Five Top Indoor Tanning Tips

Indoor tanning is a way to get a tan without outdoor sun exposure. According to the Indoor Tanning Association, approximately 10 percent of Americans visit an indoor tanning facility each year, all in a quest to get that exotic bronze look. This procedure involves tanning booths and beds which emit ultraviolet rays that are regulated to ensure that your skin is safe; however, too much exposure to this can still cause harm to your skin.  Here are some indoor tanning tips to help you get a good indoor tan and protect your skin at the same time:

1. Understand the sun rays and how they work on tanning beds.

The sun’s three types of UV rays are UV-C, UV-B and UV-A. Their differences lie in the sun rays wavelengths. The UV-C rays are the shortest while the UV-A are the longest. The UV-C rays are the most harmful to your skin but most of them are absorbed through the ozone layer or air pollution.

Tanning laps in tanning beds use only the UV-A and UV-B rays.  The UV-B starts your tanning while the UV-A rays complete it. This prevents overexposure and is ideal for tanning. Avoid too much tanning in a tanning bed though as this can still be harmful. To be safe, always follow instructions from a professional in that area.

2. Determine your skin type.

If you don’t know your skin type, most professionals at indoor tanning facilities can help you. Your skin type is important because it will help determine how long and how frequently you could tan indoors. Skin types range from Type 1, which is very light skin that burns immediately to Type 5, which is dark skin that tans easily.

3. Determine what to wear when tanning.

What you wear during tannin is a matter of personal preference however, the usual attires are bathing suits or underwear. Others prefer to go completely nude for a natural all-even tan. Just remember though to do the following basics:

  • If you wear a watch or jewelry, be sure to remove it; otherwise, you will have white spots where it rested against your skin. For an even tan, make sure your skin is free of anything at all.
  • Remove eyeglasses and contact lenses prior to tanning as the heat generated from the tanning bad can damage it.

4.  Protect your eyes from the UV rays.

All indoor facilities require that customers wear eye protection while tanning and most are equipped with eye protection free of charge. Avoid looking at the UV rays from the tanning equipment. Note that repeated exposure to indoor tanning UV rays can cause night blindness, retinal ulcers and yes, blindness too.

5. Avoid cosmetics and perfumes while tanning.

Wash off all cosmetics and perfumes before tanning. They may make you look and smell good but in indoor tanning, these should be avoided as they contain ingredients that make you sensitive to light. These photosensitizing ingredients could result in uneven tanning, rashes, blotching and burning sensations.

Another thing to note for when going for indoor tanning is to never purchase indoor tanning supplies and products in non-tanning outlets, flea markets or other businesses unrelated to the tanning industry. There is every risk that products could be out-of-date or damaged if they are not sold by an indoor tanning bed business or retailer.

Now, the only thing left to discuss is the aftercare. Once you have the shade that you want, you also have to take measures on how to maintain it. Watch this video about tips on caring for your tan to help you get a deep, dark, healthy and long-lasting tan.

These are but a few of the things to remember and do when going for indoor tanning. They are certainly more serious sounding compared to sunless tanning tips which just involve bottled sun combined with skillful application but if you follow these guidelines and the instructions of the personnel handling your indoor tanning, you’ll certainly come out happier and looking like summer than ever with the perfect “bronze” tan you so desire.





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