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Frequently asked questions about indoor tanning

Why do we always hear that tanning is bad?

The almighty dollar. The fear of the sun is a multi-billion dollar industry led by huge special interests that conduct most of the research on this topic and promote it as well. Lobbyists for pharmaceutical firms that sell billions of dollars of sunscreens and anti-sun cosmetics have muddied the issue by overstating the risks of sun exposure.

Conversely, there is no major industry except the indoor tanning industry that makes money by promoting the positive effects of sunshine. And the indoor tanning industry consists of smaller companies that do not match the marketing power of the multi-billion dollar “sun scare” industry.

Does tanning cause skin cancer?

Ultraviolet light is believed to be linked to skin cancer, but no one understands exactly how. It’s also clear that ultraviolet light is not the only factor. Heredity, diet and repeated sunburn are the biggest risk factors for non-melanoma skin cancers. There is ample evidence to suggest that avoiding the sun does not totally eliminate your risk.


What about malignant melanoma?

This rare form of skin cancer is still a mystery. It is most common in fair-skinned people with a family history of melanoma. Though some research suggests a connection to ultraviolet light, many studies have shown that people who receive regular sun exposure have less chance of getting melanoma than those who don’t. Also, it is the most commonly found on unexposed areas of the body like the lower trunk and legs.


Why do Beauty magazines condemn tanning?

MONEY!!! A recent study revealed that the average Beauty magazine receives approximately $1 million in advertising from billion-dollar sunscreen related companies every issue. These “sunscare” advertisers are making billions of dollars by scaring you out of the sun. If the Beauty magazines didn’t support their “sun scare” agenda, would they receive their advertising dollars?No wonder Beauty magazine’s work so hard to keep us in the dark!


Is tanning indoors smarter than outdoors?

Definitely! Our customers are exposed to a scientifically controlled dosage of ultraviolet light carefully formulated to tan you with a minimal risk of sunburn. That kind of control is virtually impossible outdoors, where variables such as seasonality, time of day, location, geography, weather conditions, altitude and the Earth’s thinning ozone layer make sunburn much more likely.Because sunburn is a main risk factor for skin damage, it is very definitely smarter to tan with the professionally trained staff.


What should I wear in the tanning bed?

You can wear (or not wear) whatever you are most comfortable in since all the rooms are private.


What is the tingle factor?

“Tingle” is a stimulation of the epidermal layers of your skin. Most people feel their skin heat up or tingle after applying these lotions. The skin stimulation (irritation) brings blood closer to the surface of the skin. The blood brings melanin with it and you may receive a better tan.


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 8-10 tanning sessions then one to three tanning sessions a week should maintain your tan in an entry level bed.


I just can’t get any darker. What can I do?

Your skin actually becomes thicker as your tanning progresses and makes It difficult for UV light to penetrate the upper layers of skin.

This is commonly referred to as a tanning “Plateau”. Moisturizer is extremely important at this point, and it is always important to switch up your tanning beds to ensure that you are reaching your maxium tanning potential. You also should switch up your tanning lotions.


What can I do to tan my face & legs better?

Use a moisturizer at least twice daily. It’s a fact that moist skin tans much better than dry skin Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize. There are also lotions specifically designed for your face and legs that will give those hard to tan areas extra color.


Do I need to have protective eyewear?

Yes, it is required by Florida law because eyelids are not thick enough to protect your eyes from UV damage. House of Tans offers FDA-approved eyewear for you to purchase or you can bring your own FDA-approved eyewear.


How do I know the beds are clean?

We use FDA-approved cleaning solutions after every customer’s tanning session. The solution is tested daily to ensure proper sanitizing properties exist.


How often are bulbs changed in each bed?

We follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for bulb replacement so that you will achieve the best results from your sessions. We typically change our bulbs when they have reached 80% of their capacity so your tan doesn’t suffer from weaker UV rays.



Why should I use indoor tanning lotion?

It will help your skin to absorb the UV, which will aid in the tanning process. There are also special ingredients that stimulate melanin production, such as Tyrosine, which will give you the most out of every tanning session. Your skin tends to dry out during the tanning process and if you don’t use a good quality indoor tanning lotion, your skin will exfoliate faster, become more dry and flaky, and you will lose your tan faster. When using a good quality indoor tanning lotion it enhances your tan up to 60% because your skin starts to tan in 8 seconds when using a good indoor tanning lotion, and 8 minutes without any lotion.


Why is moisturized skin important for a tan?

Healthy, moist skin will tan quicker, get darker and keep its tanned appearance longer because the melanin is produced rapidly and the skin also will not exfoliate as quickly when it is properly moisturized.

 What is the difference between UVA and UVB rays?
 UVB rays stimulate increased melanin production, which starts your tan. UVA rays will cause the melanin pigments to darken. The best tan comes from a combination of receiving both rays at the same time

If I never get a tan outside because I burn, can I get a tan indoors?
If it takes you a while to get a tan outside, it may be easier for you to get the color you want (brown not red) by tanning indoors. You would need to start with a short exposure time and increase very gradually. However, if you never tan from the sun, you will not tan from tanning lamps, since they emit the very same tanning rays as the sun does.

How often should I tan?
 In order to build a tan, it is important to tan regularly. Don't let too much time go by between visits, or your tan will begin to fade. You can tan up to once every 24 hours, but it is generally recommended that you wait at least 48 hours in between each session to allow you tan to fully develop in between visits. You can build up your tan by going to an indoor facility three to four times a week. Once you have a tan, you can maintain it by tanning two or three times a week.

Why use a product with bronzer?
A natural tan takes about 24-48 hours to develop. Therefore, a product that contains a bronzer is an excellent way to get a boost of color while a natural tan develops. Clients with a fair complexion or who want to see results immediately will enjoy the instant gratification of seeing bronzed results 2-4 hours after application. Bronzing products are also beneficial for evening out both skin tone and tanning results and can help maintain a healthy-looking, bronzed glow in between tanning sessions. Just remember these simple rules when using a bronzer; wash your hands after putting it on, and wait at least 2-4 hours (so it can soak in to your skin completely) before excessive sweating, bathing, or hopping it to any body of water. Always make sure that the lotion is rubbed  in so there is no streaking.