Some experts say indoor tanning is no good for your skin and others say it is better than outdoor tanning because you can control the amount of UV exposure. Since millions of women are hooked on indoor tanning regardless of the risks, we’re just going to go-ahead give you some tips on how to do it right.
Be picky. Be picky about the salon that you choose. They are seriously everywhere so don’t settle for less. Find one that is clean, reputable, and has a knowledgeable staff. These qualities can make all the difference in your tanning experience.
Once. And only once. Only tan one time per day. Do not “salon hop”. Your skin needs at least 24 hours in between tans.
Don’t tan too long. The best longest-lasting tans are achieved gradually. If you tan too long and burn, your tan will end up peeling off anyway, which leaves you back at square one.
Yes, you need a lotion. Use a tanning lotion that is made for “Indoor Tanning”. These lotions are very different from sunscreens and tanning oils that you would use for tanning outdoors. Your skin will tan much better if it is properly moisturized and it will last longer too.
Goggles, goggles, goggles. Always wear eye protection. Think about the skin on your eyelids, it is very thin. Do you think that it is protecting your eyes while you tan? Think again. Most salons will supply goggles for you and some places you will have to buy your own for a couple of bucks. Either way, your eyes are worth it. And no, your sunglasses won’t work.
Learn about lotions. If you have sensitive skin, do not use a cooling, warming, or tingling lotion. These lotions can cause extreme irritation and discomfort on sensitive skin. Instead, use an aloe-based formula that is made for sensitive skin.
Don’t shave too often. Shaving removes top layers of skin, removing the tan that you have worked so hard for. So, don’t do it more than you have to. Over-shaving can also make skin more sensitive, both to the tanning itself and to the lotions.
Lotion Love. Keep your skin moisturized and healthy when tanning. Your tan will look better and it will last a lot longer if you keep your skin moisturized properly.
Don’t over do it. You will only get so tan. If you are avid tanner, you will hit a plateau at some point, where you feel like you are not tanning anymore. Accept it. Then tan a couple of times a week to maintain your great look. Tanning after this point can make skin dry, rough and leathery-looking not too mention the long-term damage it can do to skin.
Special Discounts. Always ask your tanning salon about specials. Most of them have weekly or monthly specials. If you refer your friends or are tanning with your wedding party, most salons will offer you a special rate or discount as well.
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