Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is Indoor Tanning More Effective Than Outdoor Tanning?

Studies show that indoor tanning can help you build a base tan more quickly and effectively because of the controlled environment. Because you can time your sessions and expose your skin to a consistent level of UV rays, the result is a more even tan in a shorter amount of time. When you tan outdoors, you can’t always tan at the same time of da or control whether the sun stays out, which gives you less consistent results. The controlled environment does make indoor tanning a more effective way to achieve a tan.

Do You Need Tanning Lotion for Indoor Tanning?

This is one of those indoor tanning tips that is often overlooked because many people believe that tanning lotion isn’t necessary for this type of tanning. While it’s true that you shouldn’t wear outdoor tanning lotion while tanning indoors because it is designed for outdoor use and because it could permanently stain a tanning bed, wearing a lotion that is designed specifically for tanning indoors can actually improve the tone of your tan.

If you want a tan with a bit of bronze or one that has some glow to it, then there are products that you can buy directly from the tanning salon that will help you achieve this result. Many of these indoor tanning products will also hydrate your skin as they accelerate your tan so that it doesn’t dry out. While indoor tanning lotion isn’t necessary in the same way that sunscreen is for outdoor tanning, it will improve your overall result.

Should You Wear Protective Eyewear for Indoor Tanning?

Yes, protective eyewear is vital for indoor tanning. It is not enough to drape a towel over your eyes because the UV rays that the bed gives off can still filter through the material. If you’re worried about the skin around your eyes staying pale and giving you a reverse raccoon-eyed effect, you can carefully readjust the goggles during your tanning session to avoid this.

How Do You Prepare for Indoor Tanning?

Indoor tanning does require more preparation than outdoor tanning, so you’ll have to remember a number of indoor tanning tips for the night before your first session. First, you should shower with warm water and a gentle, water-based soap before exfoliating the skin. Sloughing away dead skin cells, excess body oil, and other impurities will allow your skin to better absorb the tanning bed’s UV rays. On the day of your session, you shouldn’t wear makeup, scented body lotion, or any jewelry when you go in for your tan.

How Does Skin Type Affect Indoor Tanning?

Your skin type has a great deal to do with how often and how long you will tan at an indoor salon, so it’s important that you discuss it with a tanning salon professional in order to create a tanning schedule that works for you and that is safe for your skin. What many people don’t realize is that indoor tanning is a process that takes place over time and that you rarely get the results you achieve in just one visit. However, the number of sessions you will need and the duration time you spend tanning will depend greatly on your skin tone.

Lighter tones will need more sessions in order to tan the skin gradually without burning it, and darker tones will need fewer sessions, as it will tan more easily. Understanding your own skin type will allow you to build an even tan and reduce the risk of burns. Your skin type will also affect how frequently you will have to return to the salon once you build up a tan. The lighter your skin is, the more frequently you will have to tan. Once you achieve the color you desire, you will have to return to the salon several times a week in order to maintain it.

Can I use outdoor tanning lotions in a tanning bed?

NO, just as the word indicates outdoor products should ONLY be used outdoors, as they can cause a film on the acrylic. This actually inhibits the tanning process, rather than acting as an amplifying agent. There are many excellent indoor tanning products for that purpose. Ask our tanning professional for recommendations.

How long will it take to see results?

To build an awesome tan, tan regularly. Allowing too much time between visits will cause your tan to fade. Most people will see a skin color change after the first few sessions. Normally, you will have a good base tan in 6-10 sessions. Then one or two sessions a week thereafter will maintain your tan year round. There are special cells in the skin called melanocytes. Ultraviolet B rays stimulate these cells and cause them to produce melanin. As these cells migrate to the surface of the skin, ultraviolet A rays oxidize them; thus creating a tan. Each of us has a different amount of melanin. Fair-skinned, fair-haired people generally have less than dark-haired, dark-skinned people. This determines, for the most part, how quickly and how dark your skin will tan.

How do I keep my tan?

Moisturize! Moisturize! Healthy skin tans faster, darker, and retains a tan longer. Drink plenty of water and make sure to keep your skin moisturized with a high quality lotion especially formulated-for-tanning. 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 loose the top layers, you loose your tan. Dry layers on the surface of your skin will block the UV rays from getting to the other layers to tan them. 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.

I’m really in a hurry… can I tan more than once on the same day?

Only if you do a “Double Dip”. To get an “instant” tan or an “extra boost” to your tan you should consider using our Super Sonic stand-up booth. This booth provides 36 hours of sunlight in 6 minutes. This Super Sonic booth should only be used by experienced tanners who have already achieved a proper base tan.

How much time should I let pass between tanning sessions?

The FDA requires 24 hours between tanning sessions.

Is it okay to shower right away after tanning?

Absolutely! Tanning is a process that can take up to 24 hours to develop. You can not “wash” away your tan, unless you are using a self tanner, shaving right away, or of page. Should I use SPF on my lips? Yes! You should use an SPF on your lips because your lips can’t tan.

What is the difference between low pressure units & high pressure units?

Low pressure units emit both UVA & UVB at a low energy level. Low pressure units will give more of a red tone tan, and you’ll need to maintain more often. High pressure units generate UVC, UVB, & UVA, but by means of a sophisticated filtering system, only UVA is emitted during a tanning session. It will take fewer sessions with a high pressure unit it to build a golden tan and to keep it. At Totally Tan all of our beds use a higher pressure bronzing type body bulb with high pressure facials, giving you a desired bronze tan. Our level 5 units are completely all high pressure.

When shouldn’t I tan?

When you are taking photosensitizing medication it is not recommended to tan outdoors or indoors. If you aren’t sure, ask your doctor, or ask our tanning consultant to see a list of medications, which can greatly increase the risk of overexposure. A partial list, by no means inclusive, appears below.

Many common medications and even ingredients in food, shampoos & soaps can cause photo sensitivity which may lead to overexposure. If you are taking prescription medications please check with your physician regarding possible photo sensitivity. Perfumes and colognes containing Furocoumarins, compound from natural products such as plants and fruits, can cause your skin to become highly sensitive to UV light. Food and fruits that contain photosensitizing agents: celery, carrots, lime, coriander, parsley, fennel, dill, buttercup, mustard and fig.

Not everyone will experience a photosensitive reaction. Also, someone who experiences a photosensitive reaction once will NOT necessarily experience it again or every time.

Medications will NOT cause the same degree of skin reaction in all individuals.

The most common photosensitizing list. This is not an exhaustive list of everything that could have photosensitizing effects. For answers to any question about a drug or product that you use, you should consult a physician.

  • Accutane
  • Achromycin
  • Actidil
  • Actifed
  • Adrueil
  • Aldactazide
  • Aldoclor
  • Aldoril
  • Ambenyl
  • Ancobon
  • Apresolene-Esidrix
  • Aquatenson
  • Asendin
  • Azo Gantanol
  • Azo Gantrisin
  • Azulfidine
  • Bactrim
  • Bainetar
  • Barbiturates
  • Benadryl
  • Butazolidin
  • Capoten
  • Cesamet
  • Cipro
  • Clinoril
  • Compazine
  • Danocrine
  • Dapsone
  • Declomycin
  • Deconamine
  • Diabeta
  • Diabinese
  • Dilantin
  • Dimetane
  • Dincardin
  • Dlulo
  • Diupres
  • Diuril
  • Diutensen-R
  • Dyazide
  • Dyrenium
  • Elavil
  • Endep
  • Enduronyl
  • Esidrix
  • Esimil
  • Estar Gel
  • Etrafon
  • Exna
  • Fansidar
  • Flexeril
  • Folex
  • Fulvicin U/F
  • Gantanol
  • Garamycin
  • Glucotrol
  • Grisactin
  • Haldol
  • Hibiclens
  • Hispril Spansule
  • Hydromox
  • Hygroton
  • Inderide
  • Intal Inhaler
  • Intron A
  • Lasix
  • Librium
  • Limbitrol
  • Lozol
  • Ludiomil
  • Marplan
  • Maxzide
  • Mellaril
  • Mepergan
  • Mexate
  • Mexate-AQ
  • Minizide
  • Minocin
  • Moduretic
  • Motrin
  • Mykrox
  • Naquival
  • Naturetin
  • NegGram
  • Neptazane
  • Normozide
  • Noroxin
  • Norpramin
  • Optimine
  • Oreticyl
  • Ornade Spansule
  • Orudis Capsules
  • Pamelor
  • Pediazole
  • Periactin
  • Permitil
  • Pertofrane
  • Phenergan
  • Phisohex
  • Polaramine
  • Prolixin
  • Quindex
  • Quinidine
  • Quinine
  • Rauzide Renese
  • Ru-Tuss II
  • Capsules
  • Seldane
  • Septra
  • Ser-Ap-Es
  • Serentil
  • Serepasil
  • Sinequan
  • Sparine
  • Stelazine
  • Sumycin
  • Surmontil
  • Tacaryl
  • Taractan
  • Tavist
  • Tegretol
  • Temaril
  • Tenoretic
  • Terramycin
  • Thalitone
  • Thorazine
  • Timolide
  • Tofranil
  • Tolazamide
  • Tolinase
  • Trandate HCT
  • Triaminic TR
  • Vaseretic
  • Vasotec Tablets
  • Velban
  • Vivactil
  • Voltaren Tablets
  • Zaroxolyn

What causes white spots?

Tinea Versicolor, a skin condition, caused by a microscopic fungus from the scalp, falls onto arms, shoulders, and other body parts and leaves bleached-looking areas on the skin, which can spread. It is treatable with topical aids such as leaving the active ingredient in Selsum Blue dandruff shampoo on for 10 minutes along with applying Tea Tree oil twice daily for mild cases. For more resistant conditions, your doctor may prescribe pills for treatment. Since tinea versicolor covers skin cells and acts as a sun screen with high SPF factor, the effected areas will not tan and should be protected from further ultraviolet light exposure until those bleached areas have begun developing melanin again.