Are there guidelines to follow when tanning?

Yes,the following precautionary measures should be carefully observed:

• A tan should always be obtained gradually and in incremental doses. Never tan more than once a day, as you would only be overexposing, causing potential damage to your skin 

• Because some medications can heighten one's sensitivity to UV light, you should always consult your physician before tanning if you are taking medication. Photosensitivity

• If you have any type of skin irritation or abnormality, consult your doctor before tanning.

• Do not apply any type of cosmetics or perfume before tanning, as they can act as a photo sensitizer.

​Keep your eyes closed while tanning and ALWAYS wear protective eyewear. Ultraviolet light penetrates the eyelids and the intense light can be harmful to your eyes.

If I have difficulty tanning outdoors, will the same be true in a tanning unit?

Each person tans differently. Some skin types tan quickly and easily while others may require more sessions. If you are unable to tan outdoors, you may be one of those people who will take longer to produce a good color or may never show a significant tan because of lack of pigment. Approximately 5% of the population is unable to tan. Try our "UV-FREE" Mystic Spray Spa! Tanning Services.

Is indoor tanning as effective as outdoor tanning?

Yes, in fact sometimes more so because you are in a controlled environment which blocks out the majority of harmful UV rays. The result and convenience of an "indoor tan" allows a year round healthy looking tan without concerns of prolonged exposure to the burning rays of the sun.

Exposure Precautions

Sunburn is the body's warning that the skin has been overexposed to UV light. Do not ignore this warning. If one continues to expose sunburned skin to UV rays, the skin's natural repair mechanism becomes overloaded, and this could lead to chronic light-induced skin damage. Sunburn can also be caused by UVA. Particularly in cases where the skin is especially photosensitive due to a certain amount of photo sensitizers in the skin (i.e., medications). Photosensitivity

How long will it take to see results?

Every person tans differently but most will see color change after the first few sessions. Normally, you will have a good base tan in 6-10 (depending on skin type) consecutive sessions. One or two sessions a week thereafter will maintain your tan year round for most people. There are special cells in the skin called melanocytes. Ultraviolet B rays stimulate these cells and cause them to produce melanin. As these cells migrate to the surface of the skin, ultraviolet A rays oxide them; thus creating a tan. Each of us has a different amount of melanin. Fair-skinned, fair-haired people generally have less than dark-haired, dark-skinned people. This determines, for the most part, how quickly your skin will tan.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What should I wear to tan?

Many people choose to wear a swimsuit, just as they would on the beach. Because of the privacy of indoor tanning, most prefer to tan in the nude to avoid tan lines. Any skin that has never been exposed to ultraviolet light before will be more sensitive! These parts must acquire a tan slowly.

If I have a good base tan, is it still possible to burn outdoors?

Having a good base tan does provide a defense mechanism, but should you overexpose, whether indoors or out, the chance of burning is possible. We highly recommend using sunscreens outdoors - especially if you're going to southern climates for vacation.

Can I use outdoor oils and lotions in the tanning unit?

Just as the word indicates, outdoor products should ONLY be used outdoors. Outdoor lotions actually clog your pores when used with indoor equipment. This actually inhibits the tanning process, rather than acting as an amplifying agent. There are several excellent indoor lotions/oils for that purpose - talk to us! We have recommendations that suit your skin type.

How is the maximum exposure time for a tanning session determined?

The FDA determines an exposure schedule based on the intensity of each individual model of sunlamp and each type of equipment. Your salon professional complies with that schedule, and takes your skin type and tanning history into consideration.

Will tanning lighten my hair?

If you tan regularly, and if your hair lightens when you tan outdoors, the same is likely to happen in a tanning unit. By covering your hair with a towel while tanning, you can avoid the hair-lightening process.