FAQs

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Do I really need eye protection?

Yes.  This is a Federal law.  Be safe and protect your eyes.  We supply goggles.

Is there an age requirement to tan?

Yes.  You must be 18 or older to use our tanning equipment.

If I buy a tanning package at one location can I use it at the other locations?

Yes.  Your tanning package is valid at any Captain Video and Tanning location.

How does teeth whitening work?

Compliment your tan with a natural bright smile.  Whiter teeth in 20 minutes with no sensitivity.  Our teeth whitening process is the same as that used in many dental offices.  We provide a special kit that includes a small mouthpiece and a simple mint-flavored application that works with our UV lamps.  We will show you how to use the kit during your tanning session.  It is very simple and easy to use.

What should I wear when tanning?

Most people tan nude to prevent tan lines.  Some people wear a swimsuit.  The choice is yours.  Keep this in mind: skin that is NOT regularly exposed to UV light (sunlight) is more sensitive.  Build your tan slowly for these sensitive areas.  You may wish to cover these areas during part of your tanning session.  Also, all clothing worn during tanning must be free of any metal that could scratch your skin or the tanning bed.

How do I tan faster or darker?

Lotion is the key to a faster and darker tan.  Speak with one of our staff to see which product will best fit your needs.  Consider purchasing samples to try out different products.

Which lotion should I use?

Lotions moisturize your skin and moisturized skin tans better, quicker, and even.  Some indoor tanning lotions are formulated to achieve specific results.  Use an accelerator to jump-start your tan.  Use a bronzer for a boost of color to get faster results.    Our lotions are formulated for a variety of skin types. Talk to our staff to find the perfect lotion for you.

Should I use a tanning lotion?

YES!  Dry skin reflects up to 50% of the UV.  It takes about 5-7 minutes of UV exposure for your skin to start creating its own natural oils.  Do the math – without lotion you are wasting a lot of your tanning session!  Lotion also helps return moisture to your skin which is even more important in the colder months.  Use a tanning lotion to tan faster in fewer sessions.

Does tanning lotion go bad?

Sometimes.  The key factors to the “shelf life” of your tanning lotion (how long it remains effective) are the preservatives in the lotion and the temperature of the lotion.  Higher quality preservatives – not higher quantities – determine the life of your lotions.  Also, extreme hot or cold temperatures  reduce the effectiveness of your lotion and cause them to separate, change color, or begin to smell.  Keep your tanning lotion at room temperature.  Do not leave your lotion in your car.

How do I make my tan last longer?

Moisturize!  Your body naturally sheds the outer layer of old skin (the tanned skin) to expose the newer skin underneath.  This causes your tan to fade.  Dry skin sheds faster and also tans slower as it reflects UV light.  Moist skin sheds slower and tans faster.  Moisturized skin makes your tan last longer.

Do medications affect my tan?

Yes – some medications cause greater sensitivity to UV exposure.  Ask your doctor, dermatologist, or other professional about the photosensitive side effects of your medication.

Does indoor tanning cure acne or other skin disorders?

UV light exposure is sometimes used in the treatment of skin problems such as acne and excema.  Ask your doctor, dermatologist, or other professional before tanning as skin therapy.

Is indoor tanning smarter than outdoor tanning?

Yes!  You control your exposure with indoor tanning.  Outdoor tanning exposes your skin to more factors – the strength of the sun’s UV rays and wind.

How do I avoid white spots?

Not moving during the tanning session (sleeping in the bed) may cause white spots or pressure points.  We recommend you move around in the bed – reposition your body for the best overall tanning results.

Will tanning affect my tattoo?

Frequent tanning may fade your tattoo.  We recommend completely covering a new tattoo for up to three months.  Then use a SPF30 or higher to shield your tattoo from UV exposure to prevent fading caused by tanning.

Does indoor tanning increase my Vitamin D?

We get most of our Vitamin D from UVB exposure.  UVB is the narrow band of UV generated by strong sunlight and most tanning lamps.  Although the lamps are man-made, your body still creates Vitamin D the way nature intended – through exposing your skin to UVB.  During a typical tanning session, your body generates as much Vitamin D as from drinking 100 glasses of milk.

Why tan – isn’t tanning harmful?

Light is essential to all life on earth.  Scientific research is showing that 10 – 15 minutes of sunlight per day is necessary for people to function effectively.  Light exposure has many health benefits, including production of Vitamin D, decreased risks of breast and colon cancer, and reduced risk of sunburn.  Plus, people who are exposed to bright light feel happier, and prevents depression.

When should I get my Spray Tan?

If you are being sprayed for a special event, it is advised that you have a spray done weeks in advance to be sure the results are exactly what you want on your special day.  All sprays should be done at least 24 hours prior to any event to allow your tan to fully develop.

Will a spray tan protect me from the sun?

No, there is no SPF or protection from a sunless tan.

How do I prepare for a sunless tanning visit?

Exfoliate your skin the day before to remove dead skin cells.  Best results occur when exfoliation is done several hours prior to your spray session.

Avoid wearing makeup, perfumes, lotions, oils, deodorants or any product on the skin.  Your skin MUST be completely clean and dry for the best results.

Shave or wax at least 8 hours before your session to minimize irritation.

What do I do after my spray tan?

Wait 6 hours before showering, sweating or coming into contact with water.

After your tan, wear loose fitting clothing for 6-8 hours.  Tight clothing will rub your tan uneven.  MOISTURIZE!  This is the most important step in maximizing your tan.  You can nearly double the life of your tan by using a quality bronzing moisturizer morning and evening after your first shower.

Wash Carefully.  Use a gentle, moisturizing body wash product.  Pat your skin dry, don’t rub.

Avoid Exfoliating.  Any hard scrubbing or exfoliation will remove or lighten the tan.

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