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Indoor Tanning


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Skin Types for Indoor Tanning
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Spray Booth Tanning vs. Airbrush Tanning
Tan Tax
Tanning Beds
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Tanning Lamps
Tanning Lotions, Creams & Oils
UV Teeth Whitening
Visiting a Tanning Salon
Vitamin D



Welcome to the World of Indoor Tanning!

There are around 25,000 professional Tanning Salons in the United States, serving over 30 million indoor sun-worshippers and creating a solid $5 Billion industry. All in the quest for the perfect suntan, healthy skin and the beneficial “sunshine vitamin”, Vitamin D. In this dedicated section of Suntan.com, 1st timers as well as experienced tanners will find everything needed to know about getting your sun-kissed glow indoors, including information on the 6 skin types, sun bed eye protection, pregnancy and tanning, along with current information regarding opening your own tanning salon or spa!


Tanning is the body’s natural defense against sunburn. UVA and UVB are the 2 types of ultraviolet rays emitted by the sun that cause the process (darkening of the skin) called sun tanning. UVB can cause your skin to burn (not good) but UVB is beneficial in moderate doses because it causes the body to produce Vitamin D (good). UVA rays do not burn you but can penetrate the layers of skin deeper than UVB rays. UVA rays are infamous for health hazards with over exposure for prolonged periods of time.


Obviously, the rays from a tanning bed are similar to what is emitted from the sun. The argument for tanning indoors, in a salon, is that it is by far the safest way to get your Vitamin D and a healthy glow because the UV exposure is controlled, unlike tanning in the sun. A tanning professional at your local salon can set a regimen, guide you to a beautiful, safe tan and teach you how to avoid damaging sun burns, both indoors and out. Tanning devices are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States and have been since 1988. Each device, booth or bed has informational stickers on them, outlining what exposure is recommended for each of the skin types and providing comprehensive consumer information about over-exposure.


The world's first individual indoor UV tanning lamp was made in Germany by a medical company called Heraeus in the early 1900’s. This indoor tanning lamp was invented to help patients with diseases such as Rickets absorb more calcium and develop stronger bones. Today's scientific studies highlight the importance of Vitamin D and it is important to note that over 3 out of 4 of Americans are “D” deficient. It is now evident that Heraeus discovered a crucial aspect to human health.


The first real tanning beds were mass produced in Europe, after a German scientist, Friedrich Wolff, exposed athletes to UV light to see if more sunshine might benefit them. Wolff brought the technology to the United States in 1978 and today’s tanning beds provide indoor tanners an efficient experience and an intelligent way to get that healthy, bronzed glow in a controlled environment, with a lesser chance of getting burned.


Another current trend with indoor tanning is spray booth tanning, (also called UV-free or Sunless tanning) using either specially designed standup booths (Mystic Tan™ & VersaSpa®) or by a salon professional custom spraying the tanning solution with a hand-held airbrush. The spray tan methods are light-years beyond buying a self-tanning lotion at the drugstore and trying to avoid achieving the streaky, fake orange glow for which they are notorious. Many people utilize these sunless tanning processes to speed up the appearance of a tan while also building a healthy base tan with the sun beds in the salon. The spray tans are also ideal for those who do not want UV exposure of any kind, but still want the sun-kissed look. This type of indoor tanning commonly uses the chemical dihydroxyacetone (DHA) as the active ingredient to give you a temporary golden glow. DHA has been declared a safe cosmetic chemical from the FDA for over 30 years. It is considered non-toxic, non-carcinogenic and the safest UV-free tanning additive. The tan develops over 2-4 hours after application and will last 3-9 days, depending on how well you hydrate and moisturize your skin.


How exciting would it be for you to open up an indoor tanning facility?!? Have you ever thought about it? You will love the in-depth, insider info we have in this section for those considering entering this exciting and fun industry! No fluff, just the facts! From all about Tanning Lotions & Tanning Salon Suppliers, to Franchising Info & Business Plan Development, we have it here for you. We even include regulation and licensing info listed by state.


Check back often as Suntan.com is committed to providing up-to-date info on all types of tanning, be it indoor or outdoor, as well as everything else fun under the sun!


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