10 Indoor UV Tanning Tips for Success in Tanning Beds

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Indoor UV tanning can be a wonderful and beneficial experience if done correctly.

Here are ten UV tanning tips to help you get the most out of your tanning salon visit.

1st  UV tanning tip is to choose a salon. Believe it or not, UV tanning could be one of the most beneficial skin-care as well as overall health activities you can provide for your body. You simply need to get the proper individual advice on how to do it correctly. Even if you follow every tip on this page, you will require professional advice at your preferred tanning salon. As a result, choose salons with trained staff who can provide you with personalised advice. Cleanliness, the modernity of equipment, regular lamp replacement, and general atmosphere are all important factors to consider when selecting a salon. PT141 nasal spray

2nd UV tanning tip: Understand your skin type. Knowing your skin type is critical for achieving a good result and staying safe while tanning. The amount of melanin in your skin, as well as your tanning goal, will determine your tanning programme and the type of self-tanners you should be using. To develop a deeper tan if you have skin type 2, you will need to produce more melanin. If you have skin type 3 or 4, you may only want to use UVA-rays to darken your existing melanin (but remember, this will not give you any Vitamin D

3rd UV tanning tip: Establish your tanning objectives. Do you want the darkest colour possible, or do you want a mix of Vitamin D and a healthy glow? Perhaps you’d like to prepare your skin for a sunny vacation? Inform the salon staff of your tanning goals so that they can provide you with appropriate advice.

4th UV tanning tip: What kind of UV-rays? Find a tanning salon that has tanning beds (and staff) that can help you achieve your goals. Keep in mind that UVA rays from high-pressure lamps only oxidise the existing melanin in your skin and do not produce Vitamin D or build up additional melanin to prepare the skin for further tanning. UVB-rays from low-pressure lamps, on the other hand, stimulate the body’s production of both Vitamin D and melanin. UVB levels in low-pressure lamps can vary. For the best results in the shortest amount of time, look for a tanning bed that has at least 3% UVB (in comparison to UVA). The salon staff should be able to assist you.

5th for UV tanning: Don’t burn your skin! When tanning in a tanning bed, always take precautions to avoid burning your skin (this goes of course also for tanning under the open sun). Even if you want to get as dark as possible, don’t put yourself at risk by tanning for too long in too strong tanning beds. You must gradually acclimate your skin to tanning. Use UVB rays to increase melanin production and tanning lotions containing bronzers as well as other active tan- and skin-care ingredients to keep your skin looking young and healthy even after many years of tanning. You should be fine if you stick to the tanning schedule recommended by the tanning salon staff.

6th for UV tanning: Always use tanning lotion! Always use tanning lotions designed specifically for indoor tanning in tanning beds. Such lotions’ functions include keeping your skin moisturised, providing anti-oxidation and rejuvenation, and adding bronzing tan-enhancers. A pleasant indoor tanning lotion should have a rich moisturising base (ideally Aloe vera as well as coconut milk), a good amount of other active skin-caring ingredients (preferably to silicone to lock people as well as the humidity into the skin), and bronzers to help with the tanning process. Bronzers are classified into three types, each with a distinct function:

1. Natural bronzers (with Tyrosine) to boost natural melanin production.

2. Delayed bronzers (containing DHA and/or Erythrulose) that oxidise pre-existing melanin

3. Cosmetic bronzers that make your skin look darker (just like colouring your hair).

Delayed bronzers and cosmetic colouring bronzers also work in the absence of UV light and are thus common in self-tanning lotions.

Tingle lotions can be used sparingly to increase the oxygen content of the tanning process.

Remember that having smooth, healthy, and well-moisturized skin that absorbs UV-rays can make your session twice as effective as having dry, wrinkled skin that reflects UV-rays. Always purchase lotion from your tanning salon. Only then can you be confident in the product’s quality and receive expert advice on how to find and use the best lotion for your skin type and goals.

7th UV tanning tip: shield your eyes! During your tanning session, always wear protective goggles. Simply closing your eyes will not protect your eyes from UV rays. The goggles must provide broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection. Even if you believe your tanning salon’s staff adheres to the highest hygienic standards for the goggles they provide, it is preferable to purchase your own personal goggles in your salon. Sunglasses are not appropriate for indoor tanning in tanning beds.

8th UV tanning tip: When should you shower? It is preferable to shower before your sunbed session rather than immediately after. The reason for this is that your skin should be as clean as possible before applying the tanning lotion. Furthermore, lotions containing delayed and/or cosmetic colouring bronzers must remain on the skin for at least four hours in order to provide the best results.

9th UV tanning tip: Horizontal or vertical tanning? This is primarily a matter of personal preference. Many people prefer horizontal tanning beds because they allow you to relax more during your tanning session. Others prefer vertical tanning units because they allow you to move around and increase blood circulation, resulting in a more even colour with no white pressure marks. You have a choice (if your salon offers the alternatives).

10th UV tanning tip: Respect your co-tanners. Before and after your session, be quick and efficient in the tanning booth. (However, don’t worry because tanning should be a relaxing experience.) Pick up and dispose of any paper, empty tanning lotion packets, etc. to make it easier for the tanning salon staff to clean up after you.

Please keep in mind that the tips above are only applicable to you if you are in good health. If you have any medical issues, you should first consult your doctor before using indoor UV tanning.