Is tanning safe?

Each tanning bed is regulated by the FDA and rated for maximum exposure time. CBD Tanning employees are National Tanning Training Institute certified to recommend the most responsible way to get your desired result.

Always keep in mind the Golden Rule of Smart Tanning: Never burn. Sunburn does not turn into tan.

How does UV Tanning work?


Two types of light rays are emitted by the sun and UV tanning equipment that work together to get you tan.

UVA rays are mainly browning rays that turn the melanin in your skin from pink to brown. UV-A rays penetrate a little deeper into the skin than UV-B rays, are less likely to burn you, and take a few hours longer to produce their full result.

UV-B are the “activation rays” that stimulate your skin’s melanocyte cells to bring more melanin to the surface. UV-B rays penetrate less deeply, provide a slightly quicker effect, and add a natural glow to skin color.

While top equipment provides higher UV-A percentages, a little UV-B is important to maximize your tan.

Can I tan if I am pregnant?

In short, we can not recommend tanning while you are pregnant. 

What do I wear while I am tanning?

 In the privacy of an indoor tanning room, most people choose to tan nude in order to prevent tan lines. Remember, skin that is not regularly exposed to UV light will be more sensitive, and you may need to build a tan slowly in these areas of your body. Expose these areas to less than half the tanning time of the rest of your body by covering them up during your tanning session. Some people choose to wear the swimsuit they would wear at the beach. This is fine too, but make sure the suit is free of any metal that could scratch your skin or the bed.

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. There are many different lotions available for you to use. Talk to one of our certified tanning specialists to find the perfect lotion for you. 

How do I make my tan last?

Moisturize! Use a high-quality moisturizer 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 actually are.  

Can I use outdoor oils or lotions when tanning indoors?

In a word: No. Outdoor tanning oils or lotions contain an SPF ingredient that will inhibit your tan. They also contain ingredients that will cause a film to form on the acrylic surface while you tan, blocking rays from getting to your skin. There is no need for an SPF while indoor tanning because it is a controlled environment. Your tanning professional will assist you with setting the right tanning times to prevent overexposure.   

How often can I tan?

 We recommend that you tan a couple times per week with a 48-hour period before you tan again.

Is tanning harmful to a tattoo?

Frequent tanning may help to fade a tattoo, so we recommend completely covering a new tattoo for the first 2-3 months. After that you can use an SPF 30 or higher to shield it from UV exposure and prevent any fading. 

How old do I have to be to tan?

 You must be 18 years of age or older to tan by law.

Why do I need to use protective eyewear?

 The area around your eyes does not tan and needs complete protection from UV exposure.  You MUST wear federally approved eyewear, obtainable at the salon, every time you tan. We will provide you with a disposable one-time pair for if you forget to bring yours. 

Why are my legs/body not getting darker?

 The lights in stand-up tanning beds are stronger than lay down beds. However, your legs carry less melanin than other parts of your body. Additionally, the skin on your legs is thicker which makes it harder to tan them as quickly. They will darken more with repeated tanning sessions.

It takes at least 6 tanning sessions to build a base tan. Using different pre-tanning lotions and switching up  tanning beds can help also. Additionally, using a tan extending moisturizer after tanning and showering will help. Wait a few hours after tanning to shower as your skin is tanning for hours after using our beds.

Do medications affect my tan?

  Some photosensitizing medications can cause you to become less tolerant of UV exposure, thereby increasing your risk of overexposure. Some medications warn against any indoor or outdoor tanning - always consult your doctor with respect to any medication you are taking.  

Can tanning cure my eczema?

Phototherapy, using exposure of UV light as a treatment, has been used in the treatment of skin problems such as acne and eczema. However, medications used to treat both acme and eczema can render the skin ultra-sensitive to UV light, so consult your doctor or dermatologist before tanning as skin therapy. 

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.