Frequently Asked Questions

Do I really need to use lotion?

Yes.  Using indoor tanning lotions will provide the essentials of effective tanning:  hydration, nutrition, and oxygenation.  First, dry skin will actually reflect, rather than absorb ultraviolet light and exfoliates much faster.  Second, the skin needs nutrients such as tyrosine, magnesium, copper, and zinc in order to tan.  If these nutrients are absent or present in small amounts, the tanning process will be slowed or halted.  The natural, vitamin rich products sold at Tanning Zone are fundamental to the skin’s appearance and ability to tan and to replenish necessary nutrition to skin cells, promoting cell regeneration and oxygenation.  Oxygen fuels skin cell functions, thereby accelerating the process.  Our trained personnel will recommend the appropriate products for you.


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Why can’t I use lotion from a discount store?

Non-salon quality lotions contain ingredients that erode the acrylic surface of the tanning equipment.  Even if the label says it is for indoor tanning, the cheap ingredients they contain actually create tiny fissures in the acrylic that will not allow the light to pass, diminishing results.  The more often a salon has to replace acrylics due to poor lotions such as baby oil and brands available in discount stores, the higher their prices will need to be to absorb those costs.  In addition, some cheaper ingredients such as mineral oil are actually bad for the skin.

What should I wear when I tan?

Tanning attire is entirely up to the client.  The potential danger of tanning is overexposure of sensitive body parts that are not normally exposed to UV light.  It is recommended that sensitive parts be gradually exposed to prevent overexposure.

Why do I have to wear FDA approved eyewear?

UV light causes damage to the eye over time causing night blindness and/or color blindness.  Eyewear worn in tanning beds must block 99% UVB and 96% UVA.  Sunglasses are not acceptable because they allow light in on all sides and would create a comical tan line.  Towels, coins, cotton balls, etc. are also not acceptable forms of protection because they do not eliminate enough of the UV light to be effective.  Do not sacrifice the health of your eyes.

Can I shower after tanning?

It is recommended that you wait a minimum of 4 hours after a Mystic session to shower, exercise, or participate in water sports.  However, there is no evidence to support that showering immediately after tanning in a bed emitting UV light will inhibit the effects of the session.

Why should I wear a lipbalm with an SPF?

Lips do not contain melanin, and therefore are more susceptible to burning.

Why should I tan indoors?

Research shows that sunshine is the source of all life and energy on our planet.  The risks involved with tanning are easily minimized by following the Golden Rule of smart tanning:  never sunburn.  Indoor tanning provides you with the control that you do not possess outside.  Often, before you are aware it is happening, you develop a burn when you are involved in an outdoor activity.  In a tanning bed, you receive only carefully controlled dosages to prevent overexposure.  In addition, a tan provides limited sun protection (approximately equal to SPF 2-4)

What are the potential benefits of tanning?

First, and most obvious, is the desirable cosmetic effect it has on the skin—it turns it an attractive golden brown.  Second, UV light is the main source of Vitamin D, which is necessary for good health, bone formation and repair, and the absorption of calcium and phosphorus in the body.  Vitamin D can reduce the risks of developing breast and colon cancers.  Research shows that incidences of these types of cancers are actually lower in sunny climates.  In addition, UV light is an effective treatment for some skin disorders and psychological disorders.  There are numerous physical and psychological reasons that UV exposure is desirable.

Why does a tan disappear?

A tan occurs in the top layer of skin, which naturally exfoliates approximately every 28 days.  Exposure to UVB speeds up the exfoliation process and causes the top layer to shed more quickly, losing the old tanned skin and generating new (not yet tan) skin cells every 5-7 days.

How often should I tan?

When building a base tan, it is recommended that you tan every other or every third day until you achieve your desired results.  The FDA suggest that 48 hours pass between sessions.  Your body will continue to tan for 12-24 hours after getting out of the sun or a tanning unit.  Tanning 2 days in a row may cause an unintentional burn and set you back on your tanning until the burn heals.  Also, your body needs nutrients like tyrosine, magnesium, copper, and zinc in order to tan.  You deplete these each time you tan.  It usually takes 36-48 hours to replenish these vital nutrients through the foods you eat.

Can UV rays emitted by indoor tanning lamps affect internal organs?

No.  Although this is a popular myth, UV light waves cannot penetrate past the first few layers of skin.  Overexposure will result in sunburn, and cannot affect internal organs.

Can I tan while pregnant?

Indoor tanning lamps give off heat.  The heat causes the body temperature to rise.   Doctors advise pregnant women to avoid the rise in body temperature that devices such as tanning beds and hot tubs induce.

Is it harmful to wear contact lenses while tanning indoors?

It is not advised to wear contact lenses while tanning.  Although wearing FDA approved eyewear will protect your eyes from UV light, the heat generated could cause drying and discomfort.

Why do some dermatologists warn people against sun exposure?

While some dermatologists may advocate total avoidance of UV exposure, the media seems to quote only those who do.  Many dermatologists and experts from the medical community have acknowledged the need for moderate sun exposure, while advocating the use of sunscreens.

Is it possible to contract AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases from indoor tanning equipment?

People cannot contract diseases from properly sanitized, well maintained tanning beds.  Disease specialists have said that no evidence exists that sanitized tanning units have spread diseases.

Can indoor tanning equipment be used to treat skin disorders such as psoriasis?

The FDA and FTC forbid making claims regarding the benefits of indoor tanning other than its cosmetic effects.  However, phototherapy (UV light treatment) has been used to ease symptoms of psoriasis.  The treatment can be prescribed only by a trained physician.

Can indoor tanning cure acne?

Phototherapy has been effective in easing the skin problems common to this condition.  However, there are many drugs used for the treatment of acne that can render the skin photosensitive, and one must avoid UV exposure when medicated.  The use of UV light for acne treatment should only be administered by a qualified physician.  Again, the FDA prohibits making claims regarding the benefits of indoor tanning other than its cosmetic effects.

Can tanning cause wrinkles?

Excessive exposure can destroy the resilient fibers of the lower skin layer, thereby causing the top layer of skin to sag.  Thus, elastosis, or wrinkling appears.  If UV light is not blocked by pigmentation in the outer skin layer, it can penetrate to the dermis and destroy skin elasticity.  Thus, it is advised to avoid overexposure to UV light.

What is the age limit for tanning?

Since skin is still developing, we don’t tan anyone under the age of 14 in our UV equipment. Children between the ages of 14-16 need a parental consent signature and a parent present at each session. Once the teen becomes 16, we only need the parent to come in and sign on the first visit. After that, the teen may come on his/her own. At age 18, parental consent is no longer necessary. There is no age limit for UV-free tanning in the Mystic tan. However, parental consent must be given for any person under the age of 18.

Do men tan?

It is a common myth that tanning is just for women.  Many men enjoy the benefits of indoor tanning.

How long will each visit take?

Your initial visit will be the longest. A certified tanning consultant will teach you about the differences in the levels of tanning and help you choose the proper equipment for your skin and needs. Next, you will fill out a short form allowing Tanning Zone to assess the proper tanning time for your skin. Finally, the consultant will make sure that you have everything that you need to begin tanning, teach you how to use the equipment, and answer any questions. This entire process usually takes less than 15 minutes. However, we are always happy to spend as much time as is needed to thoroughly answer all questions.

Do I need to make an appointment?

No.  All 3 Tanning Zones are happy to accommodate walk-ins.  However, it is easier to get into the location at 70th and Pioneers from February through June by making an appointment.

Can I bring my child(ren) with me to tan?

Since the salon is not properly staffed to care for small children, it could be dangerous for them to be unattended while they wait.  Taking a child into the tanning room is also prohibited because the UV light could damage their eyes.

Why shouldn’t I use lotion bought on the internet?

For the same reason that we don’t buy it that way. Even though it is cheaper than what we can buy it for in bulk from wholesalers, we cannot be certain that what is in the containers is actually the salon-quality lotion it says it is or that it has not been tampered with.

What causes white spots when I tan?

There are actually two types of white spots associated with tanning. The first are the quarter-sized circles usually found on the shoulder blades and base of the spine. These are called pressure points and are caused by your weight resting on these areas and preventing oxygen from reaching them. You can eliminate these pressure points by gently shifting your weight while you tan. DO NOT TAN ON YOUR STOMACH. The tanning acrylics are not made to withstand your weight and when you get up from tanning on your stomach you could put your knee right through the acrylic. The second type of white spots are much smaller (about the size of a pencil point) and are usually found on the shoulders, upper chest, and upper back. This is caused by tinea versicolor, a fungus that resides naturally on human skin and only becomes visible when exposed to hot, humid conditions. Some doctors recommend a little Selsun Blue on these spots to make them go away.  Consult your physician for more information about this condition.

Does Tanning Zone guarantee its services?

YES!  Tanning Zone is the only tanning salon in Lincoln to guarantee results.

How do I prepare for a sunless session?

To prepare for a sunless session, make sure that you have shaved and/or exfoliated BEFORE the session. Shaving and exfoliating remove the top layer of skin, and therefore begin removing your sunless tan. Use a water based moisturizer to ensure even results. (Tanning Zone carries a water based moisturizer formulated for use with sunless tanning in sample size.) Your tanning consultant will show you how to put on the barrier cream, stand, and towel off. Make sure that you don’t get wet for at least 4 hours after your session (12 hours is recommended for best results). If you plan to get a manicure or pedicure, do it before the session.

How long will my sunless tan last?

Your sunless tan will last 6-10 days, depending on your rate of exfoliation and whether or not you keep your skin moisturized. If you don’t tan in the UV beds, your sunless tan will last longer. Also, if you keep your skin hydrated, your sunless tan will last longer. Tanning Zone carries moisturizers formulated specifically to extend the sunless tan as long as possible.

Can I tan in UV beds and Mystic?

Yes. The Mystic solution contains no ultraviolet light, so you can do both in the same day. Many people find that if they tan in the UV equipment first, their skin is warmed up and better prepared to receive the Mystic solution.  These people have reported darker results that last longer.
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