What is the tanning process?

Tanning takes place in the skin’s outermost layer, the epidermis. This layer contains cells called melanocytes which, when stimulated with ultraviolet (UVB) light, produce melanin. Melanin is the dark pigment found throughout the layers of the skin. The melanin then moves up through the epidermis and is absorbed by skin cells. When exposed to UVA light, the melanin darkens, producing a tan. Both the UVA and UVB components of ultraviolet light are needed to produce the protective condition we call a tan.

 Fun Fact: Many tanners choose to combine sunless spray tanning with sunbed tanning—a method called cocktail tanning.    Consult with our Tanning Experts for a personalized tan retention plan. 

Can I get a tan after one session?

Not necessarily. The skin needs a few tanning sessions to allow the skin to oxidize its melanin, darken and produce a tan. This process cannot be rushed. Your tan will begin to deepen within 3-5 sessions, depending upon the amount of melanin within your skin. Consider adding a VERSAPRO session to your UV sessions to achieve a darker appearance more quickly.

If I never can get a tan outside because I burn, can I get a tan indoors?

If repeated sun burns, and frequent exposures are needed to get an outdoor tan, it may be possible to acquire an indoor tan without the burning that is often associated with the tanning process. You would need to begin with a short exposure time, and increase it very gradually. Consistency is also important. 2-3 tans( depending upon the strength of the equipment) each week for several weeks should yield the desired effect. However, if you NEVER tan from the sun, you will not tan from tanning lamps, since they emit the same spectrum of tanning rays as the sun does.

How often should I tan?

In order to build a tan, tan regularly. Don’t let too much time go by between visits, or your tan will begin to fade. It is suggested that you wait 36- 48 hours in between each session to allow your tan to fully develop in between visits. You can build up your tan by gradually increasing indoor tan-time and tanning two to three times a week. Once you have a tan, you can maintain it by tanning one or two times a week.    Because the tanning process doesn’t stop when you leave the sunbed, your skin needs downtime to properly develop color.  As required by the FDA, a 24-hour resting period between sessions will allow you to maximize your color and skin care 

How long does it take to get a tan?

Generally, you will begin to notice results after a few tanning sessions, but it may take several weeks of regular tanning (about three times a week) to acquire a good tan. If you are developing a base tan before going on a winter vacation, please start tanning two to three weeks before you are scheduled to leave.

What causes a tan to fade?

Tanning takes place in the top layer of skin, the epidermis. This outer layer, with oxidized melanocytes, is shed every 30 days, causing the tan to fade. Indoor heating, hot water, harsh soaps, and colder weather can hasten the fading process. Well moisturized skin, increased water intake, neutral ph soap and showering in warm water can increase the longevity of your tan. Regular tanning sessions are also needed to maintain a great tan.

When shouldn’t I tan?

It is not recommended to tan, if you are taking photosensitizing medication. If you aren’t sure, check warning labels on the medication, ask your doctor or pharmacist, or consult the list of sensitizing medications posted at Perfect Tan. These medications can greatly increase your risk of overexposure. You should also avoid tanning if you are pregnant, as the heat produced by the indoor tanning equipment can negatively affect both mother and unborn child.

Do I need to protect my lips?

Absolutely! Lips will burn easily and repeatedly unless you protect them with lip balms or sunscreen.

Is eye protection really necessary?

Yes. The FDA requires protection for the eyes. Night Blindness, lack of color perception, retinal ulcers and eventual blindness are consequences of not protecting the eyes. Using a towel, coins, cotton balls or regular sunglasses are not acceptable alternatives.   We want you to fully enjoy how good you look after tanning. That’s why we (politely) insist that you sport protective eyewear.   After all, it’s required by law since UV rays can be harmful to eyes