Tanning Bed Tips

 

Whether you tan indoors or outdoors, the process is the same. Ultraviolet rays stimulate skin cells to produce melanin, the pigment that makes your skin tan.

There are two types of ultraviolet light rays -- UVA and UVB. Different indoor tanning beds use different combinations of these two tanning rays. The standard lay down bed with 100 watt lamps and 30 to 30 min, Tan time. The VHR tanning units can be ether stand up or your lay down type, 10 min to 20 min. Whatever the combination, your exposure times are regulated by the federal government to minimize your risk of sunburn or overexposure.


Tanning involves following the exposure schedule designed for your skin type and avoiding sunburn by tanning gradually. To determine your skin type see chart below.

By controlling the type and amount of UV light you receive in your bed, there is no doubt that this is the best, smartest place to acquire a tan. However, there are some precautions you should take to maximize your enjoyment of your tanning bed.

  1. Protect your eyes. Simply closing them or wearing outdoor sunglasses while you tan is not adequate protection against possible long-term eye injury. Wearing the FDA-compliant eye protection available at this site can eliminate that risk.
  2. Protect your lips. They do not produce melanin and will burn easily unless you protect them with lip balms or sunscreen.
  3. If you plan to tan in the nude, cover previously unexposed areas for the majority of your tanning session for the first few sessions. Gradually increase exposure to these areas, giving the skin time to build melanin production.
  4. If you are taking any medications, please check with your doctor or pharmacist. Some medications can cause reactions with UV light.
  1. Moisturize your skin. The heat and light from tanning sessions can dry your skin. Because moist skin tans best, we recommend you moisturize before and after each tanning session to get the most out of each session.

Why Redder Isn't Better

Many people grow up thinking that if they do not experience a slight red or pinkish tint after they tan that they did not "get anything." The truth is that the red or pinkish tint you see is actually sunburn (or erythema) -- your skin's worst enemy. The fact is that the sunburns we experience due to lack of information when we are growing up are the very things that lead to skin damage later in life.
Smart tanners know that the key to avoiding sunburn in moderation in terms of UV exposure. The best way to ensure a "smart tan" is to take advantage of the years of research that have gone into tanning equipment to provide you with a controlled, predictable dosage of UV light. Also, use lotions to moisturize your skin before and after tanning. If you do tan outdoors, remember that the sun emits whatever types of UV rays it wants. Several other environmental factors come into play with outdoor UV light, making exposure unpredictable.

Do not rely on the color of your skin to tell you when to get out of the sun. Overexposure isn't evident sometimes until hours after the sun has gone down. It's better to use a sunscreen and to wear protective clothing than to risk overexposure, which can lead to skin damage.

 

Type

Skin Reaction

Examples

1

Tans little or not at all, always
burns easily and severely, then
peels.

People most often with fair skin, blue eyes, freckles, white unexposed skin.

2

Usually buns easily and severely (painful burn); tans minimally and lightly; also peels.

People with fair skin, blue or hazel eyes, blonde or red hair, white unexposed skin.

3

Burns moderately, gains average tan.

Average Caucasian, white unexposed skin.

4

Burns minimally, tans easily and above average with each
exposure, exhibits IPD (Immediate Pigment Darkening) reaction.

People with light or brown skin, dark brown hair, dark eyes, unexposed skin is white or light brown (Asians, Hispanics, and Mediterraneans).

5

Rarely burns, tans easily and substantially, always exhibits IPD reaction.

Brown-skinned persons, unexposed skin is brown (East Indians, Hispanics, etc.).

6

Tans profusely and never burns, exhibits IPD reaction.

Persons with black skin (African and African Americans, Australian and South Indian Aborigines).