Tanning Basics

What you should know about tanning.

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.

Why Does A Tan Fade?

Cells in the epidermis are constantly reproducing and pushing older cells upward toward the surface of your skin, where they are sloughed off in about one month. As your skin replaces its cells, the cells laden with melanin are removed. So the tanning process must continue with the new cells.

Why is indoor tanning better than outdoor?

Speed - It doesn't take all day to get a tan indoors. Depending on your skin type, just a few minutes, not hours. Maintain your tan for as little as 60 minutes a month. Control - Our state-of-the-art equipment allows us to monitor and scientifically control your ultraviolet UV-A and UV-B exposure. We make sure you tan and not burn. Climate - Overcast, rainy, or 109 degrees in the shade, you never have to worry about the weather with your pleasant, climate-controlled environment.

What is sunless tanning?

Sunless tanning uses a spray-on system to provide a tan-like skin coloring without the use of ultraviolet light rays. A fine mist of DHA (dihydroxyacetone) is applied evenly to the skin to produce a reaction on the epidermis (the outer layer of skin). DHA reacts with skin proteins to produce a bronze coloring within two to 24 hours.  

Spray tans usually last for up to a week, depending on factors such as how often you shower, shave or exfoliate. Our formula includes cosmetic bronzers so that you leave our salon with a temporary tan as your DHA treatment takes effect.

Oregon Under 18 Tanning Law

The Under 18 tanning ban was passed in Oregon in 2013 and took effect on January 1st, 2014. The law says that minors under the age of 18 must have the State medical form filled out by their doctor, along with permission from a parent, in order to use tanning beds. The ban only applies to UV tanning, and does not apply to spray tanning like using our Versaspa or Airbrush Tanning! So we encourage everyone under the age of 18 to get their all-important vitamin D from moderate sunlight exposure outdoors, and to get their beautiful golden tan from spray tanning. For those to do wish to use tanning beds, the Oregon State Medial Form can be downloaded by clicking the link below.

Remember that you will also need a parent or guardian to sign for you giving their permission for you to use UV tanning beds or standup booths.

Be Safe. Tan Smart.

Lip and eye protection - Lips don't produce melanin and eyelids are too thin to block UV. That's why it's important to wear lip balm with sunscreen and protective eye goggles. Eyewear must be certified and approved by the FDA. We offer a selection of goggles that meet these Federal standards. You can avoid "Raccoon Eyes" by gently adjusting your goggles while you tan, but never remove them completely. Outdoors - When you tan outdoors, you are exposed to uncontrolled and often excessive amounts of multi-frequency UV that can cause "sunburn" and permanent damage. When you are outside, wear appropriate protection. Medication - Some medications can cause reactions with UV light. If you are taking any medications, please let your doctor know you're tanning. 

Official Oregon State Under 18 Tanning Medical Release Form