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Q. How long should my first tanning session be and how often should I tan?

It depends on your individual skin type and the level of equipment. Our educated salon associates will evaluate your skin type to determine the time progression for your first 3 to 7 sessions, and the type of equipment that will best suit you.

Q. What should I wear in the tanning bed?

Since each tanning bed is in a private room, you can wear whatever you’re most comfortable in or nothing at all. But remember the parts of your body that have previously been exposed to the sun can tolerate more exposure. You should expose the areas of your body that have not been exposed to UV light gradually. If you choose to tan naked, your session length should be tailored to your most sun-sensitive areas.

Q. Do I have to wear eyewear?

Yes! Your eyes are sensitive to UV light and should not be exposed while tanning. A tan is created by UV light penetrating the upper layers of the skin. The skin on your eyelids is the thinnest on your body, and is not thick enough to sufficiently block UV light. Also, it is a federal law! If you neglect to wear your eye protection you are putting yourself at risk for night blindness, color blindness, and cataracts among other things!

Q. Why do you recommend tanning indoors over outdoors?

When you tan outside, there are many variables including time of year, time of day, cloud cover and altitude.  Tanning indoors will give you a pre-set time and a constant, dependable, much lower UV exposure so you won’t burn as easily and you won’t have to guess what kind of color you’re going to get.

Q. What are these dry, white patches on my back, chest, and/or arms?

These white patches are called “tinea versicolor.”  It is a yeast type of skin fungus similar to dandruff.  It’s naturally occurring, and is generally invisible.  However, sometimes it forms in clusters on your skin.  This fungus does not tan, so when the skin around it starts to darken, that’s when it becomes noticeable little white spots.  Sometimes the spots will clear up on their own, but any over-the-counter fungal cream will work fine.  However, if symptoms worsen or become bothersome, you should consult a dermatologist.

Q. Can I Take Medications While Tanning?

Certain drugs, foods, perfumes, and cosmetics may contain ingredients that could make your skin super-sensitive when exposed to UV light, whether tanning indoors outdoors in the sun. It is usually best to remove cosmetics and perfumes before tanning.

Before starting a new medication or changing a prescription, it is always best to refer to the guidelines or consult with your physician or pharmacist regarding potential effects of the medication when exposed to sunlight or tanning lamps. Some medications may contain “photosensitizing” agents that, when exposed to UV light, could cause a skin irritation or rash. Tetracycline and Retin-A, drugs widely used for the treatment of acne and some birth control pills are a few of the medications known to have the potential to be photosensitive. While you may not necessarily experience a reaction from the medication, it is always best to be aware of potential reactions.

Q. How Do I Protect A Fresh Tattoo?

It is important not to expose a fresh tattoo to sunlight or indoor tanning equipment, as the ink used in tattoos is UV sensitive. Cover the tattooed area completely or don’t tan until the skin has healed. However, even after the skin is healed, tattoos will still fade with continued exposure to UV light, whether it comes from indoors or from outdoors.

We recommend you use Australian Gold’s SPF 50 Face Guard Sunscreen Stick.

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Effective January 1, 2012, the minimum age for UV-light tanning in California will increase to 18. There is no age limit on UV-free spray tanning.
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