How do you choose a tanning salon?

Find out when the tanning lamps were last changed. Manufactures estimate the lamp life at between 800 -1000 hrs. It is most important to know that strength. Lamps are at peak strength for 400-500 hrs. At Perfect Tan lamp hrs. are posted at the front desk and updated information is always available, just ask any employee at the desk.

  • Perfect Tan changes lamps between 250 and 300 hours. Newer lamps provide the best tan!
  • Knowledgeable Staff: All employees are Smart Tan/SAE certified. We review and train staff regularly on all aspects of customer service and tanning safety.
  • Variety of Equipment: Perfect Tan has the largest variety of tanning beds and booths in Boston. With the addition of both Custom Air Brush and the Norvell Autorevolution Sunless System, our line-up is just about Perfect!

What is the tanning process?

Tanning takes place in the skin’s outermost layer, the epidermis. This layer contains cells called melanocytes which, when stimulated with ultraviolet (UVB) light, produce melanin. Melanin is the dark pigment found throughout the layers of the skin. The melanin then moves up through the epidermis and is absorbed by skin cells. When exposed to UVA light, the melanin darkens, producing a tan. Both the UVA and UVB components of ultraviolet light are needed to produce the protective condition we call a tan.

Can I get a tan after one session?

Not necessarily. The skin needs a few tanning sessions to allow the skin to oxidize its melanin, darken and produce a tan. This process cannot be rushed. Your tan will begin to deepen within 3-5 sessions, depending upon the amount of melanin within your skin. Consider adding a custom airbrush to your uv sessions to achieve a darker appearance more quickly.

If I never can get a tan outside because I burn, can I get a tan indoors?

If repeated sun burns, and frequent exposures are needed to get an outdoor tan, it may be possible to acquire an indoor tan without the burning that is often associated with the tanning process. You would need to begin with a short exposure time, and increase it very gradually. Consistency is also important. 2-3 tans( depending upon the strength of the equipment) each week for several weeks should yield the desired effect. However, if you NEVER tan from the sun, you will not tan from tanning lamps, since they emit the same spectrum of tanning rays as the sun does.

How often should I tan?

In order to build a tan, tan regularly. Don’t let too much time go by between visits, or your tan will begin to fade. It is suggested that you wait 36- 48 hours in between each session to allow your tan to fully develop in between visits. You can build up your tan by gradually increasing indoor tan-time and tanning two to three times a week. Once you have a tan, you can maintain it by tanning one or two times a week.

How long does it take to get a tan?

Generally, you will begin to notice results after a few tanning sessions, but it may take several weeks of regular tanning (about three times a week) to acquire a good tan. If you are developing a base tan before going on a winter vacation, please start tanning two to three weeks before you are scheduled to leave.

What causes a tan to fade?

Tanning takes place in the top layer of skin, the epidermis. This outer layer, with oxidized melanocytes, is shed every 30 days, causing the tan to fade. Indoor heating, hot water, harsh soaps, and colder weather can hasten the fading process. Well moisturized skin, increased water intake, neutral ph soap and showering in warm water can increase the longevity of your tan. Regular tanning sessions are also needed to maintain a great tan.

When shouldn’t I tan?

It is not recommended to tan, if you are taking photosensitizing medication. If you aren’t sure, check warning labels on the medication, ask your doctor or pharmacist, or consult the list of sensitizing medications posted at Perfect Tan. These medications can greatly increase your risk of overexposure. You should also avoid tanning if you are pregnant, as the heat produced by the indoor tanning equipment can negatively affect both mother and unborn child.

Do I need to protect my lips?

Absolutely! Lips will burn easily and repeatedly unless you protect them with lip balms or sunscreen.

Is eye protection really necessary?

Yes. The FDA requires protection for the eyes. Night Blindness, lack of color perception, retinal ulcers and eventual blindness are consequences of not protecting the eyes. Using a towel, coins, cotton balls or regular sunglasses are not acceptable alternatives.

Can I tan in the nude?

Yes, but proceed with care! Cover all previously unexposed areas for the majority of your tanning session for the first few visits. Leave your swimming suit or underwear on and remove clothing for the last few minutes of tanning; -thus slowly exposing this skin. Gradually increase the exposure to these areas, giving the skin time to build melanin production and avoiding painful burning to sensitive areas.

How many hours of sunbathing is a 15 minute tan?

It is difficult to make a direct comparison between the sun and indoor tanning equipment. As each type of indoor tanning lamps and equipment differ in UVA and UVB output and energy emitted, the sun’s strength is dependent on several factors. The time, day, season, the latitude, and cloud cover must all be considered. Consequently, there is no formula for relating indoor tanning exposure times to outdoor exposure times. It is far more important to be aware of the maximum exposure-time of the tanning unit you are using and adjust tan-time down when using stronger units.

Is it safe to wear contacts while tanning?

Perfect Tan recommends removing contacts before tanning. When proper protective eyewear is worn, UV light is blocked from penetrating the eye or lens. However, the heat generated by tanning equipment can cause the eye to dry, thereby making the lens uncomfortable. It is also possible that moisture could be drawn from the lens itself, shortening the longevity of the lens.

Can I tan twice in one day or two days in a row?

No, the law strictly forbids doing two sessions in one day. The tan can emerge up to 24 hours after you tan, and the risk of burning is greatly increased.

Is indoor tanning a smart idea or worth it?

Research suggests the benefits of regular, moderate sun exposure may outweigh the risks of overexposure, which easily can be minimized by avoiding sunburn. Moderate indoor tanning – for individuals who can develop a tan – is the smartest way to minimize the risk of contracting sunburn while maximizing the enjoyment and benefit of having a tan. Tanning is also the main source of the body’s production of vitamin D. This is a vital component in muscle weakness, risk of bone fractures and even cancer as we age. Indoor tanning clients are exposed to a controlled dosage of ultraviolet light carefully formulated to tan you and minimize your risk of sunburn. It may be a more reasonable decision to tan indoors.

Can I use any lotion I want while tanning?

No, indoor tanning lotions are formulated specifically for use with tanning equipment. Indoor tanning lotions and accelerators actually can enhance and stimulate the body’s natural tanning process. Tanning lotion applied just before a tanning session will help prepare the skin to tan more effectively and help a tan last longer. Please do not use outdoor tanning products at Perfect Tan! They can damage the acrylic surfaces of the beds.


  • Perfect Tan offers a customized selection of the most advanced tanning accelerators, after tan lotions, and spf’s available today. We are pleased to be an authorized retailer of the California Tan, Designer Skin, Synergy Tan and Supre products.
  • Our Tanning lotions are available in four intensity levels for the customized results our clients demand. Please ask any of our knowledgeable staff to help you choose the right product to enhance your tan.
  • Perfect Tan sells a variety of eye protection options as well as refreshments.

Why would you want to use and accelerator?

Moisturized skin tans more quickly – Saves you time -Tyrosines (the active ingredients in accelerators) speed tanning process to maximize results in fewer tans – Saves you money! 
Moisturized skin is healthier. Indoor lotions help counteract the drying effects of heat and light associated with tanning. – Enhances your skin

What is a tanning accelerator?

Tanning lotions are aloe vera and water based moisturizers with added vitamins to condition and nourish skin. Most importantly, accelerators contain Tyrosine. It stimulates production of a pigment found in skin called melanin. When melanin is triggered, it rises to the epidermal layer of the skin. As melanin encounters UV light, it turns brown. The more melanin on the surface, the deeper your tan. Perfect Tan offers a variety of lotions that have anti-aging and skin firming properties.


How do I choose the right accelerator?

  • Level 1 Accelerators contain moisturizers, vitamins and-1 type of Tyrosine – A good way to start tanning.
  • Level 2 Accelerators contain moisturizers, vitamins, oils, and 2 or more types of Tyrosine and can work on varied skin types and improve most base tans quickly and very effectively.
  • Level 3 Accelerators have better moisturizers, vitamins, essential oils and 3-7 types of Tyrosine for maximum tanning potential on every skin type.

Are there different kinds of Accelerators?

Moisturizing accelerators with various types of Tyrosine compounds.

Bronzing accelerators are basic accelerators with added self tanners. 
To insure an even application, moisturize skin well before applying. 
Remember to remove excess bronzer from hands.
Tingling products stimulate the skin causing the blood to rush to the surface. The melanin comes closer to the skin surface where it absorbs the UV rays, and turns brown. Tingle factor lotions produce the ultimate tanning result, but are not recommended for sensitive skin or fair- skinned tanners. Skin feels hot and red.

Cooling products contain menthol or other cooling ingredients to refresh and enhance summer tanning, while moisturizing and conditioning skin.