Bed Tanning

Can anyone tan in tanning beds?

Unfortunately, not everyone can tan! By law, we cannot offer tanning bed services to anyone under the age of 18 (you can still spray tan!). Another thing you have to consider is your skin type. The first thing you do when you walk into any of our studios is to fill out a tanning waiver. This waiver helps our tanning consultants determine your skin type, which in turn, will help us determine which beds you should be using and for how much time.

** Please note: Photo identification is required for tanning services!

Why should I alternate tanning beds, and what is the difference between High & Low Pressure?

To understand why you should alternate tanning equipment, you need to understand the difference between high & low pressure. High Pressure bulbs contain a very high percentage of UVA (roughly 99%). UVA penetrates deeper into your skin for a long-lasting tan! Low Pressure bulbs contain a slightly larger percentage of UVB (between 3-8%). UVB only penetrates the surface layer of your skin, giving you immediate results!

UVB stimulates melanin production in the skin, while UVA browns the melanin. Thus, the reason you should alternate between high & low pressure tanning equipment, is to get both an immediate & long lasting tan! Best of both worlds! Using the same equipment every time you tan will eventually stunt the progress of your tan.

** Important to note: UVB is ideal for creating a base tan. Once your base tan is achieved, you can move on to beds with more UVA that will help brown the melanin in your skin!

Do I need to make an appointment to tan?

Not for our Tanning Beds. You can stop into any of our 7 studios, as we work on a first come for serve basis!

We do take appointments for our Spray Tan sessions.

Can I tan every day?

It is not recommended! iTAN promotes and supports safe and healthy tanning. For the best results, you should tan between 1 and 3 times per week. It is also recommended that you wait about 48 hours between tanning sessions! Tanning every day can actually be counterproductive!

What should I wear while tanning?

What you wear while tanning is completely up to you! However, keep in mind that any areas that are not typically exposed to sunlight will be a lot more sensitive. If you choose to tan without undergarments, make sure you start with low time, to build a base tan in sensitive areas!

How often should I come to build a base tan or maintain my base?

Keep in mind that everyone’s skin is different and each skin type can tan at a different rate. However, typically a base tan can be achieved in approximately 6-8 tanning sessions, using mostly low pressure tanning equipment. Once your base tan has been achieved, you should tan about 1-2 times a week in mostly high pressure tanning units.

What beds should I use if I'm trying to treat psoriasis, eczema or acne?

Firstly, you should consult your doctor before exposing yourself to UV light to treat skin issues. You may be on medication that can make you extremely sensitive to UV light. Most skin issues tend to be on the surface of the skin, therefore, you need to target those issues with a bed that contains a larger percentage of UVB.

***Please note: One session will not heal the skin issue right away! The healing process takes time and consistency.

Can I tan if I'm taking medication such as antibiotics?

The answer to this question would depend on the type of medication you are using. Most medications will state on the bottle whether or not it will create light sensitivity. However, our tanning consultants are NOT medical experts. It is always a great idea to consult your doctor or pharmacist before exposing yourself to UV light. As a precaution, we always recommend you lower your time significantly to prevent a negative outcome! Better safe than sorry!

Why do certain parts of my body get darker than others?

Almost everyone has trouble tanning a certain part of his or her body. Typically, most people have trouble with their face or legs. Your legs are the furthest extremities from your circulatory system, meaning, they don’t receive as much blood flow. Therefore, they take longer to tan. In this case, you should use a tingle on your legs. A tingle is a lotion that helps oxidize your skin, so that it will tan at a quicker rate. Ask a tanning consultant to see if a tingle would be right for you! On the other hand, your face is a sensitive area that is constantly being washed and exfoliated. You should ask a tanning consultant about a facial lotion with added bronzers to even out the color. Body lotions can sometimes be too harsh for the face, and contain fragrances, so your face should be treated separately!

Why are there white spots on my back? Should I flip over?

The white spots on your back are pressure points that lose circulation from laying on acrylic. We do not recommend flipping over, as the pressure can damage the acrylic you are laying on top of. The best way to minimize pressure points is to use our stand-up beds. You can also alternate tanning beds as some of our tanning equipment has contoured acrylic which will help minimize pressure points.

Will tanning affect my hair color or yellow my nails?

Don’t forget, the beds work just like the natural sun! The UV rays can indeed fade your hair. iTAN supplies 3 towels in each of the rooms, so you can either wrap your hair in a towel, or embrace your natural sun kissed highlights! Any ‘yellowing’ of the nails would derive from the lotion you are using. If the lotion contains DHA or cosmetic bronzers, they can potentially discolor your nails. To prevent staining, always wash your hands after your tanning session!

How do I make my tan last?

To understand why you should alternate tanning equipment, you need to understand the difference between high & low pressure. High Pressure bulbs contain a very high percentage of UVA (roughly 99%). UVA penetrates deeper into your skin for a long-lasting tan! Low Pressure bulbs contain a slightly larger percentage of UVB (between 3-8%). UVB only penetrates the surface layer of your skin, giving you immediate results!

UVB stimulates melanin production in the skin, while UVA browns the melanin. Thus, the reason you should alternate between high & low pressure tanning equipment, is to get both an immediate & long lasting tan! Best of both worlds! Using the same equipment every time you tan will eventually stunt the progress of your tan.

** Please note: Excessive shaving will strip your tan quicker. Also, showering in hot water will strip moisture from your skin, causing your tan to fade! Moisturize excessively!

What is used to disinfect the equipment and eyewear, and how can I ensure they were cleaned properly?

Have no fear- iTAN has a very extensive training program for how to properly disinfect all tanning equipment and eye wear. We use a powerful disinfectant called Uvasan. This solution is made to kill all bacteria on hard surfaces, specifically tanning beds. If you are concerned at all about how we clean the beds, a tanning consultant would be more than happy to show you how we do it!

I got a little redness during my last session, what should I do now?

If you got any redness, wait until the redness is completely gone before coming in for another session. Also be sure to hydrate the area as much as possible using a hemp or aloe based product. When you are ready to come back, be sure to lower your time by 1 minute, and slowly work your way back up.

Why should I use lotion & why can't I buy it from the drugstore?

Lotion is a very important agent when trying to achieve the best and quickest results. Tanning lotions give you 40% of your color. Many of them contain natural ingredients, such as tyrosine, that help stimulate melanin production in your skin. Lotions can restore your skin with vitamins and nutrients that UV exposure could be taking away. Drugstore lotions are not specifically designed for indoor use. Many Drugstore lotions contain harsh ingredients that can be very damaging to the skin. Your tanning consultant can choose the perfect lotion to cater to your tanning needs, where as a drugstore lotion is very basic, and may not help your specific skin type.

** Please note: Certain tanning lotions & tanning oils damage the tanning bed acrylics. iTAN does not allow the use of these products in our studios and we recommend these products are never applied to your skin.