Tanning 101 : Tanning FAQ
What should I wear in the tanning bed?
Each tanning bed is in a private room, so you can whatever you are most comfortable in.
Do I have to wear eye protection?
Yes, it is required by law in most states because eyelids are not thick enough to protect your eyes from UV damage. For sanitary reasons we do not provide the eyewear, but have several choices available for purchase, including disposable eyewear and Ultra Sunglobes that minimize “raccoon eyes!”
How long is one session?
Your first session, whether you are a first time tanner or are just getting started for the season, can range from 3-10 minutes, depending on your skin type. Once you’ve achieved your base tan you can gradually work your way toward the maximum exposure time ranging anywhere form 8-15 minutes depending on the equipment. Every salon has different beds and maintains their equipment differently, therefore, you should follow the recommended exposure time and schedule made by our salon experts.
How long before I start seeing results?
Tanning is a process and therefore does not happen instantly. Most people start seeing results by the fourth or fifth visit, some sooner.
If a person cannot tan in the sun, will he/she tan indoor?
Normally, a person tans indoors only as well as he/she is able to tan outdoors. Some fair-skinned people who generally cannot tolerate the uncontrolled rays of the sun may develop some color when tanning indoors. Skin type, heredity, and individual photosensitivity all determine who will have success tanning indoors.
Is indoor tanning more harmful than tanning outdoors?
People tanning indoors are exposed to a scientifically determined amount of UV light. When used according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's exposure guidelines (posted on each machine), tanning beds are designed to minimize bruning while maximizing tanning. In contrast, tanning outdoors is an unregulated environment. There are many factors that have to be considered when you tan outdoors: geography, time of day, weather conditions, the seasons, and the ozone layer. Remember the best way to safeguard yourself from sun damage is to wear appropriate levels of SPF sunscreens outdoors - even if you already have a tan. You should also know that, even with sunscreen protection, UV exposure can still lead to skin cancer and premature aging, even if you don't burn.
My friend said she heard that tanning can bake your internal organs. Is that true?
Absolutely not! The UV light from a sun bed is similar to UV light from the sun, and cannot penetrate deeper than the skin to harm internal organs. The odor you may notice is what's commonly known as the "after tan" odor, a common occurrence when tanning indoors or outdoors, which is caused by harmless bacteria. Many lotions carried at Paradise have ingredients that help prevent the “after tan” odor.
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