INFOGRAPHIC: 10 Things to Consider before Tanning

People have a diversity of skin complexion ranging from pale white, fair, medium white, olive, dark brown and black skin. Many people are amazed at the white complexions because people having these skin hues appear neat and pleasing to the eyes.

The scientific principle why some have pale to medium skin tone is because of the fact that they inhibit minimal melanin element within their body. The melanin is chiefly responsible for protecting the skin against the harmful radiation and UV rays of the sun.

People usually apply sunscreens or sunblock lotions, creams or ointments containing higher SPF concentration to protect their skin against the heat of the sun. Let’s face it, that no matter how effective the sunscreen lotions are, the sun rays would still penetrate into the skin causing damage, redness, and stinginess. What is the trend today? People nowadays are no more desiring of having a white skin because what’s “IN” today is the tanning procedures to prevent the skin from diseases, cancers, and allergies against the sun’s exposure.

What are the 10 Things to Consider before Tanning?

Before engaging yourself with the different tanning solutions, you should first need to know these factors, guides, effects, and advices in tanning your skin.


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1. Test your skin and tolerance to heat

There are several ways on how to assess your skin and the degree of tolerance it can take against heat which include:

  • Answering online evaluation queries related to skin and extracting the results thereof.
  • Visit tanning salons to help you assess your skin type and heat forbearance.
  • You may also do it naturally by exposing yourself to the sun and feel the warmness of the sun rays as well as observing if your skin darkens faster.
  • Consulting a dermatologist to provide you with professional prescriptions, tests, and recommendations regarding tanning may also the best way to suffice you with enough information especially relating to skin conditions.

2. Exfoliate and Shave

You should remove the dead skin and skin outgrowths in preparing for your skin to be tanned. Exfoliating helps to remove the dead skin while shaving gently rids off the hairs. In this way, the tanning solutions will easily penetrate into the skin for even, fine, and effective results.

3. Check Out the Tanning Salons and Products

Roam around the city, search all over the internet and evaluate each salon that you consider on the list. Make sure that their services are reliable and ask their assistance to what tanning beds that they can recommend for you.

They should provide you with proper time duration such as 5 to 10 minutes as a lower span of time for tanning procedure unless they might burn your skin if they’ve been so careless with their services.

Quick yet comprehensive instructions should be advised to the patients so that they will be reminded of the appropriate way of using the tanning bed. The tanning assistant should always check you out while performing the tanning.

4. Accomplish a Skin Assessment Form

If you’re already decided to consult a tanning salon to help you then the salon should give you a skin analysis form first to provide them enough information with your skin profile and resistance.

An assessment form is important as evidence between you as the patient and the tanning salon so that you may complain regarding their services just in case a skin problem arises.

5. Avoid Using Products enriched with Tyrosine contents

Generally, tanning products that contained tyrosine misleadingly persuade people that this element can darken the skin in a faster way since its capacity as an amino acid can generate melanin for the skin.

In fact, there’s no scientific explanation that proves the safety of using a tyrosine enriched product and it might give you side effects if you attempt to use it.

6. Take a Bath

A refreshing shower bath can help you cool your skin and remove the toxins as well as applications such as lotions, toners, makeups, oils, or deodorants. It is significant to take a bath first so that when you start the tanning procedure, it will not cause any allergies, redness, or skin damage and counter react with the product that you have applied.

Keeping the skin cool before tanning can increase the tolerance of the skin against the heat waves produce by the tanning bed, products, or the sun. After taking a bath, you may apply tanning products for an immediate and effective way of tanning.

Please take note that using essential oils may also help achieve the same effects as the tanning products but not recommended. The oil can adopt the temperature easily as if it acts like a conductor. If the oil is applied on the skin and the heat starts to make the skin sweat, then it can double the sweating effects because of its versatility to temperature thus, the tanning may cause a warmer effect on the skin that might cause a burn.

7. Use Goggles for Eye Protection

Goggles are not only meant for swimming activities but even at the tanning bed. It is important to keep your eyes protected from the heat waves and sweat that may harm your eyes hence, may cause irritations. Don’t worry about your appearance because a pair of goggles for a tanning bed is actually a cool stuff!

8. Use Lip Balms for Lip Moisturizer

Apart from applying a tanning solution and wearing goggles, you should put lip balms to hydrate your lips. One of the sensitive parts of the skin is the lips so it should be kept moisturize to avoid causing it to dry and crack.

You don’t need to be anxious since a lip balm is a chemical to your lips, actually it will definitely protect your lips against the tanning.

9. Cover Your Scalp

Another sensitive part of the skin aside from the lips is the scalp. Wearing a hair cap would help to protect the scalp and hair as well. It will not cause dryness and burn since the scalp is protected with a hair cap. As aforementioned at #6 Take a Bath, this will help the scalp and hair hydrated since it is wet.

10. Get Inside the Tanning Bed or Go Outside (around 11:00am to 3:00pm)

  • The Tanning Bed

When you’re ready to get in touch with your soon-to-be tanned skin, the salon should provide you with the appropriate tanning bed pressure relative to your skin complexion and tolerance to heat.

The bed pressure depends on the skin analysis and skin assessment form that you have taken so that the tanning assistant may know how to deal with your skin. If you’re a claustrophobic type of individual but you insist using a bed pressure for your tanning then you may opt to use a booth-type tanning whereas you are standing instead of lying on the bed.

  • A Natural Way of Tanning

If you are hesitant to undergo tanning using a bed pressure technique then, you may repeat the #1 to #9 steps except #3 and #7. The idea is to go outside within the time frame 11:00am up to 3:00pm since the sun’s direction is highly intense and prickly heat occurs during this time zone. You may go to the resort, beach, or swimming pool to have your natural tanning effect.

Just make sure you won’t experience sun burns if you wished to stay under the sun for a long time. Monitor your watch and be aware of the time you begin the tanning. Usually, 2 hours to 4 hours sunbathing exposure is already enough for you to see the amazing tan results!

A Skin Advice

Tanning is the normal pigmentation of the skin that may last temporarily or permanently depending on the melanin content of the body and how the skin responds to the UV rays. When you have decided to tan your skin then you should be fully confident to show off your appearance in a new skin complexion. You should not doubt with your tanned skin and become proud of it.

Always consult the dermatologist just in case you have encountered skin irritations. As much as possible, avoid taking pills, body spray, or lotions that promise you with misleading results. Have an ample time to thoroughly search for the products first and read testimonials that provide truthful information regarding the product. Furthermore, look for the seal and logo that certifies the products’ reliable content and effective results.

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