1. What is melanin?
Melanin is a brownish-black pigment found in your hair and skin and is made from an amino acid called tyrosine. Your heredity determines how much melanin your body produces. People with a higher skin type typically contain more melanin than somebody with a lower skin type.
2. How do I know what my skin type is?
Your skin type is the most important factor in determining how long and how well you will tan. Our salon will provide you with a state-approved skin type form, which takes a variety of hereditary characteristics and tanning history into consideration. There are four different skin types: Type 1 is Very Sensitive skin, Type 2 is Sensitive skin, Type 3 is Normal Skin, and Type 4 is Very Resistant skin. Your Tanning Consultant will help you with your skin type and exposure schedule. Remember that everyone burns from overexposure to sunlight, even if you have dark skin. Dynamic Tanning wants to prevent sunburns and promote a slow and gradual exposure schedule.
3. How do I know the beds are clean?
Dynamic Tanning takes a great deal of pride in the cleanliness of our salons. We follow Smart Tan and National Tanning Training Institute guidelines for sanitation. Each bed is cleaned with a FDA approved disinfectant after each tanning session. You can rest assure that you will be tanning in a clean environment.
4. Do I have to use eyewear?
YES! The Federal Regulations requires that tanners use protective eyewear that block 99.9% of UVB light and 99% of UVA light. Cotton balls, towels, scarves or your eyelids are NOT adequate protection. UV exposure to your eyes can cause Photokeratitis (Cornea Sunburn), Cataracts, Pterygium (abnormal tissue growth), and damage to the cornea. Please remember to sanitize your eyewear regularly and replace them every 6 months.
5. How knowledgeable is your staff?
Each employee is trained in the salon and then becomes certified with the National Tanning Training Institute (NTTI). Each year they are required to get recertified. The staff at Dynamic Tanning strongly believes in educating their customers.
6. Can I get locked in a tanning bed?
Absolutely not! All sun beds at Dynamic Tanning easily allow the customer to open and close the canopies at their discretion. Tanning Salons are all monitored by the FDA, FTC, and Health Departments.
7. What is the difference between UVA and UVB?
UVA is the longest wavelength and is known as your bronzing ray which completes your tanning process. UVB is a medium wavelength and is your burning ray that initiates the tanning process in the skin. There is also a UVC ray which is the shortest wavelength and is blocked by the ozone layer and pollution.
8. How does the tanning process take place?
Both UVA and UVB play a role in your tanning process. The primary role of UVA is to oxidize the melanin in your skin, or darken it. The UVB ray will stimulate the melanin.
9. How long will it take for my tan to show up?
You have two phases that occur during your tanning process. The first one is IPD, or our immediate pigment darkening. The IPD is the color you will see immediately. Then there is the Delayed Tanning phase, which will darken for up to 72 hours.
10. How long should I wait between tans?
According to state regulations, all tanners in the state of Illinois MUST allow at least 24 hours between sessions. Please follow a schedule based on the recommendations of the FDA and your Tanning Consultant. You should NEVER tan more than once in a 24 hour period.
11. Why should I use an Indoor Tanning lotion?
The key to a great tan is keeping your body moisturized. When your skin is hydrated it absorbs the UV light, whereas dry skin will reflect the light. In essence, tanning lotions prepares your skin for UV light. Dry skin will also cause your tan to flake off. The ingredients found in indoor tanning lotions provide essential vitamins and moisturizers before and after tanning. Hands down, lotions will help you tan faster, deeper, darker, and longer.
12. Do I need an After Tan Lotion?
Again, the key to a perfect tan is moisturizing. There are several after tan products that help enhance your tan by locking in the moisture. The ingredients in these lotions are designed to specifically deepen your tan.
13. Can I use an outdoor tanning lotion or a generic indoor lotion?
NO! Please be aware that outdoor tanning lotions, tanning oils, and generic indoor tanning lotions contain a large amount of mineral oil. Mineral oil is a byproduct from manufacturing gasoline and interferes with the body’s ability to eliminate toxins. It promotes premature aging and acne. It also destroys our acrylics and strips your tan. Not only does Dynamic Tanning want you to protect your skin but to protect our acrylics.
14. Why do I have white spots on my shoulders and back?
There are two different reasons that you may see this. The first reason is from a lack of oxygen to these parts of the body. When some people are lying down in a tanning bed they have “pressure points” where your shoulder blades or tailbone hits the bed. This pressure causes a decrease in blood flow and oxygen to these areas. Without oxygen, you will not be able to tan those areas. Another reason is a fungus called Tinea Versicolor. This is NOT caused by tanning. It is similar to dandruff and found on your torso areas. In many cases it is easily treated with a medicated dandruff shampoo, but please also consult your doctor.
15. What is a sunless tanning product?
There are a large variety of sunless products on the market. Sunless tanners contain dihydroxyacetone (DHA), which is an extract of sugar cane. When DHA reacts with the proteins in the skin, it produces a bronze coloration on the top layer of skin.
16. Do you have a spray tan?
We offer VersaSpa sunless spray tanning at both of our DeKalb and Geneva salon. Please click here for more information on both of these systems.
17. How long does a spray tan last?
The length of time your spray tan lasts depends mostly on how you take care of your tan. We always recommend shaving and exfoliating before your session. Also stay out of hot tubs and pools and use a good quality water based moisturizer daily. After the application, please make sure you follow the recommendations from your Tanning Consultant. Generally your tan should last you 5-10 days.
18. Do spray tans or self tanners offer protection from the sun?
Absolutely not. Any sunless product, whether it comes from a bottle or a booth, is purely cosmetic. There is no SPF in these products. The best way to protect yourself from sunlight is to use a SPF outdoors and/or tan responsibly indoors.
19. Should I tan before I go on vacation?
The best way to prepare yourself for vacation is to gradually expose yourself to UV light. The Tanning Consultants can help you with a slow and gradual exposure schedule to help you build a base tan. Remember that burning defeats the purpose of tanning and causes the most damage to your skin.
20. Is it better to tan indoors or outdoors?
Tanning indoors can offer you a more controlled and relaxing environment. Federal, State and Local governments have instilled guidelines to enhance the controllable features of indoor tanning. These guidelines include having timer controls, requiring protective eyewear, temperature control, protection from lamps, electrical safety, and equipment access and support. When you are outdoors you cannot control things like clouds, haze, reflection (from water, snow or sand), elevation, latitude, altitude, or solar elevation (height of the sky). More importantly, however, is when you are tanning outdoors you run the risk of exposing yourself to too much UV light and increasing your chance of burning.