Indoor Tanning Tips

indoor tanning tipsDo you want to have the same golden glow in February that you had in August? Indoor tanning is the solution. Tanning beds and booths use bulbs that emit ultraviolet (UV) rays. These bulbs emit both UVA and UVB rays. The UVB rays are strong and tend to burn the top layer of skin. UVA rays reach deeper into the skin and stimulate melanin for a longer lasting tan. They also cause wrinkles and some types of skin cancer. Here are a few indoor tanning tips for using tanning beds safely and having glowing skin in the winter.

If it is not done properly and there is overexposure, indoor tanning can burn your skin, burn your cornea and cause melanoma. Because of this, the FDA has published indoor tanning facts to prevent overexposure. The salon attendant should make sure you are aware of these safety rules.

Indoor Tanning Safety Rules

Indoor tanning has an advantage over outdoor tanning and can be much safer. You are able to regulate the time of the sessions, wear protective eye goggles and control the temperature. You also get a more even tan indoors because cloud coverage, time of day and reflective surfaces do not play a roll as they do outdoors. Indoors you can gradually build a good tan without the fear of burning or pealing.

Protect Your Eyes

Protecting your eyes is your first consideration. Simply closing your eyes or wearing everyday sunglasses will not be enough protection. The FDA regulates indoor tanning eye protection, and this is what you must use. The eyelid is very thin and the UV light can penetrate it to damage the retina and cornea. The tanning salon should give you goggles, but you can buy your own if you plan to continue having tanning sessions.


protect your lips

Protect Your Lips

The lips should also be protected with sunscreen. We recommend using Natural Ice Protectant with SPF 15.

Are You Taking Prescription Medication?

If you are taking any prescription medication, you should tell the salon attendant. Some medications make the skin extra sensitive to UV rays.

Moisturize the Skin

Moisturizing the skin is also important for gaining a tan and keeping it. Dry skin will flake and the tan will go quicker. There are lotions with moisturizers that are especially for indoor tanning.

Difference Tanning Accelerator and Tanning Lotion

A tanning accelerator is different from a tanning lotion. The accelerator promotes the melanin levels in the skin. It is a lotion that is applied daily or just before your tanning session. An indoor tanning lotion is meant to maximize the effects of direct sunlight. It only works when you are in sunlight, and since it increases the effect of the sun, you should not stay in the sunlight too long. The length of time you spend in the sun with a tanning lotion will depend on your skin type.


Avoid Overexposure

It is very important to avoid overexposure. Sometimes it takes 24 to 48 hours before the pigmentation becomes visible. It is best to wait at least one day and possibly two depending on your type of skin between sessions.

Before Tanning

When you go for a tanning session, make sure you are clean and free of perfume and makeup. You cannot be sure how the cosmetics will react to the UV rays and it could cause uneven tanning. Perfume almost always causes a rash or stinging sensation in a tanning bed.

Get the Best Results!

If you want to get the best result while tanning in an tanning bed you can consider the following points:

  • Use the right tanning lotions, there are lotions for your face and for your body. She Recommends: Needing Nirvana from Devoted Creations.
  • Know how to lay in the tanning bed to enhance your color, you can lay down with your arms down to side or arms above your head which increases the color on your sides.

How to Prolong the Tan

Your year-round gorgeous tan will look fresh if you keep your skin moisturized and visit the tanning salon twice or three times a month, once you have achieved the level of tan you want. Dry skin will reject the UV rays in the tanning bed and what tan you have will flake off quickly.


Moist skin tans faster, read also our other articles with indoor tanning tips, these articles cover: tanning bed tips, airbrush tanning and spray tanning.