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Thinking about opening a Tanning Salon?

Every new tanning salon starts with an idea. But it is a long way from that to a successful realization. You are going to need to start to gather the information and resources necessary to take your idea to reality.


Tanning Process (from NTTI – National Tanning Training Institute)

The tanning process or increased pigmentation occurs in two phases. The first one is immediate pigment darkening (IPD). IPD is a rapid darkening of the skin which begins during exposure to UV radiation and its maximum effect is visible immediately. It is caused by a change in melanin already present in the skin. IPD is most obvious in skin where significant pigmentation already exists. It occurs after exposure to the longer wavelength of UVA or visible light. IPD may fade within minutes of small exposures or may last several days after longer exposures and blend in with delayed tanning.

Delayed tanning, induced mostly by UVB exposure, is the result of increased epidermal melanin and first becomes visible 72 hours after exposure. Both UVA and UVB radiation start delayed tanning by creating an excited condition in the melanocytes which in turn releases more melanin into the skin. The degree of IPD is primarily a reflection of the person's skin type. Delayed tanning demands larger doses of both UVA and UVB for any given response.


Get to know your Industry Regulations . . .

Two branches of the federal government, the Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission regulate the tanning industry. The FDA regulates the manufacture and use of tanning equipment, as well as tanning accessories, as defined by the following two acts: the Radiation Control for Health and Safety Act and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act. The amended performance standard for sunlamp products is defined in 21 CFR 1040.20. The methods used to determine tanning times and the labeling requirements are specified in this document. The FTC regulates the claims made by participants in the tanning industry. Any questions concerning truth in advertising may be investigated by this agency.

Please check your state and local government guidelines and information that could effect you and your business.

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