What is UV Tanning?

Whether you tan indoors or outdoors, the process is the same.  Ultraviolet rays stimulate skin cells to produce melanin, the pigment that makes your skin tan. There are two types of ultraviolet light rays used in tanning beds -- UVA and UVB. Different indoor tanning units use different combinations of these two tanning rays. Whatever the combination, your exposure times are regulated by the federal government to minimize your risk of sunburn or overexposure. Smart tanning involves following the exposure schedule designed for your skin type and avoiding sunburn by tanning gradually.  Our trained and certified salon staff will determine your skin type and recommend tanning time for you.  By controlling the type and amount of UV light you receive in your bed, there is no doubt that this is the best, smartest place to acquire a tan. 


You Don't Need to See Red 

Many people grow up thinking that if they do not experience a slight red or pinkish tint after they tan that they did not get anything.  The truth is that the red or pinkish tint you see is actually sunburn (or erythema) -- your skin's worst enemy. The fact is, the sunburns we experience due to lack of information when we are growing up are the very things that lead to skin damage later in life. Smart tanners know that the key to avoiding sunburn in moderation in terms of UV exposure. The best way to ensure a smart tan is to take advantage of the years of research that have gone into tanning equipment to provide you with a controlled, predictable dosage of UV light. 

If you do tan outdoors, remember that the sun emits whatever types of UV rays it wants. Several other environmental factors come into play with outdoor UV light, making exposure unpredictable. Do not rely on the color of your skin to tell you when to get out of the sun. Overexposure isn't evident sometimes until hours after the sun has gone down. It's better to use a sunscreen and to wear protective clothing than to risk overexposure, which can lead to skin damage.

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Things to remember while tanning. 

  • Protect your eyes. Simply closing them or covering your face with a towel while you tan is not adequate protection against possible long-term eye injury. Wearing the required FDA-compliant eye protection can eliminate that risk. 

  • Protect your lips. They do not produce melanin and will burn easily unless you protect them with lip balms or sunscreen.

  • If you are taking any medications, please check with your doctors or pharmacists prior to sun exposure.  Some medications can cause reactions with UV exposure. 

  • The heat and light from tanning sessions can dry your skin. Because moist skin tans best, we recommend you moisturize before and after each tanning session to get the most out of each session. 

  • It takes time to build a tan.  You probably will not see a drastically darker tan after one visit. Please be patient and follow the advice of the trained tanning consultants.  

We offer three levels of tanning to fit all of your needs.  Our Gold level is the perfect 15 minute escape, while the Platinum beds offer high powered lay down and stand up units.  Our Diamond level tanning is high pressure tanning at its finest in both a lay down and stand up option. 

To help speed up tanning results, use UV skincare to help protect your skin and extend the color you develop from the tanning beds.