The Tanning Process
The tanning process takes place in two phases.
- 1Phase one is called immediate darkening and is when already existing melanin turns brown. Phase one is induced mostly by UVA and the color can last hours or fade into phase two and last for days.
- 2Phase two is called delayed tanning and is induced mostly by UVB. The color from phase two can become visible up to 72 hours after tanning.
Endless Summer recommends clients wait at least 24 hours between tans.
Tanning is the body’s natural process to protect from overexposure. One session is not going to build a tan. Tanning is a process that can take 6-10 sessions. Clients with Skin Type I and Skin Type II can take even longer. Endless Summer recommends clients start tanning a month to six weeks before an event or vacation to allow enough time to build a tan. Each time you expose your skin to UV light your melanocytes produce more melanin so the next time you can stay in UV light longer. If you do not tan for a while you will need to start the process over.
Tanning lamps produce UVA and UVB. Full body lamps are the long skinny lamps in most of the equipment at Endless Summer. They emit UVA and UVB. As the levels increase at Endless Summer so does the output of UVA in the full body lamps. The high-pressure lams are sometimes referred to as facial lamps. They emit almost all UVA. They are the most bronzing and the least likely to burn. High pressure lamps are in most of Endless Summer equipment over the face. The face is usually the hardest part of the body to tan because the skin is so delicate and burns easily.
- Many people believe they look good and feel better when they have a tan. Indoor tanning, if you can develop a tan, is an intelligent way to minimize the risk of sunburn while maximizing the enjoyment and benefit of having a tan.
- Your skin tans the same, whether you tan indoors or outdoors. Ultraviolet rays penetrate your skin, stimulating the production of melanin, the pigment that makes your skin tan.
- Smart tanning involves following the exposure schedule designed for your skin type and avoiding sunburn by tanning gradually. By controlling the type and amount of UV light you receive in our salon, there’s no doubt that this is the best, smartest place to acquire a tan. However, there are some precautions you
should take to maximize your enjoyment of your tanning visits.
- Avoid overexposure. As with natural sunlight, overexposure can cause eye and skin injury and allergic reactions. Repeated overexposure may cause premature aging of the skin and increases the risk of skin cancer. We advocate moderation in tanning. It’s best to tan no more than once in 48 hours.
- Protect your eyes. Simply closing them or wearing sunglasses are not adequate protection against possible long-term eye injury. Wearing the FDA-compliant eye protection available in this salon can eliminate that risk.
- Protect your lips. They do not produce melanin and will burn easily unless you protect them with lib balms with sunscreens.
- If you plan to tan in the nude, cover previously unexposed areas for the majority of your tanning time for the first few visits.
- If you are taking any medications, please let one of our staff members know. Some medications can cause reactions with UV light.
- Moisturize your skin! The heat and light from tanning sessions can dry your skin. Moist skin tans best. We recommend you moisturize before and after each tanning session to get the most out of each visit.
- Exfoliate – Exfoliate – Exfoliate! By exfoliating your skin you remove any dead skin cells. This is great to do prior to tanning.