Using a tanning bed is a proven method for getting a tan indoors. Regulated use is a safer way of darkening the pigments within the skin. Although publications released by the FDA warn about dangers associated with tanning beds, the beds are safer when exposure is below 12 minutes at a time. Located in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Tantopia is a chain of tanning salons that feature Ergoline tanning beds. Setting the timer to a limit when turning on a Tantopia tanning bed can help minimize UV exposure, reducing the risk of serious skin conditions.
Choose your tanning bed model. At Tantopia, there are two types of tanning beds to choose from, and both are produced by Ergoline. The Ergoline 600 Classic bed and Ergoline 800 Fiery Red have similar tanning technologies, but the latter boasts stronger lamps and additional features, such as enhanced facial tanning lamps, specialized misting spritzers and UV odor neutralizers.
Plug the power chord of the machine into a power source. If the machine is not already plugged in and installed, make sure that the circuit board located underneath the tanning machine is plugged into a 220V outlet or a voltage transformer that will convert the voltage to an appropriate power level.
Switch on the tanning bed. If the machine is not already turned on, flip the switch located on the side of the machine located near where the hood of the tanning bed hinges to the rest of the apparatus.
Ask the Tantopia employee to set the external timer for the tanning bed.
Lie down, face up, in the center of the tanning bed.
Review the number of minutes listed on the digital counter above your head. If necessary, press the control buttons to increase or decrease the number of minutes that you wish to tan.
Press the start button, located on the inside of the hood of the tanning bed above your head. This will cause the hood of the tanning bed to lower and the lamps to turn on.
If you wish to end your tanning session before your time is up, press the stop button. This button is located above your head on the inside of hood of the tanning bed. Doing so will turn off the lamps and raise the hood of the tanning bed.
If you are a contact lens wearer, wear protective eye gear when tanning.
Using tanning beds can directly cause melanoma. The FDA warns against using tanning beds evidence shows that both UVA and UVB rays emitted from tanning devices like tanning beds can lead to skin cancer. Sharon Miller, M.S.E.E, a scientist who works for the FDA states, “It’s well established that UV radiation from the sun causes skin cancer." Tanning bed use also causes skin damage, including premature sunspots and wrinkles. Consult with the Tantopia expert and choose a number of minutes that is appropriate for your skin type: two minutes for fair skin, six minutes for medium skin, and eight minutes for darker skin. The Ergoline manuals for the tanning beds used at Tantopia insist on using their devices only for a maximum of 12 minutes.