Q: What are the benefits of tanning in a tanning bed or booth?
A: Tanning beds and booths are used to provide an environment that allows for cosmetic tanning. Many people believe they look good and feel better when they have a tan.
Q: Is indoor tanning the same as tanning outside in the sun?
A: When you tan at an indoor tanning facility, your skin produces a tan the same way it does when you lie out in the sun: through ultraviolet (UV) light. There is one important difference, though. When you are out in the sun, you cannot control the amount of UV light you are exposed to, because it is affected by changes in the atmosphere. Indoor tanning is one way to regulate the amount of UV light you are exposed to, because it is a controlled environment. You can gradually increase your exposure time to make sure you don’t get sunburn, which is harmful to the skin.
Q: If I never can get a tan outside because I burn, can I get a tan indoors?
A: If it takes you a while to get a tan outside, it may be easier for you to get the color you want (brown instead of red) by tanning indoors. You would need to start with a short exposure time, and increase it 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.
We do offer sunless spray tanning as an alternative for those who can not or choose not to tan in the sun. Certain skin types cannot tan, but anybody can get
a beautiful golden-tan look with our sunless tanning system.
Q: Do I need an appointment to tan?
A: No appointments are required. Since our salons have more beds than the average tanning salon, you should be able to get a bed whenever you want with minimal or no waiting time.
Q: Do I have to sign a contract or give you a credit card?
A: No! If you are new to us, you simply have to sign a release form mandated by the State. Then you can pay for one tan or any of our tanning packages with cash, credit card or local check. We do not take your finger prints!
Q: Do you have membership programs?
A: We offer a monthly membership with no commitment and no contract. You just pay for every 30 day period that you want to tan.
We also offer many tanning packages based on the number of tans you want to pay for up front or you can buy a single tan each time you come in. The larger the package the lower the price per tan. Those tans never expire until you actually use them.
We also offer a no-hassle VIP monthly membership that is paid for automatically form your credit card or debit card. You may cancel your membership at any time after four months without worry or cancellation fees. Sometimes you may not be able to take advantage of your tanning membership due to work commitments, pregnancy or perhaps an injury. You can put your membership on hold. We will bill you only $5 per month. Then when you are ready to come back to tanning, we will reactivate your account without you having to pay another new member fee.
Q: How often should I tan?
A: 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 your tan to fully develop in between visits. You can build up your tan by tanning two to three times a week. Once you have a tan, you can maintain it by tanning one or two times a week.
Q: How long does it take to get a tan?
A: Usually, you will begin to notice results after a few tanning sessions, but it may take a few weeks of regular tanning to get to the color you are looking for. If you are developing a base tan before going on a trip, you would want to start tanning about three or four weeks before you go. It’s best to start slowly and increase your time gradually so you don’t burn.
Q: Why do I have these circles on my shoulders, buttocks, and/or lower waist that won’t tan?
A: These are called “pressure points”, where the most amount of pressure is on your body when reclining in the bed. The blood flow is constricted in those areas and that is why they don’t seem to tan at all. Your best bet is to alternate your positions when tanning.
Q: Do I have to wear eye protection in a tanning bed or booth?
A: Yes, it is required by law in Maine because eyelids are not thick enough to protect your eyes from UV damage.
The damage that direct UV rays can do to your eyes is very serious and very real. UV radiation has been linked to corneal and retinal injury, cataracts and blindness. Fortunately, indoor tanning eye protection has been designed to be as unnoticeable as possible, so you don’t have to worry about raccoon eyes
anymore. Always wear your eye protection!
Q: How do the beds and booths work?
A: Tanning beds and booths basically imitate the sun. The sun emits three kinds of UV rays (the ones that make you tan). UV-C has the shortest wavelength of the three, and is also the most harmful. The sun emits UV-C light, but then it’s absorbed by the ozone layer and pollution. Tanning lamps filter out this type of UV light. UV-B, the middle wavelength, starts the tanning process, but overexposure can cause sunburn. UV-A has the longest wavelength, and it completes the tanning process. Tanning lamps use the best ratio of UV-B and UV-A light to provide optimal tanning results, with a lowered risk of overexposure.
Q: What should I wear?
A: It’s totally up to you. (But long pants and sweaters aren’t recommended for good results!) Some people choose to tan in their bathing suits or underwear, and others prefer a more “natural” approach. Since you are in a private room while tanning, you can wear whatever you like. The only thing required is that you do wear eye protection every time you tan. If you are tanning a previously unexposed part of your body, be sure to cover it up for part of your tanning time, so it can catch up safely with the rest of your tan.
Q: Can I tan if I am pregnant?
A: We do not recommend it. We would need a note from your doctor if you want to tan. There haven’t been any studies showing that tanning while pregnant can harm you, but there haven’t been any that prove it is 100% safe either. Your body is in such a delicate hormonal balance when you’re pregnant anyway. Why risk it? Wait until after the baby is born or use our sunless tanning.
Q: When shouldn’t I tan?
A: It is not recommended to tan, either outdoors or indoors, if you are taking photosensitizing medication. If you aren’t sure, ask your doctor, or ask us to see a list of these medications, which can greatly increase the risk of overexposure. You should also avoid tanning if you are pregnant, due to the heat, unless your doctor approves it.
Q: Does showering affect a tan?
A: While you can’t wash your tan off, some evidence suggests that you may want to wait a short period after tanning before you take your shower. Your skin may need the time to fully absorb any moisturizers or bronzers applied before or after the session. A shower, like a tanning session, may tend to dry out the skin. Always apply a good quality moisturizer after a shower to help preserve your tan. Showering before a tanning session may actually enhance tanning results. First, the heat from a shower opens your pores, enabling the skin to breathe and take in oxygen vital to the tanning process. Second, a shower will wash away dirt and dead skin cells that may impede ultraviolet penetration when you tan. Removing those dead cells also allows the active ingredients in lotions to work their way into the live skin cells more easily.
Q: How do I protect a tattoo?
A: It is important not to expose a fresh tattoo to sunlight or indoor tanning equipment, while the tattoo is still healing, since chemicals sensitive to UV exposure have been injected into the skin. Cover the tattooed area completely or don’t tan until the skin has healed. After the skin has healed the chemicals have lost their sensitivity to UV, but continue to take moderate protective measures. Tattoos will continue to lose their brilliancy with exposure to UV light, whether it comes from indoors or from outdoors. Using a good lip balm with SPF will protect and preserve the brilliancy of your tattoo. Plus it is small enough that you can precisely apply it to smaller tattoos. It can also be used on nails, to prevent yellowing.