How Often?

How Often Do I Need to Come in Order to Keep My Tan?

This somewhat depends on what strength bed you use. Various tanning beds have stronger or weaker bulbs and require fewer or more visits. However, generally speaking, it usually only takes one to three sessions per week to maintain your tan. The average tanning session is usually 15 minutes long, although some customers choose to go the full 20 minutes once their base tan is achieved.


What is “Moderate” Tanning?

Tanning that is moderate for one person may not be moderate for another. Everyone’s skin is different. But the bottom line is what could be called “The Golden Rule of Smart Tanning” – Don’t EVER sunburn! A fair-skinned, freckled, red-headed person may not have the ability to develop a tan without sunburning. In that case, the person should not attempt to tan! Moderate tanning for them would be NO attempt to tan. Of course, this is not the case for most people. Most of us DO have the ability to develop a tan, and many of us tan very easily. Still, we would want to avoid over exposure and sun burning our skin at ALL costs. Avoiding this will require a different approach from person to person depending on their particular skin type. At Metro Tan, our Tanning Consultants will help you to access your skin type and will make recommendations accordingly as to which products and which tanning processes would work best for you.

Some medications cause your skin to be especially sensitive to UV light. These are called photosensitizing medications. If you are taking any prescription medications, ask your doctor if it is safe for you to tan.

If it is not safe for you to tan, our UV-free instant airbrush tan is a great alternative. Here is a partial list of medications known to heighten your sensitivity to UV light. If you are currently taking one of the medications below you may be more susceptible to sunburn, rash or other complications. Please consult a doctor before tanning if you are taking ANY medication:


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In indoor tanning, most salons put a limit on how long you may stay in a bed or booth, thus reducing the likeliness of a burn. Many salons also prohibit visiting the facilities in 2 consecutive days, to help reduce the likelihood of over-exposure.



When you start to notice your skin tanning, what is actually happening is a natural reaction. When exposed to UV light, melanocytes produce the pigment melanin.