Tanning FAQs

Why should I tan?

Aside from achieving beautifully tanned skin on the outside, tanning has many other benefits. Exposure to ultraviolet light in controlled quantities is the best way for your body to produce vitamin D. Vitamin D is an essential ingredient in the prevention of ailments such as bone disease and psoriasis. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium for strong bones and a healthy immune system! Exposure even helps in the prevention of colon or breast cancer…and a base tans helps to prevent accidental sunburn! People who are exposed to more hours of sunlight have shown to be happier and healthier.

Does tanning help control depression?

Light therapy is now frequently used to successfully treat Seasonal Affective Disorder. Studies have shown that some people need more light exposure in order to function properly and lead a satisfying life. Light exposure causes the brain to suppress the release of the hormone melatonin, which acts as a depressant in the body if produced during the day.

What do indoor tanning lotions do?

Moisturized skin tans better, more quickly, and more evenly! Indoor tanning lotions containing accelerators and/or bronzers help you to get the most out of each tanning session by boosting your tan and preparing your skin each time for UV light. If you are looking to jumpstart your tan, try an accelerator. Where as bronzers give you a little boost of color to help you achieve your results even faster! There are many different lotions available for you to use! Hands down, lotions will help you tan faster, deeper, darker, and longer!

Can I use outdoor tanning lotions when tanning indoors?

No! Please be aware that outdoor tanning lotions, tanning oils, and generic indoor tanning lotions contain a large amount of mineral oil. Mineral oil is a byproduct from manufacturing gasoline and interferes with the body’s ability to eliminate toxins. It promotes premature aging and acne. It also destroys our acrylics and strips your tan. Brew-Zilian Tanning wants you to protect your skin and also protect our acrylics!

How long will it take for my tan to show?

You have two phases that occur during your tanning process. The first one is IPD, or our immediate pigment darkening. The IPD is color you will see immediately. Than there is the Delayed Tanning phase, which will darken for up to 72 hours.

How do I make my tan last?

Use a high quality tan extender made for post-tanning to keep skin supple and soft. Your skin is always rejuvenating itself by shedding old top layer skin to expose new skin underneath. Dry skin sheds faster and takes your tan with it. Dry skin also reflects light rather than absorbing, which not only hinders your tanning process, but makes you look less tan than you are.

How long should I wait between tans?

According to state regulations, all tanners Must allow at least 24 hours between sessions. Please follow a schedule based on the recommendations of the FDA and your Tanning Consultant. You should Never tan more than once in 24 hour period.

Is tanning harmful to a tattoo?

Yes!  We recommend using a SPF 30 and covering completely a newly applied tattoo for the first 2-3 months after getting it. After that you can continue to use a SPF 30 or higher on the area to shield it from the UV exposure and prevent any fading.

Should I  use protective eyewear?


The Federal Regulations requires that tanners use protective eyewear that block 99,9% of UVB light and 99% of UVA light. Eyelids are too thin to protect your eyes from UV rays. Exposed eyes can lead to cataracts, bad night vision, loss of color perception, macular degeneration, and pterygium. The area around the eye is very sensitive and can easily burn and must be protected by wearing your eyewear. Please remember to sanitize your eyewear regulary and replace them every 6 months.

Can I wear my contact lenses while tanning?

Problems have developed in the past with contact lenses sticking to the eyes while tanning. The primary reason for this is demoisturization. Your whole body naturally loses moisture during the tanning process, including your eyes. If you are going to tan with your contacts in, it is recommended that you not only wear protective eye wear, but use moisturizing drops prior to or just after the tanning session to prevent any discomfort.

Do medications affect my tan?

Some photosensitizing medications can cause you to become less tolerant of UV exposure, greatly increasing your risk of burning. Many medications warn of any indoor or outdoor tanning when you use them. Please consult your doctor any time you are starting a new medication, asking about it photosensitive side effects.

Can indoor tanning cure acne or eczema?

Phototherapy, using exposure of UV light as a treatment, has been used in the treatment of skin problems such as acne and eczema. You should consult your doctor or dermatologist before tanning as skin therapy. Many medications used to treat both acne and eczema renders the skin ultra-sensitive to UV light, so be cautious if medicated when you tan.

Should I tan before I go on vacation?

The best way to prepare yourself for vacation is to gradually expose yourself to UV light. The Tanning Consultants can help you with a slow and gradual exposure schedule to help you build a base tan. Remember that burning defeats the purpose of tanning and causes the most damage to your skin.