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Do Our Tanning Beds Provide Vitamin D?
Yes!  All of the lamps used in every bed at SunScape contain sufficient UVB light to produce a significant amount of Vitamin D.  

Furthermore, UVB from a tanning bad is the exact same as from the sun, with the exceptional that it is being provided in a more controlled environment.
Why should I wear eye protection while tanning?
Even when closed, the human eye possesses no natural protection from and is easily injured by exposure to UV light. The skin on our eyelids are much thinner than anywhere else on the body.  We know that too much exposure to UV rays can permanently harm the retina of our eyes. It can also burn the cornea, and repeated exposure over many years can change the structure of the lens so that it begins to cloud, forming a cataract. Left untreated, cataracts can cause blindness. So, taking care of our eyes by wearing protective goggles while we tan is important.  A towel does not block the UV rays, and we are required by health bylaws to ensure all clients have their eyewear before allowing you in the bed. 

We have two eyewear options in store.

Disposable eyewear - use it once, then throw it away!

We also carry Prospects which should be replace approx. every 6 months with regular use. They fit snugly (so they cannot slip or slide while tanning), and cover your eyes completely with a clear elastic band that you can remove if you prefer.  

How do I prevent “raccoon eyes”?

Adjust your eyewear once in a while during your tanning session will help reduce the demarcation of tanned to non-tanned skin. You can make this adjustment by gently sliding your eyewear to a new position.  You should never lift the eyewear off of your eyes during adjustment.

We do not provide eye wear to borrow.

With regards to providing/lending eyewear to clients, we stopped this practice in 2005 at the request of the various Health Boards that monitor and enforce the various tanning salon guidelines. Their position, which we are in agreement with, is that lending out eyewear is unsanitary and can lead to serious eye infections. Even though we always disinfected our eyewear, we could not 100% prevent a client from accidentally picking up a pair that had not been disinfected. The majority of professional tanning salons now require clients to purchase, for a nominal fee, their own eyewear and this is done in your best interest.
What causes "white spots"?
There are several reasons why white spots become noticeable on the body once the tanning process begins: patches of skin, which do not tan, could be the result of genetic determination. White spots could also appear due to the presence of a fungus, which lives on the skin’s surface. While the fungus is harmless, it does absorb UV light, which would normally penetrate the skin. This fungus did not appear as a result of tanning; it merely becomes noticeable once tanning occurs. It can be remedied through the use of prescription drugs or topical lotions. White patches of skin, which are often prominent on the shoulder blades and just above the buttocks, can be caused by pressure from the body as it reclines on a hard tanning bed surface. This pressure inhibits the flow of blood through that area of skin. Since blood carries oxygen, which is essential to the tanning process, this area does not tan.  Periodic body shifting during tanning will make these patches disappear. Certain medications can react unfavorable with exposure to UV light.
Can certain medications affect my tanning?
Many medications and topical solutions can cause the skin to burn or break out in a rash when exposed to ultraviolet light. Photosensitivity is an adverse skin reaction (dermatitis) to certain substances in the presence of ultraviolet light. 

We have attached a comprehensive list of these photosensitive substances and if you are taking one of them you should consult with your doctor before tanning.
Is it safe to tan while pregnant?
This is a very common question, but one with a very simple answer.

Tanning (whether outside or in a tanning bed) will not do any harm to a fetus.  The UV light does not penetrate deep enough to have any effect on an unborn child.

The only concern with tanning, would be getting too hot.  If you wish to tan, use a bed with a short session time, or really good cooling.  At SunScape Tanning, our stand-ups or Level 5 Prestige with real air-conditioning would be your best options.

Getting sufficient Vitamin D is also of the utmost importance during pregnancy, and UV light is the best and most natural source to get this.

For any medical inquires, it is also best to consult with your physician.  

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