Skin Safety Tips
Here are some of the most important ways you can prevent UV overexposure and protect the health of your skin while tanning.
- Clean your skin completely before tanning. Some ingredients in makeup and perume can make skin more susceptible to sunburn.
- Moisturize your skin with lotions specifically developed for indoor tanning, prefereably before and after your tanning session. Moisturizers prepare your skin for UV exposure reducing the drying effects of tanning.
- Allow a minimum of 24 hours to pass before tanning again, indoors or outdoors. Industry and medical standards recommend waiting 48 to 72 hours-the span of time required for skin to repair minor damage and to create melanin and a tan.
- When tanning nude, protect sensitive areas of the body that normally are not exposed to UV light.
- Protect your lips with a lip balm that blocks UV light. Lips can not produce melanin, leaving them at risk for overexposure.
- Protect your tattoos from fading using a tattoo protectant while tanning.
- If you are sunburned, soothe your skin with a moisturizer or aloe gel. Do not try to tan until the redness completely subsides.
- Seek the advise of a medical professional whenever you have a health concern such as rashes, tiching or any other skin problems or irregularities.
Protecting Your Tan
- Do not shower for 10 hours.
- No exercising or sweating for 10 hours.
- No moisturizers until after you shower.
- No perfumes until after you shower.
- Pat dry in shower-"do not rub".
- Use waterproof sunblock when in hot tub, pool or salt water
- Dove soap and body gel can fade a tan.
- Curel lotion can fade a tan.
- Hair inhibiting lotion (Jergens) can make your tan yellow.
- Anti-aging products can fade your tan.
- Retin-A products can fade your tan.
- Anti-acne products can fade and blotch your tan.
- Makeup removing products can remove your tan.
- Bar soaps (deodorant ones) can fade your tan.
- Do not use a loofa or scrub mitt (use a soft cloth).
- Wax hair removers, including Nair, Neet and Veet can remove your tan.
- Body hair bleach can destroy your tan.
- Bug spray (sprayed directly on skin) can fade your tan.