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Why should I tan?

Moderate exposure to UVB helps develop a natural barrier in the skin to protect the body from excessive UV light. The application of light is absolutely essential to all life on earth. Yet there are various reasons, both biological and psychological, why exposure to light is desirable. In addition, most people believe they look better with a tan. Thus, having a tan can provide a psychological uplift for some.

What is the tanning process?

There are three components that make the tanning process work. UVB starts the tanning process by stimulating the tanning cells (melanocytes) to produce melanosomes, which contain melanin (pigment). UVA darkens the melanin that has been produced, but before that can happen; melanin needs a certain amount of oxygen to facilitate the work that UVA performs. The third component, oxygen, comes from blood vessels beneath the skin and outside the skin. The tanning process can be optimized through the use of professional tanning lotions that contain nutrients for your tanning cells. For those who seem to develop a tan rather slowly and become impatient, a single tanning session can potentially take anywhere from three to ten days to fully mature. This is called DPD or Delayed Pigment Darkening.

Why does some of a person’s tan wash away?

The top skin layer is continuously renewing itself. Depending on a person’s age, the renewal cycle takes anywhere from once a month to about 50 days to complete. Melanin that has been produced in the skin and tanned is working its way to the top of the skin until it surfaces. At this point you have tanned melanin both in your skin and on the surface of your skin. Tanned melanin on the surface of the skin is going to remain there only as long as it takes to shave or wash it off. In a sense some of a person’s tan will just wash away down the drain. Of course regular tanning visits rebuild what has been lost.

Do I have to wear eyewear while tanning indoors?

Yes. The Food and Drug Administration requires that protective eyewear which meets its transmission specifications be supplied to each indoor tanner. All of the eyewear available at Summit Beach Tanning is approved and 100% protective. Some beds may require a specific kind of eyewear as well, also available at Summit Beach Tanning. The eyewear must be worn during the entire session. Your eyes are very sensitive and should not be exposed while tanning. The eyelid does not effectively block ultraviolet light while tanning. Overexposure to UV light can cause cataracts to form over a period of time as well as cause night blindness and could burn the retina.

How should my eyewear properly fit?

You should have a light-tight seal around your eyes. If the eyewear brand provided doesn’t provide complete protection, you need to try a brand that will accommodate your facial shape.

How do I prevent “raccoon eyes”?

Raccoon eyes occur for the same reason that some people who don’t adjust the watch on their arm get raccoon wrist. Adjusting the protective eyewear occasionally during a tanning session will help to minimize this condition. The adjustment can be performed by gently sliding the eyewear to a new position. You should never lift the eyewear off your eyes to adjust their position.

Why should I use a lotion?

By using a lotion before you tan, your moisturized skin is able to soak up UV-Rays in a quicker, healthier, and more efficient way, resulting in both a better and smarter tan. If you don’t use a lotion, your dry skin actually reflects up to 40% of your rays, wasting up to 8 minutes of your tan! It is also important to moisturize after you tan, to fully maximize your tanning benefits. Accelerators stimulate melanin’s rise to the surface of your skin. As melanin encounters UV light, it turns brown. The more melanin on the surface, the deeper tan you will achieve. Accelerators also keep the skin moist thus minimizing flaking. The products we sell are specifically designed to work in tanning beds to moisturize your skin and accelerate or intensify the darkening of your skin.

Can I use outdoor tanning lotions on the tanning beds?

No, many outdoor tanning products contain ingredients which will discolor the acrylic surface and, due to their need to be waterproof, are not designed for easy clean-up and sanitizing.

I’m using a step 1 lotion and not getting any darker, why is this?

You reached your tanning plateau. You will know when you feel like your skin isn’t getting any darker with the step 1 lotion you are using. You are now ready for a step 2 lotion.

What are bronzers?

For darker, more immediate results, bronzers supplement a tan with a light self-tanner that delivers color in 2-3 hours as a natural tan develops. Just make sure you apply it in a circular motion to avoid streaking, and make sure to wipe your hands off after you apply it.

What is a tingle factor/hot action?

These lotions are available in a range of intensity. The reddening and heating sensation of hot action increases the micro-circulation in your skin for greater tanning results. It is not recommended for sensitive skin tanners. A spot test is recommended prior to use.

Do the indoor lotions you offer contain SPF’s?

No, the indoor tanning environment is controlled while in the tanning units, so the only need for a SPF is on your lips and tattoos. We do offer an outdoor SPF line for protection while you are outdoors.

What are the dos and don’ts of tanning with tattoos?

Persons with fresh tattoos have had chemicals injected into their skin that can make that local area very sensitive to UV exposure while the tattoo is still healing. So absolutely do not allow that area to tan. Either cover it up completely, if possible, or do not tan at all until the skin has healed. After the skin has healed (approximately 3 weeks), do continue to use moderate protective measures. At this point, the chemicals have lost any ability to photosensitize. The tattoo, though, will begin to lose its brilliancy with exposure to UV, whether that UV comes from indoors or outdoors. So preserve those tattoos by using lip balm or a good sunscreen while tanning.

What is the 24 hour rule?

The law strictly forbids doing two sessions in one day. The skin continues to tan 24-48 hours after your session, so do not concerned about seeing results right away. This rule is to help maximize tanning while minimizing the risk of burning. It's all about control – something you don't get outdoors.

Skin naturally needs a little down time to process the light it has received. This is no different than when you exercise. Your muscles need a little down time to recuperate from that workout. The result from a good workout with a good resting period is a stronger you. The result from a good exposure with good spacing between visits is a better tan with increased levels of melanin.

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 3-6 sessions.

Is indoor tanning more harmful than tanning outdoors?

Those who tan indoors are exposed to a scientifically calibrated amount of light. When used in accordance with the FDA exposure guidelines (posted on each machine), tanning beds are designed to maximize tanning without burning. Conversely, tanning outdoors is an unregulated environment.

I’ve heard in order to get a suntan you have to burn first?

Sunburn does not fade into a tan. Sunburn indicates overexposure to UV-light and actually damages the skin. We promote smart, moderate tanning for those individuals who can develop a tan. The golden rule of tanning is simple – Don’t EVER sunburn.

How many times do I need to tan before I see results?

We recommend an exposure schedule of 3-4 times per week to develop your base tan, approximately every other day. Once your base tan has been achieved it will vary from person to person on how often you will need to tan to maintain your desired color. All skin types are different, but typically you will need to tan at least 1-2 times a week. If you have any questions or concerns about the frequency or the best schedule for you, please ask your trained tanning consultant.

What should I wear when I tan?

You may wear whatever makes you feel comfortable. The potential danger of tanning nude is ultraviolet overexposure such as sunburn of sensitive body parts that are not normally exposed to ultraviolet light.

We suggest that you gradually expose sensitive body areas to ultraviolet light and that you cover them halfway through tanning sessions for the first three or four times you tan.

How long can I stay in the tanning bed the first time?

This depends on your skin type. We will have you fill out a skin type analysis to determine your individual skin type. Based on which category you fall into we will regulate your tan time.

I tanned for 10 minutes the other day, can I tan 20 minutes today?

We definitely do not recommend this because there is a very good chance that you will burn. We recommend you only increase up to 2 minutes each time you come, this way you can build your tan without the chance of burning. In general, following the recommended exposure schedule and the recommendation of your tanning consultant will provide the best results.

Can tanning beds cook your internal organs?

No. This question is usually asked due to the urban legend about a woman who cooked her insides from tanning at multiple locations. Often the legend is also accompanied with the idea that tanning light is the same thing as microwaves. This, in fact, is not the case. UVA with your average tanning bed penetrates about 2mm deep (about the thickness of cardboard) into the body. UVA penetrates deeper than UVB, but even if ultraviolet light could reach your internal organs, it doesn't work like microwaves do. Imagine that you want to heat up a slice of pizza. Put it into the tanning unit for 30 minutes. What's going to happen? Maybe it would get a little warm from the heat of the lamps, but that's it. Now take that same slice of pizza and put it into the microwave for 30 minutes. What's going to happen to that slice of pizza now? The pizza would be ashes at the end of 30 minutes. Tanning light and microwaves behave differently.

Can teens and children tan indoors?

UV tanning is only available to those 18 and older in California however there are no age requirements for our UV-Free Sunless spray tan unit know as the VersaSpa Pro.

Is it possible to contract AIDS or other STD’s from a tanning bed?

People can not contract diseases from properly sanitized, well maintained tanning beds. Disease specialists have said that no evidence exists to prove that sanitized tanning units have spread diseases. We use a disinfectant that is proven to kill 99.9% of all bacteria. It is the same disinfectant used on surgical equipment in hospitals.

Is it harmful to wear contact lenses when tanning indoors?

It is not advised to wear contact lenses while tanning. Although wearing the provided protective eyewear will protect your eyes from ultraviolet light, the heat generated could cause drying and discomfort. Because tanning naturally draws moisture from the body, eyes are sometimes inconvenienced with contacts that lose moisture too. If you are going to tan with your contacts in, it is recommended that they use moisturizing drops prior to or just after the tanning session to prevent any temporary discomfort. Summit Beach Tanning does not provide contact solution because of sanitary reasons.

Is it O.K. for pregnant women to tan indoors?

Even though there is not current or scientific and/or biological reason why a pregnant woman cannot tan indoors or outdoors, at Summit Beach Tanning we do not allow pregnant women to tan.

Ultraviolet radiation from tanning equipment does not affect tissues below the surface of the skin, including a developing, unborn baby. Medical professionals do not know how pregnancy is affected by the heat generated by tanning equipment. Also, a woman in advanced pregnancy could experience difficulty and discomfort using tanning equipment as most units would be too small and cramped. Although we will not allow pregnant women to tan, we are always more than happy to extend packages to be used after the child is born.