Things to know about Tanning
Burning is not necessary to tan!
The fact is, when you burn, you damage your skin. Building your tan slowly in a well prepared schedule of exposure will produce the best results with the least risk of damaging your skin.
One thing at a time.
Never combine indoor and outdoor tanning on the same day.
Certain medications make your skin more sensitive to light. If you are on any medication, consult your doctor or a pharmacist before tanning.
Moist skin tans better, so always use quality moisturizers before, during and after tanning to maximize the effects of your time, while being kind to your skin.
Swimming, Bathing, Showers.
Try not to bathe for 2 or 3 hours before your tanning session. Avoid bathing immediately after tanning because the tanning process continues ever after your session ends. And remember, use moisturizing lotions!
Always use eye wear!
Your eyelids offer practically no protection against UV rays. While tanning indoors, always wear protective goggles. Outdoors, be sure
you are wearing a pair of sunglasses that offer UV protections.
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Smart Tanning for Teens
By practicing Smart Tanning, you develop your natural tan gradually, while reducing the chances of burning your skin. Here are seven steps to live by:
1. Avoid Sunburn.
The Golden Rule of Smart Tanning is the indispensable rule: Don't ever sunburn. Work with your tanning facility to build your tan gradually.
2. Know Your Skin Type.
A professional tanning facility will teach you your skin type on a scale from type I to VI and what that number means.
3. Use Sunscreen Correctly.
Use sunscreen outdoors correctly - even if you tan indoors. Apply a full-spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays before heading outside for best results. You can develop a tan outdoors while wearing sunscreen.
4. Protect Your Eyes.
When outside, protect your eyes with sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays. Always wear proper indoor tanning protective eye-wear when tanning in a salon.
5. Be Serious About Your Medications.
Some medicines (including many antibiotics, acne medications and birth control pills) can make your skin more susceptible to sunburn and splotches. Talk to your tanning salon staff if you are taking any medications.
6. Practice Makes Perfect.
Like school and sports, avoiding sunburn is an everyday job. Make sunburn protection a habit.
7. Give Yourself Time to Tan.
Important events like prom, spring break, vacation and graduation take time to get ready for... so does tanning. Talk to your salon staff to get on a schedule that works for your skin type and your tanning goals.