Indoor tanning offers a much more controlled way to gain a natural tan. By emitting the same UV rays as the sun, tanning beds carry the same risks as prolonged exposure to UV rays but they also have some benefits which is why they have become so popular in the northern hemisphere. By taking certain measures, indoor tanning can be a pleasure and give desired effects.
Using an indoor sunbed
Before using an indoor sunbed it’s best to get an idea of your skin type. There are five different skin types which all react differently to the sun’s UV rays. Knowing your type can help you take certain actions in order to help reduce the risk of burning.
Type 1 – Very pale or white skin burns very easily and can be hard to tan
Type 2 – Beige skin has a little more colour than type 1, it still burns quite easily but is slightly easier to tan
Type 3 – Light brown skin can still burn after prolonged exposure but usually tans first
Type 4 – Light brown/olive skin can also burn but is quite easy to tan
Type 5 – Brown skin has a significantly lower chance of burning and is very easy to tan
Once you understand your skin type you can laise with a professional to determine a routine in order to build your desired tan. An effective base tan for a holiday can take three to five sessions in order to keep risks minimal. The most effective routine is different for each person so it’s always best to get professional advice on how to proceed.
In addition to choosing a routine a professional will also help assist you in selecting the right tanning bed for you. Stand up and lay down models each have their benefits and different salons also offer different pressures which replicate the most natural radiation from the sun or more intense treatments in shorter spaces of time.
Protecting your body before using a sunbed is crucial in protecting your skin from burning. Applying sunscreen and tan accelarator helps to protect and moisturise your skin as you use a sunbed. A combination of both products is essential as tan accelarator cannot protect your skin as effectively as sunscreen.
In addition to applying products to your skin you will also need to wear specially designed goggles to protect your eyes. The intensity of the lamps inside the sunbeds can cause a large amount of damage to your eyes so it is mandatory that you wear them for protection. Using a pair of sunglasses is not a safe alternative as they do not cater for the extra radiation that sunbeds provide.
Moisturising your skin after a session on the sunbed will help to give your skin back some of the moisture it has lost. Keep applying as necessary for at least the next 12 hours as the effects of the sunbed will keep reacting with your body for some time after the session. A tan also develops better on moist skin than dry.
If you want another session on the sunbed makesure you wait at least 72 hours to give your skin a rest, as well as a chance to regenerate skin cells which were damaged in the previous session.
As with all forms of exposure to the sun, using sunbeds can enhance the chances of developing skin cancer. Prolonged exposure has direct links with melanoma which is one of the more common forms of skin cancer. Stay aware of the risks and carry out all the actions necessary in order to minimise damage to your skin and lower your chance of developing skin cancer through the use of sunbeds.