Q. Can anybody tan?
Certain skin types cannot tan. Our staff can help you determine your skin type and help determine the type of tanning that is best suited for you and your skin type. The six basic skin types are shown below:
Skin type 1: Always burns, never tans
Skin type 2: Burns easily, tans slightly
Skin type 3: Sometimes burns, tans gradually
Skin type 4: Burns minimally, always tans well
Skin type 5: Burns rarely, tans deeply
Skin type 6: Almost never burns, deeply pigmented.
For those of you who cannot tan or would like a darker and quicker tan, we offer the Mystic Tan UV Free tanning system.
Q. What is the tanning process?
Tanning takes place in the skin's outermost layer, the epidermis. About five percent of the cells in your epidermis are special cells called melanocytes. When exposed to ultraviolet B light (short wave ultraviolet), melanocytes produce melanin - the pigment which is ultimately responsible for your tan. The pinkish melanin travels up through the epidermis and is absorbed by other skin cells. When exposed to ultraviolet A light (longer wave), the melanin oxidizes or darkens. This darkening is your skin's way of protecting itself against too much UV light.
Everyone has the same number of melanocytes in their body - about five million. But your heredity dictates how much melanin your body's melanocytes naturally will produce. For example, the skin of African Americans contains enough melanin to create a black or brown skin color, while the skin of Caucasians has less melanin and is pale.
Q. What is a sunburn?
A sunburn, or eruthema, occurs when too In order to most effectively avoid overexposure, a tan should be acquired much ultraviolet light reaches the skin and disrupts the tiny blood vessels near the skin's surface. In order to most effectively avoid overexposure, a tan should be acquired gradually, according to the guidelines prescribed by your salon professional.
Q. How often is a person allowed to tan?
Since 1986, the Food and Drug Administration guidelines maintain that a 48 hour time interval should pass between tanning sessions. Pigmentation and/or erythema (sunburn) may not be fully visible for between 12-24 hours. Two tanning sessions within this 24 hour period could cause an unintentional burn. In general, maximum pigmentation should be built up gradually in 8-10 tanning sessions.
Q. Iím pregnant, is it safe for me to tan?
Even though there is no current reason why a pregnant woman cannot tan indoors or outdoors, we do not recommend tanning while you are pregnant. We do offer the Mystic Tan UV-Free tanning system for an alternative to give you great color. Though it is recommended that you consult your physician in either decision you make.
Q. Why do some people itch after tanning?
Itching or rashes can be caused by several things. It is always best to get a tanning history on each customer. Some people are naturally photosensitive. Some people are susceptible to heat rashes. There is also ingredients that are found in soaps, perfumes, lotions, cosmetics and even in our acrylic cleaner that may cause itching as well. Rashes caused by these things are usually in the areas that they are applied. Customers are advised to tan with their skin as clean as possible. If a rash does not go away with the discontinued use of the product the person should discontinue UV exposure till it fully goes away or they see a physician.
Q. I donít tan outdoors. Will I be able to tan indoors?
If you canít get color from the sun, you most likely will not get color in an UV bed. However, Mystic Tan UV-Free tanning system can give you a natural looking tan without any UV exposure at all. And it takes less than 60 seconds.
Q. Is it harmful to wear your contacts while tanning?
Even though there is no known reason why contact lenses may not be worn while tanning, we recommend that you remove your contacts prior to tanning. When the eyes are kept closed and proper protective eyewear is worn, it is impossible for UV light to penetrate through. However, the heat from the tanning beds could cause the eye to dry a bit making the lens uncomfortable.
Q. Do I have to wear eye protection?
Yes, it is required by law in most states because eyelids are not thick enough to protect your eyes from UV damage.
Q. Why are lotions necessary?
Tanning without a lotion will deplete your skin of its much needed moisture. Lotions can help stimulate the production of melanin so that your skin tans more quickly, gets darker and keeps its tan longer. Plus, our lotions have moisturizers that keep your skin soft and healthy. Our premium lotions deliver vitamins, moisturizers, oils, and other ingredients to revitalize the skin and encourage melanin production, which gives you a tan appearance.
Q. Why is moisturized skin important for a tan?
Healthy, moist skin will tan quicker, get darker and keep its tanned appearance longer because the melanin is produced rapidly and the skin also will not exfoliate as quickly when it is properly moisturized.