How do I take care of my skin after a visit to the tanning salon?

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

Skin Care After Tanning

  1. Shower

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 the tanning bed.

  1. Moisturize

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

African-Americans and Sunburn

Over the years, a variety of skin cancer myths have permeated throughout the community. One of the most common myths is that if you are very tan it is impossible for you to burn. An even more common and possibly more dangerous – myth is that people of African descent with very dark skin cannot sun burn. This is a commonly held belief throughout the country, including within the African American community.

Unfortunately, this belief is extremely false. No matter how dark your skin is naturally, you always have the ability to sunburn, and your risk of sun damage is still the same.

Black Americans and Skin Cancer

One of the most common myths is that those with dark skin cannot get skin cancer. This cannot be further from the truth. In fact, African Americans are MORE likely to get melanoma – the most deadly form of skin cancer – than White Americans.

African Americans are at least risk for some of the lesser forms of skin cancer. Darker skin reduces the likelihood of basal cell carcinoma, for example. But these are also the least deadly forms of cancer. In terms of the most dangerous cancers, African Americans appear to be at greater risk for skin cancer deaths.

Cancer risk is exacerbated because it can be difficult to see any serious skin cancer blemishes until they have reached a late stage of skin cancer. As a result, skin cancers are not being caught in African Americans until it they have become incredibly dangerous.

Black Americans and Burning

In addition, African Americans have the ability to sunburn as well. It is widely believed that darker skin prevents burning. In some cases this is true – darker skin does reduce your likelihood of burning, and those with fair skin are likely to sunburn faster than those with dark skin.

However, it does not reduce burning risk completely. African Americans are still at a great risk for burning, especially with long term sun exposure. African Americans also burn differently. While someone with fair skin gets redder when they burn, someone with dark skin simply gets darker. This is one of the reasons that the myth persists – because African Americans do not burn with the typical “red” color that affects White Americans, it gives the appearance that Black Americans never sunburn. Yet sunburns are actually quite common, they simply appear in a different manner.

Combatting These Myths

It is very important for the African American community to combat these myths and recognize their burning and cancer risk. Men and women of all ethnic backgrounds are at risk for sun cancer and burning. Sunscreen of a moderate SPF (SPF 15 will usually suffice) should always be placed on the skin during times of extensive sun exposure, no matter what the color of your skin.

Darker skinned individuals of all races may be at less risk for burning, but burning is still a possibility, and the sun damage you receive can be equally as dangerous. Make sure that you protect yourself any time you spend an extended period of time outdoors, and check your skin regularly to make sure that you are free of any worrisome changes.

Tans By Skin Type

Tanning is extremely popular across the country. Everyone is looking to get a dark, healthy looking tan. Whether they do it at the tanning salon or out in the sun on a warm summer day, men and women everywhere look to darken their skin regularly, altering their appearance and enhancing their overall beauty.

However, people tend to tan at very different rates. For some people, all it takes is one or two days in the sun to get a dark tan, while others it takes a long period of time, and by the time summer is over you may not have the tan you were looking for. You skin color affects your ability to tan in a variety of different ways.

Skin Color and Tanning

  • Freckly Skin

Light skin with freckles, especially on those with red hair, does not have the ability to tan. Instead, they simply freckle more and more. It is possible for people with freckles to get tan via sunless tanning products, but you should make sure that the darkness of your tan looks attractive with your skin, eyes and hair.

  • Fair Skin

Very fair skin, especially if you also have blond hair and/or blue eyes, tans very, very slowly. There is almost no base level natural tan to start with, so if you want to get tan you need to start very slow and work your way up. Burning is a serious concern, because the lack of tan skin leads to a lack of protection from UV rays. Fair skin with darker hair has a similar burning risk, but has a tendency to tan slightly better. Still, if you have very fair skin it is difficult to tan quickly and burning is a constant concern.

  • Natural Light Tan

If you naturally have a light tan, tanning becomes much easier. Men and women of both Asian and Hispanic descent are a good example of skin tones that may be generally very light, but still contain some base tan elements that make tanning much easier. You should still not get carried away with your tan – your skin is still very light and at risk for burning. But you should be able to tan more quickly.

  • Natural Dark Tan

If you have a naturally dark tan, tanning further is very easy. You are less likely to burn, and the sun that you receive tends to go straight to pigment. If you already have a dark tan you will eventually reach a tan plateau where you cannot tan any further, but when summer comes you should have no problem getting your darkness back quickly with a little bit of time in the sun.

Burning Risk is Important

If you are at a high burning risk because you do not tan easily, it is important that you do not try to rush the tanning process. Burning your skin tends to leave behind a darker tan, but burning is also even more damaging to your skin than everyday sun damage, and can cause peeling and discomfort that will keep you out of the sun, reducing your tanning ability. Go slow and your tan will slowly get darker without any burning.