Service FAQ

Is indoor tanning the same as tanning outside in the sun?

When you tan at an indoor tanning facility, your skin produces a tan the same way it does when you lay out in the sun: through ultraviolet (UV) light. There is one important difference, though. When you are out in the sun, you cannot control the amount of UV light you are exposed to, because it is affected by changes in the atmosphere. Indoor tanning is one way to regulate the amount of UV light you are exposed to, because it is a controlled environment. You can gradually increase your exposure time to make sure you don’t get a sunburn, which is harmful to the skin.

How long does it take to get a tan?

The professional indoor tanning industry promotes and teaches what we refer to as The Golden Rule of Smart Tanning: Don’t ever sunburn. Everyone’s skin is different, and the tanning process occurs at different speeds depending on a person’s skin type. Those with darker complexions will usually tan faster than those with fair skin. As a general rule, 3-10 sessions will give you a base tan. This also depends on whether or not you use an accelerator/indoor tanning lotion and the condition of your skin. We recommend 2 sessions a week to maintain your tan once you have reached your desired tan color. You may not see immediate results after your tanning session but remember it can take up to 48 hours for the tan to appear. Safe Tanning Takes Time – Don’t Over Do It!

If I never can get a tan outside because I burn, can I get a tan indoors?

If it takes you a while to get a tan outside, it may be easier for you to get the color you want (brown instead of red) by tanning indoors. You would need to start with a short exposure time, and increase it very gradually. However, if you NEVER tan from the sun, you will not tan from tanning lamps, since they emit the very same tanning rays as the sun does.

Is tanning lotion really necessary?

Yes, while tanning lotion is not mandatory, it is strongly recommended and will make a big difference in the quality of your tan and your skin. Your body makes use of many ingredients in addition to UV-light to produce a tan. Specially formulated tanning lotions are jam-packed enriched with nutrients, vitamins, minerals and other beneficial ingredients to help get you tan FAST, replenish the skin, is essential for proper skin care and to help achieve a healthier-looking, longer-lasting tan. They also help you get more value for each tanning session. Healthy skin tans faster, darker, and retains a tan longer. Indoor tanning accelerators are designed to provide you with a balanced amount of these essential ingredients to achieve a better tan. Dry skin reflects tanning rays so for best results, drench your skin with an indoor tanning lotion just prior to tanning. Note: it is important to know that only those products designed for indoor tanning should be used in our tanning beds. Other products may contain ingredients that could slow down the tanning process as well as damage the acrylic shields in the beds. If you are unsure about a product you have, please ask a Sun Kissed Tanning consultant.

What do I need to do to start tanning?

Simply stop in at your convenience and we will be happy to assist you on choosing the right level for your particular needs. You never need an appointment and we are open every day. We will be happy to walk you through the tanning process and put your mind at ease. We have all been new tanners at one time and it is a little scary when you don’t know what to expect so feel free to ask those questions, that is what we are here for. Some of the things we will review with you are proper eyewear use and the importance of quality tanning lotions with the tanning process.

How often should I tan?

To build an awesome tan, tan regularly. Allowing too much time between visits will cause your tan to fade. You can tan up to once every 24 hours, however it is recommended that you allow 48 hours in between each session to permit your tan to fully develop in between visits. Once you are tan, you can maintain your tan with visits of 2 or 3 times a week.

How long can my tanning bed session be the first time?

Your first session length will depend upon your skin tone and type, and wediscuss with you your personalized skin analysis to help determine your skin type. Also taken into consideration is how long it has been since you last tanned. The most common skin type is Type 3, those who typically tan for 10-12 minutes the first time in a tanning bed that has a 20-minute maximum. After you have started tanning, your session length can be adjusted slowly till you reach the desired level of darkening -but keep in mind, everybody’s skin is different. You may not see immediate results after your tanning session but remember it can take up to 48 hours for the tan to appear. Safe Tanning Takes Time – Don’t Over Do It! The professional indoor tanning industry promotes and teaches what we refer to as The Golden Rule of Smart Tanning: Don’t ever sunburn.
I have reached a tanning plateau. How can I help them break through that plateau?
It depends on what is causing the plateau. Sometimes a person needs to alternate between a couple of tanning lotions or oils, based on the nutritional and moisture needs of his or her skin. Medications, and even a poor diet, can cause a temporary plateau. Everyone also has a genetic limitation. Fair skinned individuals won’t ever be able to reach the depth of color that a dark skinned individual can achieve from tanning.

What should I wear while tanning indoors?

This is your personal choice. If you tan in the nude we recommend tanning sensitive areas slowly–expose them part of the time and cover them part of the time until that area of the body is conditioned to tanning.

Do I have to take my contact lenses out when tanning indoors?

Always wear proper sunlamp goggles. Most people have no trouble whatsoever leaving their contact lenses in while tanning indoors. Heat from the sunlamps may cause dryness and mild to moderate discomfort for some contact lens wearers. Try tanning with your contact lenses in. If you find this uncomfortable, then take them out before tanning next time.

How do medications alter the tanning process? Which types of medicines should I avoid while tanning?

Medications and other substances (e.g. dyes used to tattoo the skin, certain foods, etc.) can sensitize a person’s skin to ultraviolet light. The reaction to that sensitivity could either be photo allergic (where the skin reacts to UV exposure by breaking out), or photophobic (where a person must protect his or her eyes from brighter light sources). The most common reaction is photosensitivity. Photosensitivity occurs when the level of UV exposure needed to produce a burn is reduced. So instead of helping someone to tan more easily, photosensitizing agents should be thought of in terms of how easily they cause a person to burn. The best way to determine if a medication has photosensitizing potential is to consult with the prescribing medical practitioner or pharmacist.


Exotic Tan
6311 FM 1488 Rd.
Magnolia, Texas, 77354

tel: (281) 789-7056
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