Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Tanning
The tanning process is the skins natural
reaction to ultraviolet exposure that occurs in both long term
events and short term events. Tanning is your skins natural defense
mechanism and protection against burning. Tanning takes place in the skin's outermost
layer, the epidermis. When the melancytes in your epidermis are
exposed to ultraviolet "B" light (UVB-short wave ultraviolet),
melanocytes produce melanin (the pigment which is ultimately
responsible for your tan. Also, visit www.tanningtruth.com
Q. Are there
gudelines to follow when tanning?
YES! Please abserve the
Some medications can
increase one`s sensitivity to uv light, we call this
photosensitivity and precautions must be taken. Many prescription
and non-prescription drugs contain photosensitizing agents that can
cause sunburn, blistering, hives, rash or other skin
reactions. These reactions are classified as either
photoallergic or phototoxic.You should consult with your physician before tanning if
you are taking medication. Photsensitivity
A tan should always be
optained gradually and in incremental doses. Never tan more then
once every 24 hours.
Do not apply any type of
cosmetics or perfume before tanning, they can act as a photo
- ALWAYS were protective eyewear while
tanning, ultraviolet light penetrates the eyelids and the intense
light can be harful to your eyes.
SunBurn is the bodys warning that the skin
has been overexposed to UV light. Do not ignore this warning. If
one continues to expose sunburned skin to UV rays , the skins
natural repair mechanism becomes overloaded and could lead to skin
Q. Will burning first give me a darker better
NO ! Burning causes damage to the surface
layers of the skin. Many people say " my burn turns to
tan " This myth is very dangerous , tanning and burning
are two totally different processes. Burning leads to premature
aging, sunspots, drying, flaking and peeling of the skin, and
should be avoided at all cost! A burn may heal and disappear at the
same time a tan is developing , giving you the appearance that your
burn is turning tan. Your actually causing damage to your skin,
repeated damage could lead to some forms of skin caner. The tanning
process is not something that can be rushed. It may seem like
nothing happened, but it can take up to 48 hrs for melanogenisis to
begin. Adjust your session slowly till you reached your desired
color. Remember everyone is different, and while building a base
tan 48 hrs is the recommended time between sessions.
Q. What is
is an inflammation of the skin that is caused by overexposure to
ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. A similar burn can follow
overexposure to a "sun" (tanning) lamp. UV radiation can also
damage the eyes, although no surface burn is apparent. Please ask a
tanning professional how many minutes your skin type can
Q. Can tanning bake
your internal organs?
A. NO ! UV
light from a sun bed is similar to UV light from the sun, and
cannot penetrate deeper than the skin to harm internal
Q. Why does a Tan
A Tan is a pigmentation process that occurs
in the epidermis (top layer of the skin). Everyone's skin naturally
exfoliates. The epidermis replaces skin cells usually every 28
days. There for, to maintain a tan it requires repeated exposure to
UV light. We suggest you build a base tan and maintain it in one of
our higher end beds. 1 to 2 times a week.
Q. What causes white
These white spots are not from a dirty
tanning bed. White spots are usually caused by a skin condition
that effects tanners called Tinea Versicolor, a microscopic fungus
from the scalp. White spots are treatable and should avoid
ultraviolet light exposure until those areas have begun developing
melanin again. Use special shampoo, or cream found at your local
tanning center. There a several reasons why white spots become
noticeable on the body when tanning.
patches of the skin do not tan
its because of Melanocytes in that certain area may simply not be
producing enough melanin.
- Birth control pills and some other
medications can cause blotches and uneven pigmentation of the skin
when exposed to UV light.
White spots could also be
appear due to fungus which lives on the skins surface, once again
this is harmless. It can be remedied through the use of a special
shampoo or cream found in most tanning salons.
- Pressure points are white patches of the
skin. These patches are usually found on the shoulder blades, and
just above the buttocks. These patches are caused from the pressure
of the body as it reclines on the hard surface. The pressure
inhibits blood flow through that area of the skin. This area will
not tan because blood carries oxygen and is essential to the
tanning process. To make these white patches disappear try shifting
your body during your tanning session.
Q. Can i use outdoor oils and
lotions in tanning unit?
A. Outdoor Products should ONLY be used outdoors! This is
why it says outdoor. Solar Escape does not allow the use of outdoor
lotions. It inhibits the tanning process, rather then acting as an
amplifying agent. By using an indoor lotion, you will be amazed at
the quicker, darker, more long lasting results. They will increase
your Tanning Results by 30% and contain ingredients that produce
melanin in the skin, amplify UV light and contain skin conditioners
that restore lost nutrients during the tanning process.
Ask a tanning professional how to assist
you with an indoor lotion.