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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Effectiveness of Spray Tans

spray tan effectiveSpray tanning is currently the best alternative to sun tanning and tanning booths. By using spray-on tans, you are able to avoid any of the unnecessary health risks that come from UV rays.

Spray-on tans have essentially no long term health risks, with a few rare exceptions, so for those that are trying to get darker, sexier skin, a spray tan is the safest option currently available.

But a safe option does not necessarily mean the best option. For a spray-on tan to be useful, it must also be effective. So how effective are spray tans, and what can you expect from using any fake tanning system?

Spray-on Tan Efficacy

It was not long ago where spray-on tans tended to leave a yellow, streaky residue that was the subject of public mockery for years. Since then, however, many products have honed their chemicals, and these days spray-on tans do, in fact, look like regular tans. There are several aspects you need to consider before this is true:

  • The sunless tanning product must be one of the more well-known products – cheaper knockoffs are still streaky.
  • You must make sure that you apply the tanning lotion correctly.

Provided you follow both of those rules, however, your fake tan should pass off for a real tan with ease. There are still products that are not quite as user-friendly, but if you make a good decision when it comes to which products you use and buy, you should be okay.

Also, stay away from anything labeled a “bronzer” as these are designed to coat your skin an orange hue, and are primarily used by bodybuilders.

Short Term Effects

One of the things to note about this type of tanning, however, is that it is incredibly short term. Sunless tanning only “lasts” anywhere from 2 to 7 days before it starts to fade, and to keep up your tan a new coat must be applied. If you plan on keeping your tan’s appearance for a long period of time, this means that you need to schedule a time to apply a new coat often – at least once a week, if not more.

So while the tan itself easily passes off as a real tan, you will have to reapply the coat often to keep the tan up. Otherwise, the tan skin will fade fairly quickly, and within a week or two it may fade away altogether.

Overall, sunless tanning is an effective and safe way to get your skin the color that you want. By following the directions on the bottle (and going with a brand that is known to provide an effective fake tan), you will be able to get the skin tone that you prefer, and to the naked eye, it will appear as though the tan is completely real.

But be advised that over time your tan is going to fade, so before you decide to do sunless tanning, make sure you are ready to commit to the idea of reapplying the coats over and over again for a long period of time. You need to understand the advantages and disadvantages of sunless tanning.

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.