Tanning FAQ’S

Why Tan?
There are both physiological and psychological reasons to tan. Most people tan in order to obtain the cosmetic value of darker skin, which, in turn may heighten their mood and self-esteem. Other people may tan for certain medical reasons, such as psoriasis, and do so under a doctor’s care. 

Is Tanning safe? 
Light is essential to all life on earth, and without light we could not survive. Tanning is natural. It is your skin’s natural defense against burning. For example, eating is natural, but if you eat too much and eat the wrong things it is not good for you. The same can be said for tanning. If you burn while tanning, do not tan in moderation, or do not wear SPF protection when outdoors, you are not tanning smart.

How does my skin tan?
When the skin is exposed to Ultraviolet (UV) rays, a natural process begins to take place. There are special cells in your epidermis, which is the outermost layer of your skin, called melanocytes. When exposed to the UVB (shorter) ray, these melanocytes produce melanin, which is the pigment that is then absorbed by the surrounding skin cells. When melanin is exposed the UVA (longer) ray, the melanin then oxidizes, or darkens, creating a “tan”.

Will using a tanning lotion increase my chance of burning?
Since tanning lotions are designed to be used for indoor tanning, they do not include an SPF. Using tanning lotion indoors, in a controlled environment, allows you to maximize your tanning results while minimizing your chances of overexposure. Using an indoor tanning lotion will help you to tan faster, tan darker, and stay tan longer.

MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE. Using a high quality moisturizer will help replenish the vitamins and nutrients that are lost during the tanning session, keeping your skin smooth and younger looking while helping you maintain the color that you love. Another secret: switch your tanning lotion and boost your color with spray tanning session every two weeks.

Why does my tan fade?
Since a tan occurs in the epidermis, the outermost layer of the skin, it is eventually lost during your skin’s natural exfoliation process. Every 28-30 days, your skin completely replaces all of its cells, and the cells at the top layer are eventually sloughed off, allowing the new cells to reach the skin’s surface. When the old cells are exfoliated, they take with them the darkened melanin that was created by the exposure to UV light. In order to maintain your tan, you must continue to expose your skin to UV light.

Do I have to wear eyewear?
All tanners should wear FDA approved eyewear while tanning. The skin around your eyes is the thinnest skin on 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, and that is why we require all tanners to wear eyewear every time they tan!

Can I wear contacts while I tan?
As long as you are wearing your FDA approved eyewear, there is no reason why you cannot wear your contact lenses while tanning.

Can I tan if I am pregnant?
While there is not current scientific evidence that expectant mothers cannot tan, this is something that needs to be discussed with your physician beforehand. There are some researchers that believe that the increased production of vitamin D that is produced by exposure to UVB may be beneficial to both the mother and the fetus. But you must also consider the possibility of increased body temperature, which does occur when tanning indoors, just as it does when taking a bath or using a Jacuzzi. Please make sure to discuss this thoroughly with your doctor prior to tanning, because for liability reasons, we will only allow a pregnant woman to tan with written permission from her doctor.

How long can I stay in the tanning bed the first time?
This depends on your Individual and Unique Skin Type.  You will complete a skin type analysis with a Sun Kiss consultant to determine your individual skin type, from level one to six. Based on your skin type, our consultant will recommend and regulate the tanning time that is best for your skin.  Your tanning time also depends on the units that best fit your tanning needs.

How quickly can I increase my tanning time after my first session?
If you do well your first time in the tanning bed and do not experience any redness, most of our clients are able to increase their time by 2-3 minutes each time thereafter until reaching the maximum tan time for that particular bed.

Which beds can I use my first time at the tanning salon?
First time customers may use any level of our UV equipment that suits their needs. Based on your skin type analysis and tanning goals, our consultants will determine your initial tan time and tanning bed. After building a base tan, most of our clients use a combination of units to achieve the best results.

How often can I tan?
You may tan every day if you wish, as long as you wait 24 hours between each tan. This is a manufacturer’s recommendation as well as FDA rule in order to prevent overexposure, and it includes outdoor tanning as well. Our system will keep a detailed record of your tanning history, and we will advise you if you have not waited the full 24 hours.


Spray Tanning FAQ’s

How do I prepare for my Sunless session?

Arrive showered, shaven, free of make-up, perfume, oil, body sprays, deodorant and moisturizer for optimal results.  Bring loose, dark fitting clothing for after your session.  Your Sunless session will last less than sixty seconds plus dry time for the application and a total of 10 to 15 minutes with prep and post preparation.

Should I moisturize before I do a Sunless session?

No. You should use a moisturizer regularly to keep your skin hydrated and healthy, which will contribute to a more even, natural looking sunless tan.  However, it is recommended NOT to apply moisturizers 2 hours prior to self tanning and 4 to 6 hours after.

Why is keeping skin moisturized essential to maintain great Sunless results?

It is important to keep skin moisturized after your Sunless session as dry, flaky skin will slough off faster and color will fade sooner.  Sunless tan-extending products with a light self-tanning bronzer helps hydrate skin and maintain even, natural looking color longer by providing subtle bronzers.

How long should I wait after my Sunless session before I shower?

It is best to wait at least 6-12 hours after the sunless tan application before you shower to give the DHA time to fully react with skin proteins. The waiting time varies on skin type. The dryer your skin is the longer you should wait to shower after your session.

Can I work out after a Sunless session?

It is best to wait about 24 hours after your Sunless session before partaking in any strenuous activities that may cause perspiration.  This will give the DHA time to fully react with skin proteins as well as prevent streaking that could result from excessive perspiration.

How many days will a Sunless tan last?

The longevity of a Sunless tan depends on the skin’s natural exfoliation process, and on the skin regimen followed before and after application.  On average, a sunless tan will last 4-7 days to as much as 10 days. The “life span” of a Sunless tan also depends on your skin’s natural exfoliation.  The faster your skin regenerates, the faster the sunless tan will fade.  The tan created by the DHA and Erythrulose affects only the top layer of the skin and will begin to fade after 4 to 5 days as the skin naturally begins to exfoliate.

How frequently do you recommend going in for a Sunless session?  Can I do it several days in a row?

The frequency of Sunless tanning application depends on your skin cell turn over and preference of color intensity.  People with quick cell turn-overs may want to do a Sunless session every 5-6 days to keep color fresh, while others may need to apply only once every 7-10 days.

Can I do a Sunless session in addition to a tanning bed?

Yes! Since Sunless tanning is UV-Free, you are welcome to tan either before or after completing a Sunless Spray tan session. Certain skin types benefit from doing a UV tan before their spray tan as this will open the pores an allow for better absorption of the spray tan solution thus creating a longer lasting  tan.

Will the solution from the Sunless come off on my clothes?

Some of the bronze “cosmetic tint” color may rub off on clothing or bed sheets.  This is most likely to happen when you get dressed immediately after tanning.  To minimize the chance of the tint transferring to clothing, we recommend that you wear loose-fitting, darker clothes after your Sunless session.  The Cosmetic tint is water-soluble.  Therefore, in most cases, the color will come out of clothing in the wash.

How do I apply Barrier Cream correctly?

Barrier Cream is applied as a protective barrier to prevent unwanted color on the porous areas such as hands, feet, nails and cuticles.  Dispense a generous amount of Barrier Cream onto your hands and apply an even coating to the palms of the hands, in-between the fingers, tips of fingers, covering nails and around the cuticles.  Also apply a generous layer of Barrier Cream to the bottom of feet, in-between the toes, covering toenails and cuticles.

Do I need to wear sunscreen even if I have a sunless tan?

Although you may feel and look like you a real tan, a sunless tan is only the temporary appearance of a tan, it is cosmetic and therefore provides your skin with no real sunburn protection.  It is absolutely necessary you wear a sunscreen when outdoors to protect your skin from burning.