Typically you will begin to see results after a few tanning sessions, but it may take a few weeks of regular tanning (at least 3 times a week) to get the color you are looking for. If you are developing a base tan before going on a trip, you may want to start tanning 3 to 4 weeks prior.

In order to build your tan, it is important to tan regularly. You should try and tan 3 to 4 times per week to build your tan. After you have a nice base tan you can maintain it by tanning 1-2 times per week.

It is highly recommended that you use cosmeceutical grade lotion. Lotion technology helps activate your melanin, getting you more color more quickly.

Absolutely. There is a growing body of well-conducted, validated scientific research demonstrating that the production of the activated form of vitamin D is one of the most effective ways the body controls abnormal cell growth. Moderate exposure to sunlight is the only way for the body to manufacture the vitamin D necessary for producing activated vitamin D.

Persons with fresh tattoos have had chemicals injected into their skin that can make that local area very sensitive to UV exposure while the tattoo is still healing. So absolutely don’t allow that area to tan. Either cover it up completely, if possible, or don’t tan at all until the skin has healed. After the skin has healed (approximately 3 weeks), do continue to use moderate protective measures. At this point, the chemicals have lost have dissipated, lowering sensitivity.

A tattoo may begin to lose its brilliancy with exposure to UV, whether that UV comes from indoors or outdoors. So preserve those tattoos by using lip balm or a good sunscreen on the area, weather you’re at the tanning salon or out in direct sun.

This is a pretty common question. There’s no problem with showering just prior to tanning because it clears the skin of any potential barriers that might hinder the tan. Applying a tanning lotion right after a shower will help the lotion absorb more readily into the skin and prepare it for the tan. The exception is with lotions that make your skin heat up and tingle—proximity to the tanning session time is a little more critical with those lotions. Ideally, a person should probably wait a few hours after tanning to take a shower. The reason is that skin takes a while to process the light that it has received, into a tan. Taking a shower right after a tan won’t eliminate the tan altogether, but it will minimize the total impact of that individual session.

Adjusting the protective eyewear occasionally during a tanning session will help to minimize this condition. The adjustment can be performed by gently sliding the eyewear to a new position. You should never lift the eyewear off of your eyes to adjust their position. The effects of raccoon eyes can be minimized with a bronzer, self-tanner or your make-up

The answer is not only “yes,” but emphatically YES. There are 2 issues to be addressed here. One is in relation to the long-term effects of UV overexposure and the other is Ultraviolet light penetrates all the way to the back of the eyes, and does permanent damage. The damage takes years to start showing and leads to loss of color perception or bad night vision, or even macular degeneration (blindness in all but peripheral vision). Toward the front of the eye doctors talk about cataracts of course, but also a tissue buildup called Pterygium (pronounced Ter-i'-gee-um). This can be caused by frequent aggravation of the outer tissues of the eye.

Eyelids are not effective at blocking out UV light. A simple comparative test would be to close your eyes where you are at and look toward the available lighting. Now you’re your hand in front of your closed eyes. Did you notice a shadow passing in front of your eyes? If you did, that’s showing you that the available lighting is still getting through your eyelids and reaching the back of your eyes. And unless you’re outside in the sun right now or in a room with incredibly bright lighting, the available lighting is probably not as bright as your tanning lamps are, nor are the lights as close to your face as tanning lamps are. Yet the available lighting is getting through. That’s an illustration with visible light, but UV light penetrates just as easily. Cumulative long term effects include loss of color perception, loss of night vision, macular degeneration (complete blindness except for peripheral vision), cataracts, eyelid cancers and a physical tissue build up that always looks irritated.

UVA light causes melanin to enlarge and turn brown. When melanin mixes with protein and sweat secretions in the skin, it produces a distinctive scent. This release is as natural as the tanning process itself. Everyone responds differently, some with a powerful scent and others with no noticeable scent. Any resulting scent is easily removed with a shower. There are also professional tanning lotions that eliminate the after tan smell, called Odor Shield Technology.