Tanning Questions

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Can I wear contacts while I tan?

As long as you are wearing your FDA approved eyewear, there is no reason why you cannot wear your contact lenses while tanning.

Can I Tan While Pregnant?

While there is not current scientific evidence that expectant mothers cannot tan, this is something that needs to be discussed with your physician beforehand. There are some researchers that believe that the increased production of vitamin D that is produced by exposure to UVB may be beneficial to both the mother and the fetus.

BUT you must also consider the possibility of increased body temperature, which does occur when tanning indoors, just as it does when taking a bath or using a Jacuzzi.

Please make sure to discuss this thoroughly with your doctor prior to tanning, because for liability reasons, we will only allow a pregnant woman to tan with written permission from her doctor.

Do I Need to Wear Eyewear?

The Sun Room requires that all tanners wear FDA approved eyewear while tanning. The skin around your eyes is the thinnest skin on your body, and UV light can easily penetrate that skin to reach your eyes. Repeated, unprotected exposure to UV light may cause long-term damage to your eyes, and that is why we require all tanners to wear eyewear every time they tan!

Why Does My Tan Fade?

Since a tan occurs in the epidermis, the outermost layer of the skin, it is eventually lost during your skin's natural exfoliation process.

Every 28-30 days, your skin completely replaces all of its cells, and the cells at the top layer are eventually sloughed off, allowing the new cells to reach the skin's surface. When the old cells are exfoliated, they take with them the darkened melanin that was created by the exposure to UV light. In order to maintain your tan, you must continue to expose your skin to UV light.

Why Should I Use Tanning Products?

The Sun Room Inc. is committed to the overall well-being of our clients and their skin. By wearing an accelerator while tanning, you are doing two things: you are helping to prevent the possibility of drying out your skin, and you are allowing more UV light to penetrate your skin more quickly.

Dry skin is not healthy skin, and by keeping your skin in optimum condition, you will tan darker, faster, and stay tan longer! Also, when tanning, dry skin reflects light, not allowing for the UV rays to be absorbed as quickly as when using an accelerator.

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How Does My Skin Tan?

When the skin is exposed to Ultraviolet (UV) rays, a natural process begins to take place. There are special cells in your epidermis, which is the outermost layer of your skin, called melanocytes. When exposed to the UVB (shorter) ray, these melanocytes produce melanin, which is the pigment that is then absorbed by the surrounding skin cells. When melanin is exposed to the UVA (longer) ray, the melanin then oxidizes, or darkens, creating a "tan".

Is Tanning Safe?

Light is essential to all life on earth. Sun exposure is a good thing! Tanning is natural. It is your skin's natural defense against burning.

Similarly, eating is natural, but if you eat too much (even if it's healthy food!) or you eat the wrong things, it is not good for you.

The same can be said for tanning. If you burn while tanning, or you do not tan in moderation, or do not wear SPF protection when outdoors, you are not tanning smart. The Sun Room promotes smart tanning by educating our clients to tan in moderation, to take care of their skin using high quality products, and to never, ever burn!

Why Should I Tan?

There are both physiological and psychological reasons to tan. Most people tan in order to obtain the cosmetic value of darker skin, which, in turn may heighten their mood and self-esteem. Other people may tan for certain medical reasons, such as psoriasis, and do so under a doctor's care.

UV-Free Tanning | VersaSpa Questions

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What Is The Process From Start to Finish?

Once you step inside the VeraSpa® booth, you can customize your tan by choosing which formula or formulas to use: bronzing solution (in clear or bronze), the anti-aging formula, the UV skin-defining maximizer, or all of the above.

Unlike some sunless solutions, VersaSpa® solutions are plant-based for a more natural, even color. During the application process, the spray is evenly distributed in a fine mist across your body as you assume four simple positions. The booths are well ventilated and heated for your comfort. Afterward, the booth dries you automatically, leaving you ready to dress with no sticky, after-tan feel. From beginning to end, VersaSpa® operates quietly and quickly and leaves you with a classy, UV-free glow.

Will the VersaSpa® Turn Me Orange?

NO! Unlike bad imitations and older style machines, the VersaSpa will leave you with nothing but a huge smile and a beautiful, natural bronzed glow.

How Many Days Will a VersaSpa® Spray Tan Last?

The longevity of a VersaSpa Sunless Tan depends on the skin's natural exfoliation process, and on the skin regimen followed before and after application.
On average, a sunless tan will last 5 to 7 days. The "life span" of a VersaSpa sunless tan also depends on your skin's natural exfoliation. The faster your skin regenerates, the faster the sunless tan will fade.
The VersaSpa tan is created by DHA and Erythulose and affects only the top layer of the skin and will begin to fade after 5 to 7 days as the skin naturally begins to exfoliate. It is important to keep skin moisturized after your VersaSpa session as dry, flaky skin will slough off faster and color will fade sooner.

Sunless tan-extending products help hydrate skin and maintain even, natural looking color longer by providing subtle bronzers.

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How Long Does it Take & When Will I See Results?

From beginning to end, The entire process including change time, takes approximately 10 minutes. The spray itself takes approximately 1-3 minutes depending on which combination of sprays you choose.

You will see results INSTANTLY but will see even more results within the first hour of doing the VersaSpa. The solution will continue to develop for 12-24 hours after you complete your session.

How Do I Prepare for My VersaSpa® Session?

Just arrive showered, shaven, free of make-up, perfume, oil, body sprays, deodorant and moisturizer for optimal results. Bring loose, dark-fitting clothing for after your session.

How Long Do I Wait to Shower After a VersaSpa® Tan?

It is best to wait at least 8 hours after the sunless tan application before you shower to give the DHA time to fully react with skin proteins. If you are able to, it’s recommended to not shower until the next morning to get the full effect of the VersaSpa.

What Do I Wear in the VersaSpa® Booth?

You may wear a bathing suit, undergarments, or simply go nude while in the VersaSpa.