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  • How old do I have to be to use a sunbed?
    You have to be 18+ to use UV tanning equipment. It is illegal for people under the age of 18 to use sunbeds.
  • Should I use indoor tanning lotions?
    Using indoor tanning lotions are a personal preferance, indoor tanning lotions also known as “accelerators” add nutrients your body needs to produce melanin. We have a range of accelerators to purchase within the salon which contain vitamin A, C, E, and botanicals that moisturize and increase blood flow, thus increasing oxygenation of melanin cells to help speed up the tanning process. UV rays reflect off of dry skin, the moisturizers in tanning accelerators help you absorb UV rays for better results. You will tan about twice as fast and keep your tan twice as long using accelerators.
  • When should I not use a sunbed?
    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued advice on the health risks associated with UV tanning equipment. They recommend you should not use UV tanning equipment if you: - have fair, sensitive skin that burns easily or tans slowly or poorly - have a history of sunburn, particularly in childhood - have lots of freckles and red hair - have lots of moles - are taking medicines or using creams that make your skin sensitive to sunlight - have a medical condition made worse by sunlight, such as vitiligo, a long-term skin condition caused by the lack of a chemical called melanin in the skin - have had skin cancer or someone in your family has had it - already have badly sun-damaged skin
  • Is indoor tanning as effective as outdoor tanning?
    Yes, in fact, sometimes more effective as you are in a controlled environment. 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. Indoor tanning allows you to control the amount of UV light, for an all-over even tan. With indoor tanning you can gradually increase your exposure time eliminating any sunburn.
  • Can I use outdoor oils and lotions on the sunbeds?
    NO! Outdoor tanning oils should be used outdoors ONLY! We have a range of indoor tanning oils to choose from!
  • How do I keep my tan?
    The best way to maintain your tan is to moisturize!!! Healthy skin tans faster, darker, and retains a tan longer. By drinking lots of water and using high quailty lotion (available in store) will help you maintain your tan. Your skin is constantly renewing itself. The dryer your skin is, the faster it wants to shed its top layers and bring new skin to the surface. You lose the top layers, you lose your tan. Even with moisturizing you will still need to maintain a tanning schedule of every 4 to 5 days, or at least once a week, to keep your tan, because your skin is reproducing new cells all the time.
  • How much time should I leave between tanning sessions?
    It is recommended to leave 24 hours between each tanning session.
  • Do I need to use lip balm?
    Your lips do not have the ability to tan, so it is recommended to apply an SPF lip balm before tanning. This protects your lips both from dehydration and sun burn. We sell SPF lip balm within the salon.
  • Do I have to wear goggles/eye protection?
    Yes! It is very important! We sell goggles within the salon and also provide free disposable eye protection. This eye protection blocks 99% of UVA and UVB rays. Closing the eyelids or using sunglasses will not protect your eyes. *Goggles should be replaced every 6 months*
  • 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 take extreme care with UV exposure when medicated.
  • Does indoor tanning help treat depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?
    A growing body of scientific evidence exists that shows some people require more light exposure in order to function properly. Bright light exposure, such as the mid-day summer sun, causes the brain to suppress the release of the hormone melatonin which acts as a depressant in the body if generated during the daytime. Effected people, exposed to longer hours of bright light, feel happier and more able to enjoy life. Bright light sources emitting only visible light are now frequently used to successfully treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Sub-syndrome Seasonal Affective Disorder (SSAD).
  • Will tanning affect my tattoos?
    UV rays are known to fade your tattoos after frequent exposure, however by applying an SPF or tattoo specific tanning lotion to the tattooed area, it will help maintain its vibrancy. It is advised that you wait at least one month before using a sunbed or sunbathing to ensure the tattoo is completely healed. We sell specific tanning lotions for tattoos within the salon.
  • Can I use a sunbed after sunbathing?
    It is strongly advised to not sunbathe before OR after using a sunbed as this is likely to cause your skin to burn. It will mean that your UV exposure is uncontrolled and lead to skin damage. The point of using a sunbed is to expose yourself to UV for a controlled amount of time, sunbathing immediately after this would mean you will become overexposed and at more risk of skin damage. It is recommended that, as a minimum, you avoid UV exposure for 24 hours after a tanning session. For new tanners, this should be increased to 48 hours.
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