Tanning FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions
about Indoor Tanning




Q: Why tan indoors?

A: We know that outdoors, we are exposed to a wide range of the sun’s UV light, including the most intense rays. Indoor tanning systems do NOT utilize these potentially harmful rays. Tanning indoors also eliminates many environmental factors that are present outdoors, allowing us to carefully control each client’s UV exposure and reduce the risk of sunburn. The design of the tanning systems allows the UV light to reach all parts of your body for an even tan.




Q: Why do we hear tanning is bad?

A: Tanning can cause skin cancer, but only if you are not a “smart tanner.” At Cafe Soleil we teach our customers to be “smart tanners.” When you get a sunburn, you are damaging your skin cells and then when you tan on top of that burn you are mutating those cells. This can lead to the begining of skin cancer.

As long as you avoid burning and never tan on top of a burn you are at minimal risk of developing skin cancer from tanning indoors. Reseach has also shown that because indoor tanning creates Vitamin D in your body, regular tanners are up to 70% less likely to develop breast cancer.

Cafe Soleil also accepts donations toward Vitamin D and Breast Cancer research.




Q: If I always sunburn outside, can I get tan indoors?

A: It may actually be easier for you to get the color you want (brown, not red!) by tanning indoors. To keep you from burning, Cafe Soleil’s tanning consultants will start your sessions with a short exposure time, and increase it very gradually. However, if you NEVER tan outdoors, you are unlikely to tan from tanning lamps. If you decide to tan indoors, you want to start off in a conventional sunbed at a low exposure time in order to build up your tan without burning or damaging your skin cells.




Q: How long does it take to get a tan?

A: While everyone is different, most people will notice results after just one tanning session, but it may take a few weeks of regular tanning (at least three times a week) to get the color you are looking for. If you want to develop a base tan before going on a sunny vacation, you will want to start tanning about three or four weeks before you go.




Q: Why does a tan fade?

A: Cells in the deeper epidermis layers of the skin are constantly reproducing and pushing older cells upward toward the top layer, where they are sloughed off in about one month. As your skin replaces its cells, the cells laden with melanin (the pigment that produces a tan) are lost. So, the tanning process must continue with the new cells, and therefore, a tan can be maintained only by repeated UV exposures.




Q: Does redness indicate a better tan?

A: Some people think that if they don’t see a slight redness after tanning that they “didn’t get anything.” The truth is that any amount of redness is actually an indication of sunburn (or erythema) – your skin’s worst enemy.




Q: How often can I tan?

A: You can tan only once in a 24-hour period; pigmentation (tan) and/or erythema (sunburn) may not be fully visible for between 12-24 hours. Thus, two tanning sessions within a 24-hour period could cause an unintentional burn.

You can achieve excellent results with three or four sessions per week, and maintain your tan with two or three sessions per week. Of course, everyone tans differently, and your daily skin care regimen will affect the life of your tan.




Q: What is an “upgrade” bed?

A: The term “upgrade” refers to tanning systems that employ more lamps (often with special facial tanners) and generally require shorter exposure times than a standard tanning system.

Once you’ve achieved a base tan in our standard sunbeds, we recommend that you tan in our upgrade sunbeds at the next highest tanning level each time, repeating the cycle with increased exposure times. This process will force your skin cells to continue to produce and release pigment, allowing you to gradually achieve a darker tan.

We offer many upgrade sunbeds, depending upon the type of membership you have. Call or visit us for details.



If you have other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us