HOW TO

UV tanning

UVA (Ultra Violet Alpha) and UVB (Ultra Violet Beta) rays are emitted from the tanning bulbs in different proportions, depending on the type of UV booth selected (HT42, HT54, HT60 or High Pressure).

These rays are invisible and penetrate through the layers of your skin into your cells.

The UVB rays (a.k.a. building rays) initiate the tanning process by stimulating those cells to start producing melanin. The amount of UVB rays emitted from the tanning bulbs is controlled by using different filters and exposure schedules. Overexposure to those rays can cause a sunburn.

Depending on your skin type and genetics, building up the right amount of melanin can take time. Once you have build a base tan, you can start using UV tanning booths that emit more of the UVA rays (a.k.a. bronzing rays), which react with proteins in your skin and the melanin reservoir you have generated, to produce a dark pigment, known to us as a tan.

Darkening of the skin occurs in two stages. The first one is immediate pigment darkening (IPD) that is apparent immediately after exposure to UVA rays. It is the immediate darkening you notice after you exit the booth and it can last for a few hours or a few days, depending on your skin type or the amount of melanin already present on the surface of your skin. The second one is called Delayed tanning and is induced mostly by UVB rays; it involves the gradual melanin production process in the skin described above. It is the Delayed tanning that give you this gorgeous tan that lasts!

The Ideal Way To Tan

Expose your skin GRADUALLY to UV rays.

Start off with less time and expose your skin to UV rays gradually. You will prevent a burn, which is an injury to the skin. The skin will actually respond better and will achieve a tan faster if you expose your skin to UV light in moderation and on a consistent basis.

The level of the machine and the exposure time you should start off with is based on your skin type as well whether you have a base tan. If you have fair skin and do not have a base tan, it is recommended you start off with HT42, which has more of the UV building rays (UVB) that stimulate melanin production in your skin cells that will build your tan. It is recommended you tan every other day. However, you should allow at very least 24 hours in between session, which is the minimum time required to see how your skin reacts. Please note that if you burn easily on the sun and you have never been able to achieve a tan, you should not tan in an UV booth. A spray tan is a better option for you.

Alternate between low pressure booths
(HT42, HT54, HT60) and high pressure booths.

Once you have built your base tan, use a combination of UVA and UVB tanning booths to achieve the best results possible. The HT42 is the booth that provides the most UVA rays (8%). It is the booth that we most often use to build your base tan. By alternating between the HT42 booth and the other booths, you make sure that your melanin levels are at their highest possible amount. The HT54 and HT60 booths generate only 2% of the UVB rays, making those booths mostly a bronzing-type of booths. The HT60 is the most powerful booth that will provide a tan the quickest.

With those two booths, your tan will develop mainly on the outer layer of your skin, which will give you immediate results, but also will also fade much more quickly due to the body's natural exfoliation process. Nonetheless, your tan will last much longer than a tan from the sun, since the low amount of UVB rays ensures that your skin does not get as dry. With the High Pressure booth, it takes one to two sessions more to develop a tan than with the HT60 booth, but the tan will last significantly longer than tanning in a low pressure booth alone. Alternating between Low Pressure and High Pressure booths, will produce the most optimal tan possible: a darker and a deeper tan that lasts!

eye protection

The use of eye protection is required by law. Repeated exposure to UV light without eye protection can lead to brunescent cataracts or even blindness.

Closing the eyes is not enough because the eye-lid is too thin to sufficiently block out the UV light.

There are two forms of eye protection:
- Re-usable plastic goggles
- One-use winkies.

Both give complete protection from the harmful UV light.

Recommendation

Eye protection may not be shared.
Sharing of eye protection can spread various
forms of viruses that can affect the eyes.

Instant tanning

Dihydroxyacetone, or DHA, an extract of sugar cane, is the active ingredient that gives you that smooth, bronze, beautiful tan in just a few hours. DHA reacts with proteins on the surface of your skin to produce a brown, golden coloration. How dark you tan really depends on the individual's skin type and the condition of the skin. It is important to note that what works on one person may not necessarily look the same on another.

Pre-Tan Prep

You should shave or wax the day before your spray tan.
You should arrive at the salon for your spray tan with clean, exfoliated skin. Exfoliation is the key to getting an even, all-over tan that will last. Use a non-oil based scrub or exfoliant.
You should avoid using any lotions, make-up or deodorants immediately before your spray tan that may act as a barrier and prevent even application.
It is recommended you have nail polish on before your spray tan to prevent your nails and toenails from staining.
Prepare loose fitting clothing, preferably dark, to put on after you spray. Avoid cloths with any kind of elastics or straps. Those will make the spray tan rub off your skin. Flip flops or sandals are also a good idea to avoid sock lines.

-We recommend using a Pre-Tan Base lotion, especially if you have naturally dry skin, to improve your results and extend the life of your spray tan. The use of a Pre-Tan Base lotion is particularly advisable for dry patches of skin or thick skinned areas such as knees, elbows, and knuckles.

spray tan experience

Follow the instructions given by your Hollywood Tans & Spa consultant. Mystic Tan® uses a voice-guided system to help you in the application process. You should remove all jewelry before entering the spray tan booth. You should pay special attention to areas such as toenails, fingernails and palms both before and after your session.

You should tie your hair and use the shower cup provided to you to prevent your hair from staining (especially if your hair is color treated or if you have blonde or white hair). It is recommended you use a hair band to secure loose hair strands. Make sure that the hair cup is slightly above your hairline and behind your ears. It is recommended to keep your undergarments during the spray tan application process. We offer disposable bikinis against a small charge for your convenience. The use of disposable sandals is recommended to avoid the skin under your feet getting dark. The use of a bras or sports bras is not recommended after the spray tan has been applied

You will feel a little sticky and wet after the spray tan has been applied. This is normal! Use the towel provided to you and pat dry any excess solution. Always start from the bottom and move your way up. Make sure you do not cross contaminate your towel with the inhibiting cream you have applied on your hands and feet. For best results, use another towel to first remove the cream from your hands and feet.

The spray tan has a slight odor to it. This is normal! It just means your tan is developing. However, we reccomend that you add a scent to your solution to off-set this odor.

Do not touch your skin, do not rub any excess lotion in your hands. If you do, make sure you wash the inside of your hands, or your palms will turn brown as the rest of your skin.

If you added a bronzer to your solution, beware that some of it may end up on your cloths. However, it will wash off from most fabrics. It is recommended to avoid wearing silk, spandex, rayon, and nylon clothing.

post-tan care

You should avoid showering, getting wet or sweating for at least 6 to 12 hours if you used the original formula and 3 to 4 hours if you used an accelerator for the color to completely develop. Gently pat dry and never rub dry your skin after your shower.

Do not exfoliate or use soaps with exfoliant. You can re-start exfoliating only when your tan starts to fade away. This will prepare your skin for the next spray tan.
Keep shaving and waxing to a minimum, as those are also a form of exfoliating. If you have to shave, use a new and clean razor with a product that will keep your skin moisturized. Ask your Hollywood Tans & Spa consultants about the shaving lotions offered.
You should avoid using hard soaps or other products that are harsh on the skin and can make your tan fade away more quickly or make it blotchy.

Some examples include:
- Scented body washes and soaps;
- Depilatory hair removal creams;
- Toners containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide;
- Acne treatment products;
- Etc.
- We recommend using Sunless PRO TM Body Cleanser Daily Color Guard for best results.

You should avoid taking long hot showers or baths, swimming in a pool with chlorine, or using hot tubs, which could strip off your spray tan.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Hydrated skin will keep its tan for longer and make it fade more evenly.

- We recommend using SunlessPRO TM Post-Tan Moisturizer to prolong and protect your color.

- To enhance and extend the life of your spray tan, we also recommend using SunlessPROTM Bronzer. Ask your Hollywood Tans & Spa consultant for details.

- Do not forget that your spray tan does not protect you from the sun. Always use sun protection when out in the sun.

Mystic Tan®

STEP 1

Choose from three shades:

LUMINOUS LIGHT
Makes your skin 1 to 3 shades darker*

MAGICAL MEDIUM
Makes your skin 2 to 4 shades darker*

DAZZLING DARK
Makes your skin 3 to 5 shades darker*

*than your natural skin tone

STEP 2

Add Your Bronzer

Leave the booth with instant cosmetic color while an extended spray tan develops in 6 to 8 hours. All the bronzers are available in Single or Triple dosages.

Ask us which one is right for you!

STEP 3

Add Accelerator

Show off your tan in as little as 3 hours! Balances skin's pH levels to produce tan results in half the time. Helps hydrate and moisturize the skin, and because it is loaded with amino acids, it helps you achieve the most even tan possible.

STEP 4

ADD A SCENT

Add an aromatic experience to the Mystic Tan session, leaving skin with a light and refreshing fragrance.

Choose from:

- WARM VANILLA
- COCONUT LIME
- FRESH
- SPORT

IMPORTANT: The FDA recommends that you take the following measures to protect against ingestion or inhalation during your sunless sessions by using:
- Protective eyewear
- Nose filter
- Sealing lips with lip balm
- Protective undergarments

Ask your Hollywood Tans & Spa consultant for more details.

Alternate between low pressure booths
(HT42, HT54, HT60) and high pressure booths.

Once you have built your base tan, use a combination of UVA and UVB tanning booths to achieve the best results possible. The HT42 is the booth that provides the most UVA rays (8%). It is the booth that we most often use to build your base tan. By alternating between the HT42 booth and the other booths, you make sure that your melanin levels are at its highest possible amount. The HT54 and HT60 booths generate only 2% of the UVB rays, making those booths mostly a bronzing-type of booths. The HT60 is the most powerful booth that will provide a tan the quickest.

With those two booths, your tan will develop mainly on the outer layer of your skin, which will give you immediate results, but will also fade more quickly due to the body's natural exfoliation process. Nonetheless, your tan will last much longer than a tan from the sun, since the low amount of UVB rays ensures that your skin does not get as dry. With the High Pressure booth, it takes one to two sessions more to develop a tan than with the HT60 booth, but the tan will last significantly longer than tanning in a low pressure booth alone. Alternating between Low Pressure and High Pressure booths, will produce the most optimal tan possible: a darker and a deeper tan that lasts!

NeuroSpa®

The NeuroSpa® therapeutic device incorporates four different methods to stimulate your senses and deeply relax and energize you.

NEUROMUSCULAR STIMULATION
Neuromuscular stimulation consists of acoustical vibrations that travel through your nervous system. At first, you will feel the sensations in your lower back. As the session progresses, your sympathetic nervous system will unlock and connect with the NeuroSpa®.
These sensations initially reach problem areas of pain or tension and gradually travel through your entire body. Over repeated use, the harmful effects of accumulated stress, tension and chronic pain will be significantly reduced.
SYNCHRONIZED 3D SOUND ZONE

As your body experiences the pleasant sensations and effects of the Neuromuscular Stimulation,the experience is further enhanced by the amazing musical compositions of Stephen Angelini. Using sounds found in nature combined with an elaborate use of thematic development, Angelini weaves together a musical symphony that transforms the body and mind into a complete state of relaxation. Synchronized with the neuromuscular stimulation, each note and musical phase moves the emotions toward feelings of joy and well-being.

CHROMO LIGHT THERAPY

Chromotherapy uses light, in the form of color, to synchronize a visual experience with the auditory and tactile experience of the NeuroSpa®. Visual memory greatly enhances the body's ability to move into a deeper state of relaxation. In the NeuroSpa® technology, every musical note corresponds to a specific color. Each color is projected onto a canvas in the form of light. Colors change gently, transforming your visual memory and allowing your brain activity to slow down and move to a meditative state.

PAINTED CANVAS
Each painting uses a unique technique that allows light to react and transform, similar to the way in which nature and the outdoor environment reacts as natural daylight changes. Even when you close your eyes, your visual memory will retain the picture from the artistic canvas. Memories of stressful events that you saw during the day will be replaced with soothing thoughts.

The NeuroSpa® Modes

The NeuroSpa® therapeutic device can be used in different modes, depending on the results anticipated. Choose from:

- A 15-minute session to stimulate your senses;

- A 30-minute morning session to feel deeply energized and ready for the day ahead or;

- A 30-minute evening session to prepare yourself for sleep.


The 15-minute mode is recommended when you do not have much time, but need to de-stress and get this needed boost to get through the rest of the day. This mode also stimulates creativity.


The 30-minute morning mode is recommended for use in the morning to ensure the start of an invigorated stress free day. If you have some time during the day, the use of the 30-minute mode mid-day is recommended.


The 30-minute evening session, especially if you use it regularly, can help you cope with sleep problems. However, even one session will dramatically improve your sleep as you will feel deeply relaxed and ready to get your beauty sleep for the night.


Is there anything else you need to do before, during or after your session? Not really. Just come in and let us take care of you. We will recommend the mode that best suits your needs and then guide you to your chair. Now sit down, relax and immerse yourself in the world of NeuroSpa®.


Red Light Therapy

Red light therapy has potentially therapeutic effects. Regular and consistent use of our red light booths can help:
  • Improve common skin conditions such as rosacea and eczema

  • Minimize / diminish fine lines, wrinkles & deep furrows

  • Stimulate the regeneration of collagen & elastin

  • Firm, tighten, tone and increase skin's elasticity

  • Improve and restore skin clarity, texture and tone

  • Fade discoloration & age spots

  • Help irregular pigmentation

  • Reduce pore size & coarseness

  • Improve problem prone skin

  • Fade stretch marks & scars

  • Increase circulation to the skin

cocktail tanning

Hop in a UV booth prior to your sunless spray tan session and combine UV rays tanning and sunless tanning for even darker, deeper, longer lasting tan. Tan in an UV booth to induce the natural tanning process, warm your skin and open up your pores. Use the robe provided to you to go right into the Mystic Tan® booth.

This would the DHA solution from the spray tan to reach even deeper layers of your skin, making your spray tan last for longer. The use of a tanning lotion for your UV tanning session is not recommended as it will block the DHA solution from penetrating your skin. However, we recommend using a Pre-Tan Base lotion to get the best result.

Ask your Hollywood Tans & Spa consultant for details.

TEETH WHITENING

Your teeth's original shade prior to whitening is first measured and noted by your Hollywood Tans & Spa certified operator. Then you will be asked to clean your teeth with a SpaWhite wipe before applying the whitening gel. The whitening gel is pre-loaded in a mouthpiece that you need to place in your mouth, making sure that the foam pad is well secured and touches the front of your teeth.

Light is then placed against the front of the mouth piece for approximately 20 minutes. Finally, you will be given a Spa White Finishing Rinse to clean your teeth. Your teeth's shade will be measured again after the treatment. The SpaWhite procedure takes from 30 to 40 minutes depending on the desired results.

Products

Tanning Lotions

At Hollywood Tans & Spa, we offer a specialized line of indoor tanning lotions and specialty products. Made with the highest quality ingredients, Hollywood Tans lotions are instrumental in helping you achieve and maintain that perfect, customized tan.

What are the benefits of using a lotion?

HELPS YOU BUILD YOUR TAN FASTER: Hollywood Tans lotions are accelerators designed to increase the tanning potential by delivering essential vitamins and nutrients.

MAKES YOUR TAN LAST LONGER: Healthy, hydrated skin holds its tan longer.

MAKES YOUR TAN DARKER: Added bronzers boost color. Tingles help break through tanning plateaus.

PROTECTS YOUR SKIN: Herbal extracts, vitamins and super anti-oxidant help fight the damage caused by free radicals and help stop the process of aging.

3 Types of Lotions

BRONZERS

- Tan is darker and brown based

- Two types of bronzers: Natural bronzers and Delayed bronzers

- Natural bronzers use natural based extracts to provide immediate color to the skin that lasts one-to- two days

- Delayed bronzers use the self-tanning agent DHA and continue working after your session. The color typically lasts four-to- seven days and is seen two-to- four hours after application.

Click here for list of products available for purchase at Hollywood Tans & Spa

INTENSIFIERS

- Tan faster

- Intensifies already existing tan

- Gives a great jump start to a base tan

- Hydrates and nourishes the skin

Tingles

- Designed for advanced tanners;

- Very intense results. Can be described as warming or tingling sensation during tanning; and as reddening effect on the skin after tanning that lasts from a few minutes to a few hours;

- Not intended for sensitive skin or skin without a base tan;

- If skin needs cooling afterwards, an aloe based gel with lidocaine is recommended.

- When UV tanning with a lotion containing bronzers, either wash hands immediately after tanning or wipe excess lotion off palms using a towel or wet wipe.

Specialty Lotions

Lotions with a Coolant

Try one of our lotions with a coolant. These products contain special skin cooling ingredients like methanol that help counteract the heat of the tanning booth by drawing warmth away from the skin. You will know that these products are for you if you like to feel a cooling sensation on the skin during and immediately after tanning.

Facial Lotions

Facial lotions are specifically designed for facial application. They contain ingredients that will avoid clogging pores or causing breakouts.

Lotions for the Legs

Leg-specific lotions have been designed for those hard-to- tan body parts. They contain ingredients that help boost tanning potential in those areas.

Sunless Tanning Products

We offer various sunless products for our clients to purchase. Available as a mist or a lotion, our self-tanning bronzers will get the job done whether you want to use it for an all-over application, a touch up or an enhancement to an already beautiful base tan.

Ask your Hollywood Tans & Spa consultant for details.

Skin Care Essentials

Moisturizers

Moisturizers are essential to a good tan. A good moisturizer not only adds some moisture to your skin, but also some oils and vitamins, which keeps the skin soft and supple. Moist skin is healthy skin and healthy skin will tan better and more evenly than dry skin.

Shaving Lotions

Shaving lotions condition your skin while shaving. They also contain ingredients that minimize the exfoliating effects of shaving and protect your color.

Scrubs

Exfoliating your skin once a week will keep it soft and supple, which would ensure a more even tan. However, exfoliating too often will also shorten the life of your tan.

Miscellaneous

We want to make sure that all your concerns with tanning are addressed and you have the most of your experience. We offer a line of products specifically designed for tanning such as products to cover and protect your hair, nails, and face from the UV light as well as different flavors of lip balm to prevent your lips from drying out. Do not hesitate to talk to us, we sure will find a solution to your concern or question, whatever it might be.

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