Anyone considering tanning first time should know a few things first. First off, there are a lot of factors to consider before you just hop in a tanning bed. While Tanning beds mimic the sun they are more intense than lying out in the sun and your skin type and current tan level will be a consideration in the length of time you should tan and the kinds of lotions you should use before you tan. We all want instant results but you should limit your first few session to just 3-4 minutes. It would seem that just 3 minutes in a bed wouldn’t do much of anything to get you that golden look you desire. However, tanning beds are very intense so its important to start with a short session and increase your way up to the full tanning times. When you step out of the bed there may be no visible change in your color but your tan will take time to develop. The tanning process happens over time as the melanin (pigment) travels through your skin cells and darkens the outermost layer of your skin. This process happens between 24-48 hours after exposure. If you have ever had a sunburn you probably didn’t notice you were getting burned it until it was too late. A fabulous tan can be achieved in just a few session for most skin types. If you never tan in the sun and usually end up with a burn after just short time in the sun then a tanning bed will likely not offer any better results and you shouldn’t tan.
Exposure to the sun or UV rays provided by a tanning bed will dry out our skin. A good moisturizer will put the moisture back into your skin that tanning dried out and prevent peeling, don’t ruin your beautifully developing tan with dry flaky white skin. You don’t need to wear a sunscreen lotion in a tanning bed. Exposure is controlled by the amount of time you stay in the bed.
Eye protection is mandatory. UV rays penetrate your skin to effect the movement of melanin to the surface of the skin and your eyelids are not thick enough to protect your eyes from UV exposure. You can get eye protection from the salon very inexpensively. Wearing eye protection is a requirement and salon staff will not let you tan if you don’t have goggles or eye protection.
A fabulous tan can be achieved in just a few session for most skin types. If you never tan in the sun and usually end up with a burn after just short time in the sun then a tanning bed will likely not offer any better results and you shouldn’t tan.
Tanning can be a relaxing mini vacation that has you feeling and looking great. If you are going on vacation or want to be tan before an event like a wedding, its important to leave yourself enough time to complete a few sessions (48 hours apart) before your event.