Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to use a lotion when I tan?

Yes! UV light bounces off of dry skin. If you do not use a lotion, it will take 6-7 minutes for the UV light to begin tanning your skin. If you use a lotion, the UV light will begin tanning your skin within 30 seconds! We carry only the finest tanning and moisturizing lotions to help you achieve your best possible tan. All of our tanning lotions begin as a skin care product, then the tanning ingredients are added. You will keep your skin healthy, moisturized and have an amazing tan when you use a lotion. Let us help you find the perfect lotion for your skin type.

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What does red light therapy do?

Red Light Therapy:
Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
Stimulates collagen
Firms up skin for a younger look and feel
Eliminates acne
Effective treatment for eczema and psoriasis
Energizes skin cells
Reduces pore size
Evens out skin pigmentation
Diminishes freckles and age spots
Reduces scars and stretch marks
Normalizes dry skin by restoring moisture to the skin
Kills bacteria on the skin for clearer skin
Reduces headaches, pain and inflamation
Increases circulation
Aids in depression

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How does red light therapy work?

Red and near infrared light penetrates soft tissue further than visible light to stimulate tissue deep below the skin’s surface. The effective wavelength region is believed to be 620-1000 nm. These wavelengths stimulate the basic energy processes in the mitochondria of each cell. Wavelength sensitive constituents, Chromophores and Cytochromes, inside the mitochondria are activated when exposed to red and near infrared light. Processes such as fibroblast proliferation and synthesis of collagen are stimulated. Would healing and other positive musculoskeletal effects have been reported.

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What is the 4 tans for $3.00?

The 4 tans for $3.00 is a new client special. If you have never tanned at one of our TAN'R YOU tanning salons, you can take advantage of this new client special. You will try each of our levels 1 - 4 which are all low pressure tanning beds. This allows you to see the difference in our levels of tanning and decide which level you enjoy tanning in the best. You have 14 days to use these 4 tans. You also will receive 15% off lotion bottles and 10% off a tanning package if you purchase them before you use your 4th tan.

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Do I get Vitamin D from tanning?

UV light is the main source of Vitamin D for humans. UV light causes the skin to create pre-vitamin D, which, in turn, makes Vitamin D that is necessary for good health, bone formation and repair, and the absorption of calcium and phosphorous in the body. The presence of Vitamin D in the body can decrease the risks of developing breast, colon, prostrate and ovarian cancers!

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Why do some people notice many white spots after getting a tan?

What is tinea versicolor?
Tinea versicolor (say "TIH-nee-uh VER-sih-kuh-ler") is a fungal infection caused by the yeast Malassezia furfur. This yeast is normally found on human skin and only becomes troublesome under certain circumstances, such as a warm and humid environment. It causes many small, flat spots on the skin. The spots can be flaky or mildly itchy. The many small spots may blend into large patchy areas, usually on the oily parts of the upper body like the chest and back. The spots can be either lighter or darker than the skin around them. In people with dark skin tones, pigmentary changes such as hypopigmentation (loss of color) are common, while in those with lighter skin color, hyperpigmentation (increase in skin color) are more common.

What causes tinea versicolor?
Tinea versicolor is caused by a fungus. This fungus lives all around us, including on the skin. Normally, everyday washing and showering removes dead skin and fungi (more than one fungus). But in hot and humid weather, such as during the summer or in tropical areas, fungi may grow more rapidly. As these fungi grow in number, their natural balance on the skin is affected, the normal color of the skin changes, and spots appear. Tanning will make the condition more obvious. People with oily skin, especially teens and young adults, are more likely to get tinea versicolor. Tinea versicolor usually is less likely to occur as you age, when the skin becomes less oily. It does not spread from person to person. Other things that increase your chance of getting tinea versicolor include having an impaired immune system, which cam occur during pregnancy or some form of illness and using certain medicines, such as corticosteroids, antibiotics or birth control pills.

How is it treated?
The infection is easily treated with skin creams, shampoos, or solutions. But not everyone chooses to get treatment. If the infection is severe or if it covers large areas of your body, returns often, or does not get better with skin care, your doctor may prescribe antifungal pills. Antifungal pills cannot be taken by some people, especially those with liver or heart problems. You may have blood tests so your doctor can check to make sure your kidneys and liver are working okay. Treatment kills the fungi quickly, but it can take months for the spots to disappear and for your skin color to return to normal. Although it is easily treated, the infection often returns within 1 to 2 years.

Can tinea versicolor be prevented?
To prevent tinea versicolor from returning, use skin creams, shampoos, or solutions at least once a month. Ask your doctor if you should use them more often. Some doctors believe fungi that remain in clothing may cause the infection to return. Normal washing and cleaning is usually effective in removing fungi from clothes. But for persistent tinea versicolor, you may need to dry-clean your clothes or wash them in the hottest possible water.

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How often do I need to tan to maintain my tan?

The number of times you need to tan to maintain your color depends on which level you are tanning in, the lotion you use, and how well your skin tans. The average person usually tans 2-3 times per week to maintain their color. See your TAN'R YOU Consultant for your own personal recommended tanning regimen.

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How does the Cabana Mist UV-Free tanning booth work?

A fine mist of DHA (Dihydroxyacetone) is sprayed onto the skin as a self-tanning agent. It does not produce a "real tan" by increasing skin melanin levels, but it can create the tan appearance by way of the development of a brown skin coloring. The action of DHA is limited to the upper layer of the skin and involves a reaction between DHA and skin proteins. The development of color takes anywhere from 6 - 8 hours and the intensity is dependent on the formulation concentration of the DHA in the product. Most first-time customers are amazed at how natural and attractive the resulting tan is. Spray tans generally last around 10-14 days depending on your individual body chemistry and other factors like how often you shower, shave or exfoliate, each of which can remove some of your “tanned” skin cells.

At TAN'R YOU, we will give you very complete instructions on the steps to follow as you enter the Cabana Mist room. The morning of your Cabana Mist, we suggest you shower, shave, exfoliate and moisturize to achieve the best possible results.

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Do I need an appointment to tan at TAN'R YOU?

No. We have 15 UV beds and 1 UV-free spray on tanning booth. No appointments are needed and the last tan begins at close. Feel free to make an appointment on our Level 5 - Matrix bed, Level 3 - stand up and our UV-Free Cabana Mist tanning booth.

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Does tanning help treat depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Southeastern Wisconsin averages 90 sunny days per year. There exists a growing collection of scientific evidence which indicates that some people actually require more light exposure in order to function properly. Exposure to bright light, such as that emitted by the mid-day summer sun, causes the brain to suppress the release of the hormone melatonin. Melatonin acts as a depressant in the body if generated during the daytime. Thus, when affected people are exposed to longer hours of bright light, they feel happier, euphoric and more able to enjoy life. Bright light sources emitting only visible light, are now frequently used to successfully treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Sub-syndromal Seasonal Affective Disorder (SSAD).

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Is TAN'R YOU and TAN R US the same place?

Yes, we are commonly called TAN R US. Our salon name is TAN'R YOU, but we don't mind being called TAN R US.

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What beds are at TAN'R YOU?

All 3 TAN'R YOU salons have 4 levels of low pressure tanning and the high pressure tanning bed from Italy - the Matrix. All 3 salons also have a Red Light Therapy bed.

Germantown and West Bend both have the Spa Capsule - dry water massage bed and the Cabana Mist - spray on tanning booth.

Germantown has the Hydration Station - Deep skin conditioning, hydrating and detoxifying bed using vitamin enriched steam.

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Why should I "like" the TAN'R YOU facebook page.

You will get the inside scoop on what's happening at TAN'R YOU along with coupons and specials you can take advantage of. You will learn about the new lotions we will be carrying and what they will do for your tan.

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What is the minimum age to tan in a UV tanning bed?

Wisconsin State Law states that the minimum age to tan in a UV tanning bed is 16. You must bring in a valid Driver's License or a copy of your birth certificate. We are very strict in following this state law and if you do not have one of the above items, you will not be allowed to sign up at TAN'R YOU.

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