FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How is a tan created?

Tanning takes place in the skin's outermost layer, the epidermis. The epidermis has unique cells called melanocytes that, when stimulated with ultraviolet light, use tyrosine (an animo acid) to produce melanin. Melanin is the dark pigment found in retina, hair and skin (excluding the lips, soles of feet, and palms of hands). It is also melanin that is responsible for the tanned, bronze look tanners seek to achieve. When stimulated by the shorter waves of UVB light, the melanocytes produced melanin. The melanin then moves up through the epidermis and is absorbed by other skin cells. When exposed to the longer waves of UVA light, the melanin oxidized or darkens, producing a tan. In short, UVB synthesizes pigment, while UVA ensures their oxidation. Together, the two create a tan.

Why is indoor tanning smart?

Sunlight is the source of all life on our planet. Plus, research suggests the benefits of regualr, moderate sun exposure may outweigh the risks of overexposure, which easily can be minimized by merely avoiding sunburn. Moderate indoor tanning - for individuals who can develop a tan - is the smartest way to minimize the risk of contracting sunburn while maximizing the enjoyment and benefit of having a tan. Indoor tanning clients are exposed to a scientifically controlled dosage of ultraviolet light carefully formulated to tan you and minimize your risk of sunburn. That kind of control is virtually impossible outdoors, where variables such as seasonality, time of day, geography, weather conditions, altitude and Earth's thinning ozone layer make sunburn much more likely. Because sunburn is the main risk factor for skin damage, it's actually smarter to tan indoors.

How long does it take to develop a tan?

It will depend on your skin's ability to produce melanin, which is the pigment that darkens when human skin is exposed to sunlight. This is a gradual process that varies from person to person. We recommendan exposure schedule of 3-4 times per week to develop your base tan and 1-2 times a week to maintain it.

Can I do double sessions?

No, the law strictly forbids doing two sessions in one day. The tan will show-up 2-4 hours after you tan. Do not worry about not seeing results right away.

Can I wear contacts while I tan?

As long as you are wearing your FDA approved eyewear, there is no reason why you can not wear your contact lenses while tanning. When the eyes are kept closed and proper prtective eyewear worn, UV light is blocked from penetrating 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, you may use the eye drops recommended by optometrist.

Do I need to wear eye protection when I tan?

Yes, all tanners should wear FDA approved eyewear while tanning. A tan is created by UV rays penetrating the upper layers of your skin. The skin around your eyes are the thinnest in your body, and UV light can easily penetrate that skin to reach your eyes. Repeated unprotected exposure to UV light may cause long-term damage to your eyes. This is why we require all tanners to wear eyewear every time they tan.

Why should I use indoor tanning lotions?

Indoor tanning lotions are formulated specifically for use with tanning equipment Indoor tanning lotions and accelerators actaully 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. They stimulate production of a pigment found in the body called melanin. When melanin is triggered, it rises to the epidermal layer of the skin. As melanin encounters UV light, it turns brown. The more melanin on the surface, the deeper the tan. Accelorators also keep the skin moist thus minimizing flaking. There are many types of lotions and gels, please discuss your likes and dislikes with EZ-Tanning operator who will direct you down the path to a healthy-looking tan.

Will I be tan after the first session?

Not necessarily. The skin needs a few sessions to gradually develop the self defense mechanism known as a tan. This process cannot be sped up. Your tan will develop within 3-5 sessions.

Why does a tan fade?

Tanning takes place in the top layer of skin, the epidermis. Since cells in epidermis are constantly reproducing and pushin older cells upward, those cells will eventually be shed, causing the tan to fade. Regular use of harsh soaps can shorten your tans life, too. THe skin's essential oils form a moisture-lock and when depleted leave tanned skin cells more vulnerable to being lightened or washed away. Shower gels, with lower, less alkaline pH levels, are not as apt to completely strip the natural oils. Scheduling regualar tanning sessions is the best way to maintain your golden glow.

Can I catch AIDS or Herpes from tanning beds?

The HIV virus dies upon exposure to oxygen, and would not survive on a tanning bed. The U.S. Center for Disease Control says that the odds of contracting any virus from a tanning bed are virtually impossible. Furthermore, our professional tanning salon sanitizes tanning equipment before every tanning session with an anti-bacterial disinfectant, which kills any and all viruses and bacteria.

Can I tan if I'm pregnant?

While there is no current scientific evidence that expectant mothers cannot tan, this is something that needs to be discussed with your physician beforehand. There are some researchers who believe the increased productions of vitamin D caused by exposure to UVB may be beneficial to both the mother and her developing baby. However, you must also consider the possibility of the increase in body temperature, which does occur when tanning indoors, just as it does when taking a bather or using a jacuzzi. Please make sure to discuss this thoroughly with your doctor prior to tanning. For liability reasons, we will only allow pregnant woman to tan with written permission from her doctor.