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We’ve all heard about the incredible benefits of a little sunshine. In fact, during the spring and summer months, experts recommend at least 10-20 minutes of daily sunlight exposure for our required dose of vitamin D. We’ve heard of the health benefits and seen how tanning leaves behind gorgeous, sun-kissed skin. But will it actually help you lose weight?

The answer is yes, it absolutely will. And here’s why:


We were made to bathe in the sunlight! It’s been proven that depression rates skyrocket in the Fall and Winter months, most especially in areas with a regular lack of sun. However, according to The Seattle Times, light deprivation could lead to more than just depression. They state:

“Dreary winters are infamous for inducing depression. But being starved for sunlight can do more than kick you into a psychic hole. A growing body of evidence suggests it can raise your risk of cancer, increase susceptibility to heart attack, diabetes and other disorders…”

It’s safe to say that a significant lack of the sun’s healing rays can have a pretty negative impact on your body. It’s really a good thing that the opposite is also true!

Regularly exposing your skin to the replenishing light of UV rays has been proven to alter your nitric oxide levels. According to the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, this dilates your blood vessels and lowers your blood pressure, which reduces your stress levels considerably. Just 15 minutes of sunlight exposure will drastically boost your brain’s production of serotonin and endorphins, helping to combat depression and upping your energy levels.

Say goodbye to stress eating and hello to more energy to be active! How’s that for helping with weight loss?

Eating Healthy

Did you know that certain foods will actually help you tan faster? And it’s just our luck that those same foods also happen to be ridiculously healthy and good for you.

According to The Daily Meal: “Foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and squash contain high amounts of beta-carotene — a strongly colored red-orange pigment that is converted by the human body into vitamin A. Vitamin A is critical for healthy skin, nails and immune health, and for achieving that summer glow. Not only do these foods speed up your tanning process, but they also decrease your risk of certain cancers, cognitive decline, and heart disease.”

Check out our blog about how to Eat Your Way To A Better Tan to get a list of Superfoods that will keep your skin beautifully sun-kissed and also help you shed a few pounds fast!


Taking the time to do regular workouts can be a drag. But what if we told you a quick 10 minute exercise session before or after a tanning appointment can actually give you a deeper and longer lasting tan?

When you sweat, your pores open up, which makes your skin more receptive to the indoor tanning lotions or self-tanners that work with the natural oils in your skin. Increased blood flow and a boost in oxygen levels throughout your skin causes your body to be more accepting of UV rays, even with places that are harder to tan like your legs. Sweating also gets rid of toxins and clogged pores, leaving you with a smoother and brighter complexion!

When it comes to tanning, a little exercise goes a long way. Boost your confidence levels by getting in shape while leaving your skin smooth and gorgeously bronzed!


At Tan Unique, we want our customers to be happy and healthy! Our friendly staff can answer any questions you may have regarding the benefits of a little more sun in your life. Call us today at (479) 785-1185 or stop by our salon at 4500 Rogers Ave.

Remember to vote for Tan Unique in the Top 5 voting round of the Times Record’s BEST OF THE BEST competition! We’re so honored to have received the title of BEST OF THE BEST tanning salon for the last three straight years! Help make Tan Unique a THREE-year-streak winner and vote August 13 – 20!

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Men everywhere are discovering the benefits of tanning indoors. In a recent study, TIME Health found that an estimated 1.9 million men in the U.S. use tanning beds, the majority being teens and college students. Although, they noted a 177% increase in tanning bed usage among men between ages 40 to 49 and 71% higher among men 50 and up.

More and more men are looking for the easiest way to get that gorgeous bronze look. At Tan Unique, we have the answers!

First Timers

First time visiting a tanning salon? No problem! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be happy to assist you with everything you need to get that perfect golden look. If you’re not sure how long your tanning sessions should be, our employees can recommend the best possible tanning regimen for your skin type.

Avoid tan lines! Tanning beds allow you to have absolute control of your UV exposure, ensuring the safest and most even tan.

Check out our SHORT GUIDE TO INDOOR TANNING LOTIONS for a thorough background in the different kinds of tanning lotions. Most tanning lotions are designed for men and women, but there are some brands exclusively for men.

Also, make sure to take a look at our FAQ’s on TANNING BEDS and SPRAY TANNING.

Work It

There’s a reason the expression goes: “Tall, Dark, and Handsome.” The deep bronzed look is iconic.

Spending hours at the gym, getting the perfect haircut, buying a dozen different brands of acne cream – when it comes down to it, a tan is probably the easiest thing to do when you’re trying to make yourself appear more attractive.

And it works! Studies show that women respond more to men with a healthy golden skin color. Tanning accentuates your muscles and makes your teeth appear whiter, for a glowing smile.

Save Time

We know you guys are used to just rolling out of bed and looking that good. Well, the best thing about going to a tanning salon instead of sunbathing outdoors is the perfectly golden tan you get in a fraction of the time! Tanning sessions usually last less than 15 minutes, and then you’re left in a cooly air conditioned room feeling refreshed and relaxed instead of sunburned and uncomfortably hot in the scorching summer heat.

Our VersaSpa spray tan booth offers the ideal tan in as little as one 10-minute session, with four customizable options (Glow, Light, Medium or Dark).

James, one of our regulars, had this to say about it: “I got the spray tan for my trip to Las Vegas over spring break. Wow! I followed the owners advice and it was the best tan I have ever had! Very uniform!!! Also, I needed to look good the entire week in Vegas, and without exception each day I was there it never faded! Even though I showered every day the color remained consistent. Thank you Richard and Kristy!!! I will be back! And I promise to tell everyone about your exceptional service!” (26 April 2016)

Unique Boutique – Not Just for Girls

Our Unique Boutique offers a wide variety of merchandise! Gentlemen, don’t be intimidated by the rows of jewelry, dresses, and shoes you see at first glance. We have lots of different things that may interest you. Such as our selection of tasty Wind & Willow mixes, available for purchase in our boutique!

Unique Boutique is a proud retailer of Wind & Willow food products, which are mixes and recipes for mouthwatering appetizers, entrees, and desserts.

Get instant seasoning by sprinkling the Savory Cheeseball Mix packet on your chicken or steak and/or add a Cheesy Bacon Dip Mix in with your mashed potatoes or mac & cheese for bacon-y flavored goodness. Wind & Willow mixes are simple and delicious. Make sure to grab yours when you stop by the salon!


Tan Unique offers a friendly and easygoing atmosphere for all our clientele. Visit our Facebook or Twitter pages for updates and more! Call us today at (479) 785-1185 or stop by our salon at 4500 Rogers Ave. Casual walk-ins are welcome.

The voting round for the Top 5 best businesses in the Times Record’s BEST OF THE BEST competition will be August 13 - 20. Help make Tan Unique Fort Smith’s BEST tanning salon for the THIRD year in a row! Go to for more details.

Smart Tan

Is your tanning salon Smart Tan® certified? Smart Tan® is an international organization that is dedicated to helping others maximize the benefits of sunlight while minimizing the risks of either too much or too little sun exposure. Smart Tan® member salons offer the best professional indoor tanning services in North America.

Tan Unique is proud to be a certified Smart Tan® salon! We offer the latest in tanning technology, from equipment to skin care, and all our employees are experienced professionals that are kept up-to-date on all the major advancements in the tanning community.

We provide a unique and professional tanning experience that can’t be beat! That’s why we’ve been voted Best of the Best by our loyal and satisfied customers for the last three years in a row!  

Here are just a few things Smart Tan® salons have to offer:

Safety First!

A Smart Tan® is the safest tan. If your salon is a certified Smart Tan® member then you can be sure that your beautiful skin is being taking care of. Smart Tan® salon operators offer the best equipment and products with the most knowledgeable employees.

At Tan Unique, we’re dedicated to the health and safety of all our customers. That’s why we offer complementary tanning goggles and towels with every tanning session! You should always wear eye protection when using a tanning bed to keep harsh UV light away from your corneas.

Our employees are all equipped with the latest safety regulations, but that’s not all! Feel free to ask our friendly staff for some great tanning advice and benefit from their years of experience.


Determining skin type is the first step to preventing burns due to overexposure. Smart Tan® certified employees assist clients in creating a customized program that drastically reduces the risks related to overexposure.

“Teaching your clients skin type information is more important than ever,” Smart Tan® Vice President Joseph Levy said. “We’re teaching sunburn prevention more effectively than anyone in the world. Skin Typing is the engine behind that.”

To learn more about this process, read our blog about Finding Your Skin Type.

Healthy Environment

Smart Tanning® is all about keeping your skin radiant and healthy. With that in mind, it’s no wonder Smart Tan® salons go above and beyond to bring you a clean and peaceful environment to relax and let your endorphins flow.

A sanitary environment is the best environment! A Smart Tan® salon has all their equipment regularly sanitized, to ensure every new customer gets a safe tanning experience. At Tan Unique we carefully clean and sanitize our tanning rooms with a professional-grade disinfectant after every use.

You should choose a salon that’s as unique as your skin! Check out the professional-grade services a Smart Tan® certified salon can offer by calling us at (479) 785-1185 or stopping by 4500 Rogers Ave today!

And don’t forget that nominations for the 2017 Best of the Best contest have already begun! The nomination round is from June 25 - July 13. Nominate your pick for the best of our area’s businesses and enter for the chance to win $250!

Help us keep Tan Unique Fort Smith’s favorite tanning salon for the THIRD year in a row! Click here for the nomination ballot on Southwest Times Record’s website.

Ever wonder if you’re getting the most out of your tanning salon? With the amount of time and money you spend on that perfect sun-kissed look you should never doubt that your salon is less than the best! Tan Unique has been voted the Best of the Best for the last two years in a row. Our customers never doubt that we offer the best service for their skin and their wallet!

But don’t just take our word for it! Check out why we’re Fort Smith’s top choice for tanning:

Variety in Equipment and Tanning Packages

Everybody has different needs when it comes to their skin care, so you should always go with a tanning salon that has a variety of options to choose from. Customers are happier with a tanning salon that offers a wide selection of equipment and tanning packages. This makes it easier to find the one that works best for you!

Why try just one way of doing things when you can try them all? At Tan Unique, we use state-of-the-art tanning equipment in all shapes and sizes! We have the traditional lay-down beds, stand-up beds, even high pressure beds with advanced deep tanning technology, and a spray tan booth with customizable settings!

Need a tan pronto? Our new UltraSun High Pressure 25000 can have you tanned to perfection in as little as 3 sessions! Don’t have any time to waste? Our VersaSpa Pro Spray Tan Booth offers four tanning color levels to choose from (Glow, Light, Medium or Dark) and can have you in and out in as little as ten minutes.

And the best part? You can get access to our advanced tanning equipment at a bargain price! Take a look at the variety of tanning packages Tan Unique offers year-round on our Specials page. Your beautiful bronze skin and wallet will absolutely thank you.

Quality Skin Care Products

New advances in skin care products make achieving a year-round glow easy! Tan Unique offers professional skin care products that are guaranteed to leave your skin looking radiant and beautiful.

Our shelves are always stocked with quality tanning lotions that go perfectly with our tanning beds. We also offer a variety of hand, face, and body lotions and moisturizers that cause your skin to be silky smooth without the oily residue.


Click here to check out our VersaSpa self-tanning products! Choosing the best self-tanners can be a tricky business. You don’t want to be presented with a selection of generic options that turn your skin orange and stain your palms. Professional self-tanners use organic ingredients that work with the natural oils in your skin to deepen your skin tone to your ideal shade!

One Stop Shop

At Tan Unique, we understand that people are busy. That’s why we’ve expanded our business to include a wide selection of merchandise!

The Unique Boutique has everything you need in one place! Kill time before your tanning session by browsing the trendy styles and eye-catching accessories our boutique has to offer. How many other tanning salons are your one-stop shop to a fabulous new look?

Boutique items include:

  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Tops
  • Bottoms
  • Purses
  • Designer scarves
  • Jewelry
  • Shoes
  • Hats
  • Appetizer/soup mixes
  • Scented candles
  • And much more!

Why settle for less than the best? Stop by and visit Fort Smith’s favorite tanning salon today! Call Tan Unique at 479-785-1185 to set up an appointment or just drop in at any time. We have everything you need to keep your skin beautiful and healthy.

Remember, nominations for the 2017 Best of the Best contest starts June 25th! Help make Tan Unique a contender for the third year in a row!

Sunscreen & Sunblock

Once you've achieved your base tan and are ready to head out doors, you need to learn the difference between sunscreen and sunblock. Knowing could save your gorgeous skin from sunburn in these hot summer months. At Tan Unique, we make taking care of your skin our highest priority!

Sunscreen vs Sunblock

So how do you tell the difference between a sunscreen and a sunblock? The most obvious distinction between them are the two types of protective lotions: chemical and physical.

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Sunscreen is a chemical-based protection that uses chemical UV filters. When applied, sunscreen soaks into your skin to better absorb and disperse most ultraviolet (UV) rays that penetrate through the top layers of your skin before they can do any damage.

Sunscreen filters out most UV light, but cannot absorb all of the sun’s rays. So, sunscreen still allows you to tan, just at a much slower rate! Check out our Guide to Indoor Tanning Lotions for a safer and faster way to tan by clicking here.

Sunblock (also called “physical sunscreen” or “mineral sunscreen”) acts as an actual physical layer of protection from UV rays. They are the lotions that only use zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide as their active ingredients (unlike sunscreen which uses chemical UV filters) to physically block UV rays from your skin. When applied, sunblock creates a surface layer that reflects UV light and remains visible as a thick opaque coating on the skin that is more difficult to sweat off than sunscreen!

Sunblock is often used by people with sensitive skin, both for the more complete protection it offers and the fact that its ingredients are less likely to irritate sensitive skin than chemical-based sunscreens.

Different SPF Levels

You should always use some form of sun protection year-round (such as SPF lotion or sun protective clothing). This goes double for summertime, when you’re likely to be out and about with a lot of skin showing for long periods of time. Hello bikini weather!

Before heading out to enjoy some fun in the sun, you’ll want to apply a sun protective lotion with an SPF level of at least 15, according to the FDA (although many dermatologists recommend an SPF of at least 30).

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and refers to a lotion’s ability to block harmful UV rays. The FDA explains that the numbers themselves refer to the amount of time a person using the sun lotion can now be exposed to the sun’s rays. For example, if you burn after 15 minutes in the sun without sunscreen, then SPF 30 will allow you to spend 30 times longer without burning than if you didn’t use sunscreen.

Use this formula to accurately estimate how much SPF you’ll need:

Minutes to Burn Without Protection x SPF Number = Maximum Sun Exposure Time (Example: 10 minutes x SPF 15 = 150 Minutes Without Burning)

Sunscreen and Sunblock Usage

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) strongly recommends using sunscreen as a part of your daily routine.

Sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before venturing out into the sun to allow your skin to properly absorb it. Sunblock becomes immediately effective as soon as it is slathered onto your skin, so it can be applied right before you go out!

Both sunscreen and sunblock should be reapplied at least every two hours. More so if you are swimming or participating in an activity that causes you to sweat!

Check out the label instructions on your bottle of sunscreen or sunblock for best results!

Visit Tan Unique for your professional skin care products today or call Tan Unique at 479-785-1185 to set up an appointment; walk-ins are welcome!

Four Skin Types

Avoid sunburn by knowing your Skin Type! The amount of UV exposure that we need to tan differs by skin type. Your specific skin type determines just how long you can be exposed to UV rays, before risking sunburn.

That’s why we recommend finding your skin type before starting your tanning regimen! Professional dermatologists use The Fitzpatrick Scale to classify skin. You can better avoid burning by using the tanning guidelines recommended for each of the six Skin Types.

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The Fitzpatrick Scale was invented in 1975 by Dr. Thomas Fitzpatrick of Harvard Medical School. This system judges a person’s skin type by their skin tone and the degree at which they tan or burn.

Skin Type 1

People with Type 1 skin usually have a very fair complexion. The most common indicators of this skin type are freckles, light eyes, and even lighter hair. Redheads often fall into this category. Type 1 skin burns very easily and rarely tans. Individuals with Type 1 skin are the most prone to severe burning and peeling.

Pro Tip: For Type 1 skin, we recommend spray tanning as a more effective way to achieve that glowing tanned look.

Skin Type 2

Type 2 skin is also pale, but while it easily burns it can also achieve a light tan. People with Type 2 skin are usually very sensitive to UV light, so they should work up to a full tanning schedule gradually.

We recommend people with Type 2 skin start at the lowest point of exposure (2-3 minutes the first time) before working their way up in 1-2 minute intervals.

Skin Type 3

Type 3 skin has honey-hued tones and achieves a tan with only a moderate amount of sunburn. These individuals may start out pale, but over time they build up to a sun-kissed glow.

We recommend an average tanning schedule for people with Type 3 skin. About 5-6 minutes the first time, before working their way up to 10-12 minute sessions.

Skin Type 4

People with Type 4 skin are usually dark eyed and dark haired. You are Type 4 if your skin is a lovely shade of caramel and you tan fast with only the occasional bouts of sunburn when outdoors.

Type 4’s can usually go for 7 minute sessions right from the start, before adding a minute to the max of each additional session. 

Skin Type 5

Type 5 skin types are individuals who are a gorgeous deep bronze color. Burning under the sun is extremely rare for this skin type.  

Skin Type 6

Individuals with Type 6 skin have dark brown to black skin tones. Type 6 skin also very rarely gets sunburned and tends to tan extremely quickly.

Both Type 5 and Type 6 skin types usually start with 9-10 minute sessions, before increasing to 15 minute sessions.


Use the descriptions above to help determine your Skin Type! Make sure to incorporate the guidelines specific to your skin type into your tanning regimen to better avoid burning!

Feel free to ask our friendly staff for recommendations and tanning advice. Call Tan Unique at 479-785-1185 to set up an appointment or come visit us today! Make sure to check out our Facebook for tanning specials and great deals on skin care products!

Girl in sunny field

Did you know that according to Scientific American 75% of people in the U.S. are deficient in vitamin D? Vitamin D is an essential vitamin that keeps your body energetic and healthy! Sunlight is our primary source for vitamin D. A visit to your local tanning salon is an excellent way to soak up some vitamin D!

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At Tan Unique, we want you to know that your skin care is our highest priority. Our knowledgeable staff go above and beyond to make sure that your tanning routine is the best fit for you and your skin type. Do you have particularly sensitive skin? No problem! Here’s what you need to know:

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Prom season is finally here! That’s right ladies and gentlemen, it’s almost time for the big night! At Tan Unique, we want to help you get ready for your prom. It’s never too early to start shopping and we have everything you need to spend your prom night looking spectacular!

Let us help prepare you for the ultimate prom experience with a few helpful tips on tanning!

Girl laughing on the beach with sunscreen

We’re finally leaving winter behind, but sadly, a pasty wintertime complexion isn’t so easy to get rid of. And with spring break right around the corner, too. Yikes!

Don’t let lingering winter pastiness stop you from enjoying your spring break! At Tan Unique, we want to help you achieve your ideal tan. We hope you’re ready to soak up some sun and have some fun because we know just how to get you started!

Building Your Perfect Tan

4516 Rogers Avenue Suite B1 & B2
Fort Smith, AR


Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Friday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

Saturday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

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