Most good tanning salons require you to fill a questionnaire. Fill them honestly, as it will help them know whether it is safe for you to tan. People with a family history of skin cancer or Type 1 skin are not allowed to use tanning beds or booths in many places.
Here are a few tips you may use to get a warm, bronzed skin tone and stay safe.
Before Reaching the Salon
To make sure you do not burn your skin and get the maximum effect that lasts long, remember the following:
✲ Shave or Wax: It is best to shave one day before, or wax two days before you plan to use the tanning bed to help it last longer.
✲ Build a Pre-tan: If you are tanning for the first time or after a long gap, tan in short sessions to ‘build up’ a tan over a few days. This will help your skin to produce melanin gradually and minimize the risk of burning.
✲ Plan Ahead: It takes around a day for the tan to show, so if you are tanning for an event, say a party or prom, then get to the tanning bed at least a day in advance.
Before the Tan
To get a nice, even tan, follow these simple tips right before you step into the tanning booth or bed.
✲ Exfoliate: Massage the skin gently with a scrub, to remove the dead skin; pay particular attention to your elbows and knees. Follow with a warm shower to remove any cosmetics or perfumes. Use a mild, clear soap or bathing gel for the shower.
✲ Moisturize: Use a light body lotion after the shower, especially in delicate areas, like the breasts and buttocks. Don’t use a heavy moisturizer, as it might clog the pores.
✲ Apply Indoor Tanning Lotions: Outdoor tanning lotions are different from those made specifically for tanning beds. Apply the lotion in light, circular movements to avoid patchiness and protect your skin.