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  • Q:  Why keep a tan?

    A:  Light is essential to all life on earth. There are various physiological and psychological reasons why exposure to light is desirable and necessary. There’s a growing body of scientific evidence showing people actually require light exposure to function effectively. Light exposure causes the brain to suppress the release of the hormone melatonin that acts as a depressant in the body and exposure to light produces various health benefits, such as the production of the very necesssary Vitamin D3 in the prevention of bone diseases (such as osteoporosis) and in the improvement of symptoms of psoriasis.

  • Q:  Why tan indoors?

    A:  Indoor tanning eliminates the “guesswork” of tanning outdoors and is easy, convenient and private. Ideally, indoor tanning is supervised by a trained professional helping you achieve the desired color you want, reminding you to wear protective eyewear (goggles), encouraging and recommending lotions before and after tanning and helping you avoid over-exposure. And hint, hint: according to poll most tanners tan in the nude to avoid tan lines!

  • Q:  I burn outdoors. Can I still get a tan?

    A:  It may be easier to get the desired color by tanning indoors. Begin with a short exposure time and increase it very gradually. A tanning professional can help you determine the best exposure time for your skin type. However, if you NEVER tan from the sun, you will not tan from tanning lamps, as they imitate the sun.

  • Q:  What should I wear when I'm tanning indoors?

    A:  You can tan in your bathing suit, underwear, or if you prefer a more “natural” approach, you can tan semi-nude or nude. Being in a private room while tanning – unlike at the beach or pool, you can wear whatever you like. Please be aware of exposing sensitive body parts that are not normally exposed to light. It is highly recommended that sensitive body parts be gradually exposed to prevent overexposure. It is also recommended to cover up a previously unexposed part of the body for part of your tanning time, so it can catch up safely with the rest of your tan. The only required attire is eye protection because your eyelids, even when they are closed, aren’t enough protection and light can cause temporary and permanent damage to them.

  • Q:  Do I need to wear eye protection?

    A:  Eyewear protection is required by law. Your eyelids aren’t thick enough to provide protection and do not effectively block light while tanning. Approved eye protection is required to ensure you won’t have any ill effects such as reduced color vision or night blindness.

  • Q:  Can tanning cause wrinkles?

    A:  Maybe, however, your skin will wrinkle if you don’t tan. Age, Diet, Genetics, certain behaviors (smoking cigarettes) and environmental pollution can wrinkle your skin just as much as moderate sun tanning. Overexposure, not moderate exposure, can cause the skin to wrinkle and therefore, it is advised to avoid overexposure. Also the usage of a tanning lotion will help your skin maintain its elasticity as well as prevent it from losing any nutrients and becoming dehydrated during your tanning session. This will in turn help prevent from wrinkling your skin.

  • Q:  Will tanning affect my tattoo?

    A:  Yes! Tattoos should be covered with a strong sun block as UV light can cause colors to fade. Tattoo sticks is available at the store is perfect for preserving the life of your tattoo and contains SPF 30.

  • Q:  How often should I tan?

    A:  To build an awesome tan, tan regularly. Allowing too much time between visits will cause your tan to fade. You can tan up to once every 24 hours, however it’s recommended that you allow 48 hours in between each session to permit your tan to fully develop in between visits. Once you have a base, maintaining your tan will vary from individual to individual based on skin type. To help prolong the life of your tan, make sure to keep your skin moisturized with a high quality specially formulated-for-tanning lotion.

  • Q:  Why tan indoors?

    A:  Indoor tanning eliminates the “guesswork” of tanning outdoors and is easy, convenient and private. Ideally, indoor tanning is supervised by a trained professional helping you achieve the desired color you want, reminding you to wear protective eyewear (goggles), encouraging and recommending lotions before and after tanning and helping you avoid over-exposure. And hint, hint: according to poll most tanners tan in the nude to avoid tan lines!

  • Q:  How long does it take to get a tan?

    A:  You’ll notice results after your very first session. To build a base tan most people need 3-5 sessions to get the color desired. If you need an instant tan, you should consider Spray-on Tanning or for the fastest tan a combination of regular tanning equipment and spray-on. Going on a vacation? Tan before you go and allow a few weeks of tanning prior to your trip. We recommend using a specially formulated lotion to increase your tanning potential and keep your skin feeling healthy and soft.

  • Q:  When should I NOT tan?

    A:  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 a tanning consultant at your tanning facility to see a list of these medications, which can greatly increase the risk of overexposure. A partial list, by no means inclusive, appears below. You should also avoid tanning if you are pregnant, due to the heat, unless your doctor approves it. The concern is that tanning while pregnant may tend to increase body temperature which may be harmful to the unborn baby. Ultraviolet radiation from tanning equipment does not affect tissues below the surface of the skin, including a developing, unborn baby. Since medical professionals do not know how pregnancy is affected by the heat generated by tanning equipment we do allow pregnant women to tan with a written permission from a doctor. 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. Their natural oils 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.

  • Q:  How long will my tan last?

    A:  Your tan should last between five to seven days, depending on your skin type. Just like a tan from the sun, it will gradually fade as your skin exfoliates. It also depends on how hydrated your skin is.

  • Q:  I burn outdoors. Can I still get a tan?

    A:  It may be easier to get the desired color by tanning indoors. Begin with a short exposure time and increase it very gradually. A tanning professional can help you determine the best exposure time for your skin type. However, if you NEVER tan from the sun, you will not tan from tanning lamps, as they imitate the sun.

  • Q:  I don't seem to be getting any darker. Why?

    A:  Some people after tanning for a while will reach a point were they hit what is commonly known as a Tanning Plateau were there skin seems not to be getting any darker. The Tanning Plateau can be over come by taking using a range of tanning equipment with varying UVB/UVA ratios to stimulate different levels within the skin. For some tanners this may even mean stepping down a level for a few tans to see results.

  • Q:  Can I tan while I'm pregnant?

    A:  UV light penetrates less than 2mm into the skin layer and CANNOT reach the internal organs. However, the main concern with pregnant women tanning is heat exposure. Its is suggested that the pregnant mother receive a consultation from an Allure Tanning professional when considering tanning.

     

    NOTE: Allure Tanning requires written verification of a doctors permission to use tanning equipment during the pregnancy and also reserves the right to refuse tanning to pregnant mothers on a case by case basis. Please let us know if you are or could be pregnant, Allure Tanning will hold unlimited packages from this point until a time period when the mother can safely tan again.

  • Q:  What can I do to help my tan last longer?

    A:  MOISTURIZE! Using a high quality specially formulated tanning moisturizer will help replenish vitamins and nutrients, keeping your skin smooth and younger looking while helping you maintain that deep dark tan you love. Remember properly moisturized skin TANS FASTER, TANS DARKER, and STAYS TANNED LONGER!!!

  • Q:  I'm in a hurry.  Can I tan more than once a day?

    A:  To get an “instant” tan you should consider using our sunless Spray Booth. In just seconds you can have the natural-looking color you want. If you prefer traditional tanning please remember that color takes up to 24 hours to develop as your skin produces your tan. Accordingly the FDA prohibits tanning more frequently than once per 24 hours because you could unintentionally sun burn yourself. There is no such limitation for spray booth tans AND spray booth tanning IS allowed on the same day as a traditional tanning session.

  • Q:  How long can I tan on my first session?

    A:  Your first session length will depend upon your skin tone and type, and your tanning professional will ask you to fill out a skin analysis to help determine your skin type. Also taken into consideration is how long it has been since you last tanned. The maximum exposure time on Allure Tanning equipment is 12 minutes however, you must build gradually to prevent overexposure.

  • Q:  Do I have to take out my contacts when I tan?

    A:  Always wear proper sunlamp goggles. Most people have no trouble whatsoever leaving their contact lenses in while tanning indoors however, it is recommended to remove your contact lenses cause heat from the sunlamps may cause dryness and mild to moderate discomfort for some contact lens wearers.