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.
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 less 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 of 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.
- 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 over burn your skin. This also means that you should apply a lot of sunscreen 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.