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SUNBED TAN BASICS

What to Expect
A sunbed recreates the sun’s rays using a balanced mix of of UVA (ultraviolet A) and UVB (ultraviolet B) light. UVA’s main role in the tanning process is oxidizing melanin, the browning pigment that tans the skin. UVB rays trigger melanin production, causing the skin to become darker.

Your time in a sunbed may vary from 2-20 minutes, based on your skin type and chosen sunbed.

Color develops and deepens over a 24- to 48-hour period.

Maintain your tan with 1 to 3 sessions a week, again, depending on your skin type and chosen sunbed.

Give a sunbed tan time to develop. Follow the FDA recommendation of AT LEAST 24 hours between sessions.

Every sunbed has different tan times and features like aromatherapy and sound systems. Check ‘em out.

Meet Your Sunbed Squad
Our Tanning Consultants play a pivotal role in personalizing your sunbed experience. We’ll talk tanning history, sunlight-sensitive meds and #tangoals to make our expert recommends on skincare, sunbeds, session times and a tanning schedule just for you.

Know your skin type

If you’re not sure, we’ll figure it out together.

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    TANS LITTLE OR NOT AT ALL

    Burns easily and severely, then peels. People most often with fair skin, blue eyes, freckles, white unexposed skin.

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    USUALLY BURNS EASILY AND SEVERELY

    (Painful burn); tans minimally and lightly; also peels. People with fair skin, blue or hazel eyes, blonde or red hair, white unexposed skin.

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    BURNS MODERATELY

    Gains average tan. Average Caucasian, white unexposed skin.

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    BURNS MINIMALLY

    Tans easily and above average with each exposure. People with light brown skin, dark brown hair, dark eyes, white or light brown unexposed skin. (Asians, Hispanics and Mediterraneans)

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    RARELY BURNS

    Tans easily and substantially. Brown-skinned people, brown unexposed skin. (East Indians, Hispanics, etc.)

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    TANS PROFUSELY AND NEVER BURNS

    People with black skin. (Africans and African Americans, Australians and South Indian Aborigines)

If your skin is Type 1, spray tanning is the way to go for a natural-looking tan without any UV exposure.

*Fitzpatrick Classification Scale - Thomas Fitzpatrick, MD

Now that you know the basics, see our tips for getting the very best tan.