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Can I use my tanning bed lotion outdoors?

Are there proven benefits to using tanning beds?

Can't I use any moisturizer for my dry skin?

Can I catch a disease from a tanning bed?

Is there anything I need to be aware of if I'm new to tanning?

Does tanning cause skin cancer?

Every time I try to tan in the sun, I get nothing. Will tanning in a tanning bed help?

Do I have to take out my contact lenses when I tan?

I get these white spots when I tan. What are they?

Do I have to tan every day to get a great tan?

I have reached a point where I just can't get any darker. What can I do?

How many minutes should I tan in your tanning beds?

My face and legs don't tan very well. What should I do?

Is it really true that a woman fried her internal organs from tanning too much?

Is it true that a sunburn fades into a tan?

Should I shower after a tanning session?

Should I shower before a tanning session?

Is it safer to tan in tanning beds than outdoors?

What is a bronzer?

What is a tingle-factor lotion?

When I tan, I start itching. Is there something to prevent this?

How can I keep my tan?

What will tanning lotions do for my tan?

Can I use an outdoor lotion in a tanning bed?

Will tanning in a salon protect my skin from sunburn?

Q: Can I use my tanning bed lotion outdoors?
A: It is not recommended that you use an indoor tanning lotion outdoors because the sunís intensity varies daily and hourly. You should always use a lotion with SPF outdoors, and because indoor tanning lotions do not have SPF, you have no protection from the sunís rays.

Q: Are there proven benefits to using tanning beds?
A: Yes! Studies have shown that people who tan have a reduced risk of breast cancer, colon cancer and osteoporosis. These are the positive effects of ultraviolet light. Tanning offers many other benefits, such as:
-reduced cholesterol
-reduced blood pressure
-reduced need for insulin for diabetics
-improved muscle tone without exercise
-improved oxygen, carrying capacity of blood
-increased sex drive
-reduced chance of internal cancers
-increased production of vitamin D3, which absorbs dietary calcium and strengthens bones
-increased production of red and white blood cells, thus fighting off sickness
-faster metabolism

Q: Canít I use any moisturizer for my dry skin?
A: You may, but moisturizers specifically designed for tanners provide ingredients that tanners especially need, such as vitamin E, vitamin A, aloe vera and many others.

Q: Can I catch a disease from a tanning bed?
A: Not if the salon has good cleaning practices. At Malibu Tan, we clean each and every bed thoroughly with a sanitizing liquid that includes germicides, fungicides and virucides to control foot fungus, ringworm and viral diseases. A sexually transmitted disease can NOT be contracted by use of a tanning bed.

Q: Is there anything I need to be aware of if Iím new to tanning?
A: Yes!
-Donít try to rush your tan. You should try to get a tan gradually, to avoid sunburn and skin damage. Do not expect to see immediate results after your first tan. Come every day the first week and donít skip days. Once you can tan for the maximum time in a bed, you should see some results.
-Consult your physician regarding medications that may causes sensitivity to UV light. This can cause overexposure or rashes.
-Always wear goggles. UV light will penetrate the eyelids. Your cornea, lens and retina could, over time, become damaged. Sunglasses will not provide adequate protection. Ask a sales associate for goggles before you tan. You may either buy or borrow goggles.

Q: Does tanning cause skin cancer?
A: Studies suggest that those who have a family history of skin cancer are more likely to get malignant melanoma. Who gets skin cancer and who doesnít relies on genetics, diet and other factors.

Q: Every time I try to tan in the sun, I get nothing. Will tanning in a tanning bed help?
Probably not. Some skin types donít have enough pigmentation to develop much of a tan. These people burn easily and tend to have fair skin, blue eyes and freckles.

Q: Do I have to take out my contact lenses when I tan?
A: Many people have no trouble when tanning with contact lenses. However, the heat from the tanning lamps may cause dryness and mild discomfort. Always wear protective eyewear, and try wearing your contact lenses when you tan. If you notice any discomfort, take them out next time you tan.

Q: I get these white spots when I tan. What are they?
A: Sometimes people have a harmless fungus on their skin that prevents the skin from tanning. This is not caused by tanning, but becomes noticeable when one starts tanning, because the patches of fungus will not tan. A doctor can prescribe medications that will kill the fungus.

Q: Do I have to tan every day to get a great tan?
A: No. It takes 24-48 hours after you tan for browning or reddening to become fully visible. A tanner can decide based on results if more tanning is needed. Only two to three sessions a week are needed to maintain a tan once you have reached your desired color. Try our more powerful beds--the Mega, Ultra, Turbo or Extreme. These tanning beds yield better and quicker results, and require fewer sessions to maintain your tan.

Q: I have reached a point where I just canít get any darker. What can I do?
A: The more you tan, the thicker your skin becomes. This makes it more difficult for UV light to penetrate the upper layers of skin. Moisturizer is extremely important at this point. Your skin cells are standing up and are actually reflecting the UV rays. Using a lot of moisturizer will help these cells lay down and become more receptive to the rays. Also, trying a new tanning lotion or an upgrade bed may help.

Q: How many minutes should I tan in your tanning beds?
A: Everyoneís skin is different, and different salons have different tanning beds and different maximum exposure times. That is why itís a good idea to start low whether you are new to our salon, new to tanning, or havenít tanned in over a month. Your first session should be for half of the maximum exposure time for the bed. For example, if the most minutes the bed will allow is 20, you should go 10 minutes the first time. If the maximum is 15 minutes, then you should try seven or eight minutes the first time. After each session, if you notice no redness, you may increase your tanning time by one to two minutes. If you DO notice redness, stay at the tanning time you did last time you tanned, and cover any sensitive areas.

Q: My face and legs donít tan very well. What should I do?
A: Moisturize often. Moist skin tans much better than dry skin. The face is the only part of the body that does not produce moisture. Legs become dryer because of clothing rubbing on the legs and shaving. Also, the skin is thicker and harder to tan on your legs and does not have as much blood flow (which is essential for tanning) as places like your stomach.

Q: Is it really true that a woman fried her internal organs from tanning too much?
A: This is an urban legend. Every one has heard this tale, but it never happened. It is impossible to fry your organs because the tanning bed is not a microwave. It only penetrates the top layer of skin.

Q: Is it true that a sunburn fades into a tan?
A: A sunburn does not ďfadeĒ into a tan. You should NEVER burn your skin intentionally. This results in permanent skin damage. A sunburn is an injury on top of tanned skin.

Q: Should I shower after a tanning session?
A: The tanning process continues for a period time after a tanning session. It is recommended that you wait two hours before taking a shower after your tanning session.

Q: Should I shower before a tanning session?
A: When you take a shower, wait at least an hour before you tan. Taking a shower will remove the mantel acid from your skin and slow down the tanning process. However, perfume and makeup should be removed because they may make the skin more sensitive to UV light and cause overexposure or sunburn.

Q: Is it safer to tan in tanning beds than outdoors?
A: Yes. Indoor tanning beds give a scientifically determined dosage of ultraviolet light to tan you with a minimal risk of burning. Due to weather conditions, altitude and the thinning ozone layer, it is impossible to have this type of control outdoors. Also, tanning beds have filtered out the harmful UVC found outdoors in natural sunlight.

Q: What is a bronzer?
A: A bronzer is a dye that changes the color of your skin instantly. The bronzers that Malibu Tan carries are usually subtle and contain accelerators to help you tan even faster in the tanning bed.

Q: What is a tingle-factor lotion?
A: A tingle-factor or hot action lotion brings blood and melanin closer to the surface of the skin. This yields better results. Most people feel their skin heat up or tingle after applying the lotion. The tingle factors range from one to ten. The higher the number, the more intense the tingling. It is recommended you start with a tingle of one or two and work your way up through the different levels.

Q: When I tan, I start itching. Is there something to prevent this?
A: You are probably photosensitive to light or allergic to a chemical in your tanning lotion. Take a shower and wash all chemicals off your skin. Then, tan without lotion. This should help you figure out if the problem is photosensitivity or the lotion.

Q: How can I keep my tan?
A: Moisturize! The dryer your skin is, the faster it will shed its top layers. If you lose these top layers, you lose your tan. Also, your skin cells gradually die and are replaced with a new, untanned layer every 26 to 30 days.

Q: What will tanning lotions do for my tan?
A: Using a tanning lotion stimulates the melanin in your skin, thus tanning you 65% faster than if you didnít use a lotion. It also gives your skin that moisture that it desperately needs to make your tan last longer.

Q: Can I use an outdoor tanning lotion in a tanning bed?
A: Definitely not. An outdoor tanning lotion sticks to the acrylics and breaks them down, thus fogging up the acrylic with rough spots. This makes it harder for the UV light to get through the acrylic and tan you and others who use the bed. Not only that, but outdoor tanning lotions contain unneeded SPF that will prevent you from getting your desired results.

Q: Will tanning in a salon protect my skin from sunburn?
A: Yes. Tanning beds have UVA and UVB rays which offer increased resistance to sunburn.