Why tan?

There are both physiological and psycological reasons to tan. Most people tan in order to obtain the cosmetic value of darker skin, which, in turn may heighten their mood and self-esteem. Other people may tan for certain medical reasons and do so under a doctor's care.

How often can I tan?

That is entirely up tp you! Pacific Sun Tanning requires that a 24 hour time period pass between tanning sessions. Tanning results take time to develop and overexposure may not be fully visible for 12-24 hours after your original tanning session. Two tanning sessions within this 24-hour period could result in an unintentional burn and overexposure. We recommend 48 hours between sessions while building your base tan. Remember to tan smart - never burn.

Why does a tan disappear?

They say nothing lasts forever, but in the case of your tan, it is because the top layer of your skin replaces all of its cells every 28-30 days. Keeping your skin moisturized, will help prolong a tan; however a tan can only be maintained by repeated exposure to UV light.

When will I see color?

Tanning results depend on a number of factors, including your skin type, level of tanning bed and the lotion you use. Faster results are caused by using high quality indoor tanning lotions. If you are just beginning to tan, it will take approximately three to four visits before you start to see color. You don't want to rush this process in order to avoid overexposure or skin damage. Keep in mind the smart and safe way to build a tan is two minutes at a time. Read about our Tanning Options to learn the best way to achieve your unique tanning goals.

How quickly can I get a tan?

How fast you tan really depends on your skin type. But every skin type can benefit from using tanning lotions and higher end equipment to accelerate the process and lead to long-lasting results!

What should I wear when tanning?

Anything you like or nothing at all! Remember, if you choose to tan in something, you will have tan lines and if you choose to tan in nothing, you may want to protect areas that have received less exposure to sunlight than others.

How long does a tanning session last?

It can vary between 5-20 minutes, depending on your skin type, base tan and the level of equipment that you are tanning on. Equipment and lamps vary from each Pacific Sun Tanning salon, so make sure to follow the recommended exposure time made by one of our knowledgeable Tanning Consultants.

I've never tanned before - What is it like?

Amazing! That's why we lve it and you will, too. It's relaxing and helps provide that feel good Vitamin D that is produced by UV light exposure. You're going to feel great and your tan will make you look even better!

Which ray is better for me, UVA or UVB?

UVA and UVB rays have different functions. UVB helps produce melanin and UVA bronzes the melanin. You need both UVA and UVB to tan.

Which is safer, tanning indoors or in the sun? Why?

Indoor tanning in a controlled environment. We can not do that in nature. Factors beyond our control, such as time of year and day, geography, altitude, cloud coverage, pollutants, Earth's ozone layer, and reflective surfaces all can increase your risk of overexposure. Indoor tanning allows you to slowly build a gradual tan and increase your natural SPF - thus providing a safer environment. Remember to tan smart - never burn.

How quickly can I increase my tanning time after my first session?

If you are tanning regularly and you did not experience any redness after your first tanning session, we recommend that you increase your tanning time by 2-3 minutes each time thereafter until reaching the maximum tan time for the particular bed. Remember to tan smart - never burn.

If a person cannot tan in the sun, will they be able to get a tan indoors?

Normally, a person tans indoors only as well as they can tan outdoors. That being said, fair-skinned people who generally cannot tolerate the uncontrolled rays of the sun often achieve some color when tanning indoors because of the controlled environment.

What is after tan odor?

That smell known as the "after tan odor" is caused by friendly bacteria on the surface of the skin. The smell is the result from the bacteria when your body/skin gets hot from a tanning. Many tanning lotions contain specific antibacterial ingredients to eliminate that "after tan odor". Moreover, some products available at all Pacific Sun Tanning salons contain wonderful fragrances that work to eliminate the after tan odor and enhance your tan to the maximum.

What causes white spots?

There are several reasons why white spots appear on the body once the tanning process begins. White spots can be the cause of genetic determination or the presence of a fungus, which lives on the skin's surface. While the fungus s harmless, it does absorb UV light, which would normally penetrate the skin. This fungus did not appear as a result of tanning; ir merely becomes noticeable once tanning occurs. It can be remedied through the use of prescription drugs or some other topical lotions.

White patches of skin usually found on the shoulder blades and just above the buttocks, are usually caused by the pressure from the body as it reclines on a hard tanning bed surface. This pressure inhibits the flow of blood through that area of skin. Since blood carries oxygen, which is essential to the tanning process, this area does not tan. What does this mean? To make white patches disappear, move around during your tanning session to relieve pressure and to tan these surface points.

Can I tan if I am pregnant?

There is no current scientific and/or biological reason why a pregnant woman cannot tan indoors or outdoors. UV light does not penetrate your skin farther than a superficial layer. In fact, some researchers believe the production of vitamin D caused by exposure to UVB may be beneficial to both the mother and fetus.

Doctors suggest that pregnant women don't tan because they don't want your body temperature to increase, as it can in some tanning beds. We suggest tanning in an air conditioned unit to avoid over-heating. If you are pregnant, you should always consult with your physician before any tanning.

Can tanning indoors cause cancer?

Saying that tanning causes cancer is like saying water causes drowning. While excessive exposure to any UV light source may lead to skin damage, which may cause skin cancer, you should think of UV light like water. Your body needs it, it even must have it. But too much of anything is never a good thing! Keep in mind that three high risk groups for developing cancer have been identified:

  1. severe sunburns at a young age
  2. history of skin cancer in the family
  3. very fair skin, red hair, freckles or moles

If you fall into one or more of these groups, exposure to any UV light should be treated with caution. We always recommend that all UV exposure be moderated. For more information on the benefits of UV light, check out TanningTruth.com, a Web site dedicated to the truth about indoor tanning.

Remember to tan smart - never burn.

What is a photosensitizing medication?

Some medications can cause your skin to be especially sensitive to UV light. If you are taking any prescription medications, ask your doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to tan. If it is not safe for you to tan and you still want some color, ask about our UV-Free Sunless Tanning, as a great alternative.

Why do some people itch after tanning indoors?

Itching and/or rashes may be linked to several causes. Some people are naturally photosensitive to UV exposure while others are suseptible to heat rashes. Certain cemicals or ingredients found in cosmetics, lotions, shampoos, and even the acrylic cleaner might cause itching. Customers should be advised to tan with the skin as clean as possible. Heat rash, or tanner's itch, may also indicate that the light and heat caused by tanning indoors or in the sun have dried your skin. Discontinue tanning for a few days, then slowly build your time allowing melanin production to increase.

Remember that your skin should always be moisturized, especially when tanning. Make sure to use one of the moisturizers made specifically for your skin while you are tanning available at every Pacific Sun Tanning salon.

Why do some dermatologists warn people against sun exposure?

While some dermatologists may advocate total avoidance of all sun exposure, the media seems to quote only those who do. Many dermatologists and others from the medical community have acknowledged the need for moderate sun exposure. Without light there is no life as we know it.

UV exposure helps your body to produce vitamin D in your skin, which can help prevent some cancers; reduce depression, osteoporosis, and osteomalacia (the adult equivalent to rickets); and it's an effective long-term treatment for skin conditions like psoriasis, vitiligo, eczema, and many others. For more information on the benefits of UV light, check out TanningTruth.com, a Web site dedicated to the truth about indoor tanning.

Is it possible to contract a skin disease from indoor tanning eqipment?

At Pacific Sun Tanning Company, we properly sanitize all equipment after each tanning session with a hospital grade sanitizer, ensuring that every time you tan, you tan in a clean environment.

What is a base tan?

It is the color you seek and also your body's natural protection against sunburn. Having a base tan enables your skin to have exposure to ultraviolet light without burning.

What does it mean to tan smart?

Short explanation - to tan responsibly and to never sun burn. Expanded explanation - to build up your tan in a controlled and gradual manner, thus giving your body a natural tan without burning, giving pigment a chance to develop and increasing your protection to UV light. It may take longer, but you reduce the risk of overexposure and skin damage. It also means not to overexpose. Your skin will only get so dark, tanning more than necessary to get darker than your skin is capable of is not smart tanning!

Do I need to wear eye protection?

Yes. Although they may seem like a nuisance, the goggles that you wear while tanning are very important. Pacific Sun Tanning requires its customers to use approved eye protection in our salons. This helps to prevent possible serious vision problems that can be caused by UV exposure. It is important to note that closing your eyelids alone provides almost no protection to UV light. Look to your bright future, wear eyewear!

Why should I use an indoor tanning lotion?

The lotions we sell have been created especially for use in indoor tanning and will increase your ability to tan by keeping your skin hydrated, healthy and producing melanin. Healthy skin tans more easily and holds on to that beautiful tan longer.

Do indoor tanning lotions contain SPF?

Generally no! SPF that is contained in outdoor tanning lotions prevents desired results while tanning indoors. Because indoor tanning controls exposure time SPF is not required. Indoor tanning lotions are designed to maximize your tanning results while minimizing your chances of overexposure. Remember to tan smart - never burn.

How can I maintain and extend my tan?

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize, and tan on a regular basis. Using a high quality moisturizer will help replenish the vitamins and nutrients that are lost during the tanning session, keeping your skin smooth and younger looking while helping you maintain the color that you love. Beautiful tans do not happen overnight, keep yours by tanning regularly.

How can I get immediate color when I haven't tanned for a while?

Our suggestion if you need color today is a sunless tanning session. Have a few days? Then use a high pressure tanning bed with an indoor tanning lotion that contains a bronzer. This type is available at all Pacific Sun Tanning salons and gives you a deep, dark color as you develop your base tan.

I have reached a point where I can't get any darker, what can I do?

You have reached what is called a "tanning plateau". We suggest that you try a tanning product for advance tanners known as "hot actions" or "tingle" products. These lotions produce a warming-reddening sensation by increasing the circulation of the top layer of skin, which will take even the dark tan past the plateau. Remember that for the best results, it is best to "mix it up" in your tanning levels.

How does using different equipment levels provide the best tanning results?

At Pacific Sun Tanning, we believe in "mixing it up!" Just like anything else, your body can become conditioned and see less effective results over time. Mixing up your tanning levels and tanning lotions frequently, keeps your tan responding and your color simply the best.

My face and legs don't tan as well as the rest of my body. What should I do?

That's completely normal and something that is easily fixed. Ask a Pacific Sun Tanning Consultant to recommend the right tanning product that is specifically designed for these sensitive and hard to tan areas.

What will tanning do to my scars?

Scars don't usually tan well. New scars are often sensitive to UV light and can burn more easily. Use a sunscreen stick made especially for UV protection on scars to minimize UV exposure. A sunless tanner or bronzer can be used to help the scar blend with the rest of the skin. All of these product options are available at every Pacific Sun Tanning salon.

Will indoor tanning lighten my hair?

If you tan regularly, and if your hair lightens naturally outdoors, the same is likely to happen when indoor tanning. If you are concerned about this, you can avoid possible hair-lightening by covering your hair with a towel while tanning, using a tanning cap, or by using UV blocking hair products, all options are available at every Pacific Sun Tanning salon.

Can I shower after a tanning session?

By all means, please do so if you want or need to. Just keep in mind that if you are using bronzing products during your tanning session it is suggested that you wait at least a couple of hours before taking a shower.

Should I protect my tattoo while tanning?

Absolutely, getting inked costs money! Colors in a tattoo will begin to lose vividness with UV exposure, whether outdoors or indoors, unless protected. Protect that investment by using a tattoo cover-up stick available at every Pacific Sun Tanning salon.

Will my artificial nails turn yellow from tanning?

It is possible. Use a protecting clear nail polish as a topcoat, this will filter the UV light. There are many products available on the market. We also can special order nail covers that may be used while tanning to prevent discoloring of your acrylic nails.

  1. Apply SPF to your lips
    We recommend that clients use a SPF lip balm prior to tanning sessions to prevent potential dryness and protect lips. Your lips do not produce melanin, which leaves them susceptible to damage.

  2. Remove makeup
    Many make-up products contain SPF ingredients, which will prevent an even and natural-looking tan.

  3. Apply accelerated lotion
    Keeping skin moist is essential to the production and maintenance of your tan. Indoor tanning lotions will give you faster and deeper, darker, long-lasting color.

  4. Protect sensitive areas
    Some parts of our body receive less exposure to sunlight than others. For the first few sessions, we recommend keeping these areas covered for part of each session, until you reach that desirable base tan.

  1. Use eyewear
    Pacific Sun Tanning sells and provides FDA certified eyewear to prevent any UV light damage to the eyes.

  2. Tan smart
    UV damage slows the tanning process and has a reverse effect on the development of your tan. Pacific Sun Tanning Consultants are knowledgeable about the level of equipment you are tanning on and will recommend the appropriate tanning time for this and your skin type.

  1. Apply moisturizer
    We recommend using an after-tan moisturizer to keep skin hydrated and extend the life of your tan. Ask a Pacific Sun Tanning Consultant for more information on the best products for your skin.

  2. Avoid overexposure
    Refrain from spending any extended amount of time in the sun after sessions. One UV session can be comparable to spending a day in the sun; therefore it's important to plan your outdoor time accordingly. We recommended tanning every other day while building your base tan. The use of higher level equipment will help you maintain your tan in only 1 to 2 sessions every 7 to 10 days.

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