Clothes in a Tanning Booth

Tanning booths are an effective way to tan your skin without needing to be in the sun. Though tanning booths may be more dangerous in terms of UV exposure, you also have the ability to plan exactly how long you stay in the booth, which can benefit you dramatically when it comes to reducing burning and ensuring you do not receive too many extra UV rays.

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That makes tanning booths a great option for those that want to reduce burning or do not have access to extended sun exposure. One of the major questions then is how to tan most effectively, and one of the aspects that affect that is the types of clothes you wear to the tanning booth.

Clothes in the Tanning Booth

With a few rare exceptions, UV rays are not going to get through clothing. That means that the skin underneath the clothes you wear are not going to tan while you are in the tanning booth.

That is why it is highly recommended that whatever clothes you wear during your first trip to the tanning salon you continue to wear every time you are in the tanning salon.

This is done to prevent uneven or irregular tan lines. If you wear a bikini one day, followed by shorts the next day and hand warmers the day after, your entire body is going to be filled with irregular tans that are going to look awkward and unattractive. Two similar pieces of clothes (such as shorts) are going to have different lengths and sizes. It is a better idea to simply wear the same clothes every time you go tanning.

Tanning in the Nude

Provided you go to a reputable tanning salon, you also have the option of tanning without clothing. Tanning in the nude is perfectly acceptable at tanning salons and will help ensure that you have no tan lines once you are finished tanning. Still, you should always wear the goggles provided by the tanning salon, even if you are tanning in the buff.

Remember Jewelry

Don’t forget to take off all of your jewelry before you get into the tanning salon. Not only does jewelry move around, causing irregular tan lines, but it also can heat up depending on the metal and may burn your skin.

Note on Tan Lines

Finally, it is important to remember that tan lines are a form of fairer skin. Removing tan lines is not that easy. That means that they cannot handle as much UV exposure as the rest of your body.

If you have been wearing underwear into the tanning booth and decide that you would like to tan nude, remember to be very careful about how long you allow the un-tanned body to be in the tanning booth.

It may be a good idea to keep the clothes you were wearing next to you, and then halfway through your time in the booth put the clothes back on for the rest of your tanning, in order to ensure that the time your lighter skin spends in the booth is limited.

Getting a Good Tan from Tanning Booths

Tanning booths are a great way to tan your body when you do not have time to do so in the sun. These booths provide you with all-over exposure to UV rays without requiring that you find time to lay in the sun for hours. They also allow you to control the amount of time that you spend tanning, hopefully allowing you to reduce your likelihood of burning.

tips to get good tan from tanning booth

Unlike the sun, however, tanning booths cost money. So you will want to make sure that you do your best to get the best tan possible for your money, thus improving the value that your tanning booth time provides.

Below are several tips for improving the success of your time in the tanning booth.

Tips for Tanning in a Salon

  • Start Slow

If you are fair-skinned and have received little to no sun exposure for a long period of time, it is vital that you start slow. Spend at most 4 minutes in the booth and let yourself develop a base tan – a tan that you may not even be able to see.

Those four minutes may seem like a waste, as there is little chance that you see any visible tan, but it will help to make sure that your skin is prepared for extended exposure later, reducing your chances of burning and increasing your chances of tanning.

  • Look for Lower Exposure Booths

Recently it has been shown that tanning booths that do not do “maximum exposure” may be more effective than tanning booths that do use maximum exposure.

Talk to the people at your tanning salon and see if a lower exposure tanning booth is recommended for you.

  • Strip Down

The fewer clothes you are wearing, the fewer visible tan lines you will have. Wear as little clothing as you are comfortable wearing. Also, it is recommended that you wear the same clothes inside the tanning booths every time.

This will ensure that your tan lines are as clean as possible, which is much better for your overall appearance.

  • Don’t Wear Lotions, Deodorants, Makeup, Etc.

Many of today’s products have some form of SPF already included in their ingredients. The last thing you want is to go inside of a tanning booth wearing a little makeup and having your skin not tan in the area that the makeup is applied. You can also say goodbye to clothes during tanning bed session.

  • Let Your Skin Cool

After you are done with the tanning booth, let your skin cool. It is recommended that you allow at minimum 48 hours, but a little bit longer is helpful for ensuring that you do not overburn your skin.

This also means that you should apply a lot of sunscreens if you go out in the sun within this time period because your skin is still going to be feeling the effects of the heat.

  • Consider Tanning Lotions

Tanning lotions are another way to help improve the success of your tan in the tanning booth. These lotions are designed to make your tan darker and more effective, so consider using them to improve the health and appearance of your tan.

Follow all of the above tips, and your time in the tanning booth will be well spent.

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Air Brush Tans vs. Traditional Spray Tans

For the past several years, more and more people are moving away from tanning booths. The health risks of constant sun tanning are well known, and few people are willing to risk their health for their skin’s appearance. To account for the change, many tanning booths have added some form of spray tanning to their services.

Spray tanning is the usage of a product/chemical (usually some form of DHA) to coat your skin with a layer of color that, while temporary, will give the appearance of a tan without any of the skin damage. These products are a far better option for people that are worried about their skin health. Still, there are different types of spray tans available, so if you are looking at sunless tanning options, let the information below help you make your decision.

Traditional Spray Tans

The most common type of spray tan you will find is traditional spray tanning. Traditional spray tanning can be found in tanning salons all over the country. This type of spray tanning is fairly straight forward. The recipient stands inside of a shower-like booth, and a variety of sprays envelop the individual from all sides, giving them a spray on tan all over their body. This type of spray tanning has evolved so that streaking is not that common, but it is slightly less exact. Also, many spray tanning booths only have one choice of color.

Airbrush Tanning

One of the newer forms of “spray tanning” is known as airbrush tanning. Airbrush tanning is similar to spray tanning, but rather than having a shower-like machine spray you from head to toe, a human being sits around your body and airbrushes a layer of color all over your skin. There are several advantages to this method:

  • The trained airbrush tanner ensures that every inch of your skin is covered with an even layer.
  • You can choose to have a different level of color in your skin in a way that traditional spray on tanning doesn’t provide.

However, because airbrush tanning is done by a human being rather than a machine, the costs change accordingly. It is generally far more expensive to get an airbrush tan than a spray on tan. But the results are better, and the skin tone you get can be more exact, which is preferable to many people. Airbrush tanning is the type of tanning that people use when they need the tan for acting, modeling, etc.

Choosing Your Spray on Tanning Option

Airbrush tanning is a superior method of applying tanning solution onto your skin. But that superiority comes with an increase in costs that make it not ideal for everyone. In addition, spray on tanning has evolved to the point where streaking and unevenness are far less common than they were five years ago. So if you have the extra cash, an airbrush tan is better, but if you choose to go with a traditional spray on tan instead you will still likely be satisfied with the results.