1. Is indoor
often is a person allowed to tan?
3. Do I have to wear protective
eyewear while I tan?
4. Why do people use lotions?
5. How does
UV Tanning work?
6. Can tanning cause Skin Cancer?
never tanned before- What is it like?
8. How long is one
9. How long before you start seeing results?
is it important to build a base tan?
11. What does it mean to
12. What causes white spots?
13. Which is safer,
tanning indoors or in the sun? Why?
14. What is in tanning lotions
that accelerates a tan?
15. Why do you
use a points system and how does it work?
16. How many points
does each bed use, and what are the points packages
17. What is SunClub, and how does it work?
1. Is indoor tanning
Indoor UV tanning provides the same benefits and
risks as outdoor tanning. Both feel good and can improve your
appearance; both also call for moderation and proper skin care.
Indoor tanning, however, provides a more reliable, controllable
exposure of UVA & UVB tanning rays. Each tanning bed or stand-up
is regulated by Tanning Studio employees are Smart Tan Certified to
recommend the best, most responsible way to get the result you're
Wherever you tan, at The Tanning Studio, or
in the great outdoors, keep in mind the Golden Rule of Smart
Tanning: Never burn. Sunburn does not turn into tan; it actually keeps
your body from tanning while exposing you to increased risk. It's
always better to build up your tan – your body's natural defence against
UV overexposure, slowly, safely and in moderation.
How often is a person allowed to tan?
A 24 hour time
period should pass between tanning sessions. Pigmentation and/or
over-exposure may not be fully visible for 12-24 hours after your
original session. Two tanning sessions within this 24-hour period
could result in an unintentional burn.
3. Do I have
to wear protective eyewear while I tan?
may seem like a nuisance, the goggles that you wear while tanning
are very important. Your eyelids alone offer almost no protection
against UV light, which can damage the cornea and retina and lead to
cataracts. Not using proper eye protection may also result in short
term effects such as tired, itchy eyes, headaches and loss of night
vision. No one should ever be in a tanning bed without eye
protection. Buy your own pair to avoid the risk of infections like
pinkeye which are easily transmitted. Don't take chances with your
4. Why do people use lotions?
people use indoor tanning products to maximize their tanning
experience, and latest technology enables lotion to include
antioxidants that help prevent fine lines and wrinkles. The
following are reasons why consumers enjoy using tanning
1. They supply the skin with essential nutrients
necessary for a tan and help moisturize the skin to keep it looking
young and healthy.
2. Moist skin tans more quickly and
efficiently than dry skin, resulting in a better tan in fewer
3. Indoor tanning products help counteract the drying
effects of heat and light associated with tanning (moisturized skin
4. Active ingredients supplement the skin's cells
with the same proteins that enhance the tanning process
5. Specially formulated indoor tanning lotions help
your tan last by retaining ultraviolet induced melanin
5. How does UV Tanning work?
types of light rays are emitted by the sun and UV tanning equipment
that work together to get you tan.
UVA rays are mainly browning
rays that turn the melanin in your skin from pink to brown. This
reaction is the body's natural protection from the sun. UV-A rays
penetrate a little deeper into the skin than UV-B rays, are less
likely to burn you, and take a few hours longer to produce their
UVB are the “activation rays” that stimulate your
skin's melanocyte cells to bring more melanin to the surface. UV-B
rays penetrate less deeply, provide a slightly quicker effect, and
add a natural glow to skin color.
While top equipment provides
higher UV-A percentages, a little UV-B is important in maximizing
6. Can tanning cause Skin
Excessive exposure to any UV light source may
lead to skin damage, which may cause skin cancer. While there has
been no comprehensive study on the causes of skin cancer, three high
risk groups have been identified:
1. Severe sunburns at a young
2. History of skin cancer in the family and
3. Very fair
skin, red hair, freckles or moles.
If you fall into one or more
of these groups, any UV light exposure should be treated with even
greater caution. The fact is, most forms of skin cancer are
treatable. Even melanoma, which accounts for only 5% of all skin
cancer, is 90% treatable if caught in its early stages. Early
diagnosis is essential. It is recommended that all UV exposure be
For additional information from the International Smart
Tan Network go to www.tanningtruth.org
I've never tanned before- What is it like?
staff at The Tanning Studio will do a skin analysis to determine
your exposure time and recommended schedule. They will explain how
UV light works and how your skin tans.
What to Expect:
you may be first time tanners who have questions regarding indoor
tanning. We want to make sure your experience is as worry free and
comfortable as possible. What a lot of people don't realize until
they experience it first hand is that indoor tanning is a very
relaxing experience. One of the reasons people come to The Tanning
Studio is for the stress relief a relaxing tanning experience
brings. Now let's walk through your experience...
1. When you
come in for your appointment, a Tanning Studio consultant will ask
you to fill out a consent form. This information will consist of
your general information, as well as information regarding your skin
type. This will assist our staff in choosing the optimum tanning
time and schedule for you. Please be sure to answer accurately to
avoid the risk of burning.
2. Your Tanning Studio consultant will
give you a full tour of the salon, and explain the tanning process
and how it relates to the various types of equipment you will find
at The Tanning Studio. Our staff is professionally trained so if you
have any questions at all about your skin, how your skin tans or any
questions about the room or tanning equipment please ask. Our staff
is there to ensure your experience is a positive one.
consultant will then make sure you are equipped with the
• Protective Eyewear - your eyes have almost no
protection against UV rays. Therefore, at The Tanning Studio,
protective eyewear is mandatory. We have disposables and regular
goggles you may purchase.
• Indoor Tanning Lotion - your
skin will tan better when it's moisturized and tanning lotion is
specially formulated to produce a better result than tanning without
it. These can be purchased once you arrive in sample or regular
• Towel - we provide a towel for your convenience and
to cover up areas not normally exposed to UV light.
4. Once you
are comfortable with all of the information your consultant has
provided, they will take you to your room and explain how to use the
tanning bed. Once you have applied your lotion, you may start the
bed at anytime by simply turning the switch to on. All of our bed
timers are controlled by computer, so you never have to worry about
the time remaining as your bed will shut off automatically.
Some tanners tan nude, in a bathing suit or in their under garments
but it all depends on your preference. We do recommend, however,
that you limit exposure to areas not normally exposed to the sun
(breasts, butt, etc.) If you would like an extra towel to do this,
6. Before leaving the store, you will have an
opportunity to store your lotion behind our front desk so that it is
always waiting for you when you come in.
7. If you have any other
questions about your session, please ask one of our
8. How long is one
The Tanning Studio uses only the highest end
equipment that the tanning industry has to offer. The first time in
one of our beds will be between 5-10 minutes, depending on your skin
type. Many studios have different equipment and lamps - therefore
you should follow the recommended exposure time and schedule made by
our Tanning Studio consultants.
9. How long before
you start seeing results?
Most people notice results
after their second visit, and begin developing a good tan after
their third session. Note: a tan doesn't happen overnight - you need
to build a base tan. And remember to tan smart - never
10. Why is it important to build a base
Moderate exposure to UVB rays help develop a
natural barrier in the skin to protect the body from excessive UV
light. UVB rays stimulate the production of melanin, which absorbs
and scatters radiation to thicken the epidermis (the top skin
layer), thereby limiting the amount of UV light. If this
photo-protection (base tan) is not developed or a sunscreen is not
used, sunburn can occur and the DNA of the skin cells may become
11. What does it mean to Smart
To tan smart is to build up your tan in a
controlled and gradual manner. This gives 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 over exposure and skin damage. Gradual exposure utilizing
the advice of a Tanning Studio consultant will not only build a
better tan but will prevent the negative aspects of over
12. What causes white
There are several reasons why white spots become
noticeable on the body once the tanning process begins. Patches of
skin, which do not tan, could be the result of genetic
determination. White spots could also appear due to the presence of
a fungus, which lives on the skin's surface. While the fungus is
harmless, it does absorb UV light, which would normally penetrate
the skin. This fungus did not appear as a result of tanning; it
merely becomes noticeable once tanning occurs. It can be remedied
though the use of prescription drugs or some other topical lotions.
White patches of skin, which are often prominent on the shoulder
blades and just above the buttocks, can be 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. Periodic body shifting during tanning will
make these patches disappear.
13. Which is safer,
tanning indoors or in the sun? Why?
Indoor tanning is a
controlled environment, which allows you to slowly build a gradual
tan, to develop pigmentation and increase your natural SPF - thus
providing a safer environment. The external factors of tanning in
the sun, such as time of year and day, altitude, cloud coverage,
pollutants, reflective surfaces, etc. are harder to control or
predict - which increases your risk of
14. What is in tanning lotions that
accelerates a tan?
The main active ingredient in tanning
lotions is Tyrosine. Tyrosine is essentially amino acids from
proteins that are converted through several metabolic steps to
produce melanin. Melanin is the pigment responsible for causing your
skin to darken and provides a natural SPF factor of up to 4.
Tyrosine is added to tanning accelerator products to supplement the
body's normal level of tyrosine at the skins cell level thereby
speeding the tanning process. Indoor tanning lotions also helps
counter the drying effects of tanning, prepare the skin to tan more
efficiently, and makes a tan last longer.
15. Why do
you use a points system and how does it work?
three different levels of tanning equipment, each with a different
point value per minute. With each block of points you have, you can
use any piece of equipment. The higher the points package purchased,
the better value you are receiving per point.
many points does each bed use, and what are the points packages
Our three pieces of equipment include: The
Passion, SunCapsule and Affinity beds. Our Passion bed uses 2 points
per minute, The SunCapsule uses 3 points per minutes, and the
Affinity uses 4 points per minute. The points packages available
include: 200, 400, 600 and 1000.
17. What is SunClub,
and how does it work?
is The Tanning Studio's unlimited tanning membership program. By becoming
a member, you enjoy 20% off the regular 30 day unlimited
packages and up to 15% off products, with no
minimum commitment and no cancellation fee. All you need is a credit
card (MasterCard or Visa) to sign up.