Q. What is the age requirement to tan?
A. Only those who are 18 or older are allowed to use UV tanning beds in NYS regardless of parental permission. While there are no specific age regulations regarding spray tanning, Cabanabay recommends only those 15 and up spray tan and would prefer parental permission under the age of 18.
Q. Do I need an appointment to tan?
A. While no appointments are required and walk-ins are welcome we know that those using our UV Free services can best be served with proper preparation.
Q. I burn easily, but I do tan, will I burn in the tanning bed?
A. NOT SUNBURNING IS A NUMBER ONE PRIORITY AT CABANABAY TANNING FOLLOWED BY NOT OVERTANNING. Every client is given an evaluation to determine the amount of time to be spent in the tanning unit, to be increased as you go on. Tanning is your skin’s natural defense mechanism against burning. Burning can lead to premature aging, drying, wrinkles and other health problems and should be avoided. Our motto is to Tan Responsibly
Q. Can I tan if I am pregnant?
A. There are medical reports to debate this question. Sun rays, including those in tanning units do not penetrate deeper than a fingernail, some doctors do not feel it to be “safe” during pregnancy. For this reason, our policy is we’d rather be safe than sorry so we will gladly freeze or extend your package to accommodate those expecting! We also offer the UV Free Treatments that are great for everyone, including those who are pregnant!
Q. Is eye protection required to tan?
A. YES! YES! and YES! FDA and NYS Health Department regulations require all tanners to use federally approved eyewear while tanning indoors. Personal eyewear may be purchased at a nominal charge. If you ever tan at a salon that doesn’t provide eyewear, or require you to purchase eyewear prior to tanning, you should find a salon that follows federal laws and cares enough about their clients’ eyes to ensure that all the proper precautions are taken.
Q. Can I tan in the tanning beds and have UV Free Treatments done?
A. YES! Most of the tanning lotions made today contain DHA, which is the active ingredient in the UV Free solution. Having a UV Free Treatment done and then using the tanning bed will yield excellent results because the UV Free Treatment will get the DHA solution evenly over your entire body, (extremely hard to do this by yourself) and will definitely take your tan to a level it has never been before!
Q. Why can’t I use an outdoor lotion in the tanning bed?
A. Outdoor lotions contain certain oils, etc. that can break down and crack the acrylic on the tanning beds causing the transparency to be compromised and lessen results. Indoor tanning lotions are the only lotions that may be used in our tanning units.
Q. What are the beds cleaned with to insure proper sanitization? Do I have to clean my bed after I tan?
A. Beds are cleaned with an FDA approved cleaning solution to insure sanitization between each client. Cleanliness is very important to us. We are meticulous about keeping the beds clean for our clients. Each bed is cleaned by our professionally trained staff after each client.
Q. I am trying to get tan for a vacation, wedding, formal, etc. How much time prior to my event do I need to start tanning to make sure that I have a good tan?
A. Everyone skin tans at a different rate. We recommend coming in at least one month prior to be evaluated to determine how much time will be needed to get you the results that you want. Remember, we also offer the UV Free Treatments, which are great if you are not a year-round tanner, and only need to be dark for this specific event.
Q. Do I need tanning lotion?
A. Using a tanning lotion will help your skin prepare for an intense amount of sunlight in a relatively short amount of time. We carry lotions with bronzers, self-acting bronzers, tingle, cooling, and hypo-allergenic- ask our expert staff which will be best for you.
Q. Why can’t I tan for the maximum time allowed in a bed/booth?
Managing exposure time is the most crucial aspect of sun tanning. The risks associated with overexposure (sun burn) far outweigh the perceived benefit of a deep dark tan after the pink fades. Factors such as your skin type (fair, dark, etc.) and your individual tanning history will affect the maximum exposure time recommended for you. Remember, avoiding overexposure is crucial when tanning!