Questions & Answers About Indoor Tanning at Costa Del Sol Tanning Walsall
8th November 2014
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1. Why should I tan?

Moderate exposure to UVB helps develop a natural barrier in the skin to protect the body from excessive UV light. The application of light is absolutely essential to all life on earth. Yet there are various reasons, both biological and psychological, why exposure to light is desirable. In addition, most people believe they look better with a tan.

2. 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, 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 sunburn, which is harmful to the skin.

3. If I get really hot in a bed or booth, am I getting a better tan?

When you lay outside in the sun to tan, you usually get really hot. As a result, we associate this sensation with getting good colour. However, although both heat and UV light come from the sun, it is only the UV light that affects tanning. This is how skiers can get sunburned in the middle of winter. If the sun is out, there is UV light reaching you, even when it's cold out!

4. Why should I use a lotion?

By using a lotion before you tan, your moisturized skin is able to soak up UV-Rays in a quicker, healthier, and more efficient way, resulting in both a better and smarter tan. If you don’t use a lotion, your dry skin actually reflects up to 40% of your rays, wasting up to 8 minutes of your tan! It is also important to moisturize after you tan, to fully maximize your tanning benefits. Accelerators stimulate melanin’s rise to the surface of your skin. As melanin encounters UV light, it turns brown. The more melanin on the surface, the deeper tan you will achieve. Accelerators also keep the skin moist, thus minimizing flaking. The products we sell are specifically designed to work in tanning beds to moisturize your skin and accelerate or intensify the darkening of your skin.

5. Can I use outdoor tanning lotions, or lotions bought from the drug store on the tanning beds?

No. Many of these products contain ingredients which will discolor and leave a film on the acrylic surface of the tanning beds, actually hindering the tanning process. Also, they are not designed for easy clean-up and sanitizing.

6. Why should I use Tanning Accelerators/ Maximisers/ Intensifiers?

Your body makes use of many ingredients in addition to UV-light to produce a tan. Indoor tanning accelerators are designed to provide you with a balanced amount of these essential ingredients to achieve a better tan. Many advanced products also contain skin care components that help reverse the damaging effects of UV light and improve the condition of your skin.

7. What are bronzers?

For darker, more immediate results, bronzers supplement a tan with a light self-tanner that delivers color in 2-3 hours as a natural tan develops. Try to apply it in a circular motion and wipe your hands off after you apply it.

8. What is a tingle factor lotion?

These lotions are available in a range of intensity. The reddening and heating sensation of hot action increases the micro-circulation in your skin for greater tanning results. It is not recommended for sensitive skin tanners.

9. How important are moisturisers?

Your skin is constantly exposed to the elements: wind, sun, water, heat, cold - all drying your skin, causing your skin to flake off, and there goes your tan as well. Moisturizing is key to a long-lasting tan. Also, dry skin tends to reflect UV-light, thus decreasing your tanning potential. Remember: Healthy and moist skin tans faster and darker.

10. Frequency

Allow a minimum of 24 hours between tanning sessions. Tanning professionals recommend waiting 48 to 72 hours, the span of time necessary for your skin to recover from UV exposure and to create melanin and a tan.

11. How long can I stay in the tanning bed the first time?

This depends on your skin type. We will have you fill out a skin type analysis to determine your individual skin type. Based on which category you fall into we will regulate your tan time.

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