follow the tanning consultant’s advice
Always follow the advice and instructions from the staff of the tanning studio. These consultants know the ins and outs about indoor tanning, how your skin reacts on UV light and its, and therefore they can give you valuable information about indoor tanning. Equally important is that these consultants have experience with the tanning device you’re about to use.
wear eye protection
It is essential that you wear eye protection/goggles during any UV exposure from a tanning machine. If you don’t do this continued exposure could damage your retina and lead to other eye issues such as cataracts.
use a lotion
A good tanning lotion protects your skin from ageing. Specific moisturisers, bronzers and accelerators are formulated to enhance the skin’s reaction to UV light and to maintain moisture.
There are many special tanning lotions on the market, specially developed for indoor tanning. When you use a tanning lotion, do not shower 60 – 90 minutes after the session. This allows your skin to maximise the results of the cream. Tanning lotion should be applied liberally to all areas as desired. It is safe to use in sensitive areas as well.
However, avoid eye contact because that can be painful. Although these tanning lotions give excellent results when used in conjunction with indoor tanning systems, they do not protect against sunlight. Therefore, never use indoor tanning lotions as a sunblock.
Similarly, don’t use outdoor sun tanning products with an SPF-filter when stepping inside an indoor tanning device.
never exceed the tanning time
To prevent overexposure never exceed the recommended tanning time. The tanning time depends on your skin type and the type of UV lamps inside the device. If you’re not sure about how long your tanning session should take, please ask your studio’s attendant. A good rule of thumb is not to overdo it and listen to your body. If your skin becomes irritated, then for the next time you should cut back the session.
know where the stop button is
Immediately stop the tanning session if your skin reacts strangely, for instance, if you get a rash, itch or start to burn rapidly. Therefore you should be sure that you know where the stop button is on the tanning device. It would be best if you looked for this stop button before you start the session.
take care of areas that don’t get regularly exposed to sunlight
These areas cannot be exposed to UV light for a long time because they get sunburned quickly. Therefore it is important to start with a session of a couple of minutes and slowly increase the tanning time in the following sessions. Make sure you will not get sunburned on these areas. And you can also use tanning lotion on these sensitive, not frequently exposed areas.
stick to the tanning intervals
Your skin needs time to utilise UV exposure from the sun as well as from the tanning device. The melanocytes in your skin namely need time to produce melanin which gives your skin that tan colour. Thus, keep intervals of 48 hours between sessions.