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UV Tanning Frequently Ask Questions

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.

Is indoor UV tanning safe?

Artificial UV tanning comes with the same benefits and risks as outdoor tanning. Both are enjoyable and can improve how you feel about your appearance, but proper care must be taken. Our tanning beds meet FDA requirements and are rated for maximum exposure time. In addition, our technicians are trained to identify the most effective way to achieve your desired result.

If you are worried about exposure to UV tanning rays, try our sunless spray tan booth for a UV-free bronze glow that looks just like the real deal. 

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.  

Does skin type matter?

 The short answer is: yes, skin type matters a great deal!  

The long answer: Tanning salons use the "Fitzpatrick scale" to classify skin types into six different categories. This helps tanning technicians determine the best treatment plan for your skin. The scale is based on the skin's reaction to the first ten to 45 minutes of sun exposure after the winter season.  

Skin types I and II burn easily and tan minimally if at all. Skin type III burns moderately and tans gradually. Skin type IV tans well and skin types V and VI rarely or never burn and tan very easily.  

For first-time customers, our tanning technicians perform a free test to identify your skin type and determine the best course of action for your desired tan. 

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. 

Sunless Tanning Frequently Ask Questions

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..

Will the Versa Spa stain my clothes?

Generally speaking, no. We recommend that you wear loose-fitting, dark clothing in a soft material such as cotton. Sometimes the darker shade might rub off onto your clothing or sheets before your first shower, but generally it does not stain and will wash out. However, please avoid wearing fabrics such as silk or rayon before your first shower, as it will not wash out of these materials.  

Will the Versa Spa provide a sufficient base tan before I go on vacation?

Unfortunately, no. The Versa Spa is completely cosmetic and does not provide a sufficient base tan. We recommend that you do some tanning in a regular UV booth before going away, and always wear an SPF when spending any significant amount of time in the sun. Also, swimming in either salt or chlorinated water regularly will cause your Versa Spa to fade more quickly.  

Is the Versa Spa safe?

 The active ingredient is dihydroxyacetone (DHA), more commonly known as Self-Tanner. This is the same ingredient that is found in all self tanning lotions and it is approved by the FDA. (However, women who are breastfeeding should cover their nipples during the application process). 

Does the Versa Spa look streaky or fade looking "spotty?"

Nope. As long as you wait at least 6 to 8 hours before showering, you will have nothing to worry about. 

Does the Versa Spa look fake or "orange?"

No! It looks completely natural and it fades evenly, too. And remember, it comes in a couple of different shades, so you can choose the one that will look more natural with your skin tone. 

Red Light Therapy Frequently Asked Questions

What happens during a red light therapy treatment?

Red light therapy involves directing a penetrating red light upon an area of skin which needs improvement. Treatments using red light will brighten skin tone and improve texture, helping to reduce pore size. Anti-aging red light therapy increases circulation and heals the elastic fibers that help keep skin young and tight. 

Are red light treatments safe?

 Red light therapy is completely safe for an average healthy individual. According to the FDA, red light used at 633 nm poses a non-significant risk and is also safe for the eyes at that level. Red light goes into the tissue at a depth of 8-10 mm, ensuring that the level of delivery is not only safe but also effective. The results are long-lasting. 

How does red light therapy work?

 The innovations of science have made a surprisingly simple technology widely available. When red light at 633nm is absorbed at a cellular level by the mitochondria a simulation of intracellular energy transfer occurs. The production of this energy means cell vitality and permeability is increased overall. Production of new collagen, and increased turnover of collagen and elastin occurs during this process, ensuring that the fibers within skin are firm. Scientific studies have also shown that cells grow 150-200% faster upon exposure to certain light wavelengths. 

Is red light therapy similar to sunbathing?

 Although sunbathing does produce a feeling of wellbeing in an individual and is vital for the creation of Vitamin D, there is a large difference between the light coming from the sun and the light that is coming from a red light treatment. There is no risk of sunburn for an individual undergoing red light therapy, and red light machines do not contain the full spectra of the sun, which can cause damage to the skin upon prolonged or intense exposure. There are no UVA or UVB rays in red light therapy. 

How long will this treatment take?

 Red light therapy will not produce immediate changes to skin, as the treatments are done in a series to effect noticeable and long-lasting effects. This is done over a priod of a few weeks. Everyone reacts differently, as not all skin is the same.
In general, the best results will be seen in an 8 to 12 week period, or over a period of several months. 

Does red light therapy treat acne, age spots and weathered skin?

 Red light is excellent for removal of bacteria that is responsible for acne and other skin conditions. This therapy treatment generally induces cellular activity that greatly reduces the appearance of aged skin. Anti-aging red light therapy is known to brighten the skin and reduce the chances of skin discoloration occuring. 

Tanning Lotion Frequently Asked Questions

Why use a tanning product?

There are significant benefits to using indoor tanning products. Indoor tanning products contain key ingredients like Aloe Vera, Tyrosine, Vitamins, Natural Oils, Botanical and Herbal Extracts, and Minerals to increase the intensity and effectiveness of your tanning time through magnification, hydration, and skin conditioning.

When should I apply tanning lotion?

Most tanners apply their indoor tanning lotion immediately before tanning to maximize the product’s magnification, hydration, and skin conditioning properties.

What is a Tingle lotion?

Tingle is an ingredient added to lotion, usually niacin or Vitamin B, that can help clients achieve quicker and darker results than if they just used a regular lotion. The ingredients in a tingle lotion increase the microcirculation and oxidation of blood in the surface layers of the skin. Blood also carries melanin to the surface of the skin. Since your skin needs oxygen to tan and the activation of melanin is what is needed to maximize that tan, the more melanin at the surface of the skin, the darker you will get.

I have reached a point where I can’t get any darker, what can I do?

You have reached what is called a “tanning plateau”. You must adjust your tanning program within the guidelines of developing a healthy tan. To increase magnification and intensification properties it is suggested to move from a tanning product used to stimulate melanin and build a base tan, to one that penetrates the skin surface with selective oils, nutrients, vitamins, minerals and amino acids for dark tanning. No matter what product you use during your tanning session keep in mind that it is vital during the plateau stages to heavily moisturize and condition the skin.

My face and legs don’t tan as well as the rest of my body. What should I do?

Moist skin tans better than dry skin. The face and legs are naturally low in moisture and become dryer with normal activities. It is important to keep these areas constantly hydrated during tanning.

What can I do between tanning sessions to get better results and maintain my tan?

Since it actually takes 2-5 days for a tan to develop, it is important to continue your tanning program between your tanning sessions with hydrating and tan extending products. These products are specifically designed to provide essential moisture to the skin after tanning and allow you to build a healthy tan.

Official Oregon State Under 18 Tanning Medical Release Form