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Tanning Faq’s

Frequently Asked Questions

1. I have never heard of tanning beds before… what is that?

Light therapy has been used by dermatologists for many years, and suntanning was an interesting side effect. Since the first UV-A Sunlounge was developed (featuring a method of tanning pioneered by scientist Friedrich Wolff), tanning has become common in Europe and the United States. In the last 10 years, over 500,000 UV-A sun systems were sold in Europe.

2. Why should I tan in a Sunvitale tanning system?

An attractive tan is more noticed, envied and receives more compliments than our hair styles, clothes or jewelry. A deep golden tan has long been recognized as a sign of health, beauty and success. Now you can tan in total comfort ! Whether it be at 6:00 am or 10:00 pm and still achieve the image you want.

3. What are the risks of getting a sunburn?

The use of any device can be hazardous if misused. With proper use, however, you cannot burn with Sunvitale UV-A system. The lamps and our method of using them at recommended dosages, will not cause sunburn or dryness to the skin. Your tan will be accomplished with ease and comfort.

4. Are Sunvitale UV-A Systems electronically safe?

Yes, Sunvitale offers only safe, tested, electrical units of the highest standards of design. Sunvitale Tanning beds are total body tanning systems with complete Underwriter Laboratory (UL) listing.

5. How much time is required per treatment, and how often must I use the machine to keep my tan once I have it?

Of course treatment length varies with the individual. As a guideline, we recommend fair skinned persons to begin with treatments of 3 minutes, gradually increasing time through a series of 7-10 treatments. Persons with an average complexion can usually start with 6 minutes, and persons with darker complexions can start with 8 minutes. After only one or two treatments, you will begin to notice the tan appearing. Once you have reached the desired pigmentation, one or two weekly maintenance treatments will usually suffice to keep your tan at the desired intensity.

6. Should I use suntan creams, lotions or oils with the Sunvitale UV-A System?

Only use creams, lotions or oils that are specifically developed for indoor tanning. These products will help to achieve a deeper, longer- lasting tan and they moisturize your skin. DO NOT use outdoor tanning products. Remove make-up. The skin should be as clean as possible.

7. Will a Sunvitale tan offer any protection against direct sunlight?

Yes, however different skin types will vary in their protection tolerance. A good Sunvitale tan is the approximate equivalent of a #14 sunscreen. While on your vacation or at the beach/pool, it is simply prudent to use good judgement in your direct suntanning exposure times.

8. Can I tan on a Sunvitale more than once a day?

Our recommended practice is one tanning session per every 24 hour.

9. Will my Sunvitale tan look natural?

Absolutely, it will be a deep golden brown and look just like a sun-induced tan.

10. How does the human body’s skin tan?

Simply speaking, this is the body’s self-defense mechanism against over exposure to natural sunlight. In the skin, composed of Epidermis, Dermis and Endodermis, there are special cells called Melanocytes. These cells are unevenly distributed over the body and are activated by the short UV-B rays to produce pigmentation – Melanin. It is these particles of pigmentation which, when they encounter the proper intensity of UV-A light, oxidize and produce the desired brown color for a tan. Therefore, it takes a small amount of UV-B to start the process of tanning and a far greater amount of UV-A to produce the desired tan. This is exactly the output of the Sunvitale Sun System. The long UV-A rays are gentle. They tan without burning.

11. Will UV-A tanning equipment cause my hair color to change?

Change of hair color will not occur from using Sunvitale Tanning Equipment.

12. Should I be concerned about photosensitizing medications?

Yes, you should be very concerned about photosentizing medications. A partial list of drugs which could make your skin light sensitive is available for your review. If you are on any of these medications we strongly suggest you contact your doctor before using UV-A tanning equipment.

13. Will UV-A tanning cause freckling?

Freckling is the result of uneven melanin distribution. Tanning will appear to darken freckles, but once the surrounding skin darkens, your freckles will blend in with your normal skin color.

14. Should I shower before a session of UV-A tanning?

No. Showering before a session of UV-A tanning will strip you body of its natural moisturizing oils which aid in the tanning process.

15. Does the Tanning Salon provide towels?

Yes, there is a towel service available.

16. Does the Salon accept walk-ins?

Yes, we do but the walk-ins are subject to bed availability.

17. Does Hollywood Gym give discounts to Gym members?

Yes, discounts are available to all current Hollywood Gym members.


Certain drugs do not mix well with light, either in its natural source or artificial. Here is a partial list of drugs, food and other substances which could make your skin supersensitive to sunlight.
The list is as follows:

Diuretics – (to aid in water retention) also prescribed for high blood pressure. For example: Hydrodiuril.
Diabetes Drugs – Orinase and Diabinese.
Urinary Tract infection treatments with Phenothiazines.
Tranquilizers – such as: Thorazine
Antihistamines- Phenergan and Benadryl, particularly in ointment form.
Antibiotics- Declomycin, Auremycin and Griseofulvin, a drug used in the treatment for ringworm.
Coal Tar treatment for Psoriasis and chronic Excema.
Bacterial infection treatments using Sulfanilamide.
Compounds known as Furocoumarins or psoralens which sensitize skin to sunlight whether used topically or orally. They are prescribed for vitilego (loss of skin pigmentation) and Psoriasis.

A partial list of known photosensitizing medications is listed below: Anesthetics Diethylstilbestrol Griseofulvin Pyrrolazote Terramycin Arsenicals Dilantin Hydrodiuril Quinine Tetracyclines
Aureomycin Diuretics Nadison Salicyclates Therahistin
Barbiturates Diuril Orabetic Orinase Sparine Thiazide
Benzedryl Dyes Pacatal Sulfanamides Thorazin
Compazine Estrone Phenylbuzatone TBS Tridione
Dartal 5Fu Procaine TCSA Trilafon
Declomysin Gold & Silver Salts Psoralen Drugs Temaril Vesprin Diabinese

Coal Tar products & Essential Oils: Bergamot, Cedar, Citron, Lavender, Lime, Vanillina.

For additional information or questions, you may contact us at Hollywood Gym® (323) 845-1420

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