How does UV tanning work?
Tanning takes place in the skin’s outermost layer, the epidermis, with special cells called melanocytes. When exposed to UV-B light (short wave ultraviolet), melanocytes produce the pigment, melanin. The pinkish melanin travels up through the epidermis and is absorbed by other skin cells. When exposed to UV-A light (longer wave), melanin oxidizes or darkens. This is your skin’s way of protecting itself against too much UV light.
Should I be using lotion?
Indoor tanning lotions are specifically designed for the indoor tanning industry; they contain ingredients to assist in achieving maximum tanning results. They are designed not only to maximize and accelerate great tanning results, but most importantly replace essential nutrients, minerals and lost moisture to your skin. Lotions also contain antioxidants to shield free radical damage to your skin.
Why does a tan fade?
The tan or pigmentation process occurs in the epidermis, the top skin layer. Cells in the epidermis are constantly reproducing and pushing older cells upward toward the surface of your skin, where they slough off in about one month. As your skin replaces its cells, the cells laden with melanin are removed. A tan will progressively fade without repeated exposure to UV light.
Do I need to wear eyewear?
We require 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.
Use A Light Moisturizer on the skin after you shower to keep skin moisture level high, this also helps keep skin pores clear. Unscented lotions such as Lubriderm are great.