As of Jan. 1, 2012, you must be 18 to use UV indoor tanning equipment in California.  You can however get that healthy glow with a Sunless Tan in our automated booth.

Yes, you should always use an indoor tanning lotion. They provide the three essentials of effective tanning: hydration, nutrition and oxygenation. Without a lotion it can take up to 12 minutes to start producing melanin but with lotion that production starts within the first minute. Moisturized skin tans better, more quickly and evenly and maintains the desired tan. Vitamins replenish the necessary nutrition to skin cells, promoting cell regeneration and oxygenation. Oxygen fuels skin cell functions, thereby accelerating the tanning process. There are several different types of indoor lotions, if you are looking to jumpstart your tan, try an accelerator. A bronzer will give you a boost of color and help you achieve results faster. Never leave your lotion in your car, heat activates the ingredients in your lotion and will ruin it.

Yes, California state law requires that you have UV eye protection. The skin of the eyelids is thin and cannot block the UV rays. Eyewear must be certified and approved by the FDA. We offer goggles, single use and reusable, that meet these guidelines. You should also use an SPF lip protection while in a UV tanning bed.

In the privacy of an indoor tanning room, most people tan nude in order to prevent tan lines.  Remember that skin not normally exposed to the sun will be more sensitive, so you may need to cover them part way through your first sessions.  Some people choose to wear a bathing suit and that is fine too just be sure there is no metal that could scratch your skin or the acrylic of the bed.

Some photosensitizing medications can cause you to be more sensitive to UV exposure and increase your risk of burns. Consult your doctor any time you are starting a new medication and ask about the effects of UV.

Tanning takes place in the epidermis, the skin’s outermost layer.  The cells called melanocytes produce a pigment called melanin when exposed to UV-B light.  When the melanin is exposed to UV-A light it oxidizes or darkens.  This is how your skin protects itself from overexposure of UV-B light.  Tanning is a process that needs to be done slowly.

Make sure you know your skin type, use the Fitzpatrick Skin Tone Chart below to determine your tanning skin type:

Fitzpatrick Skin Type Classification

Part I: Genetic Disposition Part II: Reaction to Extended Sun Exposure
Eye Color: Skin’s Response to the sun:
Light blue, light gray or light green = 0 Always burns, blisters and peels = 0
Blue, gray or green = 1 Often burns, blisters and peels = 1
Hazel or light brown = 2 Burns moderately = 2
Dark brown = 3 Burns rarely, if at all = 3
Brownish black = 4 Never burns = 4
Natural hair color: Does your skin tan?
Red or light blonde = 0 Never – I always burn = 0
Blonde = 1 Seldom = 1
Dark blonde or light brown = 2 Sometimes = 2
Dark brown = 3 Often = 3
Black = 4 Always = 4
Natural skin color (before sun exposure): How deeply do you tan?
Ivory white = 0 Not at all or very little = 0
Fair or pale = 1 Lightly = 1
Fair to beige, with golden undertone = 2 Moderately = 2
Olive or light brown = 3 Deeply = 3
Dark brown or black = 4 My skin is naturally dark = 4
Freckles on unexposed areas: How sensitive is your face to the sun?
Many = 0 Very sensitive = 0
Several = 1 Sensitive = 1
A few = 2 Normal = 2
Very few = 3 Resistant = 3
None = 4 Very resistant/Never had a problem = 4
Total score for genetic disposition: Total score for reaction to sun exposure:

Fitzpatrick Skin Type Score (total genetic disposition + total sun exposure):

Type I (0-6) Always burns easily and severely (painful burn); tans little or none and peels. People most often with fair skin, blue eyes, freckles; unexposed skin is white.

Type II (7-12) Usually burns easily and severely (painful burn); tans minimally or lightly; also peels. People most often with fair skin, red or blond hair; blue, hazel or even brown eyes; unexposed skin white.

Type III (13-18) Burns moderately and tans about average. People with average Caucasoid skin; unexposed skin is white.

Type IV (19-24) Burns minimally, tans easily, and above average with each exposure; exhibits IPD (immediate pigment darkening) reaction. People with white or light brown skin, dark brown hair, dark eyes (e.g. Mediterranean, Asian, Hispanic, etc); unexposed skin is white or light brown.

Type V (25-30) Rarely burns, tans easily and substantially; always exhibits IPD reaction. People with brown skin (e.g. Native American, East Indian, Hispanic, etc); unexposed skin is brown.

Type VI (31 +) Almost never burns and tans easily; exhibits IPD reaction. People with dark brown skin (e.g. African Americans, Australian, South Indian Aborigines, etc); unexposed skin is black.

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