be.
Can I use lotion on my face?
The facial area is much more delicate and more likely to have allergic reactions in comparison to the rest of the body. In fact, fragrance is one of the most common reasons for cosmetic allergic reactions on the face. That is why we recommend using products specifically designed for the delicate facial area. Use facial accelerators and bronzers that are fragrance free and/or hypoallergenic that is specifically designed for the face.
How can I get the best possible results from a Sunless Tan?
Follow the three P’s of sunless tanning: 1. Prepare, 2. Protect and 3. Prolong.
1. Preparing for the perfect sunless tan happens before you get to the tanning salon.
a. Shower, shave and exfoliate your skin.
b. Avoid using moisturizers and lotions that are not specially formulated for sunless tanning before your sunless session.
c. Avoid wearing perfumes or make-up that provides a barrier for absorption.
d. Wear loose-fitting clothing to your session.
2. Protect your awesome sunless tan by following these steps
a. Waiting at least 4 hours before bathing, swimming or coming in contact with water.
b. Avoid engaging in activities that cause you to sweat heavily until your tan has fully developed (at least 4 hours).
c. Moisturize daily with a post-sunless product.
3. Prolong the Sunless Tan by following these steps
a. Use specially formulated products to double the life of your sunless tan and make it last longer. Proper skin care before, during and after sunless tanning will extend the life and look of your tan Guaranteed.
What are the different Sunless Tanning products and how do they work?
1. Exfoliators/Cleansers. Use in the shower before a sunless or UV tanning session to prepare your skin. Exfoliating micro beads gently remove dehydrated skin and open up pores, creating the perfect base for your tan.
2. Amplifiers/Accelerators. Speed up the development of your tan by applying an Accelerator/Amplifier before your tanning session. These products help you achieve a darker, deeper tan.
3. Extenders. Nourish your skin with moisture, SPF, anti-aging ingredients, antioxidants, and a little color with these products that preserve your healthy glow.
4. Self-Tanners. If you can’t make it to the salon self-tanning lotions and sprays can get you tanned at home. Self-tanning products are also a great way to give your tan a boost between sessions.