Smart tanning

Why Tan?

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.

How does my skin tan?

Tanning takes place in the skin’s outer layer: the epidermis. About 5% of the cells in your epidermis are special cells called melanocytes. When exposed to UVB light, melanocytes produce pinkish colored melanin that is absorbed by other skin cells. When exposed to UVA light, the melanin darkens. This darkening is your skin’s natural way of protecting itself from of protecting itself.

I am NEW to tanning indoors... What do I need to know?

  • Don't try to rush your tan. A tan should be obtained gradually.

  • Gradually increase your exposure times, 1 to 2 minutes at a time.

  • Consult your physician if you are taking any medication.

  • Wear protective eyewear! Ultraviolet light will penetrate the eyelids.

  • Tanning lotions enhance your color more quickly and hydrate your skin.

Apply Skincare Products

  • Use lotions before and after tanning to keep an attractive tan looking better longer.
  • Use an indoor tanning lotion to accelerate and maximize the appearance of your tan.
  • Choose from an array of tanning skin care products that are designed to work with any skin type and tanning level.

Can I use outdoor lotion in the tanning beds?

Outdoor tanning lotions with Sunblock are intended for outdoor use only, where you are unable to control the amount of UV light.

When do I put on my tanning lotion?

You should put on indoor tanning lotion in the tanning room, just before you are ready to tan. If you put lotion on at home, it will absorb into your skin and will not stimulate your melanin.

Always wear eye goggle!

Not only is using eyewear a state law, it is also necessary to protect one of your most valuable assets. You'll need your eyes for your entire life and it is very important to take good care of them. Excessive use of tanning beds or exposure to natural sunlight without proper eyewear can damage your eyes.

TAN FACT: The eyelid is too thin to be able to protect the eye from ultraviolet light penetration. Too much UVB damages the cornea, while too much UVA damages the retina.

Should I use SPF on my lips?

Yes! Your lips have no melanin and can burn or dry out.

A Friend told me I should burn first. How can a sunburn be good if it hurts so bad?


Many people FALSELY assume that sunburns will eventually "fade" into tans. Sunburn is associated with skin damage!!! Sunburn is an injury on top of your tanned skin. That's why it hurts so bad! NEVER! NEVER! NEVER! burn yourself intentionally. At The Tanning Studio we believe in Smart Tanning!

Never Rush a Tan

  • Never try to hurry a tan, and always consult your salon’s tanning professional.
  • Never tan more than once a day.
  • Retain your desired color by tanning 1–3 times a week, depending on the level of the bed.
  • Try a Cocktail Tan as an alternative to your weekly regimen.

How long will it take to see results?

You should have a skin tone change after the first few tanning sessions. You should have a good base tan in 5-8 tanning sessions thereafter, one to two tanning sessions a week for maintenance.

Why does my tan disappear?

 Your tan occurs on the outer layers of your skin, the epidermal layers. Those skin cells gradually die and are replaced with the next layer (un-tanned) every 26 to 30 days. Also lack of moisture and not exfoliating will make your tan fade faster.

Is it safe to tan while I'm pregnant?

You should consult with your doctor before tanning; however, it is only a myth that tanning will burn you internally. Your doctor's concern will be that your temperature is not elevated. In the 1980's, tanning beds got very hot. Today, most beds have cooling fans that cool both the bed and the customer. If you do tend to overheat, opt to tan for only half a session.

If you would like more information on tanning during your pregnancy, send us an email and we'd be happy to share a couple of great articles with you.