Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Do I have to wear eye protection?
    • Yes, it is required by law to wear eye protection.  Your eyelids are not thick enough to protect your eyes from UV damage.  A Total Tan provides disposable or personal eye protection.
  • How do I build a base tan?
    • Everyone’s skin type varies…..the average person takes 7-10 tans to build a base tan.  Moderation is the key…….gradually increase your time in small increments (about 1-2 minutes).  Tanning lotions also will help keep your skin hydrated.  (Moist skin absorbs light, while dry skin reflects lights)
  • How old do you have to be to tan at a tanning salon?
    • The State Board of Health requires anyone under the age of 18 to have a parent or legal guardian present and must give consent to the tanning salon. 
    • Anyone under the age of 16 must have a parent or legal guardian present at each visit to the tanning salon.
  • Should I use a tanning lotion?
    • We suggest using tanning lotions before and after tanning.  Tanning lotions help you tan 40% faster and prolong your tan up to 40% longer.  Using tanning lotions help keep your skin hydrated and looking healthy.
  • If I don’t tan in the sun, will I be able to tan in a tanning bed?
    • No, you will not be able to tan in a tanning bed if you don’t tan in the sun.  However, we do suggest our UV free Mystic Tan.  (please check locations for Mystic Tan availability)
  • Do I need to make an appointment?
    • No, all of our salons have anywhere from 33 to 58 tanning units, therefore no appointment is needed.
  • Can I tan if I am pregnant?
    • We recommend consulting with your physician before proceeding with any of our tanning units.
  • How often do you change your tanning bulbs?
    • We change our tanning bulbs once they reach 50% of the maximum capacity.  Changing our bulbs this soon will maximize the best results for your best tan.
  • Can I transfer my sessions to another location?
    • Certainly, however we ask that you transfer at least 3 or more session or the remaining amount of sessions left.  (sessions will be created at equal value at new location)
  • What should I wear in a tanning bed?
    • You can wear (or not wear) whatever you feel comfortable in.
  • Is it ok to sunburn?
    • You want to avoid sun burning.  It is important that you gradually increase your time to maximize your tanning capabilities.
  • How long does it take to get a tan?
    • Please see one of our tanning team members as all skins types are different and we want to provide you with the best ways to achieve your best tan.
  • How often should I tan?
    • With the many different types of tanning units and skin types we ask that you speak with one of our tanning team members on how often you should tan.
  • Why do some people itch after tanning?
    • The main reason why someone would itch is due to lack of moisture in the skin.  Using a daily moisturizer will replenish the moisture in your skin.
  • Should I take my contacts out before tanning?
    • We suggest that you remove your contacts prior to tanning to avoid any dry discomfort.
  • Should I take my make-up off before tanning?
    • Yes, some make-ups contain SPF that could essentially block tanning rays.
  • Is it necessary to cover my tattoo prior to tanning?
    • We suggest covering all tattoos prior to tanning with an SPF to avoid fading.
  • Is it ok to shower after my tanning session?
    • Yes, showering after your tanning session will have no effect on your skin.
  • Does a hotter bed tan you better?
    • No, we rotate the use of our beds equally therefore, all of our beds (depending on type) are all the same.  You will get the same tan out of each tanning unit.
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