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Responsible Tanning



Like so many things in life, moderation is the key to enjoying your tan. Rather than having you shy away from the sun, and rather than baking yourself recklessly in its rays, at HeatWave Tanning we encourage you to consider tanning responsibly.

There are both benefits and risks associated with sun exposure. Moderate sun exposure, for individuals who can tan, is the smartest way to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks of either too much or too little sun exposure.

More than anything, a "Responsible Tan" is a comprehensive concept of sun safety, with an eye on living a practical life. Whether frolicking on the beaches in July or tanning in our salon in December, "Responsible Tanning" involves considering easy and reasonable preventive steps to care for your skin.

If you remember nothing else, remember this cardinal rule of tanning. Sunburn is the enemy associated with permanent skin damage. It occurs when tiny blood vessels in your skin burst from getting too much sun exposure. Many people falsely assume that sunburns will eventually "fade" into tans. This is not so. Sunburn is an injury on top of your tanned skin.

Our staff is trained to do everything in their power to help you tan moderately and minimize your risk of getting burned.

Before sunbathing or sun bedding, learn your "skin type." Does your skin burn after playing volleyball for only an hour in the afternoon sun? Or do your friends consider you lucky because you can lounge on the beach for hours at a time with no fear of getting sunburned?

By knowing your skin type, we can determine the best tanning schedule for you. There are six distinct skin types; each reacts differently to sun exposure. Fill out our Skin Type Analysis form to help verify your skin type.

Wear appropriate full-spectrum sun screens even if you already have a tan. Remember, you can still tan while wearing sunblock, and you can still sunburn if you have a tan!

You also should wear hats whenever possible while outdoors, particularly if you have a receding hairline or thinning hair. The top of the head is especially sensitive to sunburn.

Young children should be especially careful outdoors. Their young skin, which is still developing, is vulnerable to damage caused by sunburn. In fact, studies show that most of the sunburn damage to your skin occurs before your 18th birthday.  Never burn.  Red or Pink isn't part of the tanning process.  

Eyelids are not sufficient protection from ultraviolet light, whether you are tanning outdoors or indoors. Over time, UV light can damage the eyes, causing retinal burns, cataracts, even night blindness and color vision loss.

Outdoors, you should use sunglasses that block ultraviolet A and B rays. When tanning indoors, always wear the FDA approved goggles.  We have many different styles to chose from.

If you are taking any medications, please check with your doctor or pharmacist about it's photosensitivity. Please let our staff members know before tanning. Some common medications can cause reactions with UV light, making your skin more sensitive.


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