Unfortunately most of us do not know the truth about tanning and UV exposure. There are a lot of myths and false information out there. One of our main goals at Salon Bronze is to help educate our clients about UV exposure. You will be amazed at the information you find about tanning when you start to do some research.
We love answering questions! Here are some commonly asked questions. . .
- Is indoor tanning the same as outdoor tanning?
Yes.Your skin tans when it is exposed to UV light. An indoor tanning unit produces the same UV light as the sunshine outdoors. The difference is that indoor tanning is a controlled environment as where outdoors it can be difficult to judge the strength and intensity of the sun based on the time of year, the atmosphere, and your location.
- How often should I tan and how long does it take to start seeing color?
We recommend to start tanning two days in a row, skip a day than come every other day. When your tans starts to develop you can come tanning three or four times a week. Everyone’s skin tans at different rates. People who tan easily will begin to see color in a few session, a very fair skinned person could take upwards of ten sessions to begin to see color (and not just freckles) Our tanning professionals will help you with the exposure schedule that will best fit your skin type.
- A hot bed will give me a better tan, right?
No. Your tan comes from the UV in the lamps, not the heat, that is just a by product. Each room has a cooling system to cut down on too much heat build up.
- Are goggles and lotion necessary?
Yes! Yes! Yes! You must wear approved goggles EVERY time that you tan. Your eyelids are too thin to protect your eyes. The UV light penetrates into your eyes and can cause immediate and/or long term eye damage or vision loss. Lotion is so important to the health of your skin. Dry skin reflects light, moisturized skin absorbs light. Salon only indoor tanning lotions contain tanning accelerators to give you a quicker and darker tan, they also contain antioxidants and moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated, soft, and smooth. And yes. . guys you need to wear your lotion too.
- I need to burn first before I can tan.
No you don’t. A burn is damage! The sun burnt skin is injured and it dies and falls off (peeling). You can gradually tan without ever having to burn. Remember a tan is our bodies own natural SPF, and burning is always unnecessary and harmful.
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- What does indoor tanning have to do with Vitamin D?
Your body reliably and easily produces vitamin D from sunshine, UVB specifically. Indoor tanning units emit UVB which mean you can make vitamin D in a tanning bed. Research has shown that tanners have a higher vitamin D blood level than non tanners.
- Should I believe people when they tell me that tanning beds cause cancer?
Melanoma is the deadly form of skin cancer. Unfortunately this cancer has a lot of misinformation tied to it. 18 out of 22 studies done showed NO LINK between indoor tanning and melanoma. Research is suggesting that repeated sunburn and genetic history plays a large role in melanoma.
- Tanning will cause wrinkles, right?
Again every persons skin is different and aging is caused by a combination of things such as your diet, your environment, and your family history. If you want to see what your face will look like when you get older than look at you parents and grandparents. Tanning is not going to doom you with a face full of wrinkles. Eat a healthy diet full of antioxidant rich organic fruits and veggies, use good skin care with limited chemicals, and don’t smoke.