RULE #1: DO NOT BURN!

Getting pink or burning actually stops the tanning process.  The melanocyte cells, which is your body’s natural sunscreen, cannot release melanin which rises to the surface of your skin, oxidizes, changes color, and WAH LAH you’re tan!

Note to self: DO NOT get pink or red if you want to tan!

BEFORE YOUR TANNING SESSION:

Use body scrub to exfoliate and enhance your tanning ability.

Moisturize regularly - hydrated skin will hold a better tan.

Remove makeup if you’re tanning your face.

Avoid wearing deodorant or perfume in order to get an even tan.

Remove jewelry to avoid unsightly tan lines!

If you take meds, talk to your doctor to be sure your medication isn’t “photosensitive” – meaning it can be weakened or otherwise affected by UV exposure.


JUST BEFORE YOUR SESSION:

Use lip balm with SPF – lips can burn easily!

Cover your tattoos with SPF tattoo protection or use an indoor tanning lotion with tattoo protection.

Apply indoor tanning lotion immediately before your session. Never use outdoor tanning lotion or oils. Note that lotions not made for indoor tanning can cause damage to tanning beds and don’t help develop your tan.  Apply indoor tanning lotion evenly in a circular motion and over all areas of the body. Using the right skin care products is the best way to extend the life of your tan. We have bronzers and intensifiers specially formulated for indoor tanning.

Apply lotions liberally, paying special attention to dry areas, such as shaved legs. If you are using a lotion with a bronzer, wipe off excess on hands and between fingers to prevent staining. Do not use any tingle products on your face.  Apply bronzer lotions in a circular motion in order to prevent any streaking or missing areas.

By law, you must use protective eyewear. Bring your own, or buy them at our salon. We sell both long-term and temporary eyewear.  Your eyesight is too valuable not to protect.

If you choose to tan in the nude, be careful about areas not accustomed to sunlight. Cover sensitive areas with a towel or clothing for the first session and build up tolerance for your next visit.

Protect sensitive areas: Some parts of our body receive less exposure to sunlight than others. For the first session or two, you may want to cover these areas and gradually introduce them to UV light. Also, if you have any areas that have not been recently exposed to UV light you may want to either apply a light sunscreen or cover the area(s) with a towel for part of the session. Finally, if you have tattoos or forming scars you should protect them. We carry special tattoo protective balm sticks, SPF lip balms for this purpose and lotions with tattoo protector.

Protect your nails and toes: UV light can cause a yellowing of the top coat (clear color) of your salon nails and toes. There are some products that can be applied over your clear coat - called UV protector. But, over time those products can still allow UV light to affect the outer color of your nails. Nail Savers - plastic covers that slip over your nails and toes - are a better way to ensure your nails and toes stay beautiful!  Ask your tanning technician for more information.

Protect your hair: UV light can dry your hair as well as lighten it. Always cover your hair especially if you color it. Sun-caps are available for purchase.

Stop tanning if your skin starts to sting or feel like you are burning, which can indicate overexposure to UV rays.


 
AFTER YOUR TANNING SESSION:

Apply more lotion to prolong your tan. Tan extenders are the best product to keep your tan looking rich and golden longer.  Dry skin also reflects light rather than absorbing it, which not only hinders your tanning process but also makes you look less tan than you are.

If you feel as though you have over done it, use an aloe-based relief lotion or gel.

We have a 24-hour tanning policy. Because the tanning process doesn’t stop when you leave the sunbed, your skin needs downtime to properly develop color. As recommended by the FDA, a 24-hour resting period between sessions will allow you to maximize your color and skin care.


 
GENERAL TANNING TIPS:

Use a high-quality tanning lotion. Lotions designed for tanning beds can increase your tan from 40 to 70 percent. Your tanning results will be better, and your skin will be softer, smoother, and most of all tanner.

Don’t leave your lotion in your car.  Indoor tanning lotions have active ingredients which need to be kept at room temperature.  Indoor tanning lotion is heat activated which is what makes it heat, cool, or bronze. By leaving it in your car the heat can activate it.  When this happens, the lotion becomes ineffective and useless.

Avoiding tan lines:

Armpits: If you find you are white under your arms, try putting arms over your head for half of your session.

Buttocks: Try lifting your legs (one at a time) in classic sunbathing position for half of your session or use one of our standups to even out your tan.

Pressure Points: Pressure points can develop under your shoulder blades or on your tailbone as a result of lack of blood flow to these areas when you are lying down. To eliminate these points, reposition your body frequently during your session.

Chin: This can be caused by tilting your head down during the session. Use the thick part of the pillow under your neck so that your head is tilted slightly backward during your session, exposing your neck.

Eyes: Do not consider tanning without eye wear. If you are having problems with goggle lines, try using Winkease or Sunsets. Moving eye wear around during the session will also help blur any lines that may occur.

Do not wash your hair before you tan.  Conditioner can leave a film over your skin, potentially making your tan streaky.  

TANNING TIPS