Frequent Concerns


We understand that beginning a journey into tanning can be overwhelmed with concerns and questions. If you google anything about the tanning industry, odds are that you will find more negativity than positive things about the process. For Sun Tan Village, we believe that it is important to provide you with the knowledge behind tanning and allow you to make an educated decision based on the information we provide you. 

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Tanning in tanning beds causes skin cancer, right?

Tanning beds were first created in Germany after WWII, because a lot of military personnel were suffering with arthritis and bone diseases from gunshot wounds. Doctors and scientists realized that the summer months were easier on their patients, and when it was cold for a long period of time, their bones were tensing up. They created bulbs that resembles rays of the sun! The sun has 3 rays in it, UVA, UVB, and UVC. Tanning beds have the first two, a tanning ray and burning ray. It is a measured dose of sunlight that you would get from the sun. The difference between a tanning bed and the sun is that you never know how much sunlight you are getting outside, therefore you are more at risk to burn your skin, whereas with a tanning unit, you know exactly the amount you are getting. With tanning beds, you can easily build a base tan without burning your skin. Burning your skin over and over is actually what causes skin cancer, not the actual bed itself. The smart way to build a tan is to listen to your tanning consultant on preferred tan times, build a tan over time, and then go out into the sun. This way, you are prepared with a base tan for the actual sun and at less of a risk to get a sunburn.

Are there any health benefits to do with tanning?

OH YES THERE IS! Tanning has so many health benefits. Why do you think people are so much happier in the summer? The Sun, duh! Tanning can decrease depression and anxiety, by increasing your Vitamin D levels. It can increase your immune system, by also supplying Vitamin D. Tanning can combat all kinds of skin issues like acne, eczema, psoriasis, oily pores, and dry skin. It can help with weight loss, fibromyalgia, blood pressure, bone aching, arthritis, and more!

What does lotion have to do with getting a tan?

With tanning, whether that is inside or outside, your skin is releasing a lot of minerals and vitamins that are being pulled out by those UV rays. To help protect your skin, you need to where lotion. To decrease your dryness, you need lotion. Nobody wants to tan to play catch up each time you tan, you want to be able to build onto the tan you already have, lotion helps you do that. 

Why are there different rays that do different things?

That is one of the beauties about the Sun! You have UVA rays, which are your tanning rays. You also have UVB rays, which are those burning rays we have to be very careful of. A lot of your first level beds in any tanning salon are going to have those burning rays in them, so be careful on your tan time! You NEVER want to start out more than 6 minutes your first visit. If you are as pale as a gallon of milk, we would even suggest 3-4 minutes. It is a slow process. Lastly, UVC rays are not in tanning beds, those are the ones that kill germs. 

What is Redlight Therapy?

Redlight therapy is an infrared light that penetrates deep into our dermis layer of our skin and works to repair skin cells. It participates in aiding Skin Rejuvenation, Pain Relief, Increased Healing Time, Elimination of Acne and Scarring, Improvement of Mood Disorders. 

How long do spray tans last?

The average person sheds their top layer of skin about every 7 days, so usually, spray tans cannot last longer than that. If someone tells you otherwise, they are not telling the truth! We usually say your spray tan stays looking its best for four days, if taken care of properly. The best way to get a spray tan is to exfoliate BEFORE spraying and get as much dead skin off your body, the spray tan stays longer if it is being sprayed on your epidermis skin layer (the first layer of skin), next is to jump out of the shower and DO NOT put any lotion, make-up, or perfume on. After your spray, the key is to stay as moisturized as possible! It is best to shave 12-24 hours BEFORE your spray tan.

Why do I feel itchy after tanning?

This itchiness feeling may be one (or more) of three things: 1) It could be that your skin is sensitive to the sun's rays, therefore tanning beds' rays. The melanin in your skin is rushing to the epidermis layer of your skin and wanting to tan! If this is the case, slow down on your tanning time and gradually build a base tan rather than rushing the process. 2) It could be the lotion you are using has something in it you are sensitive to, it could be fake if purchased online, or another non-specialized lotion vendor. Try our hypoallergenic lotion line! 3) It could be that you are allergic to our sanitizer on our beds. If this is the case, we wipe down the bed for you!