Frequently Asked Questions.

What are your hours of operation?

Where are you located, and do you have parking?

How far in advance do I need to make an appointment?

How many sessions does it take to get, and maintain a UV tan?

Isn’t UV Tanning bad for me?

What does "Smart Tan" mean?

What deals do you offer?

Can I do a UV tanning session, and a Sunless treatment at the same time?

Why should I use a UV Tanning Lotion?

Can I share my Points Package with anyone?

Why does my tan fade?

Can you guarantee I’ll get a tan?

How hygienic is your tanning salon?

Can I have a UV tan if I’m pregnant?

What do I wear during a UV tanning session?

Can UV exposure help with Seasonal Affectiveness Disorder or SAD?

Can tanning beds help with eczema and psoriasis?

What are your hours of operation?

We are open:
Monday to Friday from 10am to 10pm
Saturdays 10am to 8pm
Sundays 10am to 7pm

We are closed only two days each year, Christmas Day, and New Years Day. On all other stat holidays we are open from 10am to 6pm. The last tanning appointments each day are taken 15 minutes before closing.

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Where are you located, and do you have parking?

We are located at 2803 West 16th Avenue, in Vancouver, on the corner of West 16th Ave., and Macdonald Street.

There is plenty of dedicated free parking, right in front of the business.
Click here for map and directions…..

How far in advance do I need to make an appointment?

Since we have ample equipment, and fast tanning sessions, most times during the day you can walk in. We are busier between 3pm-7pm, and more so, in spring and early summer, then, it’s a good idea to call first, and reserve your spot.

If you don’t have an appointment, and all the beds are booked when you arrive, sessions are so fast; you shouldn’t have to wait too long for the next available room.

If you are looking to make an airbrush appointment, please call 2-3 days in advance, if possible.

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How many sessions does it take to get, and maintain a UV tan?

Every skin type is different, but the majority of people see colour change after 2-3 sessions, and have a great base tan after 8-10 sessions.

To keep your colour…..tanning once or twice a week, can maintain your tan for as long as you wish.

Isn’t UV Tanning bad for me?

Many in the medical profession now believe that moderate UV exposure, for those who can develop a tan, is the best way to maximize the benefits, while minimizing the risks of either too little, or too much sun. Heredity, skin type, and other factors, also determine your ability to tan.

New research on breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer, shows that regular UV exposure, (which produces Vitamin D) may play a key part in preventing the onset, or retarding the growth of these deadly diseases.

97% of Canadians are Vitamin D deficient mainly because of our geographical position and our mislead practices of total sun avoidance.

We want our clients to approach UV tanning from a rational, educated point of view. Click here for the latest health information...

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What does "Smart Tan" mean?

Being members of the International Smart Tan Network means that our employees have been educated on the anatomy of the skin, how it tans, the risks and benefits of UV exposure, and how to administer proper doses for each skin type.

The goal is to protect you from skin damage, sun burning, and to teach smart tanning practices for both indoor and outdoor UV exposure.

Education helps us elevate our knowledge and approach tanning from a more professional position, for the benefit of each client’s skin, and the tanning industry in general.

What deals do you offer?

Great deals. Click here for coupons…..

Can I do a UV tanning session, and a Sunless treatment at the same time?

Yes, it’s a great way to get instant gratification, and achieve a richer, deeper, colour. Using a UV session, first, just prior to the Autobronzer, or an airbrush tan, can actually boost the results of a sunless treatment. Just make sure you have your UV tan, first.

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Why should I use a UV Tanning Lotion?

Click here for the answer, and information about tanning products….

Can I share my Points Package with anyone?

Yes, at Kix Tanning you can share your package with as many friends or family members as you’d like. Just add any names you want to your account.

Why does my tan fade?

The top layer of our skin reproduces, and replenishes itself every 28-32 days. Our tans fade as we shed skin cells.
Exfoliating, and skin care products containing AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) or BHA (beta hydroxy acid) can speed skin cell removal, and make tans fade faster.

Can you guarantee I’ll get a tan?

Yes, we guarantee the effectiveness of our equipment. If you can tan outside, you will tan with us, or we will gladly refund your money.

How hygienic is your tanning salon?

Proper cleanliness and hygiene at Kix Tanning is of paramount importance to us, and one of the reasons we’ve been in business for so long. We know how vital it is for your comfort level, so we make sure we sanitize all surfaces with hospital strength germicidal cleaner, after each use.

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Can I have a UV tan if I’m pregnant?

Tanning while pregnant, in limited doses, is permissible by some doctors provided all precautions are taken not to over heat your body. We strongly recommend you consult your physician, before UV tanning.

What do I wear during a UV tanning session?

You can wear whatever you want. Most people tan naked, in a bathing suit, or underwear. Keep in mind that covered areas will develop tan lines.

If you’re tanning naked for the first time, be advised that areas never exposed to the sun will be more sensitive. Start with shorter sessions, to protect these areas from burning.

Can UV exposure help with Seasonal Affectiveness Disorder or SAD?

Light therapy is sometimes used by doctor’s to treat patients that suffer from SAD, caused by a lack of sunlight, mainly in winter months, but consult your physician first, before using tanning beds as treatment.

Can tanning beds help with eczema and psoriasis?

UVB can be used in combination with topical creams as a prescribed treatment for some forms of eczema and psoriasis. One form of eczema however, is photo allergic and can greatly worsen with UV exposure.

We strongly recommend you consult your physician before using tanning beds as UV therapy. Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor, often they will permit moderate to light exposure from UV tanning beds, for the relief of certain skin conditions.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 604-737-1101
Or email

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