Tanning is natural, and it works the same whether you tan outdoors or in a salon. The advantage of using sunbeds is having complete operator control over the intensity and duration of a session, which results in minimal risk of an uneven tan or a sunburn. When it comes to UV light, both summer sunlight and most sunbeds produce pretty much the same kind and mix of sunlight: about 95% UVA, and 5% UVB. The difference is that most tanning beds are two to four times more intense than summer sunlight and they have a controlled environment.
HOW YOUR SKIN TANS
Tanning takes place in the skin’s outer layer: the epidermis. About 5% of the cells in your epidermis are special cells called melanocytes. When exposed to UVB light, melanocytes produce pinkish colored melanin that is absorbed by other skin cells. When exposed to UVA light, the melanin darkens. This darkening is your skin’s natural way of protection itself from sunburn.
WHY DOES A TAN FADE?
Cells in the epidermis are constantly reproducing and pushing older cells upward toward the surface of your skin, where they are sloughed off in about one month. As your skin replaces its cells, the cells laden with melanin are removed. So the tanning process must continue with the new cells.
You need more than UV light to achieve a beautiful and long-lasting suntan. Professional-grade indoor tanning products play an important role in the indoor tanning process by: Preparing your skin for indoor tanning, getting you a faster, darker, beautiful tan, moisturizing skin for a longer lasting tan. There are many different options in lotions from bronzers/blushers to firming/anti-aging. Just ask one of our certified tanning specialists for assistance in picking out your perfect lotion.
A smart tan naturally enhances protection against sunburn. Melanin surrounds skin cells protecting them from getting too much UV exposure. Additionally, as the skin tans, the outer layer thickens, which also is nature’s design to make tan skin naturally more resistant to sunburn. A suntan multiplies the effectiveness of sunscreen in outdoor sunburn prevention. For example, and SPF 15 product applied to the skin of a person whose base suntan has already made her two-to-four times more resilient to sunburn creates a “net SPF” of about 30-60.
Vitamin D is known as “The Sunshine Vitamin” and most tanning beds, just like natural sunlight, emit enough UVB light to trigger natural vitamin D production in your skin. While you may not need to become tan to make vitamin D, and while vitamin D supplements are another option, you should know that most people who tan in equipment that emits UVB will make vitamin D.
PROTECTING EYES & LIPS
Please wear the provided eyewear! Your eyelids are too thin to protect your eyes from UV light. That’s why federal law requires salons to supply you with proper eye protection. It is your responsibility to wear it. We have eyewear available for you. Make sure the eyewear fits your eyes snugly and that no light leaks through. Consider removing your contacts before you tan – the heat can sometimes dry them out. Lip balm with SPF can protect your lips, which do not tan.
Some medications can cause reactions with UV light. There is a list of medications posted that, if you are taking one, might not make it safe for you to tan. If you are taking any medications, please let us know and let your doctor know you’re tanning. Make sure to check the posted list for your medications.