Tan Solutions of O'Fallon -
Frequently asked questions and answers

How does my skin tan?
There are three components that make the tanning process work.  UVB starts the tanning process by stimulating the tanning cells (melanocytes) to produce melanosomes, which contain melanin (pigment).  UVA darkens the melanin that has been produced, but before that can happen, melanin needs a certain amount of oxygen to facilitate the work that UVA performs.  The third component, oxygen, comes from blood vessels beneath the skin and outside the skin.  

Why do I need to use an accelerator while tanning?
The use of an accelerator is a very important part of the tanning process.  Using an indoor approved accelerator will help you to get a 30-40% better tan.  Dry malnourished skin reflects light while moist, healthy, skin can absorb light.  The accelerators we sell in the salon help to replace the nutrients the tanning process can take out of the skin.  

Why do I have the "after tan" smell?
Melanin is the culprit here! During the tanning process, melanin releases its own scent.  Don't worry it can easily be removed with a shower!

Why should I wait a few hours after tanning to shower?
Tanning accelerators that contain DHA (almost like a spray tan) will wash off if they have not had time to set into the skin.  When you shower, don't worry, you aren't actually washing off your tan but you may wash off the DHA bronzers in your tanning lotion if it contains them. If you aren't sure if your lotion contains DHA bronzers just ask and we will be able to tell you.

Why do I need to wear eyewear?
Eyelids are not an effective way to block out UV light.  The eyewear we sell in the salon is an effective way of protecting your eyes from UV rays.  A towel, bottle caps, coins, or just your eyelids will not block UV light.  

Why can I not use accelerators purchased from Wal-Mart, Target, Sally's, etc. in your tanning beds?
We do not allow lotions in the salon that we are unable to purchase through our lotion distributors.  Reason being many.  First the lotions purchased from Wal-Mart etc. contain ingredients and oils that damage our acrylics.  These lotions can cause dimples and hairline cracks in the acrylics causing them to eventually break. Acrylics are very expensive to replace and a bottle of 7-$15 non tanning salon lotion can cause about $500 of damage. Second, these lotions are TERRIBLE for your skin. They can clog your pores and even cause your skin to dry out more than if you hadn't used it at all.  Look on the label and see the ingredients.  Some of these lotions even contain AMMONIA! Yikes! If you bought a lotion from one of these places we recommend you return it for a lotion carried in a salon.  As long as the lotion you are using is purchased for a licensed tanning salon it is safe to use on your skin.  Bring us your bad bottle of lotion and we will give you $8 off a bottle of ours!

Can a tanning bed "cook" my internal organs?
I'm almost positive everyone has heard this old wives tale.  It is completely FALSE! Tanning rays do not penetrate the skin far enough to cook internal organs.  I could put a steak on any tanning bed for numerous sessions it may get warm from the heat of the lamps, but under no condition will it cook.

What is causing white spots on my body? 
White spots on the body can be caused by numerous things:
Vitiligo: is characterized by irregularly shaped white patches of skin surrounded by dark patches.  The white spots are sensitive to UV exposure but can be treated by a doctor.
Tinea Versicolor: White spots caused by a fungus.  This fungus actually develops in the hair and falls primarily onto the upper body like dandruff (although it is not dandruff).  The affected areas prevent the skin from tanning and as a result create white spots.  Most people have this for a long time and only realize it when they tan because the spots will not tan. 
How you lay in a tanning bed: This contributes to white patches on areas of the body.  You normally see these patches on the shoulder blades, tail bone area, and on the back of the calves.  Pressure is created on these areas restricting blood flow thus preventing oxygen from reaching the areas causing them not to tan.  To remedy this, simply move around a bit in the tanning bed.  

Can I tan if I'm pregnant?
The concern with tanning while pregnant is heat. The baby generally keeps a constant temperature and hot tanning beds can raise that temperature.  Get permission from your doctor before tanning while pregnant and once you do that try tanning in the morning while the beds are cool.  


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