iTAN Sun Spray Spa® First in the United States to Offer Melanin Detecting Tanning Technology, Virtually Eliminating Overexposure

Posted on August 6th, 2012

SAN DIEGO – Aug. 6, 2012 – iTAN Sun Spray Spa®, one of the fastest growing franchised tanning salons and spas in San Diego and Riverside County, became the first tanning company in the United States to offer a skin sensing tanning bed with melanin detecting technology, virtually eliminating overexposure.


The tanning technology was engineered by KBL AG, a leading tanning equipment manufacturer and supplier, based in Germany. iTAN purchased three Mega 6800 tanning beds with the easyCare skin sensing system from KBL, and licensed the system under the product name iTAN SMART Skin Sensing bed.


The iTAN SMART Skin Sensing bed captures the most accurate reading of skin type available in the tanning industry, by way of the iTAN SMART Reader, which detects melanin, the primary determinant of skin color. The bed adapts to the melanin read by the Reader, and outputs the appropriate amount of UV-A and UV-B rays for the individual skin type. Because the Reader detects only melanin, the main determinant of skin color, the reading is not distorted by cosmetic spray tans, lotions, or cosmetics that may be on the customer’s skin. The accuracy of the Reader in calculating skin type and creating a customized tanning session virtually eliminates the possibility of overexposure. To activate the bed, the customer places the Reader on four spots: the right and left cheek (two areas on the body that are always exposed to sunlight), and the insides of the right and left arm (two areas not often exposed to sunlight). The iTAN SMART system uses an algorithm to accurately determine the appropriate amount of UV-A and UV-B rays for the 10 minutes tanning session.


The iTAN SMART Skin Sensing bed is available at three iTAN locations, one in San Diego and two in the Inland Empire:


  • iTAN UTC – 7770 Regents Road, #114, San Diego, CA 92122, 858-455-8422
  • iTAN Temecula-Ynez – 27636 Ynez Road, #L3, Temecula, CA 92591, 951-693-4993
  • iTAN Lake Elsinore – 29263 Central Avenue, Lake Elsinore, CA 92532, 951-471-2020


“iTAN has always been committed to offering our members and guests a first-class tanning experience that allows them to maximize and enjoy all the benefits of tanning, including UV light,” said Faraje Kharsa, CEO of iTAN Sun Spray Spa. “We continue to introduce new technology and services that support a healthy and active lifestyle. Introducing the first skin sensing tanning bed with melanin detecting technology in the United States is aligned with our commitment and speaks to our reputation as a leader in the tanning industry.”


In 2009, iTAN was among the first tanning companies in San Diego to offer the Sun Angel, a skin sensing bed by Ergoline that calculates skin type with an optical reader. The Sun Angel is available at eight iTAN locations, six in San Diego and two in the Inland Empire:


  • iTAN Hillcrest – 660 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103, 619-298-1826
  • iTAN Mission Valley – 925 Camino de la Reina, Suite B, San Diego, CA 92108, 619-220-8100
  • iTAN Pacific Beach – 1764 Garnet Avenue, San Diego, CA 92109, 858-581-9060
  • iTAN Encinitas – 421 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024, 760-942-9632
  • iTAN San Marcos – 1003 W. San Marcos Boulevard, San Marcos, CA, 92078, 760-752-1826
  • iTAN Oceanside – 4171 Oceanside Boulevard, #105, Oceanside, CA 92056, 760-941-8548
  • iTAN Temecula – Hwy 79 – 32200 Highway 79 South, #102, Temecula, CA 92592, 951-303-0730
  • iTAN Temecula-Winchester – 39694 Winchester Road, #C, Temecula, CA 92591, 951-694-8037


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Monday, Aug. 6, 2012


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About iTAN Sun Spray Spa

iTAN Sun Spray Spa is committed to making the best possible experience for every customer. With 21 locations throughout San Diego and five in the Inland Empire, iTAN offers clients the latest in sun, spray and spa technology, making its services convenient, luxurious and affordable. The Smart Tan certified tanning consultants are friendly, approachable and well-educated on the proper ways to achieve the ultimate tan. iTAN Sun Spray Spa has been voted San Diego’s number one tanning salon by the community, four years in a row, on 10 News A-list Awards. Offering a multitude of sun, spray and spa services, iTAN customers are promised absolute beauty satisfaction from head to toe.