What You May Not Know About Tanning Indoors
Tanning Tip #1: If you are just beginning to tan, remember
to start out conservative. Whatever you do, you don't want to
burn- you cannot tan on top of a burn and you will have to start
The old saying "I always burn first and then
I tan" is completely false, it simply does not have to be this
way. If you burn, your skin is telling you that it's getting too
much sun, and then you will peel.
So start out with a low number of minutes and
work your way up. If you have fair skin but do have the ability
to tan, you should not go more than 6-7 minutes your first time
in a standard 20 minute tanning bed (also known as a Level 1 tanning
For stronger beds with shorter tan times, you
would go for even less minutes.
Tanning Tip #2: Tan once every 24-48 hours
to build your base. Depending on how well your skin is doing,
you can decide whether you can go once a day or once every other
day (talk with one of our Tanning Consultants about your tanning
goals). A good rule of thumb is if your skin is not pink within
the 24 hours after your session, you can probably go again the
next day without any problem. If your skin is pink, feels dry
and itchy, or you get a rash, this is a signal that you went for
too many minutes and need to take a break until it feels better
and then start over again.
Tanning Tip #3: Once you build up your
base, you really don't need to tan as often. So depending on the
type of bed you are using, you should only go 2-3 times per week
to keep your tan, even less in stronger beds. Tanning every day
is not necessary.
Many people enjoy the relaxation time that tanning
provides, but tanning too often can and will speed up your aging
process and potentially cause other skin ailments over a long
period of time.
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