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 colour results as well as ensuring you do not overexpose yourself when tanning:
- Ensure that you moisturise your skin with a gel or cream 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 24 hrs to pass before tanning again, whether it be indoors or outdoors. Industry and medical standards advise waiting 48 hours, 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 severe 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.
- It is a good idea to protect your lips with a lip balm that blocks UV light; lips cannot produce melanin, so they are at risk from overexposure during a tanning session.
- If you are sunburned, soothe your skin with a moisturiser, and don’t try to tan again until the redness completely subsides.
While its protection will not diminish all the risks associated with sunbeds it is safer to wear lotion than nothing at all.
Sunbed lotion 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.
It is also important that the lotion is one specifically designed for sunbed use and not an outdoor suncream.
If you want to tan smart then you should always use a cream. The range of tanning lotions in store include accelerators, bronzers and tingles all of which help to increase the life of your tan and provide more intense results which results in a darker tan! Skin naturally reflects UV rays so using a cream helps to break down the barrier for the light to penetrate for a deeper tan.
So tan up to 60% faster with a cream such as Australian Gold or MyTan.
Better skin…better tan!
This is the most important rule. In other words, never sunbathe more than once a day. As a rule of thumb: up to ten sessions in two to three weeks, unless you are using a high pressure tanning bed. If you are using a high pressure tanning bed you should reduce the number of sessions as your tan will be retained by one or two sessions per week.
The following tanning advice should also be observed.
Keep to the tanning times recommended by your Tanz tanning consultant.
If you are taking medication read the information slip or consult your doctor before tanning. Some medicines are photosensitive to Ultra Violet rays.
Always use a good quality tanning lotion that is specifically designed for sunbed use. Do not use any lotions that contain a sunscreen.
Always keep your eyes closed and wear protective goggles while tanning.
Before and after tanning, use skin-care products to keep skin healthy and keep an attractive tan looking good for longer.