No matter what time of year it is, it is always fun to have a nice, healthy glow. However, too much sun can cause skin cancer and premature aging. So how do you get that perfect balance? When getting a tan from the sun or a sunbed, there are some things you need to keep in mind. As professional tanning solution providers, here are our top tips for getting the best out of your sunbed tanning session.
Know Your Skin Type
It is necessary to know your skin type before your first tanning session. Your skin type will determine the amount of natural protection you have against ultraviolet light, how long you can use the sun beds during each session and how many sessions you will need to take to establish a base tan. You can consult our staff here at BR Sun Spa to help you determine your skin type.
Prepare Your Skin
Make sure you exfoliate your skin daily 1 week before your first indoor tanning session. Use a body pouf with gentle soap, and scrub the skin in a circular motion. You can also use a commercial exfoliating kit. It is available in most beauty stores and drug stores. When you exfoliate, you remove dead skin and create a smooth surface for tanning. Shaving is also recommended.
Do Not Wear Cosmetics
Perfume, make-up, deodorants, and other cosmetics can influence the effect UV lights have on your skin. These cosmetics can increase your skin’s sensitivity and increase the chance of getting sunburned. Therefore, it is important to make sure your skin is clean and you are not wearing any cosmetics. The only exception is tanning lotions.
Wear Eye protection
Wearing eye protection/goggles during any UV exposure from a tanning machine is essential. This is because UV rays are harmful to the eyes. Failing to protect your eyes can cause damage to the retina and lead to other eye issues, such as cataracts. However, you should remove your contact lenses before a tanning session. Many professional tanning solution providers provide these to their clients.
Know What to Wear
Determine what you are going to wear during the tanning session. If you are going to wear underwear, think about tan lines and choose what you wear accordingly. If you choose to tan naked, it is a good idea to protect any sensitive parts which are not usually exposed to the sun. Remove all jewelry before tanning. If you wear a watch or other jewelry, you will have white spots where the jewelry rests against your skin. Remove all jewelry before indoor tanning for an even tan.
Do Not Sunburn
The secret to successful tanning is: do not sunburn. This applies to both indoor tanning as well as enjoying the sun outdoors. This is because the skin may develop sunburn after excessive exposure. Excessively repeated exposure to UV light from the sun or the tanning machine can lead to premature aging of the skin and other skin-related outcomes.
Make Adjustments in Your Body Position While You Can
Do not lay completely still in a tanning bed. Move your arms and legs slightly to maximize exposure to all parts of your body. Make sure you don’t rest your chin against your chest while you are reclining. This will result in a white spot under your neck because your chin blocks the UV rays. For an even tan, lay your head back, allowing exposure to all the parts of your face and neck.
Use a Moisturizer
A moisturizer prevents your skin from aging. Specific moisturizers, bronzers, and accelerators are designed to enhance your skin’s reaction to UV light and maintain moisture. Use lotions meant for indoor tanning. Lotions not made for tanning can damage tanning beds and won’t help you tan. Do not shower 60-90 minutes after the session if you use a tanning lotion. This gives your skin the space to maximize the results of the cream. Do not use indoor tanning lotion as a sunblock. A moisturizer also helps you keep your tan
Follow The Tanning Expert’s Advice
Make sure you follow the advice and instructions from the staff at the tanning studio. These professionals know the ins and outs of indoor tanning and how your skin reacts to UV lights. Therefore, they will most likely give you valuable information about indoor tanning. Equally important, these consultants have experience with the tanning device you are about to use.
Know How Often to Use the Sun Beds
Most people will develop a base tan in 3-5 sessions which can be maintained with regular sunbed use. We recommend that you have a tanning session 3-5 times a week until you develop the tan you desire. 48 hours is the recommended time between tanning sessions. This allows your skin to rest and regenerate between sessions. Taking care of your skin will allow your tan to develop, leaving you with a longer-lasting glow. If your goal is to maintain the tan you already have, then one or two sessions a week are enough.
Avoid Items That Cause The Tan to Fade
Every 30 days, the skin sheds its epidermis. This means your tanned skin fades naturally every 30 days. Things such as hot water, indoor heating, and harsh soaps increase the fading process. To keep a tan from fading, moisturize the skin every day, using mild cleansing products, showering in warm water, and increasing your daily water intake.
Here at BR Sun Spa, we offer high-quality professional tanning solutions. We are a team of experts dedicated to giving you the best tanning sessions. We understand that a good tan can help you enjoy your summer holidays. We have the latest sunbed tanning machines. We would love to give you that golden glow. Visit us today and enjoy a state-of-the-art indoor tanning experience!