Throughout history, tanning has gone in and out of fashion. In Western countries before about the 1920s, tanned skin was associated with the lower classes, because they worked outdoors and were exposed to the sun. Women went to great lengths to preserve pallid skin, as a sign of their “refinement”.
Women’s outdoor clothing styles were tailored to protect against sun exposure, with full length sleeves, and sunbonnets and other large hats, headscarves, and parasols shielding the head. Women even went as far as to put lead-based cosmetics on their skin to artificially whiten their skin tone. However, when not strictly monitored these cosmetics caused lead poisoning. Achieving a light-skinned appearance was achieved in other ways, including the use of arsenic to whiten skin, and lightening powders. The preference for fair-skin continued until the end of the Victorian era.
By the early 20th century the therapeutic benefits of sunlight began to be recognized.
So is tanning bad?
Why do we always hear that tanning is bad?
The almighty dollar. The fear of the sun is a multi-billion dollar industry led by huge special interests that conduct most of the research on this topic and promote it as well. Lobbyists for pharmaceutical firms that sell billions of dollars of sunscreens and anti-sun cosmetics have muddied the issue by overstating the risks of sun exposure.
Conversely, there is no major industry except the indoor tanning industry that makes money by promoting the positive effects of sunshine. And the indoor tanning industry consists of smaller companies that do not match the marketing power of the multi-billion dollar “sun scare” industry.
Does tanning cause skin cancer?
Ultraviolet light is believed to be linked to skin cancer, but no one understands exactly how. It’s also clear that ultraviolet light is not the only factor. Heredity, diet and repeated sunburn are the biggest risk factors for non-melanoma skin cancers. There is ample evidence to suggest that avoiding the sun does not totally eliminate your risk.
What about malignant melanoma?
This rare form of skin cancer is still a mystery. It is most common in fair-skinned people with a family history of melanoma. Though some research suggests a connection to ultraviolet light, many studies have shown that people who receive regular sun exposure have less chance of getting melanoma than those who don’t. Also, it is the most commonly found on unexposed areas of the body like the lower trunk and legs.
Why do Beauty magazines condemn tanning?
MONEY!!! A recent study revealed that the average Beauty magazine receives approximately $1 million in advertising from billion-dollar sunscreen related companies every issue. These “ sun-scare” advertisers are making billions of dollars by scaring you out of the sun. If the Beauty magazines didn’t support their “sun scare” agenda, would they receive their advertising dollars?No wonder Beauty magazine’s work so hard to keep us in the dark!
Is tanning indoors smarter than outdoors?
Definitely! Our customers are exposed to a scientifically controlled dosage of ultraviolet light carefully formulated to tan you with a minimal risk of sunburn. That kind of control is virtually impossible outdoors, where variables such as seasonality, time of day, location, geography, weather conditions, altitude and the Earth’s thinning ozone layer make sunburn much more likely.Because sunburn is a main risk factor for skin damage, it is very definitely smarter to tan with the professionally trained staff at this Smart Tan Salon.
What is the age requirement to tan?
You must be 18 years or older to tan without parental consent. 15-17 may tan with proper parental consent.
What should I wear in the tanning bed?
You can wear (or not wear) whatever you are most comfortable in since all the rooms are private.
What is the tingle factor?
“Tingle” is a stimulation of the epidermal layers of your skin. Most people feel their skin heat up or tingle after applying these lotions. The skin stimulation (irritation) brings blood closer to the surface of the skin. The blood brings melanin with it and you may receive a better tan.
How long will it take to see results?
You should have a skin tone change after the first few tanning sessions. You should have a good base tan in 8-10 tanning sessions then one to three tanning sessions a week should maintain your tan in an entry level bed.
Your skin actually becomes thicker as your tanning progresses and makes It difficult for UV light to penetrate the upper layers of skin.
This is commonly referred to as a tanning “Plateau”. Moisturizer is extremely important at this point, and it is always important to switch up your tanning beds to ensure that you are reaching your maxium tanning potential. You also should switch up your tanning lotions, and can even try Obsessed by Devoted Creations which is our new plateau-breaking formula utilizing Mela-Dark and Nouritan for extreme dark results.
What can I do to tan my face & legs better?
Use a moisturizer at least twice daily. It’s a fact that moist skin tans much better than dry skin Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize. There are also lotions specifically designed for your face and legs that will give those hard to tan areas extra color.
Do I need to have protective eye-wear?
Your eyelids are not thick enough to protect your eyes from UV damage. Tanning salons typically provide eye-wear for you to purchase or you can bring your own FDA-approved eye-wear.
How do I know the beds are clean?
FDA-approved cleaning solutions after every customer’s tanning session. The solution is tested daily to ensure proper sanitizing properties exist.
How often are bulbs changed in each bed?
We follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for bulb replacement so that you will achieve the best results from your sessions. We typically change our bulbs when they have reached 80% of their capacity so your tan doesn’t suffer from weaker UV rays.
I am new to tanning indoors… Are there some precautions I need to be aware of?
- Don’t try to rush your tan. A tan should be obtained gradually.
- Gradually increase your exposure times, 1 to 2 minutes at a time.
- Consult your physician if you are taking any medication. Some medication can cause extra sensitivity to the UV light, causing overexposure.
- Also consult your physician If you have any type of skin irritation or other condition.
- Always wear protective eye-wear!! Ultraviolet light will penetrate the eyelids.
Can I tan and Sunless Tan the same day?
Yes, you can tan and use the UV tanning system the same day this gives you the benefit of both tanning processes. We recommend using the tanning bed prior to the uv-free spray tanning.
I’m pregnant. Is it safe for me to tan?
Medical professionals do not know the affects of heat on the unborn child. We recommend you take advantage of UV-Free Tanning.
Why should I use indoor tanning lotion?
It will help your skin to absorb the UV, which will aid in the tanning process. There are also special ingredients that stimulate melanin production, such as Tyrosine, which will give you the most out of every tanning session. Your skin tends to dry out during the tanning process and if you don’t use a good quality indoor tanning lotion, your skin will exfoliate faster, become more dry and flaky, and you will lose your tan faster. When using a good quality indoor tanning lotion it enhances your tan up to 60% because your skin starts to tan in 8 seconds when using a good indoor tanning lotion, and 8 minutes without any lotion.
Healthy, moist skin will tan quicker, get darker and keep its tanned appearance longer because the melanin is produced rapidly and the skin also will not exfoliate as quickly when it is properly moisturized.