Bryanpark Shopping Centre
Grosvenor Road
Tel: (011) 463- 3441

Cnr. Beyers Naude & Castle Hill
Shop 68A, Upper Mall, Blackheath
Tel: (011) 478 2305

Entrance 17, Sandton City
Tel: (011) 784 1094/5

Monday - Friday 7am - 7pm
Saturday 7am - 3pm
Sunday & Public H 8am - 2pm

How does tanning work?

Sunbeds use UV or Ultraviolet light to tan your body. Since there are three types of UV light – UVA, UVB, and UVC – sunbeds are designed to use more levels of UVA with lower levels of UVB on your skin to promote the production of melanin, the pigment that makes you look tan even if you don’t spend time under actual sunlight. The most harmful form of UV light is the UVC which tanning beds filter out so that you only get the best forms of UV light.

Why does a tan disappear?

The tan or pigmentation process occurs in the epidermis, the top skin layer. The epidermis replaces all its skin cells every 28-30 days. Cells in the inner portion of the top skin layer divide themselves, migrate to the surface, and flake off. Skin cells contain melanin, and as a result of UV exposure rises to the surface and flake off as well. Therefore, a tan can be maintained only by repeated exposure to UV light.

Is tanning in a salon safe?

Yes! Tanning in a salon is safe, especially compared to being out in actual sunlight for prolonged periods of time. Since tanning beds filter out the UVC light, you’ll get the healthiest forms of UV light. Before tanning regularly you should get a base tan first so as not to get sunburned.

How often can I tan?

You should wait at least 24 hours after a session before tanning again. It is recommended that you do not go more than 3 times a week to make sure you do not get sunburned.

I'm really in a hurry... can I tan more than once on the same day?

To get an "instant" tan you should consider using our spray tan. In just seconds you can have the natural-looking colour you want. If you prefer traditional tanning you are allowed to tan once every 24 hours, but it is recommended that you wait at least 48 hours in between each session to allow your tan to develop fully in between visits.  The tan produced by UVA is immediate but UVB produces more melanin (a protein pigment) in the skin and takes up to 48 hours to develop.  To come more frequently will be a waste of your tanning sessions and dry your skin which leads to premature aging.  

You can build up your tan by using the sunbed three to four times a week. Once you have a tan, you can maintain it by tanning once or twice a week.

I'm tanning, but my legs aren't getting as dark as the rest of me?

Research showed that there is less pigment present in our legs due to the fact that we have less fat under the epidermis (the top skin layer) in our lower legs. The skin on your legs is also thicker than other parts of your body and when you shave or wax your legs, you are mechanically exfoliating the uppermost skin cells and part of your tan.   

How long should I tan when I first start?

If you easily get sunburned, it is advisable to start with a smaller exposure time. You can then increase it gradually as you establish a base tan.

What should I wear when I tan?

Tanning cubicles are private areas in which you can wear whatever you like. If you feel more comfortable in your bikini or swimsuit then by all means wear it. Many women, however, do choose to wear underwear so that they do not burn the more private parts of their anatomy. You will also be required to wear eye protection since your eyes, even when closed, can allow the light into them and cause permanent damage.

When shouldn’t I tan?

You should not tan if you have just done so in the past 24 hours or if you are taking photo-sensitizing medication. This will enhance the tan and often cause you to burn. Ask your doctor to be certain you can tan if you are taking any kind of medication.  Some pregnant women choose not to tan as the body chemistry is undergoing changes and tanning results are unpredictable.  Tanning in pregnant women may cause pigmentation so please consult your doctor regarding this.

Why should I use lotion?

All our lotions are specifically designed for the indoor tanning industry; they contain ingredients to assist in achieving maximum tanning results. They are designed not only to maximize and accelerate great tanning results, but most importantly replace essential nutrients, minerals and lost moisture to your skin. Lotions also contain antioxidants to shield free radical damage, promote skin firming and have anti-aging properties.  When you tan with a lotion your colour build up will be a lot faster and you will require less sessions to achieve a beautiful bronze colour.

Do I need to wear an SPF lotion when I tan on a sunbed?

No, because SPF tanning lotions allow you to stay in the sun longer than what is considered safe for you. It is then advisable to wear an SPF tanning lotion when outdoors so to avoid overexpose. 

Why do I need to wear eye protection?

Closing your eyelids is not adequate protection; your eyelids are too thin to stop ultraviolet light. For this reason you must wear eye protection when tanning at our salons.

Is there such a thing as a safe tan?

The word “safe” usually implies that an activity can be engaged in recklessly, without any fear of injury. Overexposure can result in sunburn and skin damage, which is why we teach both tanners and non-tanners alike to be intelligent about their sun exposure. Moderate sun exposure for individuals who can develop a tan is the “smartest” way to maximize the potential benefits and minimize the potential risks associated with either too much or too little sunlight.

Why do some people itch after tanning indoors?

Rashes or itching occurring on the body after ultraviolet light exposure are not an indication of skin disease, but of dry skin or a photosensitive reaction. They often are caused by a combination of heat from the tanning lamps, a lack of sufficient melanin in the skin being tanned and ultraviolet light. Both irritations usually subside within several days after tanning has stopped and is minimised by the application of a good aftercare product following the tanning session.

How does indoor tanning exposure compare to the natural sun?

Your skin produces a tan the same way it does when you tan indoors or outdoors. It is difficult to make a simple comparison of the sun with that of modern indoor tanning equipment. The sun’s strength is dependent on several factors as well. When you are outdoors in the sun you cannot control the amount of ultraviolet light you are exposed to. Indoor tanning is a very controlled environment in which you can regulate the amount of ultraviolet light you are exposed to. You can gradually increase your exposure time to achieve the tan you desire without burning.

What can I do to help my tan last longer?

MOISTURIZE! MOISTURIZE! MOISTURIZE! Using a high quality specially formulated tanning moisturizer will help replenish vitamins and nutrients, keeping your skin smooth and younger looking while helping you maintain that deep dark tan you love. Remember properly moisturized skin TANS FASTER, TANS DARKER, and STAYS TANNED LONGER!!!

How does sunless tanning work?

The main ingredient in most self-tanners is DHA (an ingredient derived from sugarcane), which reacts with proteins and amino acids in the skin to create a tan by staining the outer layer of your skin.  This will wear off as skin cells replace itself over time.

How Do You Define Moderate Tanning?

The term “moderate tanning” means something different for every different individual, and that is an important point. The bottom line is what we call “The Golden Rule of Smart Tanning” – Don’t EVER sunburn. A fair-skinned, red-headed, green-eyed person may not have the ability to develop a tan without sun burning. This person should not attempt to tan then. On the other hand, most of us have the ability to develop a tan, and the majority of us tan very easily. Moderation, in our view, means avoiding sunburn at all costs. Going about that agenda will mean something different to every different person.

Are All Dermatologists Against Indoor Tanning?

While most of the dermatology profession has an inexplicably myopic view about tanning, some enlightened dermatologists have broken ranks with their peers in recent years, urging their profession to re-think its one-sided dogma about sun exposure. Two of the most recent:

  • Research dermatologist Dr. Sam Shuster, professor emeritus to the Department of Dermatology at Newcastle University in northern England, challenged his peers to quantify the alleged increase in skin cancer incidence, which is not based on actual numbers but only estimates. In the book, “Panic Nation: Unpicking the Myths We’re Told About Food and Health” Shuster calls his peers to acknowledge that a tan is the body’s natural protection against sunburn – a reality that has been all but stampeded under the establishment’s rhetoric. “Unfortunately our attitude to sun and ultra-violet (UV) light is subject to much perverse and dubious technical ‘advice’, which society has passively accepted without questioning its provenance,” Shuster writes.
  • Boston University Professor Dr. Michael Holick – the scientist who was involved in the discovery of the active form of vitamin D in the early 1970s – wrote the book “The UV Advantage” in 2004, urging people to embrace moderate exposure to ultraviolet light as the body’s natural way to produce Vitamin D. Holick is one of the world’s leading authorities on vitamin D production. “Since some exposure to sunlight is beneficial to your health, it is reasonable that if you wish to be exposed to sunlight, that you can do so with relative safety if you make sure that you do not receive a sunburn,” Holick says.
  • Many rank-and-file dermatologists have more moderate views about sensible sun exposure, but have been intimidated by their peers not to discuss these views publicly. Indeed, upon publishing “The UV Advantage” in 2004, Holick was forced to resign his post at Boston University as a professor of dermatology, with the chair of that department calling his work “schlock science.” In spite of such rhetoric, in the two years since publishing his book, most of Holick’s positions have become mainstream thinking.

Can anybody tan?

Certain skin types cannot tan, but anybody can get a beautiful golden-tan look with our UV-Free tanning system process. Our studio consultants can help you determine the type of tanning best suited to your skin type. The six basic skin types are shown below:

Skin type 1: Always burns, never tans

Skin type 2: Burns easily, tans slightly

Skin type 3: Sometimes burns, tans gradually

Skin type 4: Burns minimally, always tans well

Skin type 5: Burns rarely, tans deeply

Skin type 6: Almost never burns, deeply pigmented

Why is moisturized skin important for a tan?

Healthy, moist skin will tan quicker, get darker and keep its tanned appearance longer because the melanin is produced rapidly and the skin also will not exfoliate as quickly when it is properly moisturized.

I don’t tan outdoors. Will I be able to tan in a bed?

If you can’t get colour from the sun, you stand a better chance of getting colour on a sunbed on condition you start with half sessions twice a week and aim at a very gradual colour build up. However, UV-Free tanning system can give you a natural looking tan without any UV exposure at all.  Book a spray tan today if in doubt.

Do I need an appointment to tan?

It is necessary to book an appointment especially during the summer season and also if you prefer a specific sunbed. Appointments happen on a first come first serve basis.  Please cancel your booking if you are not able to make it as it will deny other customers to make use of the facilities at a time that suits them.

I’m pregnant. Is it safe for me to tan?

We recommend that UV tanning be avoided during pregnancy as hormone levels may cause expectant mothers to be prone to pigmentation in certain areas like the face.  This is however not the case in all woman.  Medical professionals do not know the affects of heat on the unborn child.

How do I know the beds are clean?

We use s specialised cleaning solutions after every customer’s tanning session. We also provide fresh towels for each tanning session.

How often do you change the bulbs in each bed?

We follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for bulb replacement so that you will achieve the best results from your sessions. We typically change our bulbs when they have reached 70% of their capacity so your tan doesn’t suffer from weaker UV rays.  The average lifespan of UV tubes are between 700 and 800 hours depending on the make of the tube.

What is a UV free tan or airbrush application?

Not all clients have the luxury of working on a gradual build up of colour on the sunbed and simply prefer UV free tanning for various reasons such as the use of certain medication and social events. For this purpose The Sunroom offers sunless tanning by means of an airbrush application, also known as spray tanning.  Airbrush tanning is extremely convenient and widely used for evening functions, photo shoots, holiday / weekend breaks, matric farewells and weddings.  It only takes 10 minutes to have the most beautiful, natural-looking bronzed body. 

Will a spray tan application make me look orange?

The undertone in the spray tan solution used by The Sunroom is green which ensures a chocolate undertone and does not go orange at all. Be careful then you apply creams and lotions by hand as it usually results in excessive amounts being absorbed in the skin. Excessive amounts applied in a single application can cause blotching.  Unnatural dark spots may also appear in dry or thick skinned areas such as elbows, knees, and knuckles because these areas have a tendency to absorb more of the cream.  Your will be asked to apply a barrier cream to the areas mentioned above before the spray tan is applied.  The Sunroom uses a high volume low pressure turbine spray gun that puts out a thin even mist that ensures a seamless application.  Our spray technicians will assure that all areas of the body get a uniform coating of the solution in the exact quantity required to produce a golden brown tan.

What should I wear during the spray tanning?

We recommend you wear the disposable underwear supplied by us. However, if you do wear a bathing suit, underwear, or anything else, please be aware that whatever you wear may be stained. The bronzer we use for your initial colour is water-soluble and should wash out of anything you wear, but the DHA applied may cause permanent stains on any clothing.

Will I be wet following an airbrush application?

The mist applied by our turbine spray gun is very fine. By the time we have completed the spray application most of the mist will have dried, but there may still be a few moist areas. You may see small droplets clinging to the body hair on your arms or legs. You will be asked to stand in front of a fan for the rest of the solution to dry after which you may dress as usual.

How long do I have to wait after a tanning session before I can shower?

We recommend that you wait a minimum of 4 hours after tanning to give the DHA enough time to fully set. If you shower earlier, you may diminish the intensity of the tan. When you do shower the initial tan created by the water-soluble bronzer will wash off, but the DHA will remain and create your long term tan.  For optimal results, excessive or lengthy bathing is not recommended for a 12 hour period.

What happens if the spray tan solution gets in my eyes?

There is nothing in the mist that will harm your eyes.

Do I need to cover my hair while tanning in the Mystic Tan tanning booth?

Some consumers wear disposable shower caps to keep the solution from getting in their hair. Other consumers tan without covering their hair. The solution might penetrate hair follicles that are extremely blond, brittle, dry and porous.  In that case we recommend that the head is covered.

Has anyone had an allergic reaction to the tanning solution?

All of the components of spray tanning solution have been used in cosmetics and food products for decades and have proven to be safe for use on the skin. If you have had previous allergic reactions to self tanning lotions or cosmetics you may want to do a “patch test” by putting a small amount of the spray solution on a small area of the skin to test for possible reactions.  Some people do show an allergic reaction to DHA which is the main component that causes the UV free tan.

Do I need to hold my breath during the tanning session?

We recommend that you hold your breath during the actual misting process, which lasts 12 to 18 seconds. We make this recommendation because most individuals would prefer not to breathe in the mist, even though there is nothing in it that would cause any harm if you did breathe it in. If you have a history of asthma or other respiratory illnesses we do not recommend that you use the spray tan until consulting with your doctor.

Does the spray solution cause my skin to have an unpleasant smell?

The Sugar coat spray used in our salon is perhaps one of the few that doesn’t have the odour most spray tans or self tans have.  It leaves the skin smelling a bit like coconut, but it is usually not noticeable to others in extreme close proximity immediately after the spray.

Are there ways to enhance the Spray Tan results?

Yes, applying a water based moisturizer prior to the spray tan helps the skin absorb the tanning solution. Using a moisturizer frequently will help the tan last longer. You should not apply any moisturizers or lotions to the skin after tanning until the DHA has had time to set, usually 4 to 6 hours. Certain types of moisturizers or lotions applied during this period could cause the streaking of the DHA.  We recommend the use of our Brown Sugar Moisturiser.

Can I go swimming after a spray tan?

You should not swim or shower for a minimum of 4 hours after going for a spray tan. Swimming in chlorinated water after a spray tan will bleach your tan and cause streaking.  Also note that swimming in rough seas will cause your tan to fade faster as sea sand is abrasive.

Can I also tan on the sunbeds and in the sun after a spray tan?

Yes. There is nothing in the spray tan solution that would prevent you from tanning in tanning beds or the sun. In fact, a number of customers have found that tanning with UV rays and after a spray and actually gives them a better overall tan. If you do plan to use a tanning bed and spray tan on the same day we recommend that you tan on the sunbed first. Remember however, that you must shower and exfoliate before the spray.  Also remember that the spray  tan does not give you any protection from UV rays.

Because of my fair skin and have never been able to tan before. Will the spray tan work for me?

Yes. The spray tan was designed specifically for individuals who can’t or don’t want to tan conventionally.

What is in the spray tan solution?

Spray tan solution has twp components:

  1. The bronzer is a water-soluble dye designed to produce an instant tan. The brown bronzer will wash off in the shower or bath but will not effect your overall tan.
  2. The DHA produces a long-term tan. When applied to the skin, DHA reacts with proteins in the skins superficial layer to form a golden brown colour. It begins to darken 2 to 3 hours after application and reaches its peak colour within 24 hours. The DHA tan will begin to gradually fade through natural exfoliation, just like a tan from the sun. To maintain optimal colour, you should tan every 4 to 5 days.

Can I use the spray tan while I am pregnant?

We suggest that you consult your Doctor regarding this matter.  Hormones in some pregnant woman cause a reaction to the DHA which results in the tan not to develop properly.  You can try the spray tan at your own risk.

Why Should We Be Concerned About Vitamin D Deficiency?

New research in America has shown that vitamin D deficiency is an epidemic in adults today, suggesting that up to 90% of people are vitamin D deficient. This epidemic is most likely caused by over-usage of sunscreen in climates and during seasons when sunburn is not a possibility. This is especially significant because:

  • A 2006 systematic review of 63 studies on vitamin D status in relation to cancer risk has shown that vitamin D sufficiency can reduce one’s risk of colon, breast and ovarian cancers by up to 50%. The landmark paper, published in the February 2006 issue of The American Journal of Public Health, is the most comprehensive paper on vitamin D written to date. 
  • Additionally, vitamin D deficiency is a leading cause of osteoporosis, a disease affecting 25 million Americans which leads to 1 million hip and bone fractures every year. In elderly individuals, such fractures are often deadly. Encouraging everyone to wear sunscreen all year long in any climate is undoubtedly contributing to this problem, as vitamin D is necessary for the body to properly process calcium. 
  • For years, environmental correlations have established that people in sunny climates have lower risks of many forms of cancer. In recent years, the mechanism by which Vitamin D slows or retards the growth of tumor cells has been researched and identified. It was once thought that only the kidneys could produce active vitamin D, but we now know that many cells in the body perform this function, including cells in the breast, prostate, colon, brain and skin. Research has shown that the active form of vitamin D, when present in cells throughout the body, inhibits the growth and spread of abnormal cells, including cancer cells. 

What Does Indoor Tanning Have To Do With Vitamin D?

Exposure to UVB rays from sunshine is the body’s natural way to produce vitamin D, accounting for 90% of the body’s vitamin D production. Dietary “supplements” are just that, supplemental ways to produce vitamin D.

Research has shown that people who utilize indoor tanning equipment that emit UVB rays, which most tanning equipment does, also produce vitamin D. Studies have also shown that indoor tanning clients have higher vitamin D blood levels than non-indoor tanners.

While the North American indoor tanning industry promotes itself as a cosmetic service, one undeniable, yet favourable, side-effect of that cosmetic service is vitamin D production. Even though it is not necessary to develop a tan to produce vitamin D, this should be considered: because research suggests that the risks associated with sun exposure are related to intermittent sunburns, it is credible to believe that the benefits of regular, moderate, non-burning exposure outweigh the risks associated with overexposure.