Frequently Asked Questions
How do sun beds work?
Sun beds and emit Ultraviolet rays, exactly like the sun and that is why we can say that sun beds imitate the sun. UV rays are important, as they do not only help your skin to tan but also have quite a few health benefits. The sun has three different types of UV rays. They are known as the UV-C, UV-B and UV-A. The wavelengths of these UV rays determine the differences between the three. The UV-A is the longest and the UV-C rays are the shortest. It is also known that the UV-C rays are the most harmful to your skin. Most of the UV-C is absorbed through the ozone layer or through the pollution in the air. How does this relate to tanning? Well it is the UV-B that starts you tanning and the UV-A rays that completes your tanning. What about the tanning beds? Tanning beds use only UV-A or UV-B rays. This is beneficial as it prevents overexposure to harmful UV rays and is ideal for tanning. It is important to know that even too much tanning in a sun tanning bed can be harmful to your skin.
How long will it take before I am tanned?
This all depends on your natural skin tone and how sensitive your skin is to UV-rays. Most people will see a difference in their tan within the first 3-5 sessions. We do advise that you ease your way into a nice, long lasting tan rather than trying to get a dark tan over night.
Is indoor & outdoor tanning the same?
The biggest difference between indoor and outdoor tanning is the control you have over the amount of UV lights you are exposed to. While using a tanning bed you can control the time and the UV light exposure to gradually get a nice healthy looking glow.
What should I wear in the sun bed?
The beauty of a tanning in a Sun Bed is that it is in the privacy of your own room. This means you can wear as little as you want. Remember that some areas of your skin might never have been exposed to sun before. It is better to slowly tan these areas. Cover them up 1/3 of your full length of tanning time until all tanning lines are faded and you have a base tan.
How long should I wait to shower after a tanning session?
You should wait at least 3 hours to shower after tanning. After your tan, you want to maintain the moisture in it for as long as you can, as this helps to prolong the life of your tan. Keep in mind, you just came out of a tanning session which took some moisture out of your skin. By using a premium indoor tanning lotion you’re minimizing the moisture being taken out of your skin during your session, and by applying an after tan moisturizer you’re locking in your tan by adding the moisture back into your skin afterwards. If you shower right after your tan, you may dry out your skin even quicker, especially if using harsh exfoliants.
How often should I tan?
For best results, you should wait 36-48 hours between sessions as it may take that long for your skin to react to the last session.
Will spray tan colour rub off on my clothes?
Until you shower, you will see some of the bronzer come off on your clothes, however the solution does wash out nicely. We recommend bringing dark, loose fitting clothing to wear after your session.
How can I make my spray tan last longer?
For longer lasting results, follow the post-tanning instructions. We also suggest any Norvell self-tanning products to extend and between sessions as they that are designed for touch ups in between your tanning sessions. Make sure to use a quality moisturizer or a body butter to keep your skin nourished.
Do I apply sunscreen over my spray tan while outdoors?
YES! You will still need to use sunscreen. Always apply each and everyday to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays.