ALL ABOUT TANNING
Sunbed Tanning Tips are to help you TAN SAFELY and get the DARKEST TAN POSSIBLE: –
Look after you skin between sessions. Determine your skin type. Remove all forms of makeup and cosmetics. Always wear a Tanning Cream! Always wear eye-protection! A perfect tan does not happen in one session but needs to be achieved. How often can you go
Depending on your skin color, in general the average person can develop a base tan in 3-6 sessions which then can be maintained with regular sunbed use. Two/Three sessions a week should be enough to further deepen your tan in a safe and gentle manner.
If you simply want to maintain the tan you already have (for example, when you get back from holiday), then one/Two sessions a week will probably be enough. It is very important to leave a minimum of 24 – 48 hours between each session so that your skin has the chance to rest and regenerate between sessions. By caring for your skin in this way you can avoid burning or brown spots, which can happen if you spend too long on a sunbed.
Also, your tan will be a better colour and should last longer.
How old you need to be
In the UK you must be 18 to use a sunbed, and you may be asked for ID, so make sure you take your ID with you if you’re lucky enough to look younger than your age!
If you’re on any medication
If you are taking medications or natural supplements you should research if they are capable of causing a photosensitive reaction which you may need adjust tanning times accordingly or even not allowed to use a Sunbed.
What Skin Type Are You?
By knowing your skin type and its tanning abilities, most sunburn can be avoided altogether. Skin typing determines the amount of natural protection you have against ultraviolet light, how many sessions it will take you to establish a base tan, and how long you can be in the tanning unit each session.
What’s your Tanning Skin Type?
Skin Type 1
Usually very white or pale, blue or green eyes, red hair and many freckles. This skin type burns very easily and tans with great difficulty. Tanning must be undertaken very carefully.
Skin Type 2
Light beige skin, blue or green eyes, blonde or light brown hair and maybe freckles. This skin type has a tendency to burn. Tanning must be undertaken carefully and correctly.
Skin Type 3
Light brown skin, brown eyes and hair. This skin type sometimes burns but always tans.
Skin Type 4
Light brown or olive skin, dark brown eyes and hair. This skin type sometimes burns and tans easily.
Skin Type 5 – Brown skin, dark brown hair and eyes. This skin type rarely burns and tans very easily.
Why a Tanning Lotion
Before hitting the tanning bed, you might want to get yourself an indoor tanning lotion from us, or else your skin could end up dry, dull, flaky and just not looking all that good.
Indoor tanning lotions are the types used for tanning beds and should not be used under the sun unless specified on the bottle. They contain no SPF to protect you from the sun’s harmful UV rays, although some have sunscreen included.
In fact, indoor tanning lotions tend to intensify UV rays rather than block them. This makes their job of giving you a faster, darker tan more effective. They can also keep your skin healthy and may protect you from skin cancer in the long run.
The main reason for the use of indoor tanning lotions is to prevent your skin from drying out during the process. Since indoor tanning accelerates and intensifies the tanning process, the skin also tends to dry up quickly.
This could lead to peeling, which is undesirable since this will cause you to lose your tan sooner.
Accelerator & Maximiser Lotions
If you’re new to tanning or have pale/sensitive skin, we would recommend beginning with an accelerator/maximiser lotion. Most beginner accelerators contain great anti-aging elements ideal for building up a base tan, beginner accelerators are non-tingle and don’t contain bronzers.
We would advise you use a moisturiser formulated with hemp seed oil – We have a range of these from perfectly pink to coconut & water melon
The next step up and most popular type of tanning accelerator is the bronzer.
There are two types of bronzer; the immediate and delayed.
The great advantage of bronzers is that they combine DHA and active ingredients to give instant dark results and long-lasting colour, yet continue to develop after a tanning session to continually improve your tan.
With bronzers, you need to ensure you apply the lotion evenly or you can end up with a patchy tan.
Tip – Ensure you wipe your hands thoroughly after applying a bronzing lotion to ensure you don’t end up with hands darker than the rest of your body!
Tingle Lotions – Not for beginners or the faint hearted
Tingle lotions do what they say on the tin – they give your skin a tingling sensation after applying the lotion. Why do they do this? Basically, the lotion brings the blood to the surface of your skin to boost the effect that UV rays have, thus allowing you to achieve a deeper, darker tan much quicker.
Tingle lotions are perfect for people who are looking to achieve an extremely deep tan and are not at all suitable for beginners. Be careful – as tingle lotions should not be used by people with sensitive skin.
Tip – Don’t be shocked if your skin is red after application, as it will be for roughly an hour or two . It may look like you’re sunburnt, but the redness will fade quickly.
With a diverse selection of lotions available, carefully reading each product’s label and understanding the terminology can give you a great advantage when picking the lotion perfect for you.
Hemp Seed Oil: Nourishes and moisturises your skin leaving it smooth and flawless.
Body Blush: For those who want a tingling effect, but have sensitive skin.
Anti-Aging: These lotions contain added vitamins help combat ageing skin.
Shimmer: These lotions contain glimmering additives to give your skin reflective properties for added glow.
Caffeine: Caffeine reduces puffiness and will also energise your skin.
Silicon: A moisturising mineral that will help condition skin.
Beta Carotene: AKA Vitamin A. It enhances pigment colouration in your skin.
DHA: A chemical ingredient that produces a brown colour when it comes into contact with skin. The higher the DHA, the darker the tan.
Vitamin E: Makes skin softer and will also reduce the visibility of lines and wrinkles.
Aloe Vera: Soothes and calms the skin.
Monoi De Tahiti Oil: Makes the skin softer and naturally protects it from the harmful effects of the sun and the sea salt.
Coconut Oil: Hydrates the skin to make it silky smooth.
The Myth’s of indoor tanning
Tanning salon use of sunbeds causes skin cancer – wrong – There is NO CONCLUSIVE SCIENTIFIC research to suggest that the use of sunbeds is accompanied with a higher risk of skin cancer.
Research has shown that in countries with the most annual sunshine, there are the fewest cases of Colon, Prostate and Breast Cancer – thus refuting the link between UV light and cancer CONVEYED by the MEDIA.
Some people are more at risk than others. Heredity plays a major role. If your mother, father, siblings, or children (first-degree relatives) have had a melanoma, you are part of a melanoma-prone family. Each person with a first-degree relative diagnosed with melanoma has a 50 percent greater chance of developing the disease than members of the general public who do not have a family history of the disease. If the cancer occurred in a grandmother, grandfather, aunt, uncle, niece, or nephew (second-degree relatives), there is still an increase in risk compared to the general population, though it is not as great.
- There is no difference between natural sunlight and sunbeds; tanning salon sunbeds produce the same UV light as the sun.
- Research has shown that in countries with the most annual sunshine, there are the fewest cases of Colon, Prostate and Breast Cancer – thus refuting the link between UV light and Cancer conveyed by the media.
- Scientific studies suggest that drinking red wine or other alcoholic beverages carries a greater cancer risk than tanning.
- Sunbed use in itself has a number of health benefits. It is overexposure to UV light that causes health risks.
Benefits of Tanning Salons
- Tanning salon sunbed use can improve psychological wellbeing – it can increase confidence and self-esteem whilst also offering a source of relaxation.
- It can help alleviate the symptoms of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) or Winter Blues. Many people experience depressive symptoms during Winter and these symptoms can be reduced through moderate sunbed use.
- Sunbed UV light helps to improve various skin conditions like Psoriasis, Eczema and Acne.
- The pleasant warming effect of sunbed treatments can soothe muscular aches and pains and help alleviate the discomfort associate with Rheumatism and Arthritis.
- Tanned skin protects you against sunburn, (SUNBURN is thought to be the main cause of melanoma). By using sunbeds, where the level of UV can be controlled, the risk of sunburn can be minimised.
- Using a tanning salon before your holiday can help the skin to develop a tan and thereby minimise the risk of sunburn while on holiday.
Perhaps the greatest benefit of tanning salon sunbed use is its link to Vitamin D
Tanning in a sensible manner creates a whole host of health benefits.
It is OVEREXPOSURE that causes the health risks. In moderation sunbed use is good for you.