Tanning Beds
ABOUT TANNING & THE BENEFITS

WHY TAN?
Light is essential to all life on earth.  There are various physiological and psychological reasons exposure to light is
desirable and necessary.  There's a growing body of scientific evidence showing people actually require light exposure to
function effectively.  Light exposure causes the brain to suppress the release of the hormone melatonin that acts as a
depressant in the body and exposure to light produces various health benefits, such as the production of the very necessary
Vitamin D3 in the prevention of bone diseases (such as Osteoporosis) and in the improvement of symptoms of psoriasis.

People who are exposed to longer hours of bright light feel happier and are able to enjoy life.  Potential health benefits
include but are not limited to: production of Vitamin D, decreased risks of breast and colon cancer, and reduced risk of
sunburn.  The psychological benefits of tanning are salon well researched.  Sunlight deprivation has been linked to some
mental disorders.  There are numerous reasons, physical and psychological, why exposure to ultraviolet light is desirable.  
FDA regulations at the present time prevent the indoor tanning industry from making any medical representations or claims
related to indoor tanning exposure.  And of course, people know that a great tan looks good, feels good, and can add
personal confidence and attractiveness.  

What is Smart Tanning?
Indoor tanning eliminates the "guesswork" of tanning outdoors and is easy, convenient and private.  Ideally, indoor tanning
is supervised by a trained professional helping you achieve the desired color you want, reminding you to wear protective
eye wear, encouraging and recommending lotions before and after tanning and helping you avoid over-exposure.  And
most tanners tan in the nude to avoid tan lines.  

Is Indoor Tanning the Same as Tanning Outside in the Sun?
Your skin produces a tan the same way in an indoor tanning salon as it does when you lay out in the sun: through ultraviolet
(UV) light.  However, out in the sun, you cannot control the amount of UV light exposure and trying to achieve an all-over
even-body tan is very difficult.  Indoor tanning you can gradually increase your exposure time eliminating any sunburn,
which is harmful to the skin.  Indoor tanning technology includes an exposure schedule that factors in individual skin type
and appropriate time exposure.  With convenient indoor tanning you can tan at any time and aren't limited to daylight
hours or weather conditions.  With private indoor tanning you can tan in the nude or partially nude to eliminate the tan
lines.  You can help ensure that you won't get a sunburn when following an appropriate time exposure.  Outdoor sun
exposure is an uncontrollable environment as no one can control the sun,  Outdoor exposure varies in intensity depending
on such factors as altitude, cloud cover, air pollutants, reflective surfaces, times of day, time of year, and proximity to the
equator.  The controlled environment and the ability to time your UV exposure to the minute makes burning less likely with
a tanning bed than with outdoor sun exposure.  

How do the beds and booths work?
Tanning beds and booths act like the sun.  The sun emits three kinds of UV rays that make you tan.  UV-C, the shortest
wavelength of the three is the most harmful.  Today's sophisticated tanning lamps filter out this type of UV light.  UV-B, the
middle wavelength, begins the tanning process, by stimulating the melanocyte cells that produce melanin, however over
exposure can cause sunburn.  Melanin will be bronzed by UV-A, the longest wavelength, by oxidizing the melanin and
producing the tan.  Technologically advanced tanning lamps use the best ratio of UV-B and UV-A light to provide the
greatest tanning results, with a lowered risk of exposure.  

If I always burn outside and never tan, can I tan indoors?
It may be easier to get the desired color by tanning indoors.  Begin with a short exposure time and increase it very
gradually.  A tanning professional can help you determine the best exposure time for your skin type.  However, if you
NEVER tan from the sun, you will not tan from tanning lamps, as they imitate the sun.  

How Often Can I tan?
To build an awesome tan, tan regularly.  Allowing too much time between visits will cause your tan to fade.  You can tan
up to once every 24 hours, however it's recommended that you allow 48 hours in between each session to permit your tan
to fully develop in between visits. Once you are tan, you can maintain your tan with visits of two or three times a week in a
base bed and once every 10 days in the best upgrade equipment.  Also, to help prolong the life of your tan, make sure to
keep your skin moisturized with a high quality especially formulated-for-tanning lotion.  

How long does it take to get a tan?
You'll notice results after your very first session.  To build a base tan most people need 3-5 sessions to get the color desired.  
If you need an instant tan, you should consider Spray-On Tanning or for the fastest tan a combination of regular tanning
equipment and spray-on.  Going on vacation?  Tan before you go and allow a few weeks of tanning prior to your trip.  We
recommend using a specially formulated lotion to increase your tanning potential and keep your skin feeling healthy and
soft.  

How long can my tanning bed session be the first time?
Your first session length will depend upon your skin tone and type, and your tanning professional will ask you to fill out a skin
analysis to help determine your skin type. Also taken into consideration is how long it has been since you last tanned. The
most common skin type is Type 3, who typically tan for 10-12 minutes the first time in a bed that has a 20 minute maximum.

What should I wear?
You can tan in your bathing suit, underwear, or if you prefer a more "natural" approach, you can tan semi-nude or nude.
Being in a private room while tanning - unlike at the beach or pool, you can wear whatever you like. Please be aware of
exposing sensitive body parts that are not normally exposed to light. It is highly recommended that sensitive body parts be
gradually exposed to prevent overexposure. It is also recommended to cover up a previously unexposed part of the body for
part of your tanning time, so it can catch up safely with the rest of your tan. The only required attire is eye protection
because your eyelids, even when they are closed, aren't enough protection and light can cause temporary and permanent
damage to them.

Do I have to wear eye protection while tanning?
Eye wear protection is required by law. Your eyelids are not thick enough to provide protection and do not effectively block
light while tanning. Approved eye protection is required to ensure you won't have any ill effects such as reduced color
vision or night blindness.

Should I use "specially designed" tanning lotion?
Yes! Science has embraced beauty to create Indoor Tanning Lotions. Specially formulated tanning lotions are jam-packed
and enriched with nutrients, vitamins, minerals and other beneficial ingredients to help get you tan FAST, replenish the
skin, is essential for proper skin care and to help achieve a healthier-looking, longer-lasting tan. They also help you get
more value for each tanning session. Healthy skin tans faster, darker, and retains a tan longer.

Should I use an "upgraded" bed?
Upgrade beds are 'super' tanners, tripling or more the power of regular tanning equipment with more intense lamps and
changes of the percentages of different types of rays, High performance upgrade equipment can tan you faster, deeper,
and tans last longer. In addition, there are many other features: upgraded cooling systems, specialized facial lamps, gentler
tanning rays, and more.

I'm tanning, but my legs aren't getting as dark as the rest of me?
The skin on your legs is thicker than other parts of your body and when you shave your legs you are mechanically
exfoliating the uppermost skin cells and part of your tan. Jump in our Classic Legs™ Leg Tanner for fast, dark, sexy legs!  It
tans around the entire leg and will get your legs dark fast!  You can even double-dip in the leg tanner after your regular
tanning session.  You never have to worry about tan legs again!

What can I do to help my tan last longer?
MOISTURIZE! MOISTURIZE! MOISTURIZE! Using a high quality specially formulated tanning moisturizer will help
replenish vitamins and nutrients, keeping your skin smooth and younger looking while helping you maintain that deep dark
tan you love. Remember properly moisturized skin TANS FASTER, TANS DARKER, and STAYS TANNED LONGER!!!

Do I have to take my contact lenses out when tanning indoors?
Always wear proper sunlamp goggles. Most people have no trouble whatsoever leaving their contact lenses in while tanning
indoors. Heat from the sunlamps may cause dryness and mild to moderate discomfort for some contact lens wearers. Try
tanning with your contact lenses in. If you find this uncomfortable, then take them out before tanning next time.

Can tanning cause wrinkles?
Maybe. And your skin will wrinkle if you don't tan. Age, diet, genetics, certain behaviors (smoking cigarettes) and
environmental pollution can wrinkle your skin more than moderate sun tanning. Overexposure, not moderate exposure, can
cause the skin to wrinkle and therefore, it is advised to avoid overexposure.

Can indoor tanning cure acne?
Phototherapy (use of UV light) has been used in treating the skin problems of this condition. Tanning dries the skin and this
can help keep acne outbreaks to a minimum in acute cases and can help eliminate outbreaks in mild cases. There are also
many drugs, including tetracycline and Retin-A, which are also used for the treatment of acne and because these drugs
can render the skin photosensitive, one must avoid UV exposure or take extreme care when medicated. The use of UV light
for acne treatment should only be administered by a qualified physician. The Food and Drug Administration prohibits
indoor tanning equipment operators from asserting that UV light is beneficial for any purpose other than cosmetic coloring.

Should I use SPF on my lips?
Yes! The only need for a SPF is on your lips because your lips can't tan.

When shouldn't I tan?
When you are taking photosensitizing medication it is not recommended to tan outdoors or indoors. If you aren't sure, ask
your doctor, or ask a tanning consultant at your tanning facility to see a list of these medications, which can greatly
increase the risk of overexposure. A partial list, by no means inclusive, appears below. You should also avoid tanning if you
are pregnant, due to the heat, unless your doctor approves it. The concern is that tanning while pregnant may tend to
increase body temperature which may be harmful to the unborn baby. Ultraviolet radiation from tanning equipment does
not affect tissues below the surface of the skin, including a developing, unborn baby. Since medical professionals do not
know how pregnancy is affected by the heat generated by tanning equipment we do allow pregnant women to tan with a
written permission from a doctor.

Many common medications and even ingredients in food, shampoos & soaps can cause photo sensitivity which may lead
to overexposure. If you are taking prescription medications please check with your physician regarding possible photo
sensitivity. Perfumes and colognes containing Furocoumarins, compound from natural products such as plants and fruits.
Their natural oils can cause your skin to become highly sensitive to UV light. Food and fruits that contain photosensitizing
agents: celery, carrots, lime, coriander, parsley, fennel, dill, buttercup, mustard and fig.

Not everyone will experience a photosensitive reaction. Also, someone who experiences a photosensitive reaction once
will NOT necessarily experience it again or every time.

Medications will NOT cause the same degree of skin reaction in all individuals.

The most common photosensitizing things. This is not an exhaustive list of everything that could have photosensitizing
effects. For answers to any question about a drug or product that you use, you should consult a physician.

What medications may interfere with my tanning?

Accutane
Achromycin
Actidil
Actifed
Adrueil
Aldactazide
Aldoclor
Aldoril
Ambenyl
Ancobon
Apresolene-Esidrix
Aquatenson
Asendin
Azo Gantanol
Azo Gantrisin
Azulfidine
Bactrim
Bainetar
Barbiturates
Benadryl
Butazolidin
Capoten
Cesamet
Cipro
Clinoril
Compazine
Danocrine
Dapsone
Declomycin
Deconamine
Diabeta
Diabinese
Dilantin
Dimetane
Dincardin
Dlulo
Diupres
Diuril
Diutensen-R
Dyazide
Dyrenium
Elavil
Endep
Enduronyl
Esidrix
Esimil
Estar Gel
Etrafon
Exna
Fansidar
Flexeril
Folex
Fulvicin U/F
Gantanol
Garamycin
Glucotrol
Grisactin
Haldol
Hibiclens
Hispril Spansule
Hydromox
Hygroton
Inderide
Intal Inhaler
Intron A
Lasix
Librium
Limbitrol
Lozol
Ludiomil
Marplan
Maxzide
Mellaril
Mepergan
Mexate
Mexate-AQ
Minizide
Minocin
Moduretic
Motrin
Mykrox
Naquival
Naturetin
NegGram
Neptazane
Normozide
Noroxin
Norpramin
Optimine
Oreticyl
Ornade Spansule
Orudis Capsules
Pamelor
Pediazole
Periactin
Permitil
Pertofrane
Phenergan
Phisohex
Polaramine
Prolixin
Quindex
Quinidine
Quinine
Rauzide
Renese
Ru-Tuss II Capsules
Seldane
Septra
Ser-Ap-Es
Serentil
Serepasil
Sinequan
Sparine
Stelazine
Sumycin
Surmontil
Tacaryl
Taractan
Tavist
Tegretol
Temaril
Tenoretic
Terramycin
Thalitone
Thorazine
Timolide
Tofranil
Tolazamide
Tolinase
Trandate HCT
Triaminic TR
Vaseretic
Vasotec Tablets
Velban
Vivactil
Voltaren Tablets
Zaroxolyn
SunSational Tanning Salon
1
620 E. 2nd St Ste M  Beaumont, CA   92223
951.845.1547