Frequently Asked Questions
At Easy Tan we actively encourage our customers to ask any questions that they may have about tanning before any tanning session so that they can feel confident that they are tanning in the most responsible and safe manner.
Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about tanning. If you cannot find the answer to a question you have regarding tanning or if you have a question about the spray tanning booths please feel free to ask
We hear so much about the negative effects of tanning but what are the positive effects?
The only positive effect of tanning that has been established so far, and agreed upon by scientists, is the cosmetic benefit. A tanned skin looks better, and looks healthier, than an untanned skin. What has not yet been established, but what is generally suspected, is that when you look good you also feel good, and there is plenty of anecdotal evidence for this. It is pretty well accepted that there may be psychological benefits of tanning, but they have not been measured yet. These benefits may turn out to be considerable, as feeling good becomes more and more accepted as being necessary for good physical health, and this concept of wellness is more widely relied upon by medical professionals.
There are positive side effects of tanning, of course, such as Vitamin D production, which is very important for health, but these benefits can be obtained at far lower doses of UV light than are required to get a tan – perhaps one-fiftieth of a tanning session will be enough. There can also be beneficial side effects of the waste heat (Infrared radiation) produced by sunbeds, which may have an effect on joint mobility and certain forms of arthritis. Beyond this, there are extensive medical benefits of UV light, but these can only be claimed by qualified medical practitioners.
UV light is used by dermatologists, for instance, in the treatment of psoriasis, eczema and certain forms of acne.
How long does it take to develop a tan?
This depends on your skin type, the lotion you use and your current skin colour. In general the average person can develop a base tan in 3 to 5 sessions which can then be maintained with regular moderate sunbed use combined with skin moisturisers and tanning accelerators (which are available in the salon)
How often should I tan?
You should wait a minimum of 24 hours between sessions. We recommend you follow an 'every other day' tanning schedule when building your base tan. After you have developed your base, you can reduce you schedule to once or twice a week depending on the tan you desire.
Can I use a sunbed after sunbathing in the natural sun?
Definitely not. You will likely burn on a sunbed if you have sunbathed in the natural sun as you’ve had an uncontrolled amount of UV exposure.
What do I wear when tanning?
\What ever you want! Once you enter your private tanning room it’s your choice. Most customers prefer to tan naked. Although the amount of UV is controlled with indoor tanning it is still advised that you wear protection in the form of a cream, so as to avoid burning - as well as wearing goggles to protect your eyes.
Do tanning accelerators / intensifiers really work?
Quite simply, Yes! These lotions help you tan faster, moisturise and many help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. By supplying your skin with much needed vitamins, minerals, amino acids and moisture, these lotions can help you tan up to 67% better than using no lotion at all.
Mother nature has a way of taking care of us in many aspects of our life and tanning is just another of mother nature's wonders. When we are born, our skin has a reflective quality to reduce the amount of UV penetration and this reflects more than half the normal sunlight.
Although we recognise it as a "look good", a tan is our body's natural protection from the sun. Tanning lotions break this barrier down so you get nearly 100% of the sunlight going deep into the skin for a longer lasting, better looking tan. Lotion also speeds up the production of the Melanin.
Melanin is the chemical compound that holds the tan. It travels from deep in the skin to the surface faster and that’s what turns into a nice golden brown suntan. When tanning indoor or out, moisture is lost from the skin. Use a good daily moisturiser after tanning, showers or exercise to keep a health glowing skin tone.
Choose a good quality lotion when tanning. Don't scrimp on moisturiser, get the best quality product that you can afford. Exposure to UVA can cause skin to dry up. A high quality tanning lotion can help prevent and reduce these effects aswell as extending the colour of your tan.
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Do I have to wear goggles?
We recommend it.
When proper eyewear is not used during the tanning process, the potential for eye injury is greatly increased. Some eye injuries and disorders include Photokeratitis (Cornea Sunburn), Cataracts, Pterygium (Abnormal tissue growth) and Damage To The Cornea. The skin that makes up your eyelids is very thin and needs to be protected therefore all of our salons have eye protection available.
Why doesn’t the skin tan equally all over?
The insides of the arms and legs do not tan as easily because they contain fewer pigment-forming cells than the skin on the rest of the body. The face does not tan as easily either because it has a naturally thicker Horny layer - providing special protection from UV-B. Freckles and pigmental moles contain a particularly high amount of tanning pigments and therefore go darker much more quickly than other areas of the skin.
How long will my tan last?
About 2 to 4 weeks after the last sun bathing session. The uppermost skin cells are gradually shed as a result of the natural process of skin renewal. The skin will have renewed itself after approx. 28 days. Looked after properly a tan can be preserved for longer.
How can I keep up my holiday tan?
One to two sessions per week will keep up your holiday tan for much longer.
Why will my salon not allow me to tan for however long I want?
With the risks involved to individuals who overexpose themselves to UV light, it is the responsibility of the tanning salon to eliminate sun burn. It is also the responsibility of the salon worker to make sure individuals who cannot biologically acquire a tan (skin type 1) do not tan indoors. The promotion of moderate, sensible and responsible exposure to ultraviolet light is the goal of Easy Tan.
What is classed as a sunbed "session"?
A sunbed ‘session’ is the correct length of time for your skin type to be exposed under a specific sunbed on a specific date. This is to get a tan with the minimum UV dose. Thus, it is impossible for any two tanning sessions to ever be exactly the same. Four factors must be taken into account:
Other helpful advice
When tanning indoor or out, moisture is lost from the skin. Use a good daily moisturiser after tanning, showers or exercise to keep a healthy glowing skin tone.
Choose a good quality lotion when tanning. Exposure to UVA can cause skin to dry up. A high quality tanning lotion can help prevent and reduce these effects. It’s well worth the money! Professional tanning products should be recommended by a qualified indoor tanning specialist to ensure proper use. Indoor tanning products have unique ingredients that should be used only as directed to ensure the finest tan possible.
Remember, like most fun things in life, moderation is the key. Talk with your salon operator about tanning, take care of your skin, and take a break every now and then.