How old do I have to be to tan?

Age requirements vary by state. In South Carolina and Georgia, anyone under the age of 18 must have parental consent to tan. North Carolina regulations require you to be 18 years of age


How does tanning work?

Tanning beds use UV or Ultraviolet light to tan your body. Since there are three types of UV light — UVA, UVB, and UVC — tanning beds are designed to use more levels of UVA with lower levels of UVB on your skin to promote the production of melanin, the pigment that makes you look tan even if you don’t spend time under actual sunlight. The most harmful form of UV light is the UVC which tanning beds filter out so that you only get the best forms of UV light.


Why does a tan disappear?

The tan or pigmentation process occurs in the epidermis, the top skin layer. The epidermis replaces all its skin cells every 28-30 days. Cells in the inner portion of the top skin layer divide themselves, migrate to the surface, and flake off. Skin cells contain melanin, and as a result of UV exposure rises to the surface and flake off as well. Therefore, a tan can be maintained only by repeated exposure to UV light.


How often can I tan?

You are required to wait at least 24 hours after a session before tanning again. ULTRATAN’s High Performance Equipment can maintain a beautiful tan in as little as 1 visit per week. We recommend tanning year round to continually maximize the benefits of UV exposure.


How long should I tan when I first start?

If you easily get sunburned, it is advisable to start with a smaller exposure time. You can then increase it gradually as you start your base tan. Once you get considerably tan from being outside and just want to maintain that color, then you can tan for a longer period of time.


Why should I use lotion?

All our lotions are specifically designed for the indoor tanning industry; they contain ingredients to assist in achieving maximum tanning results. They are designed not only to maximize and accelerate great tanning results, but most importantly replace essential nutrients, minerals and lost moisture to your skin. Lotions also contain antioxidants to shield free radical damage.


What do indoor tanning lotions do?

Moisturized skin tans better, more quickly, and more evenly! Indoor tanning lotions containing accelerators and/or bronzers help you to get the most out of each tanning session by boosting your tan and preparing your skin each time. If you are looking to jumpstart your tan, try an accelerator. Whereas bronzers give you a little boost of color to help you achieve your results even faster! There are many different lotions available for you to use! Talk to one of our certified tanning specialists, the experts, to find the perfect lotion for you.


Can I use outdoor oils or lotions when tanning indoors?

No. Outdoor tanning oils or lotions usually contain a SPF ingredient that will inhibit your tan. They also contain ingredients that will cause a film on the acrylic while you tan, blocking rays from getting to your skin. There is no need for an SPF while indoor tanning because it is a controlled environment. Your tanning professionals will assist you with setting the right tanning times to prevent over exposure.


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.


How do I make my tan last?

Use a high quality tan extender made for post-tanning to keep skin supple and soft. Your skin is always rejuvenating itself by shedding old top layer skin to expose new skin underneath. Dry skin sheds faster and takes your tan with it. Dry skin also reflects light rather than absorbing, which not only hinders your tanning process, but makes you look less tan than you are.


How do I change or cancel my membership? 

All account changes must be received in writing by the 25th of the month to avoid being charged the following month. Please visit your local salon to sign our form or email us at [email protected] with your name, date of birth, and the salon in which you opened your account and we will be happy to assist you.

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