F.A.Q.:

Learn why sunless tanning is the smart choice

  1. What do your contract and other agreements look like?
        - Our agreements are available online for your convenience, just click on the buttons below to download them in PDF format.
    Membership Form

    EFT Contract

    EFT Freeze

  2. Does exposure to the sun &/or UV tanning beds cause skin cancer?
        - While it is true that ultraviolet light is believed to be linked to skin cancer, no one understands exactly HOW it is linked. Additionally, since humans require ultraviolet light to survive, broad statements made about the negative effects of sun or other UV exposure should be scrutinized. In fact, other factors such as: heredity, diet and repeated sunburn at a young age are probably the biggest risk factors for skin cancer. Further dispelling this myth is the fact that individuals with type 1 skin (those who can't develop a tan) have the highest rate of cancer. This supports the more probable theory that it is actually sunburn and not mere sun exposure which is the contributing factor in skin cancer. A 1995 study in the International Journal of Cancer reported that individuals who followed a low-fat diet had 90 percent fewer skin cancers. Although the whole picture is not known with absolute certainty, it is clear that sun exposure is not the only factor in this disease and is likely not even to be the primary factor.

  3. Is tanning the smart thing to do?
        - Absolutely. In fact, it could certainly be said much more accurately that totally avoiding the sun is dangerous. The benefits of regular sun exposure far outweigh the risk of overexposure, which easily can be minimized by merely avoiding sunburn. Research shows that regular, moderate sun exposure might actually decrease your risk of getting breast, colon, prostate and ovarian cancers as well as osteoporosis or even Alzheimer's disease. If you're a women, you are 69 times more likely to die of breast cancer than skin cancer. And the vitamin D you receive from ultraviolet light, which cannot be replaced in your diet, may inhibit the formation of internal tumors, including breast cancer.

  4. I heard that there is an epidemic of skin cancer today related to tanning beds. Is there any truth to this?
        - Simply put, No. An epidemic is defined as an event that happens suddenly and affects more than half of a group of people. The truth with skin cancer is that skin cancer rates have been steadily rising worldwide since the early 1900's, clearly long before the tanning bed was even invented!

  5. Is there any chance I could get AIDS, herpes, or other STD's from using a tanning bed?
        - No way. In fact, it is impossible. The HIV virus dies upon exposure to oxygen and would not survive on a tanning bed. What's more, the U.S. Center for Disease Control says the odds of contracting any virus from tanning beds are "extremely remote." Besides, professional tanning salons sanitize tanning equipment before every tanning session. There is absolutely no risk of getting a disease from a tanning bed.

  6. Is tanning indoors with a tanning bed riskier than tanning outdoors under natural sunlight?
        - Absolutely not. When tanning indoors on a tanning bed you are exposed to a scientifically controlled dosage of ultraviolet (UV) light which has been carefully and scientifically formulated to tan you with minimal risk of sunburn. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has established exposure times for tanning units and these guidelines are clearly marked on each machine. That kind of control is virtually impossible outdoors, where variables such as season, time of day, location, geography, weather conditions, altitude and the ozone layer make sunburn much more likely. Because of the risk of sunburn which causes skin damage, it is actually smarter and safer to tan indoors under a controlled environment.

  7. Is indoor tanning popular? I heard that it is not as popular as it used to be
        - More than 28 million Americans currently tan indoors on a regular basis. That number increases steadily year after year. More and more people are tanning for control, convenience, speed and pure enjoyment of tanning in a salon. The truth of the matter is that indoor tanning is more popular than ever!

  8. I see you sell indoor tanning lotions. Why should I use tanning lotion indoors where the risk of sunburn is so minimal anyway?
        - Indoor tanning lotions are also known as "accelerators." These specially forulated indoor tanning lotions add nutrients your body needs to produce melanin. Our line of top quality professional salon grade accelerators contain vitamin A, C, E, and botanicals that moisturize and increase blood flow, thus increasing oxygenation of melanin cells to help speed up the tanning process. UV rays reflect off of dry skin, the moisturizers in tanning accelerators help you absorb UV rays for better results. By using indoor tanning lotions you will tan about twice as fast and keep your tan twice as long.

  9. What is the difference between low pressure tanning beds and high pressure tanning beds?
        - Low pressure beds emit both UVA & UVB at a low energy level. Low pressure tanning beds will give more of a red tone tan, and you'll need to maintain it more often. High pressure units generate UVC, UVB, & UVA, but by means of a sophisticated filtering system, only UVA is emitted during a tanning session. It will take fewer sessions with a high pressure unit it to build a golden tan and to keep it.

  10. Can the UV rays produced by a tanning bed penetrate through the skin and cause "frying" or other damage to internal organs?
        - Although this is a popular myth, it is simply that - a myth or "urban legend". Ultraviolet light waves cannot penetrate so deeply to affect the body's tissues and organs. Ultraviolet rays are not the same as X-rays or heat rays and therefore, have different effects on the body. Overexposure might result in a sunburn, but it will not effect internal organs. This is simply not true at all.

  11. What types of tanning products do you sell or recommend??
        - VersaTan proudly offers only the most upscale, high quality tanning and skin care products created by MR International. MRI only supplies high end spas and salons that are extensively trained on all of the scientifically advanced components that go into these products. Our staff can confidently match you with a tanning specific lotion that is ideal for your skin type and needs. Not only will MR International lotions take your tanning to the next level with patented melanin producing technologies, but will also elevate your skin care regimen to new heights by treating your skin to the most sophisticated anti-aging and skin-conditioning ingredients on the market. MRI leads the pack when it comes to fully utilizing the latest breakthroughs in melanocyte energizers, antioxidants, anti-aging elements, and overall skin cell health. VersaTan exclusively supplies the area with MR International, you can not find it anywhere else in the state! You deserve the best, you deserve MR International.

Spray Tanning F.A.Q.

  1. Do you offer spray tanning?
        - Certainly. We have a VersaSpa automated spray tanning booth in our 24 hour tanning salon that can be used per session or with an unlimited spray tan package.

  2. What is Airbrush Tanning?
        - Airbrush Tanning is a unique process of applying tanning solution to your body using an airbrush. The solution goes on smoothly and evenly with no streaking. The process is applied by hand to your body by a trained technician.

  3. What Type of Solution is Used?
        - VersaTan Mobile uses the newest developments in spray solutions. The primary bronzing ingredient is DHA (Dihidroxyacetone), approved by the FDA for cosmetic use. It is the same ingredient that is used in most self-tanners. However, the quality of the DHA in our solution is of the finest freshness and quality. There are wonderful skin nourishment ingredients added to our solutions as well. We use a tinted solution that is only temporary. You will have immediate color but the tint will wash away when your spray tan has truly developed.

  4. What Do I Need to do to Prepare for My Tan?
        - Please shower & shave. Do not apply deodorant or makeup prior to the tan. Make sure you have loose clothing to wear afterward. If your skin sort of rough or thick, it is a good idea to exfoliate one or two days before the tan is applied. If your skin is thin and very tight/smooth, it might be a good idea to avoid exfoliating those areas. If you do exfoliate, it is important to use a water-based exfoliator (like our Body Polish) because an oil-based exfoliator will interfere with your tan. For 1-2 days prior, avoid waxing areas that are going to be spray tanned. Also, Dove, Curel, deodorants, and products with alpha hydroxy have been known to negatively affect results.

  5. What Do I Need to do After My Tan?
        - Do not shower for at least 5 hours afterward. Take warm showers (not hot), and moisturize twice daily. Please contact versaTan for information on tan extending lotions and touch-up mists. If you will be using hot-tubs, swimming pools, or shaving we highly advise you to use our tan extending products.

  6. How Long Will My Tan Last?
        - Your tan should last for 5-9 days but can last up to two weeks. It is important to take care of your skin. Using tan extenders and gentle cleansing products truly works to reduce fading. The solution we use is longer lasting than most and our tans generally last longer than others.

  7. What do I Wear for My Tan?
        - We advise you to wear dark colored bathing suit or underwear. You may also use our disposable undergarments provided at the time of service at no extra charge. Women have the option of tanning in the nude, but we ask that men wear some type of swimsuit or underwear.

  8. Can I Airbrush Tan if I have any Health Conditions?
        - The FDA has deemed DHA safe for use topically, and we have seen no complications with spray tanning and pregnancies. However, VersaTan suggests speaking to your doctor about this if you are unsure. Also, clients that are diabetic or if you have ever had a negative reaction to any type of self-tanning product should consult with your doctor

Tanning Tips from Versatan

A tan is your body's natural protection against sunburn. To help protect you and keep you looking your best, we have some general tanning tips for you:

  • Never tan more than once in a 24-hour period. This is to comply with bed manufacturers' warning labels and FDA recommendations.
  • Always wear approved eyewear during every tanning session
  • Be sure to use one of our approved indoor tanning lotions
  • Never us baby oil or outdoor tanning lotions, they are less effective and can damage the beds
  • Using the right skincare products can increase your tanning results by up to 40%
  • Moisture is the key to a healthy-looking tan! Lotions specifically formulated for indoor use prepare your skin for UV exposure and reduce the drying effects of the tanning process. They also contain ingredients that promote the production of melanin in your skin, and special vitamins that keep your skin healthy. Versatan carries a variety of lotions and moisturizers specifically designed for indoor tanners at every level
  • If you plan to tan in the nude, you should expose sensitive areas of your body gradually during your tanning sessions to avoid sunburn
  • Your lips produce very little melanin and are prone to UV-overexposure, so you should always protect them with a sunscreen. SPF lip balms are available at Versatan. Many products we all use every day - such as makeup and perfume - contain ingredients that can make your skin more susceptible to sunburn (photosensitive). Common prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications can also cause photosensitizing reactions. Our tanning consultants have a list of such medications for your review