Tanning beds are a great way to create and maintain a tan without requiring you to spend a long time in the sun. They are used often over the fall and winter, and they are not uncommon to be used in the summer with those that want more control over their tan. Tanning beds supply you with an easy tanning option without the over-exposure risk of the sun.
Still, tanning beds are also very harsh on your skin. Every minute you are in the tanning bed you are being flooded with UV rays that are damaging your skin in order to get your body to tan. Below are some tips for taking care of your skin after you have completed using the tanning bed.
Skin Care After Tanning
After you have completed tanning, it is a good idea to take a shower. Showering will help clean your body as well as supply your skin with moisture which should improve the tanning process. It is also a good idea to shower simply to make sure your skin is free of any remnants that may have been sitting inside of the tanning bed.
When your skin was being showered with UV rays, it was undoubtedly losing a great deal of its moisture. It is important that you give your skin back its moisture with a gentle lotion in order to keep your skin healthy and glowing. There are some moisturizers that are specifically designed to be used after tanning, though your regular moisturizer should still work effectively.
- Drink Water
Much like your skin, your body also lost a great deal of water while you were in the tanning booth. It is healthy for both your skin and your body to make sure that you have plenty of water in order to keep your body (as well as your skin) properly hydrated. Even if you moisturize your skin, your skin will be dehydrated if your body does not have adequate fluids.
- Do Not Tan for 48 Hours
In order to tan most effectively, it is important that you do not tan again for 48 hours. Your skin takes a long time to cool down after being exposed to UV radiation. Even if your skin feels comfortable again, it is still likely to be very warm deep within its layers. Allow your skin to rest in order to reduce burning risk.
Caring For Your Skin and Body
Tanning beds are an effective way to tan your body without risking long term sun exposure. But like the sun, they shower your body with UV rays that are harmful to your skin. It is important that you care for your skin as best you can in order to reduce physical damage and keep your skin healthy. By caring for your skin after using a tanning bed, you will also find that your tan looks healthier and your skin appears smoother and more attractive.