Tips & FAQs

General Tips

Be aware of any areas of your skin that do not see much sunlight as they are more sensitive to UV light.

Use a moisturizer after tanning to help hydrate your skin and prolong your tan.

Remove all make-up, perfumes, and colognes.

Cover tattoos with a SPF.

Maximize your tan with a tanning lotion.

Always wear FDA approved eye protection.

Protect your lips by wearing lip balm.

Be sure to check the medication list for any photosensitive medication(s).

Avoid Sunburn.

Gradually expose your skin to UV light and schedules according to your skin type.

Be sure to apply tanning lotion prior to tanning to increase your tan up to 40% faster and make your tan last up to 40% longer.


How old do you have to be to tan at a tanning salon?
Indiana recently changed the law regarding the age to use tanning equipment in a salon. No one 15 years of age or younger is permitted to use any AV tanning device. The State Board of Health requires anyone under the age of 18 to have a parent or legal guardian present and must give consent to the tanning salon. Anyone under the age of 16 must have a parent or legal guardian present at each visit to the tanning salon.

Do I have to wear eye protection?
Yes, it is required by law to wear eye protection. Your eyelids are not thick enough to protect your eyes from UV damage. A Total Tan provides disposable or personal eye protection.

How do I build a base tan?
Everyone’s skin type varies…..the average person takes 7-10 tans to build a base tan. Moderation is the key…….gradually increase your time in small increments (about 1-2 minutes). Tanning lotions also will help keep your skin hydrated. (Moist skin absorbs light, while dry skin reflects lights)

Should I use a tanning lotion?
We suggest using tanning lotions before and after tanning. Tanning lotions help you tan 40% faster and prolong your tan up to 40% longer. Using tanning lotions help keep your skin hydrated and looking healthy.

If I don’t tan in the sun, will I be able to tan in a tanning bed?
No, you will not be able to tan in a tanning bed if you don’t tan in the sun. However, we do suggest our UV free Mystic Tan. (please check locations for Mystic Tan availability)

Do I need to make an appointment?
No, all of our salons have anywhere from 33 to 58 tanning units, therefore no appointment is needed.

Can I tan if I am pregnant?
We recommend consulting with your physician before proceeding with any of our tanning units.

How often do you change your tanning bulbs?
We change our tanning bulbs once they reach 50% of the maximum capacity. Changing our bulbs this soon will maximize the best results for your best tan.

Can I transfer my sessions to another location?
Certainly, however we ask that you transfer at least 3 or more session or the remaining amount of sessions left. (sessions will be created at equal value at new location)

What should I wear in a tanning bed?
You can wear (or not wear) whatever you feel comfortable in.

Is it ok to sunburn?
You want to avoid sun burning. It is important that you gradually increase your time to maximize your tanning capabilities.

How long does it take to get a tan?
Please see one of our tanning team members as all skins types are different and we want to provide you with the best ways to achieve your best tan.

How often should I tan?
With the many different types of tanning units and skin types we ask that you speak with one of our tanning team members on how often you should tan.

Why do some people itch after tanning?
The main reason why someone would itch is due to lack of moisture in the skin. Using a daily moisturizer will replenish the moisture in your skin.

Should I take my contacts out before tanning?
We suggest that you remove your contacts prior to tanning to avoid any dry discomfort.

Should I take my make-up off before tanning?
Yes, some make-ups contain SPF that could essentially block tanning rays.

Is it necessary to cover my tattoo prior to tanning?
We suggest covering all tattoos prior to tanning with an SPF to avoid fading.

Is it ok to shower after my tanning session?
Yes, showering after your tanning session will have no effect on your skin.

Does a hotter bed tan you better?
No, we rotate the use of our beds equally therefore, all of our beds (depending on type) are all the same. You will get the same tan out of each tanning unit.

If you have any other questions, please ask an associate at any of our salons