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(651) 501-3684

7093 10th Street North
Oakdale, MN 55128

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Frequently Asked Questions

Tanning Benefits

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.

Age Requirements

In the state of Minnesota you must be at least 18 years of age to tan.

Eye Protection

Ultraviolet tanning rays (UVA and UVB) are harmful to your eyes. Eyelids are too thin to provide adequate protection against injury. FDA approved goggles are provided and must be worn. Goggles are also available for purchase.


Allow a minimum of 24 hours between tanning sessions. Tanning professionals recommend waiting 48 to 72 hours, the span of time necessary for your skin to recover from UV exposure, and to create melanin and a tan.

Tanning Plateau

After tanning for a while, you may reach a point where you don't seem to be getting any darker. That's why we offer equipment with different outputs and features. Ask our trained staff which system is best for you according to your tanning routine and needs.

Clean skin

Your skin should be clean before tanning, free of dirt, makeup, grease, etc. You tan much better when you're clean.


Your skin is constantly exposed to the elements: wind, sun, water, heat, cold - all drying your skin, causing your skin to flake off, and there goes your tan as well. Moisturizing is the key to a long-lasting tan. Also, dry skin tends to reflect UV-light, thus decreasing your tanning potential. For best results, use an indoor tanning lotion just prior to tanning and a good moisturizer immediately after tanning.

Tanning Accelerators

Your body makes use of many ingredients in addition to UV-light to produce a tan. Indoor tanning accelerators are designed to provide you with a balanced amount of these essential ingredients to achieve a better tan. You will tan faster and darker if you use an indoor tanning lotion. You will damage your skin if you do not. Tanning without a tanning lotion depletes the skin of moisture. Your tan will last longer and look healthier if you use an indoor tanning lotion. Many advanced products also contain skin care components that help reverse the damaging effects of UV-light and improve the condition of your skin. Since these products are comprised of many essential vitamins, extreme temperatures can cause them to lose their effectiveness. For best results, keep your tanning accelerators at room temperature.

Outdoor Lotions and Oils

Outdoor tanning products are made to address the specific needs of tanning outdoors (uncontrolled conditions). These products can cause a film on tanning bed acrylics and actually inhibit your body from tanning. Outdoor tanning products are NOT allowed in our salons.

Lip Protection

Lips cannot produce melanin, and are not capable of tanning. Protect your lips with lip balm containing sunblock.

Nude Tanning

Be cautious when tanning in the nude, especially if these areas have not been previously exposed to the sun or indoor tanning. For the first few visits, cover these areas for at least ½ of the length of your session allowing these "sensitive areas" to tan gradually.


Some medications can cause a reaction to UV light. Check with your physician or pharmacist if you have any questions about your particular prescription. A list of Photosensitive Drugs is available at each salon.


You must consult your physician regarding tanning while pregnant. There is no danger from UV exposure (it does not penetrate past the surface of your skin); however pregnant women are advised to be careful with the use of saunas, hot tubs and other activities that can cause excessive heat to build up in the uterus.

Dermatitis Therapy

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.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Treatment

Light therapy is now frequently used to successfully treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). 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.

Maintaining an even tan

We recommend using different equipment to help you maintain that all over even tan. If you enjoy relaxing in the lay-downs, try tanning with your arms above your head to even out the underarm whiteness that can appear.


Frequent tanning may help to fade a tattoo. 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.