Tanning Tips

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We get these questions from new clients a lot…

I want to tan regularly, how often should I tan?tanningtips

At Tanzmania we stress that moderation is always the key to any tanning. Generally speaking, in our Level I and Level II systems, 2-3 sessions per week is sufficient to maintain a very nice looking color. In our Level III equipment, our clients find that 1-2 sessions per week is enough. When using our Level IV high pressure tanning it only takes 2-3 sessions per month to maintain the most natural looking color.
Reputable salons are very committed to promoting moderate, responsible tanning. Salons that promote excessive exposure do the customers and the industry a disservice.

How can I get my color to last longer?

There are a few variables that affect the duration of your color. Moist skin tans better and holds a tan longer. Your skin has an acid PH level. Most over-the-counter soaps and cleansing gels have alkaline PH balances which strip essential oils from the skin, thereby reducing moisture content and inhibiting better tan development and duration.

Always use a high quality moisturizing lotion after showering to replace and retain as much moisture as possible. UVA exposure also oxidizes melanin deeper into the epidermis, allowing for longer lasting color. “Bronzing lamps” tend to have a higher UVA content than regular lamps, All of our Level II and Level III equipment uses bronzing lamps combined with various power levels, reflector lamp designs and bed ergonomics to create longer lasting color.
Our level 4 high pressure is the ultimate use of 99% UVA to create the most natural looking and longest lasting tan.

I’ve heard of people talk about a “tanning plateau”. What is it, and what do I do if I hit it?We get this question from our clients a lot. It is true that all skin types will only produce enough melanin to provide a certain amount of color. As a result, some skin types will tan faster and deeper than others. However, we also know that darker the skin, the harder it is for UVB exposure to penetrate and stimulate more melanin which ultimately is needed to create more color.
What we find most often is that your tanning has not plateaued, you might just be tanning under the wrong lamp or bed design. Different laps have a variety of UVA/UVB blends, power levels, exposure time and design capabilities. You need to know what type of lamp and bed combinations will deliver the result you want. It makes no sense to tan in the same basic bed or lamp if it does not have the capabilities to give you your desired result.Wrong selection of equipment and lamps is one of the biggest mistakes tanners make. We use several types of lamps and equipment designs in our salon and recommend the proper combinations to get you the resluts you want.
Most tanners are able to get past their plateau by following wise equipment recommendations and using quality tanning lotions. Also, remember, our goal is to achieve a natural, healthy looking tan, not a too dark or over exposed tan.Do I really have to wear eye protection when I tan?Yes. The skin covering your eyes does not protect them from UV exposure, and very serious damage can occur. Also, you don’t have to get “raccoon eyes” from wearing protection. Most eye wear is designed to allow enough exposure to skin around the eye area from different angles without getting any exposure in the eyes.

What are the “white spots” all about?

There are primarily three types of white spots that will sometimes appear on the skin. The first is Vitiligo, which is a condition of white patches of skin surrounded by a darker skin. These white patches do not produce enough melanin for the skin to colorize consistently with the surrounding skin. Doctors will sometimes use a lotion base of Psoralen, an intense photosensitizing agent which over time can effectively re-activate dormantmelanocyte cells to produce melanin again, allowing the skin to better blend in.
The second in Tinea Versicolor, a natural fungus found in almost all adults, which also causes light patches of skin. Adults who have Tinea Versicolor are typically perfectly healthy, and the fungus is not transferable. However it will recur every now and then, There are several over-the-counter and prescription creams available for treating Tinea Versicolor.

The third common cause oh white spots can be how the tanner lays in the tanning bed. When laying on a tanning acrylic, pressure points are created in three primary areas. The shoulder blades, the tail bone area and the back of the calves. Pressure on these ares restricts blood flow, which restricts oxygen to these areas. These areas need oxygen as well as UVA and UVB for the tanning process to work, These spots can easily be avoided by simply moving the arms, legs and body a few times during the tanning session, thereby releasing the pressure and allowing proper circulation.

I hear the term “VHR” used, what is it?

VHR is one of the most improperly used and misunderstood terms in the industry. VHR is a particular brand of tanning lamp. It stands for Very High Reflectors. Just as there are several brands of soda (Pepsi, Coke, Sprite, etc.) there are several different brands of tanning lamps, VHR being one of them. VHR was one of the first brands many years ago to use reflector technology with tanning lamps 160 watts or stronger. There are many excellent tanning lamp brands that progressive salons find equal or superior to the best VHR lamps.

Regardless, your best results will still come from knowing what lamps to use when, and why. We match your tanning with the right lamp for the right reasons to get the best results.

What is the smell I sometimes smell after tanning?

The process of melanin oxidation releases a natural odor, showering usually removes this odor. Although there are several tanning lotions available that neutralize this odor as well.

How does tanning indoors compare to tanning outdoors?

While attempts have been made to make correlated studies, it realistically is impossible to come to any standing conclusion. Too many factors are variable, which constantly changes the data. A sunny day or cloudy day? How sunny? How cloudy? What time of day? What time of year? Which ozone levels? How much air pollution? What type of skin is being exposed? How old is the tanner? How long is the exposure? What geographical location? One thing is for certain. In a tanning salon we have the advantage of a controlled environment. We know you skin type, the UVA/UVB percentages in the tanning lamp, the power level of the tanning lamps, exact exposure time for your session and the best lotions to use moisturize the skin and help develop and maintain the tan properly.

High Pressure question for Tanning Tips page: “What is High Pressure Tanning?”

Answer: High Pressure Tanning is the most advanced tanning technology. High Pressure lamps in regular beds are many times called “facial lamps”, while the long, tubular body lamps in regular beds are technically “low pressure” lamps. A true high pressure bed uses only “facial lamps”, no “body” lamps. High pressure lamps emit a much smaller percentage of UVB exposure (1-2%) and a very high UVA percentage of UVA (98-99%) than low pressure lamps which emit higher UVB typically  3-9% UVB and lower UVA (91-97%) in comparison..
UVA is largely non-burning and oxidizes (browns) melanin to create the tan tone in skin. It also does not speed up the skin’s exfoliation rate, allowing color to last its longest. UVB stimulates the skin to produce melanin (which is helpful and necessary to tan), but can also cause erythema (reddening) if over-exposed (which is why we don’t over-expose). And it does also speed up the exfoliation rate of the skin.
High Pressure Lamps are much more powerful lamps. By combining high power and high UVA percentages there are a few major benefits:

  1. one High Pressure visit is the color equivalent of five “regular” visits, so base color can be built very quickly with typically 3-4 visits, without the same erythema risk of using regular equipment (especially for fairer-skinned clients).
  2. High Pressure color lasts much longer between visits and can be maintained typically with from 2-3 visits per month, depending on the tanner and natural skin type.
  3. Because of the high UVA concentration, High Pressure color is the most

Natural, or best quality color.