Just The Facts

We believe the practice of Smart Tanning leads to better sunburn prevention than simply avoiding the sun altogether. And research supports this belief.

  • Young skin is more susceptible to sunburn than adult skin, so it is especially important that teens who choose to tan practice Smart Tanning and sunburn prevention.

  • Studies have show that teens who tan in tanning facilities are less likely to sunburn outdoors compared to non-tanners.

  • Teens use tanning facilities in the spring to build base tans that – combined with sunscreen usage – help prevent sunburn on spring break, vacations and in the summer months more effectively than sunscreen usage alone. A recent study revealed that 83% of teens who tan indoors prior to taking sunny vacations report that their indoor tan, combined with the proper use of sunscreen, helped them to prevent sunburn.

  • Science suggests that burning at an early age may increase your risk of skin damage later in life, but there is no hard data to suggest that tanning alone is more dangerous for any specific age group.

  • Exclusive Tans is a leader in teaching Smart Tanning, including the proper use of sunscreens outdoors to prevent sunburn


Exclusive Tans voluntarily participates in “Project Smart Teen.” Why teens? It is important that teens and their parents understand the difference between sunburn and tanning in moderation, both indoors and outdoors. Our salon is trained and equipped to help you learn to prevent sunburn as a part of your intelligent, active lifestyle.

By practicing Smart Tanning, you can develop your natural tan gradually while minimizing the chances of getting a sunburn.

Avoid Sunburn – The Golden Rule of Smart Tanning is the indispensable rule: Don’t ever sunburn. Work with us at Exclusive Tans to build your tan gradually.

Know your Skin Type – Skin types range from Type I to Type VI. Find out your skin type.

Use Sunscreen Correctly – Use sunscreen outdoors correctly – even if you tan indoors. Apply a full-spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays before heading outside for the best results. You can develop a tan outdoors while wearing sunscreen


Protect Your Eyes – When outside, protect your eyes with sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays. Always wear proper indoor tanning protective eyewear when tanning at Exclusive Tans.

Be Serious About Your Medications – Some medicines (including antibiotics, acne medications, and birth control pills) can make your skin more susceptible to sunburn and splotches. Ask the Exclusive Tans staff what to do when you are taking a medication.

Practice Makes Perfect – Like Schools and Sports, avoiding sunburn is an everyday job. Make sunburn protection a habit.

Give Yourself time to Tan – Important events like prom, spring break, vacation, and graduation take time to get ready for… so does tanning. Talk to the Exclusive Tans staff to get on a schedule that works for your skin type and tanning goals.

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