The tanning process is really quite simple, and works the same way whether you tan indoors or outdoors. Ultraviolet light is the catalyst, and a pigment produced by your skin called melanin does the rest.
Here’s a basic explanation of the tanning process:
In the war against sunburn, tanning salons are part of the solution! Tropi Tan staff is trained to help you tan moderately and minimize your risk of getting burned.
By knowing your Skin Type, we can determine the best tanning schedule for you. Be sure to seriously consider your history when indicating your Skin Type on our Client Profile Form.
How Long does it take to get tan?
While everyone is different, most people will notice results after just a few tanning sessions, but it may take a few weeks of regular tanning (at least three times a week) to get the color you are looking for. If you want to develop a base tan before going on a sunny vacation, you will want to start tanning about three or four weeks before you go.
If I always get sunburn outdoors, can I get tan indoors?
It may actually be easier for you to get the color you want (brown, not red!) by tanning indoors. To keep you from burning, Tropi Tan’s tanning consultants will start your sessions with a short exposure time, and increase it very gradually. However, if you NEVER tan outdoors, you will not get a tan from tanning lamps, since the UV light they emit is the same as the sun.
Do I really need eye protection?
Your eyelids are not thick enough to protect your eyes from UV damage! Simply keeping your eyes closed while tanning will NOT prevent serious damage. The very thin skin and underlying membrane of the eyelid do not keep UV rays from penetrating the eye, potentially burning the cornea and doing more severe damage to the lens and retina. In addition to night vision loss, excessive unprotected exposure to UV light – indoors or outdoors – will also damage color vision and can even result in cancer on the eyelids.
Covering your face with a towel or T-shirt will not block enough of the UV rays to prevent damage, either. We make it easy to protect your eyes! Several styles of FDA compliant eye protection are available at all Tropi Tan Tanning Salons, and you are required to wear it during every tanning session. Don’t worry about getting “raccoon eyes” – this can be easily avoided by slightly repositioning your eye protection once or twice during your session.
*Proper eye protection is required at all salons.
Sunless tanning is the process of applying a solution to the body either by airbrush, aerosol canister or a sunless spray booth. Tropi Tan offers the latter two methods. The main active ingredient in all sunless tanning preparations and airbrush/spray-booth solution is DHA (Dihydroxyacetone) an FDA-approved, all-natural, sugar-based substance. First recognized as a skin coloring agent by German scientists in the 1920s, DHA is commonly used in many cosmetics and in food preparation. When applied to the body for sunless tanning purposes, DHA reacts with amino acids in the top skin layer to produce a golden-brown color.
Your skin begins to darken two to three hours after application and reaches its peak color within 24 hours. The color will gradually fade through natural exfoliation, just like a tan from the sun.
We don't simply hire warm bodies. Our staff of Tanning Consultants are trained to help you achieve a tan that looks good, and that you’ll feel good about. By following our exposure schedules, you can develop a great tan without burning. If you have any questions or concerns about your progress, please don’t hesitate to ask.
"There is no such thing as a safe tan."
Actually, you could say that it isn’t safe to totally avoid the sun. The benefits of regular sun exposure far outweigh the risks of overexposure, which easily can be minimized by merely avoiding sunburn. Research shows that regular, moderate sun exposure might actually decrease your risk of getting breast, colon, prostate and ovarian cancers as well as osteoporosis or even Alzheimer’s disease. If you’re a woman, you are 69 times more likely to die of breast cancer than skin cancer.
"Indoor tanning is more harmful than outdoor because sunbed UV light is more intense."
Today, all sunbeds and tanning booths used in salons are regulated by the FDA as Class II Medical Devices. This means you are only exposed to a standardized amount of UV, with a mixture of both UVB and UVA rays, designed to minimize burning. When used according to the FDA’s exposure guidelines (posted on each tanning system), sunbeds and booths are designed to maximize tanning and minimize burning. Conversely, tanning outdoors is an unregulated, uncontrolled activity. There are many factors to consider when you tan outdoors: geography, time of day, weather conditions, the seasons, and the ozone layer. Remember the best way to safeguard your skin from sun damage is to wear appropriate levels of SPF sunscreens outdoors – even if you already have a tan.
"In order to get a suntan you have to burn first"
A sunburn does NOT ”turn into” a tan. Sunburn indicates UV-overexposure and actually damages the skin, leaving it inflamed (as indicated by the skin’s red coloring and sensitivity), dry, chapped and visibly unappealing. In fact, sunburn can lead to premature aging and potentially skin cancer. Always practice moderation when tanning by using the proper sunscreen when tanning outdoors and following guidelines for session times recommended for your skin type when tanning indoors.
Also, TropiTanGR offers spray tanning, a safe alternative to UV tanning, as well the highest quality tanning lotions.