Lani` Beach Tanning Salon
770.321.U-TAN (8826)
2550 Sandy Plains Rd. #310
Marietta, GA 30066
Welcome to Lani` Beach!
We are Cobb County's Premier Tanning Salon.
Located at 2550 Sandy Plains Rd. #310, Marietta GA 30066. In the LA Fitness Shopping Center across the street from Sprayberry High School.

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FAQs for UV Tanning

How does tanning work?

Tanning beds use UV or Ultraviolet light to tan your body. Since there are three types of UV light – UVA, UVB, and UVC – tanning beds 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.

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. Your salon may have more specific requirements.

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.

How long should I tan when I first start?

On your first visit to Lani’ Beach we will have you fill out a skin type analysis to determine your skin type. If you easily get sunburned, it is advisable to start with a smaller exposure time. You can then increase it gradually about 2 minutes a session as you start your base tan.

What should I wear when I tan?

Tanning booths and beds 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. You can also choose to go more natural and wear only your birthday suit since no one will see you.
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.

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.

Do I need to wear an SPF lotion when I tan?

No, because SPF tanning lotions allow you to stay in the sun longer than what is considered safe for you. It is then advisable not to wear an SPF tanning lotion so that you won’t be emboldened to stay long under the scorching sun to the point of overexposing yourself.

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.

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

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 tanning professionals 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 color from the sun, you can’t get color in an UV bed. However, UV-Free tanning system can give you a natural looking tan without any UV exposure at all.

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

Medical professionals do not know the affects of heat on the unborn child. We recommend you take advantage of our UV-Free Mystic Tan booth.

How do I know the beds are clean?

We use FDA-approved cleaning solutions after every customer’s 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

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.
See the Mystic UV Free Tanning area for more.