People are often uncertain about how we go about providing you with the perfect tan, how it works, how long it takes and how the whole industry is regulated. Here are some of the typical questions people ask.
Why should I use an indoor tanning lotion when tanning?
A successful and long-lasting tan depends on how moist and flexible you skin is. Dry skin will flake away, taking your tan with it, but a good tanning lotion will ensure that your skin is in good condition and that your tan will last. Tanning lotions contain vitamins and other beneficial ingredients which keep the skin healthy and moisturised. It is important, too, to buy your lotion from a reputable centre. Cheaper lotions could well be ineffective and even out of date, giving your skin little of the protection it needs to gain a healthy tan. Always ask the professionals. Always choose tanning products that have been recommended by qualified and trained specialists and you will be assured of the look you really want.
Is indoor tanning regulated?
Yes indeed. Every tanning salon in the UK is governed by the Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010, which gives local authorities the right to demand information about such things as the use of sunbeds, correct protective eyewear, preventing children from using sunbeds and much more. You can be totally confident that your visit to our centre is safe and carefully monitored by authorities.
Could you please explain the tanning process?
Tanning of the skin is a natural response to exposure to ultra-violet light. What is called Immediate Pigment Darkening happens during exposure to UV and other visible light and continues until exposure ends, but produces no melanin. The degree of your response will be determined by such things as your previous exposure and your skin type. Darker skin will tan more quickly. A slightly different type is called Delayed Tanning, which happens 48 -72 hours after exposure and continues for 7 - 10 days. If there is repeat exposure it may last for several weeks or months. This happens because of an increase in the size of melanin-containing cells (melanocytes) in the skin and the increase in melanosomes within these cells. It has been argued that this may serve to protect the skin from UVA and UVB damage due to overexposure.
Why does indoor tanning offer more control?
Because everything in the tanning studio is carefully controlled by the use of technology, the skill of the specialist and the complex regulations imposed by government, the process is both predictable and safe. Everything is regulated and controlled: Timer control, Protective eyewear, Temperature Control, Electrical Safety, Protection from Lamps, Equipment Access & Support and more!
What is a drug-induced photosensitive reaction?
Problematic responses to the tanning light, such as excessive sunburn, uneven tanning or development of a rash can be the result of the client taking some types of medication or using some skin substances which change the response to UV light. This is known as a photosensitive reaction. Many medications and some herbal and other natural products have been reported to cause photosensitive reactions, and even some foods. You should always inform the studio if you are taking medication, or even using non-prescription drugs or “natural” products such as cosmetics or shampoos. Our pharmacist will be able to advise you on any problems you might encounter in this way.
How is a tan different from sunburn?
Sunburn happens when your skin is exposed to UV light for too long, resulting in painful redness or even severe blistering. It happens when the exposure to sunlightexceeds the body’s ability to cope with it through the production of the protecting agent melanin. A serious sunburn is like any other burn, and may have the same effects such as blistering, edema and fever. It is difficult to treat effectively, so it is always a good idea to use a high factor sunscreen when exposed to the sun.
Why can’t I decide for myself how long I want to lie under the sunlamp?
The salon owner and his staff are responsible for the wellbeing of their customers and it is their obligation to prevent customers from incurring the risks of excessive exposure. The staff are also in a position to tell you if indoor tanning is safe for you, and are obliged by government regulation to do so. The advice you receive at the studio will be dependable, accurate and offered in your own best interests.
Why do I always have to use tanning eyewear?
This is another government requirement to ensure safety of clients in the salon. Using towels, scarves, or just closing your eyes are not effective methods of protecting eyes from ultraviolet exposure. Legislation requires that tanners wear protective eyewear that blocks 99.9% of the UVB light and 99% of UVA. All eyewear used in the salon must state the product's compliance with government regulations on the package. If you fail to use effective eye protection you risk serious injury and the chance of developing damaging conditions such as Photokeratitis (Cornea Sunburn), Cataracts, and Pterygium (abnormal tissue growth) .
Can I tan while I am pregnant?
There are no indications that tanning could have an adverse effect on the unborn, since the UV used in tanning studios does not reach the foetus. But it is always a good idea to talk to your doctor about the situation, since everyone is different in their toleration of UV. Possibly your doctor will advise you not to do anything that will raise your body's temperature, such as using hot tubs, saunas, and tanning beds, though later in pregnancy this is unlikely to be a problem. Just make sure that you stay cool and drink plenty of fluids. Your skin during pregnancy can be more sensitive to burning, so you should start with short sessions until your body is tanned.