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Published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, The Boston University Research Team, including Vitamin D guru Dr.Michael F. Holick, showed that subjects who used a tanning bed had a 90% higher Vitamin D levels and significantly higher bone mineral density compared with non-tanners.

“Since some exposure to sunlight is beneficial to your health, it is reasonable that if you wish to be exposed to sunlight, that you can do so with relative safety if you make sure you do not develop a sunburn.”

Dr. Michael F Holick
Research Dermatologist and Photobiologist
Boston University School of Medicine


Going on a date, special function, wedding, prom, vacation, just some summer fun?

More and more people are turning to tanning salons; for convenience, speed, control and the relaxation they provide. No one can argue that the “sun-kissed” look directly communicates our type of lifestyle. It is the look that inspires inner confidence – a tan is linked to how we view ourselves and how others view us as well; makes us look good and feel great.


Light is essential to all life on earth.

There are various physiological and psychological reasons why exposure to light is desirable and necessary. The sun has always been mans constant companion, in essence those terraces and sun solariums from years ago were the equivalent of todays tanning salons – so tanning is by no means a new fad. There is constant growing evidence, showing people actually need light exposure to function effectively. Light exposure produces various health benefits such as the very necessary production of Vitamin D3 for the prevention of bone density (such as osteoporosis).

People who are exposed to more light generally feel happier and enjoy life more. So don’t worry, your sun shines here every day!!!


All our employees are very knowledgeable about the equipment, products, and the science of indoor tanning. Our staff is required to be Smart Tan Certified.

International Smart Tan Network Basic Operator Certification has been the benchmark for professional indoor tanning training since 1991 with the highest qualification standards in the industry. Recognized nationwide, and approved throughout Canada and the US that require training, the Smart Tan Certification program is updated annually, and is internationally identified as an excellent resource.

The knowledge that every tanning operator needs is included:

  • The Science Of Tanning
  • Tanning History
  • Ultraviolet Light & Health
  • Minimizing The Health Risks Of Tanning
  • Indoor Tanning Equipment
  • Tanning Laws
  • Salon Professionalism
  • Sanitation Protocol and many more


UVA – known as the tan triggering ray; it is primarily responsible for darkening the pigment in our skin. UVA is less energetic than UVB, so exposure to UVA will not result in a burn, unless the skin is photo-sensitized or excessive doses are used. UVA penetrates more deeply into the skin than UVB due to its lower wavelength. Most tanning bulbs have a high UVA output, with a small percentage of UVB.

UVB – sometimes called the burning or browning ray; it is the primary cause of sunburn when we are exposed to excess sunlight. However, UVB also initiates beneficial responses, such as stimulating the production of vitamin D3, which is necessary to help our bodies absorb calcium and which also helps to repair damaged skin cells. In addition, UVB stimulates special skin cells called melanocytes to produce melanin, which becomes additional protective pigment. Therefore UVB in careful doses increases our pigmentation and as a result increases the sun protector factor (SPF) of our natural skin. UVB does not penetrate deeply into the skin; the darker or more tanned the skin, the less UVB penetrates.

UVC – is the most energetic of all the UV bands and will burn human skin in extremely small doses over short periods. However, it is completely blocked by the ozone layer, and does not appear in any tanning bulbs.

Vitamin D is “The Sunshine Vitamin”

For more than 750 million years, living organisms on Earth have manufactured vitamin D when exposed to sunlight. No other vitamin is produced that way. That’s why Vitamin D is known as “The Sunshine Vitamin” and most sunbeds, just like sunlight, emit enough UVB light to trigger natural vitamin D production in your skin.

While indoor tanning is a cosmetic service, an undeniable side effect of this service is that indoor tanning clients manufacture sufficient levels of vitamin D. In fact, one single UV tanning session can create as much vitamin D as 100 glasses of milk.

Dr. Reinhold Vieth from Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto said this about sunlight and tanning beds in a court affidavit; “sunbeds and summer sunshine are effective means by which to increase our serum 25(OH)D levels. The advantage of a tanning bed is that exposure to UV light can be controlled more precisely than casual sun exposure and thus can be safer than advising the public to guess at their own sun exposure from sunlight.”

While you may be able to tan outside and make vitamin D from sunlight, and while vitamin D supplements are another option, you should know that most people who tan in equipment that emits UVB will also make vitamin D. There are also thousands of resources available for you to learn more about vitamin D. Here’s a few to get you started:

• What Is Vitamin D?
• Do Sunbeds Make Vitamin D?


Know Your Skin!

Tanning is not a one-size-fits all. Getting a beautiful UV tan means something different for everyone. That’s because the amount of UV exposure needed to acquire a tan is different for a fair-skinned red-head than it would be for a central European with an olive complexion.

Smart Tan certified professional sunbed salons understand this. That’s why tanning professionals are trained to get you the appropriate amount of UV exposure while minimizing your risk of sunburn. Your smart tanning regimen begins with determining your particular skin type.

The fairest skin type – known as Skin Type 1 – cannot suntan and should not use UV tanning equipment (See UV-Free spray tanning). But darker skin types can develop suntans. For those who can develop suntans, our Smart Tan system gradually acclimates you to UV exposure based on your skin type.

Skin Type Identification:

Skin type 1: You have light features and are very sensitive to light. You always burn and cannot tan. Professional tanning salons will not allow you to tan.

Skin type 2: You have light features, are sensitive to light and usually burn. However, you can tan lightly. Developing a tan at a professional tanning salon will be a very gradual process.

Skin type 3: You have a normal sensitivity to light. You do burn on occasion, but you can tan moderately. Developing a tan at a professional salon will be a gradual process.

Skin type 4: Your skin is tolerant of sunlight, so you seldom burn and can tan moderately. You will be able to develop a tan relatively quickly at a professional tanning salon.

Skin type 5: You have naturally dark skin and features. You can develop a dark tan, and you rarely burn. You will be able to develop a tan quickly at a professional tanning salon.

Skin type 6: Your skin is black. You rarely sunburn and have an extreme tolerance to sunlight. Tanning will have little to no effect on the colour of your skin.


TANNING: Nature’s Sunscreen

The primary goal of every trained tanning professional is to teach sunburn prevention to every client. Building a gradual suntan actually creates two different forms of natural protection against sunburn:

Melanin pigment is produced in outer skin cells after being exposed to sunlight. Melanin literally enshrouds and shields skin cells in the epidermis, protecting each cell from getting too much UV exposure.

After sun exposure, Extra keratin migrates to the surface of the skin, thickening it, which makes the skin naturally more resistant to sunburn.

These two steps combine to create a powerful natural sunscreen that doesn’t wash off quickly. One benefit of indoor tanning is that trained operators can give a tanner controlled UV exposure to gradually develop this sunscreen – often called a “base tan” – while minimizing the risk of sunburn.

The value of a base tan, as millions of sunbed users know, is that it adds another layer to your sunburn protection arsenal – making sunscreen lotions worn outdoors for outings on sunny days even more effective at preventing sunburn. Here’s how that works:

The effectiveness of chemical sunscreen products are measured in what is called “Sun Protection Factor” (or SPF). An SPF 15 product means a user can spend 15 times longer in the sun while wearing sunscreen before they would sunburn; if applied correctly.

Say, for example, a sunbed user begins tanning under the direction of a trained salon operator following the exposure schedule of that piece of equipment. After about a month, that tanner may gradually start to develop a nice base-tan and works his/her way up to the maximum session time. At this point, he/she becomes naturally more resilient to sunburn than when they first started tanning. (BC Health Ministry Report 2012)
When someone with a base tan uses sunscreen outdoors, they essentially multiply the sunburn-prevention effectiveness of the sunscreen.

That’s the reason so many indoor tanning clients come to salons in the spring prior to summer or sunny vacations. In sunny environments many fair-skinned people can sunburn during normal outdoor activities even while wearing chemical sunscreen. But with a base tan their chemical sunscreen becomes more effective and they are much less likely to sunburn.

For more information, visit www.TanAwareness.com.

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