HEATWAVE’S PERFECT TAN
Heatwave Tanning Salon has researched various products and offers
only the best, including products from Australian Gold, California Tan,
Designere Skin, Kardashian, Swedish Beauty and some others.
Our customers tell us what works best for them every day. We then expand
that line or simply discontinue it!
why should I buy lotions from Heatwave Tanning Salon?
Heatwave Tanning Salon is a professional salon that
sees tanners every day. We'll be happy to give you some information about
what works and why, and answer any other questions you may have about
tanning. We are trained and certified on indoor tanning so we can answer
many questions for you and help you obtain the best tan possible in the
shortest amount of time.
lotions by itself give you some dark amazon tan...probably not?
But the proper lotions, proper techniques and proper
exposure WILL get you there as fast as possible. We are not some huge
wholesale outlets with thousands of employees. We are a smaller, locally
owned facility that offers great products, a professional atmosphere and really
do know what we're talking about. Let us help you.
Indoor and Outdoor tanning lotions are a necessary part of effective
tanning that can help reduce and undesirable side effects associated with
UV exposure. The moisture and additives present in professional tanning
lotions help reduce wrinkling, drying of the skin, and premature aging of
the skin and burning and assist your skin to produce that dark tan
everyone craves. The old saying, "You get what you pay for" is
very true when it comes to tanning lotions. Store brands,
"generic" or "no name" brands of lotions typically do
not include ingredients that will produce a quality tan or the protection
from the unwanted rays that produce many unwanted side effects.
By the way, the rumor that "I burn first then it turns
into a tan" is absolutely false!
Any burn is damaging your skin. An educated, professional salon will not
let your exposure time be long enough to burn you. If they do, find
another salon. Heatwave Tanning Salon and all it's staff are certified by
a national tanning association to help you get that tan you want as
quickly and as safely as possible. Professional indoor tanning facilities
know to apply enough exposure to tan you slowly but will not burn you. BE
PATIENT! If the salon is professional, has good equipment and proper
maintenance; most people will tan to the best of their ability.
Enough about us, here is a
few hints about tanning!
Moisture, Moisture, Moisture!
This is KEY to tanning effectively! Always use a quality tanning lotion
when tanning indoors or outdoors. After tanning, immediately apply a good
tan extender lotion (or in a pinch a quality hand or body lotion will do).
This will not only allow you to tan AFTER you are out of the sun (yes this
does happen) but it will help keep your tan from fading between exposures
as well! You can loose up to 50%
of your tanning potential from not moisturizing properly.
Lotions- YES they are important! ITS 42% OF YOUR TAN!!
The first step in lotion is typically called an Accelerator.
This step allows great initial tanning but assumes you do not have a dark
base tan already. It will accelerate your tan to a point, but will keep
most people from getting the deepest tan possible, or to plateau. Please
remember though that this is a necessary step to help you build a BASE TAN
so you do not burn
The steps that follow typically are designated as
step 2, 3, 4 and so on and assume that you have a base tan. You should
always progress through these lotions in sequence. Depending on your skin
type you may be able to skip some steps but be careful. These higher steps
of lotion are designed to maximize your exposure to the UV rays. If you
jump too far you may set yourself up to burn. Again, burning is BAD!
I've been amazed lately the people coming in and
telling us that "salon XYZ told me I didn't need to use lotion, that
I'm wasting my money." Think about it...Why did they change from that
salon to ours? Perhaps they weren't getting tan enough...Hmmm. I think
there is some coincidence here. Don't try to cheap out. We see tanners who
are very dark every day. You'll see excellent, upper level (and yes more
expensive) lotions in there bag every time. If you want a $2.99 tan, buy a
$2.99 bottle of lotion from Wal-Mart.
Healthy, moisturized skin is an essential element in
the development and maintenance of any tan, but even more so if you’re
doing your tanning indoors. If you allow your skin to dehydrate, the flaky
top cells of dry will actually reflect the tanning UV light from the sun
bed lamp away from you. Moist skin allows the full spectrum of light to
penetrate easily, allowing for as much as 30% deeper, darker and longer
Moisturizing daily keeps your skin soft and supple so
you achieve a better tan. Drinking lots of water also helps. While there
are innumerable lotions of varying quality and effectiveness on the market
those that are formulated specifically for use with tanning equipment are
the most recommended by professionals.
Studies have shown the use of lotion that accelerate
and/or amplify tanning have a positive effect on your body’s natural
tanning process. Tanning occurs when melanin production is stimulated by
either natural or manufactured UV light, but it can take several days
after exposure for the tan to fully develop visually. Lotion, when
properly chosen and applied, can speed up the tan process and make the
color last longer.
Natural lotions primarily feature skin condition ingredients
that create and maintain a state for optimum tanning. These are
recommended for ALL tanners.
Effect Lotions contain
ingredients that produce specific sensations, essentially to speed the
tanning process and/or to recreate the look and feel of a natural tan.
These include “tinglers”(which stimulate oxidation in the skin for a
deeper, darker, quicker tan but tend to temporarily leave the skin red –
due to increased blood circulation to the skin- for up to two hours after
the session); “bronzers” (which can help even out tan while moisturizing); and
combination of both. Effect lotions require at least a base tan and are
not recommended for those with particularly light/fair skin.
Can I use my
indoor lotion outdoors - or outdoor lotion indoors?
Yes and No. You can use any indoor lotion outdoors but not the other way
around. Indoor lotions provide great additives that will produce great
results but be careful not to over do it! Indoor lotions do not have any
SPF factor in them so your risk of burning due to overexposure will not
decrease. Outdoor lotions may not be used in tanning units in general, and
they won't allow your tan to develop well either.
Simply put, WEAR IT! No, sunglasses won't do. Use eyewear approved for indoor tanning. The best ones are goggle types that
completely cover your eyes. Contacts should be removed before tanning as
well. Your eyes will dry out from tanning and so will your contacts, which
can be quite uncomfortable.
How often should I tan?
Typically the best exposure schedule to gain a tan is approximately 3
times per week. Depending on your desired tan level it could be less but
in general should not be more. Tanning too often dries your skin and can
actually cause you to tan less per session or in extreme cases even go
backwards. So don't be tempted to over do it. Most people can maintain
their tan in about 6 sessions per month (evenly spread out), after they
have achieved their desired level of tan. Everyone is different so adjust
this according to your type of skin.
What do the different exposure times do for me?
First, you should only tan enough to receive a very small amount of pink color in tender areas that goes away in a
couple of hours. If it does not go away quickly or is sensitive to touch,
this area has burned. Burning is bad and does not enhance your tan.
This exposure time depends on the person and may be 6 minutes or 20
minutes. It also depends on the power of the unit. For the record, the
units with a lower max time are MORE powerful. If you go in a 20-minute
unit for 20 min, then go in a 10-minute unit for 10 min, you just received
the same exposure of light! It only took you half as long as before...and
your time is valuable, right? So this is a HUGE benefit to you, the tanner
if you do it’s for the same price, right? These shorter units cost a LOT
more money to buy and operate
and will cost YOU more money for the same exposure.
As far as wanting "the max" exposure the first time you
tan for the season, don't do it. Typically, if you can do this without
burning, you either have a very dark complexion, or the units are not kept
up. If a 95 pound man and a 430-pound man go to an "all you can eat
buffet" they do not eat the same quantity of food. It's the same with
tanning. Your maximum amount of time is the best amount for YOU, no matter
how many minutes it is. So don't over do it. If it's 7 minutes or 12
minutes, this is the right amount for you to tan you most effectively.
Lastly, use common sense.
If you feel too hot get out of the light! Above all look for a
professional salon to ask questions. They should be able to help you tan
as effectively as possible and it should be a pleasant experience for you!