Tanning Info

Tanning Info

Are you taking medication that may make you photosensitive?

Many prescription medications can cause photosensitive reactions with ultraviolet light. Because the reaction of each photosensitive drug can vary with each individual, you should contact your doctor or pharmacist before tanning.

Most photosensitizing medications are labeled as such by your doctor or pharmacist. You may want to notify your pharmacist that you are tanning when filling any prescription. Professional tanning salons keep a list of potential photosensitive medications available for you as well.

Aren't all tanning salons alike?

Definitely not.  Sure, anyone can plug in a piece of tanning equipment and call themselves a tanning salon but indoor tanning is a sophisticated process that should not be taken lightly.

As members of the Smart Tan Network, our employees are professionally trained and certified annually.  Other salons may claim they are trained, but they will never have the understanding of lamps and equipment and how they affect your skin that we have gained as Smart Tan members.

Furthermore, this Smart Tan Salon follows important medical issues, federal and state regulations and product updates giving you the smartest tanning experience available. So, "Tan With Confidence".  We are absolutely the best!

Can people catch AIDS or herpes from tanning beds?

Absolutely not!  The HIV virus dies upon exposure to oxygen and would not survive on a tanning bed.  What's more, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control says the odds of contracting any virus from a tanning bed are virtually impossible.

Furthermore, professional tanning salons sanitize their tanning equipment before any session with anti-bacterial disinfectant that kills any and all viruses and bacteria that could otherwise be harmful, including the HIV virus.
Indoor tanning is helping to eliminate the incidence of sunburn!
It's true!  One industry study has shown that indoor tanners are 81% less likely to sunburn indoors or outside.  That's because professional tanning salons are playing a lead role in educating people that moderate tanning, for those who can acquire a tan, is okay and sunburn should be avoided at all costs.

The impractical message of total sun abstinence is totally ineffective because people are not going to hide from sunshine.  Given that reality, teaching people the best way to tan is most practical.  That is why it is important to tan at a professional salon that understands ultraviolet light and the proper usage of tanning equipment.  No other salon compares with this Smart Tan Salon in that light!!

Is there no such thing as a safe tan?

Actually, you could say that it is not  safe to totally avoid the sun.  Research suggests the benefits of regular sun exposure may outweigh the risks of overexposure by merely avoiding sunburn.  Research shows that regular, moderate sun exposure might actually decrease your risk of getting breast cancer, colon cancer or even osteoporosis.

Women are 69 times more likely to die of breast cancer than skin cancer.  And new research suggests that the Vitamin D you receive from ultraviolet light may inhibit the formation of many forms of cancer, including breast cancer.  These are reported facts from many pieces of research, we are not saying indoor tanning is therapeutic.

Is it fair that some people compare indoor tanning to smoking?

This is a ludicrous comparison.  Smoking subjects your lungs to unnatural compounds that your body is not designed to process.  Tanning is your body's natural reaction to sunlight. Your body is designed to tan to help prevent sunburn.  Your body is not designed to process cigarette smoke.

Furthermore, a smokers' risk of contracting lung cancer is dozens of times higher than a non-smokers' risk.  That's not the case with those of us who tan. Most  importantly, there are no known benefits with cigarette smoking.  Research suggests many benefits from moderate sun exposure and many more being uncovered.

Why do I feel better when I tan?

It's no big secret that when you look good, you feel great!  Experts have known for years that there are many psychological benefits to tanning.  Increased self-confidence and self-esteem are just a few of the obvious benefits and many more are surfacing.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) is a condition that affects 35 million Americans during the winter.  Its symptoms are mood swings, increased appetite and excessive sleeping. For years doctors have treated this condition with full-spectrum lighting absorbed through the eyes.  New research, using ultraviolet light on the skin, has shown positive results as well.  But one thing for sure:  Tanning makes you look good and feel great!
Why do most 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 "Suncare" advertisers are making billions of dollars by scaring you out of the sun.  If Beauty magazines didn't support their "sunscare" agenda, would they receive their advertising dollars?  No wonder Beauty magazines work so hard to keep us in the dark!

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 who 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 "sunscare" industry.

Why have some dermatologists taken such a strong position against tanning?

The dermatology industry makes most of its money on "vanity visits" from patients.  One prominent New York dermatologist estimates that 50-90 percent of the dermatology industry's business is "cosmetic" and medically unnecessary

Skin cancer is an important issue to the dermatology industry because it represents the only subject that its lobbyists can promote as critical or life threatening.  Unfortunately, in their zeal to scare consumers into their offices, lobbyists for the dermatology industry have exaggerated research findings by reporting only certain aspects of this highly controversial issue.

Why should I use eye protection when I tan?

You risk serious injury to your eyes if you fail to wear your protective eyewear.  Ultraviolet light can penetrate deep into your eyes when you tan. Specifically, the short waves of UVB can penetrate the cornea, possibly causing painful corneal eye burns.  Some UVB and the longer waves of UVA can penetrate the lens or the retina, causing retinal burns or even cataracts and other long-term internal eye damage.

BECAUSE SOME OF THESE CONDITIONS TAKE YEARS TO DEVELOP, YOU MAY NOT REALIZE THAT YOU ARE DAMAGING YOUR EYES WHEN YOU FAIL TO WEAR EYEWEAR.  Merely closing your eyelids while you tan is not enough!

Why should I use indoor tanning lotions when I tan?

Indoor tanning lotions work differently than outdoor tanning lotions.  Indoor lotions are scientifically bio-engineered to maximize your tanning performance while moisturizing your skin.

Today's tanning lotions deliver nutrients to your skin that skin cells need to induce the tanning process.  It is literally like feeding your tan.  Also, these special ingredients, only found in indoor lotions, can help you attain a darker tan in fewer tanning visits, saving you money while taking care of your skin. You maximize your tan, your time and your money when you use indoor tanning lotions.  Going without doesn't make sense.)

To maintain the integrity of our tanning acrylics, we will only allow approved tanning lotions that are sold in professional tanning salons.  Maintaining our acrylics is a serious matter, as it determines the amount of UV light that penetrates to give you the results you desire.