Sunlight is absolutely essential to all life on earth. For humans, there are various reasons, both biological and psychological, why exposure to light is desirable. In addition, many people believe they look better with a tan. Thus, having a tan may provide a psychological uplift for some. Plus, numerous studies show that tanning is an excellent source of vitamin D; however, remember that as a salon owner it is inappropriate to make direct health claims about indoor tanning or to suggest that there are no risks associated with UV exposure from any source.
Normally, a person develops a tan from indoor UV sessions only as well as he/she is able to tan outdoors. Yet, fair-skinned people who generally cannot tolerate the uncontrolled rays of the natural sun can often achieve some color by tanning indoors. This can be attributed to a different spectral output as well as exposures that are carefully timed in the controlled salon environment. Skin type, heredity, and individual photo-sensitivities determine who will tan effectively indoors. If one burns rather than tans even with short outdoor exposures, it is unlikely that indoor tanning will produce results. Not all people should try to develop a suntan.
Whether received indoors or outdoors, all UV exposures should be gradual and moderate. For the tanning salon operator, it is necessary to determine each customer’s skin type and strictly follow the corresponding recommended exposure schedule. More information on the risks and benefits of UV exposure can be obtained from suppliers of indoor tanning systems and from professional salon operator training programs.
As for how often one should enjoy indoor tanning session, current Food and Drug Administration guidelines suggest that a 48-hour time interval should pass between UV sessions. Pigmentation and/or erythema (sunburn) may not be fully visible for 12- 24 hours. Thus, two tanning sessions within this 24-hour period could cause an unintended burn. In general, maximum pigmentation can be built up gradually, following the sunbed manufacturer’s recommended exposure schedule, in eight to ten sessions.
Should an indoor tanner experience an adverse reaction after a session, exposures should be discontinued until the condition disappears. If the symptoms do not disappear within a reasonable amount of time, the tanner should be directed to consult a physician.
Each indoor tanner must bear responsibility for his/her own tanning priorities. It is the obligation of those in the retail tanning business to provide enough information to salon customers to enable them to make an informed decision. When in doubt, the equipment operator should exercise prudence, caution and good judgment when giving advice on tanning practices.
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