Tanning FAQ

Answers to some of our frequently asked questions

Q & A

How old do you have to be to tan? You must be 18 years or older to tan without parental consent. 15-17 may tan with proper parental consent. Airbrush/Mystic Tan can be any age without parental consent.

What do I wear while I tan? You can wear (or not wear) whatever you are most comfortable in since all the rooms are private. Keep in mind those areas of the body that have “not seen the sun” will initially be more susceptible to burn.  It is recommend your cover these areas with a towel and remove the towel a few minutes before your session ends to gradually tan these sensitive areas.

How long does it take to get a tan? Tanning results depend on each individuals skin type, how often you tan, and the products used to enhance the tanning process. For most clients it can take anywhere from 5-10 tanning sessions to reach your base tan level. If you need or desire immediate results, we recommend a sunless spray tan session until you achieve your base tan.

What is a tanning plateau? A tanning plateau is when some clients hit a level where they’re tan is just not getting darker. To avoid hitting a plateau, we recommend rotating through the different tanning equipment and switching up your tanning lotions. If you continue to use the same bed or lotion over a long period of time, your skin becomes accustomed and it no longer produces more melanin. By changing the type of bed you use it will expose the skin to different percentages of UVB and UVA light and stimulate the skin to produce more melanin and get darker.

Will tanning affect my tattoo? Yes, tanning can fade your tattoo, therefore should be protected with an SPF product. We offer a fade shield sun block product specifically formulated to protect your tattoo.

Do I need an appointment to tan? We serve our clients on a walk-in basis for our UV Tanning and Mystic Tan. Airbrush Sessions are by appointment.

How do I know the beds are clean? At iTan Boutiques we take pride in the cleanliness of our salons. Our tanning units are cleansed with an FDA approved sanitizing solution after every clients tanning session. We also provide a small bottle of sanitizing solution in each room.

Why do I have white spots? Small white (untanned spots) on the skin can be caused by two things. First is Tinea Versicolor, this is a skin condition caused when a microscopic fungus from the scalp falls onto the arms, shoulders, and other body parts leaving a bleached looking area on the skin. The yeast that causes tinea versicolor is normally present in small numbers on normal skin, and the yeast can become overgrown on anyone. This is easily treated with topical aids such as leaving the active ingredient in Selsun Blue dandruff shampoo on for 10 minutes for mild cases and for more resistant conditions, your doctor may prescribe pills for treatment. Since tinea versicolor covers skin cells and acts as a sunscreen with high SPF factor, the effected areas must be protected from further ultraviolet light exposure until those bleached areas have begun developing melanin again.

The second cause can be pressure points. Since oxygen is a main ingredient in the tanning process areas of skin that is deprived of it will not tan.  This happens when you lay in one position putting pressure on the elbows, back, and legs during the entire tanning session. To reduce the chance of pressure points it is recommended to shift your body’s weight periodically through out the tanning session, or rotate tanning sessions between stand up and lay-down units to even out those spots.

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