- It is important to prevent UV over exposure and to protect the health of your skin whilst tanning. The tanning guidelines below will ensure you achieve the optimum results as well as ensuring you do not overexpose yourself when tanning:
- Ensure that you moisturise your skin with a tan enhancer that has been specifically developed for indoor tanning. It’s important to use moisturiser before and after a session, as moisturisers reduce the drying effects of UV exposure when tanning.
- Allow at least 48 hrs to pass before tanning again, whether it be indoors or outdoors. Industry and medical standards advise this time frame, which is the time it takes for skin to create melanin and to tan.
- When tanning naked, ensure that you protect sensitive areas of the body that normally are not exposed to UV light. Skin on the underarms, backs of legs, buttocks and genitalia can suffer sunburn from the same light intensity that only tans the rest of your body. You can expose the sensitive areas gradually by covering them halfway through tanning sessions for the first three or four times you tan naked.
- One of the most important things to remember when using a sunbed is that there are limitations on how long your session should la For a novice user or someone who is very fair skinned, freckled, burns easily and who doesn’t naturally tan much in the sun, the sessions should be kept very short. This is that a person’s ability to tan is effected by the levels of melanin in their skin. A person with more melanin will find it easier to tan and will also be less at risk to overexposure.
- Do not be tempted to exceed the recommended times or frequenting the tanning studio too often in the mistaken belief that more time on the sunbed will automatically lead to a deeper tan. Not only can this be detrimental to your long term health, you are harming your skins ability to tan. Overexposure to UV can actually cause depletion of melanin levels and make it more difficult to tan in future sessions.
- As a rule, we advise new customers to follow the skin type advisory to determine how long they should use our tanning equipment for. To find out your skin type, click here.
- Sunbed lotions, or tan enhancers as we call them, are an essential part of the tanning experience. Tan enhancers can minimise the length of sessions needed as they usually contain Tyrosine, which encourages the skin to produce melanin more quickly, or small amounts of the self tanning ingredient DHA, which ‘bronzes’ the skin. The moisturising effect of the lotion prevents dry skin and promotes the longevity of your tan. Most lotions also contain ingredients such as Vitamin E to counteract the ageing effects of the UV rays. If you want to tan smart then you should always use a tan enhancer. Skin naturally reflects UV rays so using a cream helps to break down the barrier for the light to penetrate for a deeper tan.
- It is essential to wear tanning goggles during every session. Closing your eyes is not enough to protect from harmful sunbed side effects such as cataracts and cornea damage. Never try to force a tan – never tan more than once a day. We always recommend that you leave at least 48 hours between sunbed sessions. If you are taking medication read the information slip or consult your doctor before tanning. Some medicines are photosensitive to Ultra Violet rays which can cause some side effects.