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Frequently Asked Questions - Tanning

Why Should I tan?

Aside from achieving beautifully tanned skin on the outside, tanning has many other benefits. Exposure to ultraviolet light in controlled quantities is the best way for your body to produce vitamin D. Vitamin D is an essential ingredient in the prevention of ailments such as bone disease and psoriasis. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium for strong bones and a healthy immune system! Exposure even helps in the prevention of colon or breast cancer…and a base tans helps to prevent accidental sunburn! People who are exposed to more hours of sunlight have shown to be happier and healthier.

Do I need to use a lotion when I tan?

Yes! UV light bounces off of dry skin. If you do not use a lotion, it will take 6-7 minutes for the UV light to begin tanning your skin. If you use a lotion, the UV light will begin tanning your skin within 30 seconds! We carry only the finest tanning and moisturizing lotions to help you achieve your best possible tan. All of our tanning lotions begin as a skin care product, then the tanning ingredients are added. You will keep your skin healthy, moisturized and have an amazing tan when you use a lotion. Let us help you find the perfect lotion for your skin type.

What do indoor tanning lotions do?

Moisturized skin tans better, more quickly, and more evenly! Indoor tanning lotions containing accelerators and/or bronzers help you to get the most out of each tanning session by boosting your tan and preparing your skin each time for UV light. If you are looking to jumpstart your tan, try an accelerator. Where as bronzers give you a little boost of color to help you achieve your results even faster! There are many different lotions available for you to use! Hands down, lotions will help you tan faster, deeper, darker, and longer!

Can I use outdoor tanning lotions when tanning indoors?

No! Please be aware that outdoor tanning lotions, tanning oils, and generic indoor tanning lotions contain a large amount of mineral oil. Mineral oil is a byproduct from manufacturing gasoline and interferes with the body’s ability to eliminate toxins. It promotes premature aging and acne. It also destroys our acrylics and strips your tan. Always Sunny On Main wants you to protect your skin and also protect our acrylics!

How often can I tan?

Wisconsin law only allows you to tan once every 24 hours.

How often do I need to tan to maintain my tan?

The number of times you need to tan to maintain your color depends on which level you are tanning in, the lotion you use, and how well your skin tans. The average person usually tans 2-3 times per week to maintain their color.

How do I make my tan last?

Use a high quality tan extender made for post-tanning to keep skin supple and soft. Your skin is always rejuvenating itself by shedding old top layer skin to expose new skin underneath. Dry skin sheds faster and takes your tan with it. Dry skin also reflects light rather than absorbing, which not only hinders your tanning process, but makes you look less tan than you are.

Is tanning harmful to a tattoo?

Yes! We recommend using a SPF 50 and covering completely a newly applied tattoo for the first 2-3 months after getting it. After that you can continue to use a SPF 30 or higher on the area to shield it from the UV exposure and prevent any fading.

Should I wear protective eyewear ?

Yes! The Federal Regulations requires that tanners use protective eyewear that block 99.9% of UVB light and 99% of UVA light. Eyelids are too thin to protect your eyes from UV rays. Exposed eyes can lead to cataracts, bad night vision, loss of color perception, macular degeneration, and pterygium. The area around the eye is very sensitive and can easily burn and must be protected by wearing your eyewear. Please remember to sanitize your eyewear regulary and replace them every 6 months.

Can I wear my contact lenses while tanning?

Problems have developed in the past with contact lenses sticking to the eyes while tanning. The primary reason for this is demoisturization. Your whole body naturally loses moisture during the tanning process, including your eyes. If you are going to tan with your contacts in, it is recommended that you not only wear protective eye wear, but use moisturizing drops prior to or just after the tanning session to prevent any discomfort.

Do medications affect my tan?

Some photosensitizing medications can cause you to become less tolerant of UV exposure, greatly increasing your risk of burning. Many medications warn of any indoor or outdoor tanning when you use them. Please consult your doctor any time you are starting a new medication, asking about it photosensitive side effects.

Can indoor tanning cure acne or eczema?

Phototherapy, using exposure of UV light as a treatment, has been used in the treatment of skin problems such as acne and eczema. You should consult your doctor or dermatologist before tanning as skin therapy. Many medications used to treat both acne and eczema renders the skin ultra-sensitive to UV light, so be cautious if medicated when you tan.

Why do some people notice many white spots after getting a tan?

What is tinea versicolor?

Tinea versicolor (say "TIH-nee-uh VER-sih-kuh-ler") is a fungal infection caused by the yeast Malassezia furfur. This yeast is normally found on human skin and only becomes troublesome under certain circumstances, such as a warm and humid environment. It causes many small, flat spots on the skin. The spots can be flaky or mildly itchy. The many small spots may blend into large patchy areas, usually on the oily parts of the upper body like the chest and back. The spots can be either lighter or darker than the skin around them. In people with dark skin tones, pigmentary changes such as hypopigmentation (loss of color) are common, while in those with lighter skin color, hyperpigmentation (increase in skin color) are more common.

What causes tinea versicolor?

Tinea versicolor is caused by a fungus. This fungus lives all around us, including on the skin. Normally, everyday washing and showering removes dead skin and fungi (more than one fungus). But in hot and humid weather, such as during the summer or in tropical areas, fungi may grow more rapidly. As these fungi grow in number, their natural balance on the skin is affected, the normal color of the skin changes, and spots appear. Tanning will make the condition more obvious. People with oily skin, especially teens and young adults, are more likely to get tinea versicolor. Tinea versicolor usually is less likely to occur as you age, when the skin becomes less oily. It does not spread from person to person. Other things that increase your chance of getting tinea versicolor include having an impaired immune system, which cam occur during pregnancy or some form of illness and using certain medicines, such as corticosteroids, antibiotics or birth control pills.

How is it treated?

The infection is easily treated with skin creams, shampoos, or solutions. But not everyone chooses to get treatment. If the infection is severe or if it covers large areas of your body, returns often, or does not get better with skin care, your doctor may prescribe antifungal pills. Antifungal pills cannot be taken by some people, especially those with liver or heart problems. You may have blood tests so your doctor can check to make sure your kidneys and liver are working okay. Treatment kills the fungi quickly, but it can take months for the spots to disappear and for your skin color to return to normal. Although it is easily treated, the infection often returns within 1 to 2 years.

Can tinea versicolor be prevented?

To prevent tinea versicolor from returning, use skin creams, shampoos, or solutions at least once a month. Ask your doctor if you should use them more often. Some doctors believe fungi that remain in clothing may cause the infection to return. Normal washing and cleaning is usually effective in removing fungi from clothes. But for persistent tinea versicolor, you may need to dry-clean your clothes or wash them in the hottest possible water.

Does tanning help treat depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Wisconsin averages 90 sunny days per year. There exists a growing collection of scientific evidence which indicates that some people actually require more light exposure in order to function properly. Exposure to bright light, such as that emitted by the mid-day summer sun, causes the brain to suppress the release of the hormone melatonin. Melatonin acts as a depressant in the body if generated during the daytime. Thus, when affected people are exposed to longer hours of bright light, they feel happier, euphoric and more able to enjoy life. Bright light sources emitting only visible light, are now frequently used to successfully treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Sub-syndromal Seasonal Affective Disorder (SSAD).

Should I tan before I got on vacation?

The best way to prepare yourself for vacation is to gradually expose yourself to UV light. The Tanning Consultants can help you with a slow and gradual exposure schedule to help you build a base tan. Remember that burning defeats the purpose of tanning and causes the most damage to your skin.

What is the minimum age to tan in a UV tanning bed?

Wisconsin State Law states that the minimum age to tan in a UV tanning bed is 16. You must bring in a valid Driver's License or a copy of your birth certificate. We are very strict in following this state law and if you do not have one of the above items, you will not be allowed to sign up at Always Sunny On Main

Frequently Asked Questions - Spray Tanning

What is sunless tanning?

Sunless or spray tanning is a practical alternative to sunbathing. It can give your skin a tanned look without exposing it to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.

How does it work?

The sunless tanning solution quickly absorbs in the skin and both hydrates and balances essential moisture levels, producing outstanding sunless tanning results. It also creates a deep bronze natural-looking tan. No mess, no streaks, won’t clog pores, and no dyes to stain clothing or bedding.

How do I prepare for a spray tan?

What can lighten or fade my tan?

How do I maintain my spray tan?

What should I wear for my spray tan?

Women must wear bottoms (panties, swimsuit bottoms, shorts).Tops include bra, swimsuit, tank top, bandeau, strapless bra/top, or 4” round stickers. Men must wear bottoms (shorts, boxers, briefs, speedos).

Can I spray tan while pregnant?

It is suggested that expecting mothers wait until after the first trimester to use any type of self-tanners. Always Sunny On Main offers nose filters as extra precautions while spray tanning once in to your second or third trimester. Due to hypersensitivity during pregnancy it might be possible that these self-tanners could cause skin irritation. A test should be done in an unnoticeable area 24 hours before a full spray. Please consult your physician before any spray tan appointment.

Is it safe to spray tan while breastfeeding?

Yes, but obviously do not spray the breast area. It is recommended you wear a top (bra, bandeau, swimsuit, etc.) and also a nose filter to avoid inhalation.

Can I get a spray tan before a tattoo appointment?

No. The skin needs to be clean for a tattoo and the tattoo artist will need to remove the tan, leaving it blotchy.

Can I get a spray tan right after a tattoo?

If you have a new tattoo it’s best to wait until it’s fully healed before having a spray tan. If you must have a spray tan, you can cover the tattoo with a sticker or other full barrier to protect the colors.

How long does a spray tan last?

On average, 7-10 days with proper after care.