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Golden Rule....Tan, Don't Burn

Tanning Tips

When you tan at an indoor tanning facility, your skin produces a tan the same way it does when you lay out in the sun: through ultraviolet (UV) rays.  There is one important difference, however.  When you are out in the sun, you cannot control the amount of UV rays you are exposed to, because it is affected by changes in the atmosphere.  Indoor tanning is one way to regulate the amount of UV light you are exposed to, because it is a controlled environment.  You can gradually increase your exposure time to make sure you don't get sunburned, which is harmful to the skin.

  • Prescription medications.  Refer to the photosensitizing medication chart on the back of the door in the tanning room to be sure the medications you are taking are not listed.  These medications can affect the results of your tanning, making it more difficult to tan and you are more prone to burning.

  • Always use a good quality indoor tanning lotion.  It will help your skin to absorb the UV, which will aid in the tanning process.  There are also special ingredients that stimulate melanin production.  It’s best to apply indoor tanning lotion prior to your session.  Applying it ahead of time allows your skin to absorb the lotion better so you will get the best results from your tanning session.

  • Apply after tan lotion as well to take care of your skin and keep it moisturized.  Apply it twice daily at a minimum to keep your skin moisturized.  This also can enhance your tan and make it longer lasting- the key to a great tan is healthy skin!

  • If you are just beginning to tan, remember to start out conservatively.  If you burn, your skin is telling you that it’s getting too much tanning rays, and then you will peel.  So start out with a low number of minutes and work your way up. 

  • Go once every 24-48 hours to build your base.  Remember, Florida law requires a minimum of 24 hours between tanning sessions. 

  • 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.  Just like everything else in life, moderation is key!

  • Wear eye goggles at all times.  Keeping our eyes closed only blocks out 25% of the UV rays.  For your own safety, please wear eye goggles!

  • If you plan to tan in the nude, you should expose sensitive areas of your body gradually during your tanning sessions to avoid sunburn.

  • To avoid getting creases or pressure tanning lines, you should move your limbs into different positions during your session

  • Try to avoid wearing make-up, deodorant, or perfumes prior to tanning.  Some ingredients can make your skin more sensitive and possibly have an adverse reaction when exposed to UV.  Your lips produce very little melanin and are prone to UV-overexposure, so you should always protect them with a sunscreen.  The usual rule of “no cosmetics” does not apply to lips.