Tanning Facts
Lotion FAQ's
Why should I use an indoor tanning lotion?
Indoor tanning lotions will help you tan faster, tan darker, and help your tan last longer.

What can I do to help my tan last longer?
In addition to using an indoor tanning lotion, having a good skin care regimen is vital to a long lasting tan.
Using a specially formulated indoor tanning moisturizer, also known as a tan extender, will help keep your skin

Does dry skin actually reflect UV light?
Yes! This is one of the main reasons why using a lotion is so important. When you tan, the UV light actually
removes vitamins and minerals from your skin, leaving it very dry. This dry skin will not absorb all UV light,
resulting in reduced results.

What is a tingle lotion?
Tingle lotions have gained popularity in the last few years. A tingle lotion helps increase blood circulation, thus
improving the oxygenation of your skin cells. The increased level of oxygen helps accelerate your tan.

What does a tingle lotion feel like?
Using a tingle lotion will make your skin temporarily red and make you feel a tingling sensation. This feeling is
temporary and usually subsides within an hour or so.  The redness of your skin is not a burn.  It is a “heat”
flush.  The redness will disappear when your skin cools down.

What is a bronzer?
There are two different types of bronzers:
1. Cosmetic Bronzer – This is a bronzer that acts much like a make-up, giving you immediate color once
applied, allowing your natural tan to develop over the next few hours. The bronzer will ultimately wash off.
2. DHA Bronzer – DHA is a colorless chemical that is found in self-tanners. DHA is also found in many indoor
tanning lotions. DHA, when applied to your skin will start to turn your skin brown in about 2-3 hours.
Both types of bronzers are very effective in helping you achieve your best looking tan.

I have very fair skin, should I use a bronzer?
Someone who is just starting out building their base tan probably should not use a bronzer. You may get some
uneven areas due to improper application.

Will a bronzer stain my clothes?
Cosmetic bronzer will probably come off onto your clothes. Remember, this is a cosmetic bronzer.   Most
discoloration should wash out with normal laundry detergents.

Can you order a specific lotion for me?
Yes. If there is a lotion that you don’t see on our shelves, we can special order it for you at no additional charge.
You would normally receive the product within a week.  Prepayment may be required.
Tanning Package FAQ's

What is the latest at night I can tan?
Due to the length of hours that we are available to service our guests, we normally take our last tanner
approximately 10-15 minutes before closing.   

How frequently can I tan?
Tanning is allowed once per day. To achieve your best tan you don’t need to tan everyday. We actually
recommend no more than every other day.

Can I extend my package due to vacation or illness?
Yes, many of our packages are able to be extended. Many of our guests will go on vacation and ask that we add
those missed days to their package.

Do I get anything for my first visit?
Absolutely!!  Your first visit at Ultra Image Suntanning is only $3.00 for a full session in a low pressure bed or
FREE with a purchase of 10 or more sessions on your first visit.  We also have introductory prices for our
upgraded equipment.

Do I need to renew my EZ Tanning package?
No. The EZ Tanning package is what is called an open ended package. That means that it continues until you
want to cancel. There is never a need to enroll again and there are no annual fees.

Do you offer a family or shared package?
Yes.  Actually, guests may share their package within anyone they choose as long as they are present or add
them to their package in person.  Weekly and EZ Tanning packages are excluded.

Do you have student pricing?
We don’t have student specific pricing but we do offer specials during the most common times that our students
tan, such as prom, etc.

How do I use an upgrade bed?
The upgrade level beds are not included in your package, but you can use them at anytime for a small fee. Each
upgrade fee is on a per session basis. For more information, check out our pricing.
The Tanning Process FAQ's
What should I wear in the tanning bed?
Each tanning bed is in a private room, so you can wear whatever is most comfortable.  However, remember that
there are areas of your body that have not been exposed to any UV light and will require additional precautionary

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.  As required by state law, we provide approved eye protection.  

How long is one session?
Your first session, whether you are a first time tanner or are just getting started for the season, can range from
7-12 minutes, depending on your skin type. Once you’ve achieved your base tan you can gradually work your
way toward the maximum exposure time ranging anywhere form 12-20 minutes depending on the equipment.
Every salon has different beds and maintains their equipment differently, therefore, you should follow the
recommended exposure time and schedule made by our Certified Guest Service Specialists.

How long before I start seeing results?
Tanning is a process and therefore does not happen instantly.  It takes up to 6 hours for your tan to surface (up
to 24 hours in our Utrabronz and Starship).   Most people start seeing a good base tan by the fourth or fifth visit
depending on exposure times and tanning schedule.  

If a person cannot tan in the sun, will he/she tan indoors?
Normally, a person tans indoors only as well as he/she is able to tan outdoors. Some fair-skinned people who
generally cannot tolerate the uncontrolled rays of the sun may develop some color when tanning indoors. Skin
type, heredity, and individual photosensitivity all determine who will have success tanning indoors.  Our
Ultrabronz Bed is especially designed for fair skin types.  Refer to the pricing section for information on this bed.

Is indoor tanning more harmful than tanning outdoors?
People tanning indoors are exposed to a scientifically calibrated amount of UV light. When used according to
the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's exposure guidelines (posted on each machine), tanning beds are
designed to maximize tanning and minimize burning. Conversely, tanning outdoors is an unregulated
environment. There are many factors that have to be considered when you tan outdoors: geography, time of day,
weather conditions, the seasons, and the ozone layer. Remember the best way to safeguard yourself from sun
damage is to wear appropriate levels of SPF sunscreens outdoors - even if you already have a tan. You should
also know that, even with sunscreen protection, UV exposure can still lead to skin cancer and premature aging,
even if you don't burn.

My friend said she heard that tanning can bake your internal organs. Is that true?
No! The UV light from a sun bed is similar to UV light from the sun, and cannot penetrate deeper than the skin
to harm internal organs. The odor you may notice is what's commonly known as the "after tan" odor, a common
occurrence when tanning indoors or outdoors, which is caused by harmless bacteria. Most lotions contain
ingredients that helps prevent after tan odor.

If I shower directly after tanning will I "wash" away my tan?
Taking a shower after tanning will not wash your tan away. A natural tan takes 24-48 hours to develop. The
tanning process occurs within the epidermis when melanocyte cells are stimulated by ultraviolet light that
causes them to produce the pigment melanin. Melanin production results in the tanned appearance of the skin
and is the skin's natural defense against the sun and over-exposure, i.e. sun-burning. Melanin travels to the
surface, where it eventually flakes off. This process allows us to develop new skin every four to eight weeks.
Keeping your skin hydrated and exfoliated will help maintain a more radiant and healthy-looking tan.

In order to get a suntan, do you have to burn first?
No! A sunburn does not fade into a tan.  A sunburn indicates over exposure to UV-light and actually damages
the skin, leaving it inflamed (as indicated by the skin's red coloring and sensitivity), dry, chapped and visibly
unappealing.  Always practice moderation when tanning and use the proper sunscreen protection when
tanning outdoors and the proper exposure time that is recommended for your personal skin type when tanning

Do all skin types tan or burn in the same amount of time?
Not all skin types are alike. Some people tan more easily than others or burn more easily than others. For
example, a Skin Type 1 person with fair skin, red hair and freckles will burn easily, resulting in peeling and
blistering without any indication that he or she has tanned. On the other hand, a Skin Type 4 person with dark
hair and olive skin will tan very well and quite easily even with a minimal amount of sun exposure. It is important
to know: repeated exposure of unprotected skin while tanning may increase the risk of skin aging, skin cancer
and harmful effects to the skin even if you don't burn.

Do people with medium to dark skin ever burn?
Although people with medium to darker skin tend to tan more easily than others, they can still get sunburns.
They can also suffer from overexposure to UV-light. It is still important for these skin types to use sunscreens
and avoid being in the sun longer than they need to be.
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