You Have Questions...We Have Answers!
Is it better to tan indoors than outdoors?
Yes it is. While the UV that is emitted from the sun is about same as the UV that sun beds produce, it is controlled. UV beds produce about 95% UVA and 5% UVB. When out in the sun you cannot always control the time you are out and therefore are subject to overexposure and burning. Burning is a no-no! Sun beds also are up to 4 times stronger than the sun which is why you are in them less time. Also, everyone's skin is different and needs to be evaluated before tanning. We are trained to evaluate your skin and figure out how long you should tan for in order to avoid burning.
Do I have to use a lotion?
HAVE to...no. SHOULD you...YES! Tanning without a professional tanning lotion is like washing your hair without shampoo...or brushing your teeth without toothpaste. If you go into a tanning bed without lotion, your skin will try and defend against the UV rays, making it difficult and take longer to get a tan. Also, dry skin does not tan. Professional products have special moisturizers and ingredients that allow UV light in, boost your melanin productions, and boost oxidation which allows you to tan, tan faster, and tan darker. Moisturize after tanning and at least twice a day to preserve your tan and keep your skin healthy. So while you don't HAVE to use a tanning lotion...why would you spend money to tan and not use a lotion??
What is a High Pressure Bed?
High Pressure Beds produce different amounts of UVA and UVB than regular sun beds. High Pressure beds produce very little UVB, just enough to stimulate your melanin production, and a higher amount of UVA. UVA oxidizes your melanin which turns it brown creating your tan. High Pressure beds are less drying on your skin and most all skin types can use a High Pressure bed without burning. The tan you produce in a High Pressure bed will last longer and is deeper and darker.
Why does my tan fade so fast?
Your skin cells are constantly being sloughed off and older ones being pushed to the surface. This is your natural exfoliation process that cycles every month. Your tan occurs in the outermost layer of skin called the epidermis. As the cells replaces themselves, the tanned cells are removed. Your tan can only be maintained with repeated UV exposure. Depending on how easily you tan, you can usually maintain your base tan with one or two sessions per week.
What's the deal with the "winter blues" and tanning?
The Winter Blues refers to feeling depressed, lethargic, irritable, social avoidance, etc. during winter months when the sun is not out. Tanning during the winter is a way to boost your endorphins which boosts your mood, and tanning gives you a mega dose of Vitamin D.
Why do I need vitamin D from tanning? Don't I get that from food?
Vitamin D is essential to your health. It is a major factor in making sure your muscles, heart, lungs and brain work well and that your body can fight infection. Your body can make its own Vitamin D from sunlight, supplements, and a small amount from foods you eat. Most North Americans are Vitamin D deficient due to our climate and tanning offers a replacement to the sun. So it's not the "tan" you need for your Vitamin D, it's the UV light that is needed to produce your Vitamin D.