THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE CANNOT USE INDOOR UV TANNING FACILITIES
- Under 18 yrs. Old
- People who are taking medicines or drugs which increase sensitivity to UV rays
- People who have a medical condition that becomes worse in sunlight
- People who have a history of skin cancer or someone in your close family has a history
- Pople who already have skin damage due to sunlight;
- People who are currently under medical supervision
- People who take any form of drugs
- People who are hypo-sensitive to light
The following people should seek medical advice before tanning, whether it is in the Sun or using artificial tanning
- PEOPLE WHO SUFFER FROM EPILEPSY
- SUFFER FROM DIZZINESS OR FAINTING
- SUFFER FROM HEADACHES OR MIGRAINES
- PEOPLE WHO HAVE A HEART CONDITION
- SUFFER FROM IRREGULAR BLOOD PRESSURE
- HYPO TENSION
- PREGNANT WOMEN
- PRICKLY HEAT
- ANY ALLERGIES
- ANYONE WHO HAS SKIN ULCERS OR MOLES THAT CHANGE APPEARANCE
- PEOPLE WHO ARE ON PRESCRIBED MEDICATION
The first step to the safety tanning is to practice proper nutritional habits with plenty of antioxidants. Antioxidants will help neutralize cancer causing free radicals. This will decrease the risk of tanning, as well as protect the quality of the skin.
Fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants, which help repair our damaged cells:
Green, orange and yellow fruits and vegetables are your best bet to help prevent cancer. Studies also show that blueberries, grapes, broccoli and cauliflower, brussel sprouts and cabbage also have anti-cancer properties.
Longest-lasting tan begins in the shower. Do not use a bar soap as a cleanser, it can be very drying to the skin. Gentle cleansers such as shower gels or body washes protect the skin’s natural moisturizers-fatty acids, body oils and emollients that are custom-blended to each individual. Protecting these natural moisturizers is a vital step and a great beginning to a long-lasting tan. Use exfoliators at least once a week (not the day of tanning session). While some tanners believe it strips away a tan, it is not true. Fresh skin cells are smooth, allowing skin to breathe, function normally and tan faster.
N O W y o u a r e r e a d y f o r y o u r t a n n I n g s e s s I o n
There are both benefits and risks associated with sun exposure. Knowing how sensitive your skin is to UV light is one of the first steps in indoor tanning. By understanding your skin type, you’ll be better able to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks of too much UV exposure.
Use the chart below to determine your skin type.
Allow your skin to get used to the UV rays gradually in order to avoid burning. Always stick to the tanning times recommended for your particular skin type. When beginning to tan, it’s best to visit a solarium 2-3 times a week. In order to maintain the effect, it’s good to tan 2 to 4 times a month. Breaks lasting 1 day for dark complexions, and 2 days for light complexions, are recommended.
Do not tan more than once a day.
Before you get on the bed
1. Remove Make-up, all cosmetics and perfumes before going on the bed as some of them react with UV light.
2. If you are wearing jewellery – take it off. It will get hot, give you white marks and may react with the light.
3. Pull hair up in a ponytail before you start so you don’t miss any parts.
4. Apply your indoor tanning lotion immediately before getting on the bed. Professional indoor product will speed up melanin production, moisturize and protect your skin.
5. Protect your lips with a lip balm that blocks UV light; lips cannot produce melanin, leaving them at risk for overexposure.
6. If you are sunbathing in the nude, make sure you protect the “sensitive” areas that are not normally exposed to UV light for the majority of the session. The more you use the equipment, the more these areas can be exposed – but don’t be in a rush! Don’t put tanning accelerators or tingle lotions on these parts of your body!
Whilst on the bed
- Make sure you have eye-protection. Eyelids block less than 25% of harmful UV rays, so closing your eyes is not protecting you from the UVA and UVB rays from a tanning bed. Red, itchy or watery eyes may be an indication of short-term damage. Repeated exposure will reduce night vision, diminish colour perception, and increase your probability of brunescent cataracts.
- Remember – keep your sensitive areas covered until they become used to the UV light!
- Relax. One of the side benefits of using a sunbed is the relaxation that it brings, as well as combating SAD.
- Move your arms and shoulders occasionally. Some people complain of white patches on the shoulder blades and at the base of the back. This happens because there are fewer blood vessels in this area of the body, and as you rest on them – you lower this blood flow even further. The only answer to this is to move occasionally.
- Use the fan! Remember heat does not mean that you will tan better. Staying cool and relaxed is much better than get too hot and sweating all over the place.
- Avoid sunburn like the plague! Make sure that you don’t burn by staying on the bed too long.
After your sunbed session
1. Drink water directly after spending time in a sunbed. Tanning can dehydrate the skin, leaving you feeling parched, dizzy and dry.
- Avoid the shower for around 5 hours as the lotions will carry on working to develop your tan and moisten your skin.
- Use a tan extender to maximize, and make your tan last longer. Moisturize at least once a day, especially after your shower. Moisturizing twice a day is good if you can do it. Regular lotions with Mineral oil, petroleum, and Vaseline can strip your tan or prevent you from tanning.
- Avoid tanning for another 48 hours at least. You will over expose your skin if you tan too often.
- Don’t be in a rush. Tans take time to develop, especially if you are new to tanning. Your skin is too important to rush the tan. You can do more damage than good. If you want a colour quickly – use a bronzing lotion whilst you build your tan. This is a much better way!
- Remember the 6 hour rule. It can take 4-6 hours after your tanning session before the colour will come through.