Is Tanning safe?
Light is essential to all life on earth, and without light we could
not survive. Tanning is natural. It is your skin's natural defense
against burning. For example, eating is natural, but if you eat
too much and eat the wrong things it is not good for you. The same
can be said for tanning. If you burn while tanning, do not tan in
moderation, or do not wear SPF protection when outdoors, you are
not tanning smart. Sun Kiss Tanning promotes smart tanning by educating
our clients to tan in moderation, to take care of their skin using
high quality products, and to never, ever burn!
How does my skin tan?
When the skin is exposed to Ultraviolet (UV) rays, a natural process
begins to take place. There are special cells in your epidermis,
which is the outermost layer of your skin, called melanocytes. When
exposed to the UVB (shorter) ray, these melanocytes produce melanin,
which is the pigment that is then absorbed by the surrounding skin
cells. When melanin is exposed the UVA (longer) ray, the melanin
then oxidizes, or darkens, creating a "tan".
Why should I use Tanning Products?
Sun Kiss Tanning is committed to the overall well-being of our clients
and their skin. By wearing an accelerator while tanning, you are
doing two things: you are helping to prevent the possibility of
drying out your skin, and you are allowing more UV light to penetrate
your skin more quickly. Dry skin is not healthy skin, and by keeping
your skin in optimum condition, you will tan darker, faster, and
stay tan longer! Also, when tanning, dry skin reflects light, not
allowing for the UV rays to be absorbed as quickly as when using
Can I just use a regular moisturizer or
a tanning lotion purchased from a drugstore?
To lock in moisture and enhance your tanning results, you should
always moisturize your skin following each tanning session. We recommend
Sun Kiss Tanning approved moisturizers over any drugstore-bought
moisturizer, for the added benefit of enhanced tanning ingredients
designed to preserve your tan. Sun Kiss Tanning approved lotions
offer many minerals and nutrients that are key in developing and
maintaining healthy skin such as: Co-Enzyme Q-10, hemp seed oil,
encapsulated Vitamin C and Aloe Vera.
What is TINGLE?
Tingle is an ingredient, also called Benzyl or Methyl Nicotinate,
that is included in some tanning lotions. Tingle lotions increase
the microcirculation in the epidermis, so that more oxygen gets
to your skin. Because your skin needs oxygen to tan, the more
oxygen your skin gets, the darker you will get.
Will using a tanning lotion increase my chance of burning?
Since tanning lotions are designed to be used for indoor tanning,
they do not include an SPF. Using tanning lotion indoors, in a controlled
environment, allows you to maximize your tanning results while minimizing
your chances of overexposure.
Your professional and knowledgeable Sun Kiss tanning consultant will
set the exposure time that is best for your skin type and
recommend an appropriate tanning lotion. Using an indoor tanning
lotion will help you to tan faster, tan darker, and stay tan longer.
What makes an accelerator tan you faster?
The indoor tanning lotions that we offer help your skin to absorb
UV light, as well as fight free-radical damage and fine lines. Our
lotions contain high quality ingredients, vitamins and nutrients
that are needed for healthy skin. REMEMBER - healthy skin
tans faster, tans darker and stays tan longer.
What can I do FOR THE BEST RESULTS AND
A LONG-LASTING TAN?
MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE. Using a high quality moisturizer
will help replenish the vitamins and nutrients that are lost during
the tanning session, keeping your skin smooth and younger looking
while helping you maintain the color that you love. Another secret:
switch your tanning lotion and boost your color with spray tanning
session every two weeks.
Why does my tan fade?
Since a tan occurs in the epidermis, the outermost layer of the
skin, it is eventually lost during your skin's natural exfoliation
process. Every 28-30 days, your skin completely replaces all of
its cells, and the cells at the top layer are eventually sloughed
off, allowing the new cells to reach the skin's surface. When the
old cells are exfoliated, they take with them the darkened melanin
that was created by the exposure to UV light. In order to maintain
your tan, you must continue to expose your skin to UV light.
Do I have to wear eyewear?
Sun Kiss Tanning requires that all tanners wear FDA approved eyewear
while tanning. The skin around your eyes is the thinnest skin on
your body, and UV light can easily penetrate that skin to reach
your eyes. Repeated, unprotected exposure to UV light may cause
long-term damage to your eyes, and that is why we require all tanners
to wear eyewear every time they tan!
Can I wear contacts while I tan?
As long as you are wearing your FDA approved eyewear, there is no
reason why you cannot wear your contact lenses while tanning.
Can I tan if I am pregnant?
While there is not current scientific evidence that expectant mothers
cannot tan, this is something that needs to be discussed with your
physician beforehand. There are some researchers that believe that
the increased production of vitamin D that is produced by exposure
to UVB may be beneficial to both the mother and the fetus. But you
must also consider the possibility of increased body temperature,
which does occur when tanning indoors, just as it does when taking
a bath or using a Jacuzzi. Please make sure to discuss this thoroughly
with your doctor prior to tanning, because for liability reasons,
we will only allow a pregnant woman to tan with written permission
from her doctor.
How long can I stay in the tanning bed the first time?
This depends on your Individual and Unique Skin Type.
You will complete a skin type analysis with a Sun
Kiss consultant to determine your individual skin type, from level
one to six. Based on your skin type, our consultant will recommend
and regulate the tanning time that is best for your skin.
Your tanning time also depends on the units that best fit your tanning
How quickly can I increase my tanning time
after my first session?
If you do well your first time in the tanning bed and do not experience
any redness, most of our clients are able to increase their time
by 2-3 minutes each time thereafter until reaching the
maximum tan time for that particular bed.
Which beds can I use my first time at Sun
First time Sun Kiss customers may use any level of our UV equipment
that suits their needs. Based on your skin type analysis and tanning
goals, our consultants will determine your initial tan time and
tanning bed. After building a base tan, most of our Sun Kiss clients
use a combination of units to achieve the best results.
How often can I tan?
You may tan every day if you wish, as long as you wait 24 hours
between each tan. This is a manufacturer's recommendation as
well as FDA rule that Sun Kiss Tanning follows in order to prevent
overexposure, and it includes outdoor tanning as well. Our system
will keep a detailed record of your tanning history, and
we will advise you if you have not waited the full 24 hours.
What is Heliotherapy?
Sunlight Has Benefits!
People are often confused about tanning. It's not surprising. Some
doctors, even dermatologists, are confused or misinformed.
The truth is that a sunburn (or erythema) is your skin's worst enemy.
Sunburn is an injury to your skin caused by uncontrolled overexposure
to ultraviolet light (outdoor sunlight). This injury doesn't turn
into a tan.
That's why tanning at Sun Kiss, in an indoor, controlled environment
is so much better. It allows you to control exactly what kind of
light and how much of it your skin receives. It also allows you
to eliminate many environmental variables that can't possibly be