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Spray Tanning and Sunbeds at Body & Sol

Whether you want that sun-kissed traditional tan or a bronzed bod sunless tan, Body & Sol is the place for you! We have a full range of equipment, from our relaxing 20-minute sunbeds to our quick-bronzing 10-minute sunbeds including options of special facial rays, shoulder rays, and more. Amenities include music, massaging mattresses, cooling fans, push button controls, and even air-conditioned beds.

We believe in offering our clients the best of everything including great package pricing & options, well-maintained state of the art equipment, friendly - Smart Tan Certified Staff, superior products and many choices for a tailor made beautiful bronze glow!

Tan Fact: Many sun worshipers choose to combine sunless spray tanning with sunbed use — a method called "cocktail tanning". Ask one our client service representatives how cocktail tanning could help produce a deeper, darker tan for you.

Frequently Asked Questions About UV Sunbed Use

  1. I’ve never used a sunbed before – what is it like?
  2. How long is one session?
  3. How long before you start seeing results?
  4. How often is a person allowed to use a sunbed for?*
  5. Why is it important to develop a base tan?
  6. Can tanning cause wrinkles?
  7. Why does a tan disappear?
  8. I am pregnant – can I use a sunbed?
  9. If a person cannot tan in the sun, will he/she tan indoors?
  10. Is it harmful to wear contact lenses when using a sunbed?
  11. When is the sun the strongest?
  12. How does the depletion of the ozone layer affect us?
  13. Why do some dermatologists warn people against sun exposure?
  14. Can using sunbeds cause cancer?
  15. May people who have had skin cancer use sunbeds?
  16. What is a “photosensitizing agent”?
  17. Can I tan all year long without harming my skin?
  18. What does it mean to tan smart?
  19. Why do some people itch after using sunbeds? 
  20. What causes white spots?
  21. Must protective eyewear be worn while using sunbeds?
  22. Should I wear sunglasses when I’m outdoors?
  23. Can I contract a sexually transmitted disease from sunbeds or booths?
  24. Can utilizing sunbeds cure acne?
  25. Does using sunbeds or booths help treat depression or seasonal affective disorder (sad)?
  26. Does the use of sunbeds or booths aid in the treatment of osteoporosis?
  27. Which is safer, tanning indoors or in the sun? Why?
  28. What is in tan accelerator creams that accelerates a tan and are they safe to use?
  29. Why do people use lotions?

 

1. I’ve never used a sunbed before – what is it like?
It’s Awesome! The knowledgeable staff at Body & Sol will determine your exposure time based on your skin type and recommended a tanning schedule. Think of it as a super charged power nap infused with a mega dose of Vitamin D.

2. How long is one session?
The first time in a sunbed can be anywhere from 5-15 minutes, depending on your skin type. Many studios have different equipment and lamps – therefore you should follow the recommended exposure time and schedule made by our Body & Sol Studio Rep.

3. How long before you start seeing results?
Most people start seeing results by the second or third visit. Note: a tan doesn’t happen overnight – you need to build a base tan. And remember to tan smart – never burn.

4. How often is a person allowed to use a sunbed?
A 24-hour time period should pass between sessions. Pigmentation and/or over-exposure may not be fully visible for 12-24 hours after your original session. Two sunbed sessions within this 24-hour period could result in an unintentional burn.

5. Why is it important to develop a base tan?
Moderate exposure to UVB rays help develop a natural barrier in the skin to protect the body from excessive UV light. UVB rays stimulate the production of melanin, which absorbs and scatters radiation to thicken the epidermis (the top skin layer), thereby limiting the amount of UV light. If this photo-protection (base tan) is not developed, sunburn can occur and the DNA of the skin cells may become damaged.

6. Can tanning cause wrinkles?
Excessive exposure can destroy the resilient fibers of the lower skin layer, thereby causing the top skin layer to sag. Thus, elastosis or wrinkling appears. UVA rays, if not blocked by pigmentation and skin thickening in the outer skin layer, can penetrate to the dermis and destroy skin elasticity.

7. Why does a tan disappear?
A tan disappears because the top layer of your skin replaces all of its cells every 28-30 days. Keeping your skin moisturized, will prolong a tan, however a tan can be maintained only by repeated exposure to UV light & use of a quality indoor tanning lotion.

8. I am pregnant – can I use a sunbed?
There is no current scientific and/or biological reason why a pregnant woman cannot get sunlight indoor or outdoor. In fact, some researchers believe the production of vitamin D caused by exposure to UVB may be beneficial to both the mother and fetus. However, there is concern that the heat build-up that occurs when getting sunlight indoor or outdoor may adversely affect some pregnant women, just as a sauna or Jacuzzi might. It is recommended that pregnant women consult their physician before tanning indoors or outdoors.

9. 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. Yet, those fair-skinned people who generally cannot tolerate the uncontrolled rays of the sun often achieve some color when tanning indoors. This can be attributed to a different spectral output as well as carefully timed tanning sessions in a controlled tanning environment. Skin type, heredity, and individual photosensitivity all determine who will have success tanning indoors.

10. Is it harmful to wear contact lenses when using a sunbed?
When the eyes are kept closed and proper protective eyewear worn, UV light is blocked from penetrating the eye or lens. However, the heat generated by sunbed equipment could cause the eye to dry a bit, thereby making the lens uncomfortable. Just as one should moisturize the skin after tanning, you may also use eye drops recommended by your optometrist to remedy dryness.

11. When is the sun the strongest?
The sun’s rays are the strongest between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 p.m. UVB rays (the UV light most responsible for burning) are more intense in summer months. Therefore, it is especially important to apply sunscreen during this time to minimize your risk of sunburn. Cloud cover, atmospheric conditions & geography also play a large role & determining U.V strength.

12. How does the depletion of the ozone layer affect us?
A very thin level of ozone surrounds the earth and serves as a filter against UV rays. The use of chlorofluorocarbons has influenced the depletion of the ozone layer, allowing increased amounts of shorter wavelengths of UV light to reach the earth’s surface. Even though indoor tanning can help gradually build pigmentation (the body’s own way of avoiding excessive exposure to UV light), with a depleting ozone layer, there are now more chances to over-expose your skin. Precautions should be taken to avoid the risk of sunburn at all times.

13. Why do some dermatologists warn people against sun exposure?
While some dermatologists may advocate total avoidance of all sun exposure, the media seems to quote only those who do. Many dermatologists and others from the medical community have acknowledged the need for moderate sun exposure, while advocating the use of sunscreens.

14. Can using sunbeds cause cancer?
NO Excessive exposure to any UV light source may lead to skin damage, which in turn may result in skin cancer. While there has been no comprehensive study on the causes of skin cancer, three high risk groups have been identified: 1) severe sunburns at a young age 2) history of skin cancer in the family and 3) very fair skin, red hair, freckles or moles. If you fall into one or more of these groups, any UV light exposure should be treated with even greater caution. The fact is, most forms of skin cancer are treatable. Even melanoma, which accounts for only 5% of all skin cancer, is 90% treatable if caught in its early stages. Early diagnosis is essential. It is recommended that all UV exposure be moderate.

15. May people who have had skin cancer use sunbeds?
It is strongly recommended that those who have suffered skin cancer avoid UV exposure either indoors or outdoors. Such people may be genetically predisposed to contract skin cancer or be unusually susceptible to it. Any exposure may trigger another outbreak.

16. What is a “photosensitizing agent”?
Photosensitivity is defined as a chemically induced change in the skin that makes an individual unusually sensitive to light. Diseases, allergies, cosmetics or medications may cause photosensitivity. Medications such as psoralen, diuretics, birth control pills, tranquilizers, antibiotics and high blood pressure medicine may also affect one’s photosensitivity. Certain substances such as citrus fruits, celery, cosmetics and soaps can also increase photosensitivity. Harsh disinfectants, some lotions and sunscreens may also cause sensitizing reactions. If you are unsure if your medication is a photosensitizing agent, consult your pharmacist.

17. Can I tan all year long without harming my skin?
Moderation is key. UV exposure is VERY important all year in order to keep up proper Vitamin D levels. Take care not to overexpose your skin at any time. You should always be aware of the dangers of overexposure, as it may lead to skin damage. Take precautions not to indoor and outdoor tan on the same day, and always allow a 24-hour time period to lapse between tanning sessions.

18. What does it mean to tan smart?
To tan smart is to build up your tan in a controlled and gradual manner. This gives your body a natural tan without burning, giving pigment a chance to develop and increasing your protection to UV light. It may take longer but you reduce the risk of over exposure and skin damage. Gradual exposure utilizing the advice of a Body & Sol Studio Technician will not only build a better tan but will prevent the negative aspects of over exposure.

19. Why do some people itch after using sunbeds?
Itching and/or rashes may be linked to several unrelated causes. Some people are naturally photosensitive to UV exposure while others are susceptible to heat rashes, a cause totally unrelated to UV light. Certain chemicals or ingredients found in cosmetics, lotions, shampoos, and even the acrylic cleaner might cause itching. Customers should be advised to use sunbeds with the skin as clean as possible. If discontinued use of a suspected product does not inhibit the rash, discontinue any exposure to UV light and consult your physician. Heat rash, or tanner’s itch, may also indicate that the light and heat generated by tanning bulbs or the sun have dried your skin, especially in previously unexposed areas. Discontinue sunbeds for a few days, then slowly build your time allowing melanin production to increase. For temporary relief try an unscented emollient cream. If symptoms persist discontinue tanning and consult your doctor.

20. What causes white spots?
There are several reasons why white spots become noticeable on the body once the tanning process begins: • Patches of skin, which do not tan, could be the result of genetic determination. • White spots could also appear due to the presence of a fungus, which lives on the skin’s surface. While the fungus is harmless, it does absorb UV light, which would normally penetrate the skin. This fungus did not appear as a result of tanning; it merely becomes noticeable once tanning occurs. It can be remedied though the use of prescription drugs or some other topical lotions. • White patches of skin, which are often prominent on the shoulder blades and just above the buttocks, can be caused by the pressure from the body as it reclines on a hard tanning bed surface. This pressure inhibits the flow of blood through that area of skin. Since blood carries oxygen, which is essential to the tanning process, this area does not tan. Periodic body shifting during tanning will make these patches disappear. • Certain medications can react unfavorably with exposure to UV light. For example, birth control pills can cause blotches and uneven pigmentation of the skin.

21. Must protective eyewear be worn while using sunbeds?
YES although they may seem like a nuisance, the goggles that you wear while tanning are very important. Your eyelids alone offer almost no protection against UV light, which can damage the cornea and retina and lead to cataracts. Not using proper eye protection may also result in short term effects such as tired, itchy eyes, headaches and loss of night vision. No one should ever be in a tanning bed without eye protection. Buy your own pair to avoid the risk of infections like pink-eye which are easily transmitted with shared or “supplied” eye wear. Body & Sol offers many choices including one time disposables for your convenience & safety. Don’t take chances with your eyes.

22. Should I wear sunglasses when I’m outdoors?
Yes. More and more scientific evidence indicates that exposure to UVB rays can cause damage to your eyes. Generally, UVB rays can cause short-term injury, such as burning. Snow blindness is an example of immediate eye damage due to sunlight reflecting off snow, particularly at high altitudes. Prolonged unprotected exposure to the sun is cumulative and can result in cataracts, a clouding of the lens of the eye. Therefore, it is recommended you should wear sunglasses treated with UV resistant coating when outdoors.

23. Can I contract a sexually transmitted disease from sunbeds or booths?
Contracting a sexually transmitted disease requires the exchange of bodily fluids from one person to another. This exchange does not take place by using indoor tanning equipment. However, this does not mean that other infectious conditions cannot be passed on by the use of unsanitary equipment and protective eyewear. At Body & Sol, sunbeds and booths are properly sanitized after each use and we recommend that you do not share your eyewear with others.

24. Can using sunbeds cure acne?
Phototherapy (or use of UV light) has been effective in easing the skin problems common to this condition. However, there are also many drugs, including tetracycline and Retin-A, widely used for the treatment of acne that can render the skin photosensitive. Therefore, one should avoid UV OVER exposure when medicated.

25. Does using sunbeds or booths help treat depression or seasonal affective disorder (sad)?
YES there exists a growing body of scientific evidence, which indicates that some people actually require more light exposure in order to function properly. Exposure to bright light, such as that emitted by the mid-day summer sun, causes the brain to suppress the release of the hormone melatonin. Melatonin acts as a depressant in the body if generated during the daytime. Thus, when affected people are exposed to longer hours of bright light, they feel happier, euphoric and more able to enjoy life. Bright light sources emitting only visible light are now frequently used to successfully treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Sub-syndromal Seasonal Affective Disorder (SSAD).

26. Does using sunbeds or booths aid in the treatment of osteoporosis?
YES Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by frequent bending and/or breaking of the bones due to a lack of sufficient calcium. Adequate calcium intake is essential for the development of strong bones and teeth. It is widely recognized that the body in the intestine does not absorb calcium unless vitamin D3 is present. Vitamin D3 is often referred to as the “sunshine” vitamin because it is produced in the skin upon exposure to UVB rays. Some studies show that indoor tanning lamps (which emit a certain amount of UVB) may initiate the production of vitamin D3 which in turn aids in calcium absorption.

27. Which is safer, tanning indoors or in the sun? Why?
Indoor tanning is a controlled environment, which allows you to slowly build a gradual tan, to develop pigmentation and increase your natural SPF – thus providing a safer environment. The external factors of tanning in the sun, such as time of year and day, altitude, cloud coverage, pollutants, reflective surfaces, etc. are harder to control or predict – which increases your risk of overexposure.

28. What is in accelerator creams that accelerates a tan and are they safe to use?
The main active ingredient in tanning lotions is Tyrosine. Tyrosine is essentially amino acids from proteins that are converted through several metabolic steps to produce melanin. Melanin is the pigment responsible for causing your skin to darken and provides a natural SPF factor of up to 10. Tyrosine is added to tanning accelerator products to supplement the body’s normal level of tyrosine at the skins cell level thereby speeding the tanning process. Indoor tanning lotions also helps counter the drying effects of tanning, prepare the skin to tan more efficiently, and makes a tan last longer.

29. Why do people use lotions?
Many people use suntan products to maximize their tanning experience. The following are reasons why consumers enjoy using suntan lotions:

  1. They supply the skin with essential nutrients necessary for a tan and help moisturize the skin to keep it looking young and healthy.
  2. Moist skin tans more quickly and efficiently than dry skin, resulting in a better tan in fewer visits.
  3. Indoor tanning products help counteract the drying effects of heat and light associated with tanning (moisturized skin is healthier).
  4. Active ingredients supplement the skin’s cells with the same proteins that enhance the tanning process naturally.
  5. Specially formulated indoor suntan lotions help your tan last by retaining ultraviolet induced melanin longer.
  6. The latest lotion technology includes antioxidants that help prevent fine lines and wrinkles.

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