Frequently Asked Questions About Indoor Tanning
As a conscientious tanner, you're probably curious about myths and various concerns you've heard about. We want to make sure you have all the correct facts so you can make your tanning decisions smartly. These are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding tanning. In addition, you should always feel free to consult us if you need more information.
How often can I tan?
By government regulations (where applicable), every tanning device manufactured today is required to have an exposure schedule attached. Some jurisdictions require up to 48 hours spacing between tanning visits. Others allow as little as 24 hours between sessions. This schedule is designed to give the skin time to process the UV light without allowing overexposure and risk of sunburn. The trained operators at this salon will determine your best exposure time based on a number of factors including skin type, medical data, recent exposure, and even lamp condition. However, the maximum exposure time on the equipment's schedule must never be exceeded.
Is it really that important to always wear eyewear?
Yes! Our eyes don't have the capacity to produce melanin for protection like our skin does. UV light can be irreparably damaging to your eyes-the ultra-thin eyelids don't block ultraviolet rays, and neither do coins, cotton balls or anything other than federally approved eyewear for indoor tanning. Without the right eye protection, you are caption, poor night vision, macular degeneration, cataracts and permanent eye growths like pinguecula or pterygium.
How do I prevent “raccoon eyes" ?
You can adjust your protective eyewear during your tanning session. Don't lift the eyewear off your eyes-just slide it gently, making sure your entire eye is covered. Another obvious trick is minimizing the effects with makeup or by using a self-tanner.
Can I tan when I'm pregnant?
The main objection to tanning pregnant women is the increased potential of becoming overheated. Understand that UV light does not reach the unborn baby, as it does not travel beyond the top layers of the skin. Other common concerns include hormones that may cause you to tan unevenly and constricted blood vessels from lying on your back.
What are the causes of white spots?
White spots have several causes, so it's best to check with a trained tanning operator for verification of your particular situation.
Vitiligo is irregularly-shaped white patches of skin that do not tan. It is caused by a condition that causes melanocyte cells in the affected area to degenerate and die off. Your physician can help reverse the effects of vitiligo.
Tinea versicolour, or “sunspots” is dandruff-like fungus that flakes off the scalp onto the upper body. This condition is very common and has nothing to do with cleanliness. Extra-strength dandruff shampoo is often used to treat it.
Pressure Points are seen on skin surfaces that contact the equipment, such as shoulder blades, the backs of calves and upper arms. To avoid this, shift position during the session so that all skin receives oxygen.