Build the Perfect Base Tan

If you’re new to tanning at Sun Tan City, have no fear, your pal Vicki is here to help you navigate through your first few visits as you build a base tan.

First, be sure to drop by a local Sun Tan City tanning salon. All of our locations can be found on our website at Upon your arrival, one of our highly trained Tanning Consultants will have you fill out some paperwork that helps us determine your skin type.

Once you are finished with that part of the process, be sure to tell the Tanning Consultant when more about your vacation or event. That way, they can determine when you need to have your base tan ready for action!  Also, tell them a bit about your lifestyle and budget so they can make some recommendations to match your tanning goals.

For most skin types, a few tanning sessions will be required for your skin’s melanin to develop. We will always recommend your exposure time to build gradually. For instance, our Fast level sunbed is typically 20 minutes. With this bed, we would recommend a very short tanning time for you so you do not burn and so that we can be sure your skin’s melanin develops properly. Another important reminder about tanning with us is you can only tan once every 24 hours.

Some tanning tips and tricks to follow throughout your tanning journey are to always exfoliate before your tanning session and always use one of our tan extenders after every sunbed visit. If you use a Sunless tanning booth, there are other guidelines to follow. Be sure to ask your Tanning Consultant for more details if you are interested in Sunless options.

Another thing to consider would be what to wear while you tan. Some clients do not feel comfortable in their birthday suits, so they wear swimsuits; this is perfectly acceptable and up to your discretion. Before entering the sunbed, be sure to consult with the Tanning Consultant on positions you can lay or stand in to be sure to get a nice, even tan.

Last but not least, always wear your eyewear. The FDA requires eye protection to be worn while utilizing any sunbed. We do sell temporary (one-time use) sticker eyewear or you can purchase goggles, which can be used multiple times.

If you have any additional questions about tanning at Sun Tan City, please be sure to send it to us by posting on our Facebook page or by tweeting us.

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