Choosing A Tanning Salon & Tanning Lotion

Most of us would not consider buying a new pair of shoes without trying them on first for proper fit and comfort. But all-too-often indoor tanners get locked into a cheap, long term tanning program only to become disappointed with the results or the condition of the facility they will be using. Many have learned the hard way that..All tanning facilities are not created equal!

Tanning salons boasting "LOWEST PRICES" generally are unsupervised, which means you will have to clean your own equipment, settle for broken units and weak tanning lamps, wait in line for session time, and compromise your privacy and security. Here in New Hampshire, this type of facility would be operating illegally according to state regulations.

When trying a different tanning facility, ask to take a tour of the premises first. Once satisfied with the cleanliness and privacy of the facility, pay for one tanning session. If you feel that the lamps and unit are not going to be effective, you may choose not to waste your time and money, no matter how inexpensive the program may be.

In addition to price, here are some important questions to ask a salon professional to help determine if you will be getting the best value:

What Is The Lamp Wattage?
100 or 160 watts (the higher the power, the shorter the session)

What Is The Lamp Uvb To Uva Ratio?
The UVB range can be from 2.6 to 7.5 % or higher (you need some UVB to activate the skins' melanin but the higher the UVB, the greater your chance of burning)

What Is The Expected Life Of The Lamps And At What Point Are They Being Changed?

Who Will Clean The Tanning Equipment Before I Use It?
Tanning beds require being cleaned by specific disinfectants that are properly mixed. Tanning booths are generally more sanitary. NH state regulations require that the tanning bed is cleaned and disinfected by a certified attendant.

How Do You Schedule Appointments?
If I walk in, what is the average waiting time?

Who Controls The Equipment Timers And Determines My Exposure Schedule?
NH state regulations require that tanning equipment timers are controlled by a certified attendant and not by the customer.

What Measures Have Been Taken To Assure My Privacy And Safety?
Many gyms and hair salons have unsupervised tanning facilities which can, potentially, jeopardize your privacy and safety. NH state regulations require that tanning facilities are maintained and supervised by a certified technician at all times.

Reputable tanning salon operators take personal pride in providing and maintaining effective equipment and presenting a clean and secure facility for your health and safety. You work hard for your money. Shouldn't you get what you pay for? Besides, your time is too precious to waste. Trust your senses. If you don't have a good first impression of the facility, you will most likely end up disappointed and frustrated with your choice.


Choosing A Tanning Lotion

There are literally hundreds of tanning products on the market today. The primary functions of an indoor tanning product is to moisten the skin. Moistened and nourished skin tans better. Tanning lotions help counteract the drying effects of tanning and ensure a longer lasting tan. Dry skin acts as a barrier and reflects tanning rays. The active ingredients in a salon tanning product also helps in the production of additional melanin in your skin.

Tanning Accelerators are products that boost the level of tanning cells in your skin. Applying an accelerator after you shower in the morning allows your skin to generate tanning cells prior to your tanning session. This way when you enter the tanning unit you immediately start to tan the cells rather than having to create them first.

Tanning Bronzers contain a dye that changes the color of your skin instantly. You have to be careful when applying tanning lotions that contain bronzers as some will streak if not applied evenly, also real dry areas of the skin will absorb more of the tanning bronzer and leave the skin a different color. Elbow, knees, between fingers, and palms of hands are the most common spots.

Tingle Lotions may be referred to as hot, fire, spicy, and tingle factor. The theory behind a tingle lotion is a stimulation of the epidermal layers of your skin by using a cheap ingredient like methyl nicotinate. Most people feel their skin heat up or tingle after applying these tanning lotions. The stimulation (irritation) brings blood closer to the surface of the skin. The blood brings melanin with it. The tingle factors range from 1 to 30+ with some tanning lotion manufacturers and others use words like hot, hotter, hottest, max reddening. The higher the number is, the more intense the tingling. We do not sell or support the use of tingle lotions.

Essential for a deep wholesome tan is moisturizer. The constant use of a moisturizer allows your skin to retain the tanned layers while subsequent layers are added. This combination of multiple layers is how your tan continues to darken with future tanning sessions.

Indoor tanning lotions are not recommended for outdoor tanning since they do not contain SPF. You will have no sun protection outdoors. Likewise, outdoor tanning lotions are not recommended for indoor use, as they will inhibit the tanning process and leave a film on tanning beds.

Getting The Best Value On Tanning Products

Many lotion distributors and salons have on-going sales or offer coupon discounts on their products. The way they do this is by marking up the original price of the product, or making their products with inferior ingredients, then discounting them or offering free shipping, buy one-get one, or some other incentives. For instance, the manufacturer or salon may set the retail price of a lotion at $80.00, then give you 50% off. At $40.00, this may seem like a really great deal. In reality, the lotion may not even be worth $10.00.

In 1994, we decided to manufacture our own products because of the lack of quality ingredients used in tanning products. The lotions' were not preparing the skin properly and some of our salon customers were getting breakouts or allergic reactions. The quality has improved somewhat, but we still find that our products produce better results for our salon and internet customers than that of other products on the market.

Thanks to our great chemist, we were able to make a product using expensive "top grade" ingredients and price them reasonably. By selling the products directly to our salon and internet customers, and not through a distribution network, we have been able to keep the pricing under control. Typically, a manufacturer sells to a distributor, who sells to a salon and then to a client. If this were the case with our TanStuff or CoolStuff, for instance, the retail price to you would be from $50.00 to $70.00 per bottle. By direct selling, we are able to maintain low prices for all of our products (under $30.00). We are also able to give you about 9 ounces of product, as opposed to the 8 ounces you get from other tanning products. Learn More...
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