Tips For Indoor Tanning

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To be honest, I haven’t done much indoor tanning lately. It’s been a few years since I’ve even stepped into a tanning salon. However, with that being said, I used to do indoor tanning all the time. There are a lot of perks to it such as being able to go at anytime – rain or shine, quicker results, no tan lines (if you go nude), etc. So why did I stop going? Well there are a few reasons and a major one is because of the price. Let’s face it, the sun is free and I’m all about saving money! Another major reason was because tanning beds did not do much for me color wise. For some reason my skin tends to tan much better with the sun. I know this is not the case for some people though. I had a friend in high school who had the hardest time tanning outdoors yet just a few times in a tanning bed and BAM – tanned as a mofo. I don’t get it!

Now I know I do not use tanning beds but a lot of people out there do so here is some useful tanning tips that will hopefully help you to achieve your tanning goals.

Great Tips for Indoor Tanning

tips for indoor tanning

Safety First Please!

  • Always wear eye goggles! This is extremely important and I can’t stress this enough. The exposure can cause severe damage to your eyes! Don’t worry, you won’t end up with raccoon eyes. Most tanning salons offer them for free but if not you can pick up a pair of indoor tanning goggle here.
  • Start off slowly and gradually build your tan. Burning won’t do you any good and will just damage your skin, increasing your chances of Cancer. It’s difficult to say where you should start off time wise considering there are many different skin types. I usually started off at no more than 5-6 minutes and slowly build on that. I would recommend asking a staff member if you are unsure.
  • Be aware that certain medications cause sensitivity to the sun. Always check the labels on medications before tanning and if you are unsure, consult your physician.
  • If you are pregnant I would advise against tanning. Although there is no conclusive evidence that proves tanning is dangerous for your pregnancy, overheating can be. Plus, why risk it? You can find out more information here.
  • Make sure the tanning bed is sterilized before you use it. If you go to a tanning salon then the employees should have done this for you. However, one time I used a tanning bed and the employee did not do a good job of cleaning it. The person before me had apparently used a strong tingling accelerator and I burned the crap out of my back and behind my legs. Some tanning salons will leave a bottle of disinfectant in the room for you and if I were you, I would take advantage of that. If not, I would ask an employee to use some. I wouldn’t worry about offending anyone. After all, it is your health at risk.  You don’t know for sure that the bed was cleaned, how well it was cleaned, or anything about the person who used the bed before you.
  • You might want to put on some lip balm with SPF before tanning. Lips are unable to tan but they can sure burn!

tips for indoor tanning

Get Your Tan On!

  • Before going tanning it is recommended that you prepare your skin by exfoliating. This helps to get rid of dead cells and build-up on your skin.
  • To maximize your tanning efforts you should invest in a good indoor tanning lotion. This helps to enhance the tanning process as well as hydrate your skin. One thing you should know is indoor tanning lotion is only meant to be used in tanning beds and not outside unless it specifies otherwise. The same principle applies to outdoor tanning lotions. These are two different lotions and you can read more about them here. There are however some lotions that you can use for both indoor and outdoor tanning.
  • Know which bed you’d like to use as different beds offer different things. Most tanning salons offer tanning beds in levels 1-4. Lower levels like 1-2 allow you to tan for a longer period of time (usually 20 minutes) and they are the cheapest options. These beds have lower pressure bulbs that emit higher amounts of UVB rays (short wave) vs. UVA rays (long wave). The UVB rays are responsible for reddening and burning our skin while the UVA rays are the dominant rays responsible for a deeper, long lasting tan. The opposite applies for levels 3-4 beds and up. These beds allow you to tan much faster in a shorter amount of time and are more expensive. There are also standing beds as opposed to regular beds in which you lay down in. I usually started off in a lower level bed until I reached a base tan before switching over to the higher level beds. It’s really up to you and your preference but if you are unsure, ask a an employee.
  • Give your skin a little bit of a break in between tanning sessions. The minimum time is 24 hours but tanning professionals recommend 48 hours. This gives your skin some type to recover, reduces burning, and yields better, long lasting results.
  • Always remember to moisturize before and after you’ve finished tanning. Hydrated skin tans much better than flaky, dry skin. This is important in keeping and maintaining a long lasting tan!
  • If you have any tattoos make sure you cover them up as tanning can cause colors to fade.
  • If you want to see just how well your tan is developing, you can use a tanning sticker. Most tanning salons offer these for free! Just place it anywhere on your body before tanning and peel it off afterwards to see results.

If you have anymore useful tanning bed tips just leave a comment below! New information is always appreciated! 🙂

 

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