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FAQs

How does tanning work?

Why does a tan disappear?

Is tanning in a salon safe?

How often can I tan?

How long should I tan when I first start?

What should I wear when I tan?

When shouldn’t I tan?

Why should I use lotion ?

Do I need to wear an SPF lotion when I tan?

Why do I need to wear eye protection?

Is there such a thing as a safe tan?

Why do some people itch after tanning indoors?

How does indoor tanning exposure compare to the natural sun?

How does sunless tanning work?

How Do You Define Moderate Tanning?

Are All Dermatologists Against Indoor Tanning?

Can anybody tan?

Why is moisturized skin important for a tan?

I don’t tan outdoors. Will I be able to tan in a bed?

Do I need an appointment to tan?

I’m pregnant. Is it safe for me to tan?

How do I know the beds are clean?

How often do you change the bulbs in each bed?

What is the Mystic Tan Booth?

What is MagneTan Technology?

Will it turn me orange?

What should I wear in the spray tanning booth?

Will I be wet when I step out of the Mystic Tan booth?

How long do I have to wait after a tanning session before I can shower?

What happens if the Mystic Tan mist gets in my eyes?

Do I need to cover my hair while tanning in the Mystic Tan tanning booth?

Has anyone had an allergic reaction to the chemicals used in the Mystic Tan tanning solution?

Do I need to hold my breath during the tanning session?

Will the components of the Mystic Tan solution make my skin have an unpleasant smell?

Are there ways to enhance the Mystic Tan results?

Can I go swimming after tanning in the Mystic Tan booth?

How long after a Mystic Tan tanning session before I can put my clothes back on?

How many times do I need to tan with the Mystic Tan tanning process to achieve the color I want?

If I tan in the Mystic Tan tanning booth, can I also tan in tanning beds and in the sun?

Because of my fair skin and have never been able to tan before. Will the Mystic Tan tanning booth give me a tan?

What is in the Mystic Tan tanning solution?

Can I use the Mystic Tan booth if I am pregnant?


How does tanning work?

Tanning beds use UV or Ultraviolet light to tan your body. Since there are three types of UV light – UVA, UVB, and UVC – tanning beds are designed to use more levels of UVA with lower levels of UVB on your skin to promote the production of melanin, the pigment that makes you look tan even if you don’t spend time under actual sunlight. The most harmful form of UV light is the UVC which tanning beds filter out so that you only get the best forms of UV light.

Why does a tan disappear?

The tan or pigmentation process occurs in the epidermis, the top skin layer. The epidermis replaces all its skin cells every 28-30 days. Cells in the inner portion of the top skin layer divide themselves, migrate to the surface, and flake off. Skin cells contain melanin, and as a result of UV exposure rises to the surface and flake off as well. Therefore, a tan can be maintained only by repeated exposure to UV light.

Is tanning in a salon safe?

Yes! Tanning in a salon is safe, especially compared to being out in actual sunlight for prolonged periods of time. Since tanning beds filter out the UVC light, you’ll get the healthiest forms of UV light. Before tanning regularly you should get a base tan first so as not to get sunburned.

How often can I tan?

You should wait at least 24 hours after a session before tanning again. It is recommended that you do not go more than 3 times a week to make sure you do not get sunburned. Your salon may have more specific requirements.

How long should I tan when I first start?

If you easily get sunburned, it is advisable to start with a smaller exposure time. You can then increase it gradually as you start your base tan. Once you get considerably tan from being outside and just want to maintain that color, then you can tan for a longer period of time.

But If you absolutely never get any sort of tan from the sun, keep in mind that you will not get a tan from tanning beds or booths as well, since they emit the same type of UV light.

What should I wear when I tan?

Tanning booths and beds are private areas in which you can wear whatever you like. If you feel more comfortable in your bikini or swimsuit then by all means wear it. You can also choose to go more natural and wear only your birthday suit since no one will see you. Many women, however, do choose to wear underwear so that they do not burn the more private parts of their anatomy. You will also be required to wear eye protection since your eyes, even when closed, can allow the light into them and cause permanent damage.

When shouldn’t I tan?

You should not tan if you have just done so in the past 24 hours or if you are taking photo-sensitizing medication. This will enhance the tan and often cause you to burn. Ask your doctor to be certain you can tan if you are taking any kind of medication.

Why should I use lotion ?

All our lotions are specifically designed for the indoor tanning industry; they contain ingredients to assist in achieving maximum tanning results. They are designed not only to maximize and accelerate great tanning results, but most importantly replace essential nutrients, minerals and lost moisture to your skin. Lotions also contain antioxidants to shield free radical damage

Do I need to wear an SPF lotion when I tan?

No, because SPF tanning lotions allow you to stay in the sun longer than what is considered safe for you. It is then advisable not to wear an SPF tanning lotion so that you won’t be emboldened to stay long under the scorching sun to the point of overexposing yourself.

Why do I need to wear eye protection?

Closing your eyelids is not adequate protection, your eyelids are too thin to stop ultraviolet light. For this reason you must wear eye protection when tanning at our salons.

Is there such a thing as a safe tan?

The word “safe” usually implies that an activity can be engaged in recklessly, without any fear of injury. Overexposure can result in sunburn and skin damage, which is why we teach both tanners and non-tanners alike to be intelligent about their sun exposure. Moderate sun exposure for individuals who can develop a tan is the “smartest” way to maximize the potential benefits and minimize the potential risks associated with either too much or too little sunlight.

Why do some people itch after tanning indoors?

Rashes or itching occurring on the body after ultraviolet light exposure are not an indication of skin disease, but of dry skin or a photosensitive reaction. They often are caused by a combination of heat from the tanning lamps, a lack of sufficient melanin in the skin being tanned and ultraviolet light. Both irritations usually subside within several days after tanning has stopped.

How does indoor tanning exposure compare to the natural sun?

Your skin produces a tan the same way it does when you tan indoors or outdoors. It is difficult to make a simple comparison of the sun with that of modern indoor tanning equipment. The sun’s strength is dependent on several factors as well. When you are outdoors in the sun you cannot control the amount of ultraviolet light you are exposed to. Indoor tanning is a very controlled environment in which you can regulate the amount of ultraviolet light you are exposed to. You can gradually increase your exposure time to achieve the tan you desire without burning.

How does sunless tanning work?

The main ingredient in most self-tanners is DHA (an ingredient derived from sugarcane), which reacts with proteins and amino acids in the skin to create a tan.

How Do You Define Moderate Tanning?

The term “moderate tanning” means something different for every different individual, and that is an important point. The bottom line is what we call “The Golden Rule of Smart Tanning” – Don’t EVER sunburn. A fair-skinned, red-headed, green-eyed person may not have the ability to develop a tan without sun burning. This person should not attempt to tan then. On the other hand, most of us have the ability to develop a tan, and the majority of us tan very easily. Moderation, in our view, means avoiding sunburn at all costs. Going about that agenda will mean something different to every different person.

Are All Dermatologists Against Indoor Tanning?

While most of the dermatology profession has an inexplicably myopic view about tanning, some enlightened dermatologists have broken ranks with their peers in recent years, urging their profession to re-think its one-sided dogma about sun exposure. Two of the most recent:

  • Research dermatologist Dr. Sam Shuster, professor emeritus to the Department of Dermatology at Newcastle University in northern England, challenged his peers to quantify the alleged increase in skin cancer incidence, which is not based on actual numbers but only estimates. In the book, “Panic Nation: Unpicking the Myths We’re Told About Food and Health” Shuster calls his peers to acknowledge that a tan is the body’s natural protection against sunburn – a reality that has been all but stampeded under the establishment’s rhetoric. “Unfortunately our attitude to sun and ultra-violet (UV) light is subject to much perverse and dubious technical ‘advice’, which society has passively accepted without questioning its provenance,” Shuster writes.
  • Boston University Professor Dr. Michael Holick – the scientist who was involved in the discovery of the active form of vitamin D in the early 1970s – wrote the book “The UV Advantage” in 2004, urging people to embrace moderate exposure to ultraviolet light as the body’s natural way to produce Vitamin D. Holick is one of the world’s leading authorities on vitamin D production. “Since some exposure to sunlight is beneficial to your health, it is reasonable that if you wish to be exposed to sunlight, that you can do so with relative safety if you make sure that you do not receive a sunburn,” Holick says.
  • Many rank-and-file dermatologists have more moderate views about sensible sun exposure, but have been intimidated by their peers not to discuss these views publicly. Indeed, upon publishing “The UV Advantage” in 2004, Holick was forced to resign his post at Boston University as a professor of dermatology, with the chair of that department calling his work “schlock science.” In spite of such rhetoric, in the two years since publishing his book, most of Holick’s positions have become mainstream thinking.

Can anybody tan?

Certain skin types cannot tan, but anybody can get a beautiful golden-tan look with our UV-Free tanning system process. Our tanning professionals can help you determine the type of tanning best suited to your skin type. The six basic skin types are shown below:

Skin type 1: Always burns, never tans

Skin type 2: Burns easily, tans slightly

Skin type 3: Sometimes burns, tans gradually

Skin type 4: Burns minimally, always tans well

Skin type 5: Burns rarely, tans deeply

Skin type 6: Almost never burns, deeply pigmented

Why is moisturized skin important for a tan?

Healthy, moist skin will tan quicker, get darker and keep its tanned appearance longer because the melanin is produced rapidly and the skin also will not exfoliate as quickly when it is properly moisturized.

I don’t tan outdoors. Will I be able to tan in a bed?

If you can’t get color from the sun, you can’t get color in an UV bed. However, UV-Free tanning system can give you a natural looking tan without any UV exposure at all.

Do I need an appointment to tan?

No appointments are required at L.A. TAN. Since our salons have more beds than the average tanning salon, you should be able to get a bed whenever you want with minimal or no waiting time.

I’m pregnant. Is it safe for me to tan?

Medical professionals do not know the affects of heat on the unborn child. We recommend you take advantage of our UV-Free Mystic Tan booth.

How do I know the beds are clean?

We use FDA-approved cleaning solutions after every customer’s tanning session. The store manager will be happy to show you our cleaning logs. The solution is tested daily to ensure proper sanitizing properties exist.

How often do you change the bulbs in each bed?

We follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for bulb replacement so that you will achieve the best results from your sessions. We typically change our bulbs when they have reached 70% of their capacity so your tan doesn’t suffer from weaker UV rays.

What is the Mystic Tan Booth?

The Mystic Tan™ booth is a full-body, DHA tanning process that utilizes MagneTan™ technology, a revolutionary process that allows the booth to apply a uniform amount of tanning solution to all parts of the body. When the special Mystic Tan™ solution passes through the booth’s nozzles, the particles of solution are polarized, taking on the characteristics of “tiny magnets.” MagneTan™ technology uses the body’s own magnetic properties to attract the solution particles to all surfaces of the skin. When the tanning process is finished, the consumer simply steps out of the booth, towels-off any excess mist, dresses, and exits. The result is a uniform, natural-looking tan in under five minutes.

What is MagneTan Technology?

MagneTan tanning services are featured in the revolutionary Mystic Tan™ tanning booths. MagneTan tanning services offer a unique, revolutionary process that allows the Mystic Tan™ booth to apply a uniform amount of tanning solution to all parts of the body. When the special Mystic Tan™ tanning solution passes through the booths nozzles, the particles of solution are polarized, taking on the characteristics of tiny magnets. MagneTan technology then uses the body’s own magnetic properties to attract the solution particles to all exposed surfaces of the skin. The end result is a uniform and natural-looking, golden brown tan!

Will it turn me orange?

No! In the past, self-tanners gave many individuals an unnatural orange glow and caused streaking. Most of these undesirable results were caused by improper or ineffective application techniques. Applying creams and lotions by hand usually results in excessive amounts being absorbed in the skin. Excessive amounts applied in a single application can give an orange glow to the skin. Unnatural dark spots may also appear in dry or thick skinned areas such as elbows, knees, and knuckles because these areas have a tendency to absorb more of the cream. Hand held spray-on applicators tend to run and cause streaking. The MagneTan™ technology used to apply the Mystic Tan tanning solution assures that all areas of the body get a uniform coating of the solution in the exact quantity required to produce a golden brown tan.

What should I wear in the spray tanning booth?

Many people do not wear anything. The room is completely private and if you would like to tan in the nude it is perfectly acceptable. However, if you do wear a bathing suit, underwear, or anything else, please be aware that whatever you wear may be stained. The bronzer we use for your initial color is water-soluble and should wash out of anything you wear, but the DHA applied may cause permanent stains on any clothing you may wear inside the booth.

Will I be wet when I step out of the Mystic Tan booth?

The mist applied in the Mystic Tan™ tanning booth is very fine. By the time you step out of the booth most of the mist will have dried, but there may still be a few moist areas. You may see small droplets clinging to the body hair on your arms or legs. This remaining moisture can be removed quite easily by toweling dry. Do not worry about wiping off the solution with the towel. Toweling does not streak the tan, and any solution that comes off on the towel was excess and will not effect your tan. Just towel off the same way you do when you take a shower. Be sure you have toweled all moist areas before dressing.

How long do I have to wait after a tanning session before I can shower?

We recommend that you wait a minimum of 4 hours after tanning to give the DHA enough time to fully set. If you shower earlier, you may diminish the intensity of the tan. When you do shower the initial tan created by the water-soluble bronzer will wash off, but the DHA will remain and create your long term tan

What happens if the Mystic Tan mist gets in my eyes?

There is nothing in the mist that will harm your eyes.

Do I need to cover my hair while tanning in the Mystic Tan tanning booth?

Many consumers wear disposable shower caps (provided by the Salon) to keep the solution from getting in their hair. Other consumers tan without covering their hair. The solution will not penetrate the hair follicles.

Has anyone had an allergic reaction to the chemicals used in the Mystic Tan tanning solution?

All of the components of the Mystic Tan tanning solution have been used in cosmetics and food products for decades and have proven to be safe for use on the skin. If you have had previous allergic reactions to self tanning lotions or cosmetics you may want to do a “patch test” by putting a small amount of the Mystic Tan solution on a small area of the skin to test for possible reactions.

Do I need to hold my breath during the tanning session?

We recommend that you hold your breath during the actual misting process, which lasts 12 to 18 seconds. We make this recommendation because most individuals would prefer not to breathe in the mist, even though there is nothing in it that would cause any harm if you did breathe it in. If you have a history of asthma or other respiratory illnesses we do not recommend that you tan in the Mystic Tan™ tanning booth until consulting with your physician

Will the components of the Mystic Tan solution make my skin have an unpleasant smell?

Some consumers have commented that they noticed a “starchy” smell on their skin after tanning, but it is usually not noticeable to others around them.

Are there ways to enhance the Mystic Tan results?

Yes, applying a water based moisturizer prior to tanning helps the skin absorb the Mystic Tan tanning solution. Using a moisturizer frequently will help the tan last longer. You should not apply any moisturizers or lotions to the skin after tanning until the DHA has had time to set, usually 4 to 6 hours. Certain types of moisturizers or lotions applied during this period could cause the streaking of the DHA.

Can I go swimming after tanning in the Mystic Tan booth?

You should not swim or shower for a minimum of 4 hours after tanning in the Mystic Tan booth. Swimming in chlorinated water at any time can bleach the Mystic Tan and possibly cause streaking.

How long after a Mystic Tan tanning session before I can put my clothes back on?

Once you have towel dried there is little chance of the bronzer or DHA getting on your clothes. If you pursue any strenuous physical activity after your Mystic Tan™ tanning session, perspiration may cause some of the bronzer to transfer to your clothing. Since the bronzer is completely water-soluble it will wash out.

How many times do I need to tan with the Mystic Tan tanning process to achieve he color I want?

You will be tan after one session, but it may take a additional session or two to achieve your desired color. Once you reach the color you desire you should be able to maintain it by tanning every four to five days.

If I tan in the Mystic Tan tanning booth, can I also tan in tanning beds and in the sun?

Yes. There is nothing in the Mystic Tan™ tanning solution that would prevent you from tanning in tanning beds or the sun. In fact, a number of customers have found that tanning with UV rays and the Mystic Tan™ tanning solution actually gives them a better overall tan. If you do plan to use a tanning bed and the Mystic Tan booth in the same day we recommend that you tan in the tanning bed first. Remember however, that the Mystic Tan tan does not give you any protection from UV rays.

Because of my fair skin and have never been able to tan before. Will the Mystic Tan tanning booth give me a tan?

Yes. The Mystic Tan™ tanning booth was designed specifically for individuals who can’t or don’t want to tan conventionally.

What is in the Mystic Tan tanning solution?

The Mystic Tan™ tanning solution has three components:

The bronzer is a water-soluble dye designed to produce an instant tan. The brown bronzer will wash off in the shower or bath but will not affect your overall tan.

The DHA produces a long-term tan. When applied to the skin, DHA reacts with proteins in the skins superficial layer to form a golden brown color. It begins to darken 2 to 3 hours after application and reaches its peak color within 24 hours. The DHA tan will begin to gradually fade through natural exfoliation, just like a tan from the sun. To maintain optimal color, you should tan every 4 to 5 days.

The Aloe Vera helps to carry the DHA deeper into the skin and promotes a softer, smoother finish. The Mystic Tan¨ tanning solution contains more than 65% stabilized Aloe Vera liquid. Aloe Vera is a natural moisturizer that helps the skin draw moisture to the surface. It softens the skin and helps smooth wrinkles.

Can I use the Mystic Tan booth if I am pregnant?

We Suggest that you consult your Doctor regarding this matter.

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