Tips | Skin Care
Besides healthy looking skin, indoor tanning can duplicate other beneficial properties of sunlight.
There is strong evidence that sunlight is known to:
- Aid in strengthening the immune system in resistance to disease,
- Enable the production of Vitamin D,
- Increase the body’s ability to absorb calcium,
- Increase the skin’s resistance to sun, and
- Help combat depression and induce an energized feeling of well-being.
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Why wait for summer? Get a healthy start on your summer tan and prepare your skin for the stronger summer sun to come.
Avoid the hassles of outdoor tanning such as annoying insects and exhausting heat. For working people, why wait all week for a chance to tan on the weekend only to burn or have cloudy weather?
As summer fades, don’t let your tan fade with it. Hang onto your tan with our simple, inexpensive maintenance program.
Escape the “winter blues” with a mini vacation tanning session and enjoy a beautiful tan even in the winter. You’ll look and feel fantastic!
You must wear protective eyewear as your eyelids do not provide protection against ultraviolet rays. To avoid the risk of easily transmitted infections, we recommend buying your own eyewear.
You may not use outdoor products for indoor tanning. However, at Sienna Tan we have specially formulated products specifically for indoor tanning that you should use. These products will have special ingredients that can speed up the tanning process by as much as 70%! They will also have moisturizers present which will replace moisture that is lost during tanning, bathing and other external factors. Remember that moist skin tans better and is healthier. Oils are not allowed in tanning beds because it ruins the acrylics. As a result of the same type of damage, the following lotions are not permitted: Banana Boat, Hawaiian Tropic, No Ad, or Lotion Potion. Check with any Sienna Tan associate for further questions.
Absolutely! A tan is your skin’s natural way of protecting itself against over-exposure. By gradually getting a tan indoors first, you can pre-condition your skin to spend more time in the outdoor sun. Get the most out of your vacation investment!
Many skin types will show color change after the second or third session. Most can achieve a beautiful tan after about 8-10 full sessions in a low pressure bed and 2-3 sessions in a high pressure bed. After that, only one or two times per week will maintain your golden tan indefinitely.
UVB stimulates the melanocyte cells in the skin to produce melanin (a pigment) which is then oxidized by UVA, turning it brown. As the outer layer of skin sheds, cells are lost and your tan will fade. Therefore, to maintain a tan requires continuous exposure to ultraviolet light. The degree of coloring depends on the amount of melanin you have, your individual reaction to ultraviolet light, and the time of exposure.
Just like natural sunlight, an indoor tanning system produces ultraviolet rays. The difference is that only UVA and diminished UVB rays are emitted and no UVC. Other factors of outdoor tanning, such as time of day and year, altitude, cloud coverage, pollution, reflective surfaces, etc. can radically change proper exposure times outdoors. The tanning process is the same indoors, however, there is definitely more exposure control.
The sun emits three kinds of non-visible ultraviolet light: UVA, UVB and UVC. UVC is the shortest, most harmful light but is stopped by the earth’s ozone layer. UVB is the medium wave length of light and is necessary to trigger the tanning process, but too much UVB can cause sunburn. UVA is the longest wave length and is responsible for the oxidization of melanin in the skin.
Lips do not produce melanin and need extra protection from the sun to prevent aging. All exposure to your lips is over exposure. Using a lip balm prevents the skin damage and the premature aging caused by over exposure. As you age, your lips wrinkle and thin, so protect them with a good lip balm product. Using an over the counter lip balm is harmful because most contain photosensitive ingredients or are packed with ingredients that lock and coat preventing your lips from self hydrating!
If you’re tanning indoors, you want to tan with some type of tanning accelerator to help get the best color and keep your skin healthy. But what many don’t realize, in order to achieve optimum results, it is crucial to maintain moist and healthy skin after tanning as well.
Immediately After UV Exposure
It can take up to 48 hours after UV exposure for your tan to fully develop. By moisturizing and re-hydrating right after UV exposure you help your skin boost collagen production, promote skin elasticity, and help achieve the best and longest lasting tan possible.
When showering or bathing, select products designed to be gentle to the skin. Products with low Alkaline Base will help prevent drying of the skin and help keep your tan longer. Try VersaSpa Pro Body Wash, specifically designed for tanners needs. Also try Designer Skin’s No Apologies shaving lotion for a close, tan-preserving shave!
Use a moisturizer after bathing while the skin is still damp. Applying moisturizer to dry skin is of little use because it is not very easily absorbed. The result would be similar to putting hair conditioner on dry hair – you wouldn’t get an even absorption across the shaft of the hair. Try Devoted Creation’s Crown of Gold for skin hydration and a hint of color.
After You Workout
When you workout you perspire. Consequently, your body loses moisture through the skin. Help keep your tan going by reapplying moisturizer after your workout.
In order to complete the skincare picture, remember to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. This re-hydrates tired & stressed out skin, helps clear up facial blemishes and helps shed unwanted pounds. So drink up and reap the benefits.
The Forces of Nature
There are many forces at work against keeping your skin healthy. During the winter, lack of humidity and the wind remove critical moisture from the skin. During the summer the sun’s rays, chlorine in the pool, and the sand and salt at the beach all work against your skin. Be your skin’s friend and select a high quality moisturizer, something with no mineral oils or petroleum to clog your pores. Try one of our daily moisturizers or see a tanning consultant for recommendations.