In order for you to get a perfect indoor tan, you must first understand the nature of indoor tanning and what it involves. On average, almost ten percent of Americans visit an indoor tanning facility at some point and the figure is quickly rising. This is because people have started to comprehend just how comfortable it is to get a tan at your own convenience, without having to wait for the appropriate weather conditions.
With this in mind, you would do well to educate yourself on the matter of indoor tanning equipment, indoor tanning oils and indoor tanning accessories. Before all that, however, you should first make sure to understand how indoor tanning works because it is essential to enjoying a pleasant tanning experience. For instance, the sun emits three types of UV rays which are called UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C. Of them, UV-C rays are the most harmful while the UV-A are the least harmful. As such, most indoor tanning equipment is designed to use UV-A during the tanning process.
It is important to remember that most tanning beds emit 95% UV-A and about 5% UV-B rays, similar to the rays emitted by the sun. The outer layers contain melanocytes which are responsible for producing melanin when stimulated with ultraviolet light. Most tanning beds are designed to stimulate melanin production in the melanocytes, which makes your skin turn dark. Therefore, the longer the exposure to UV rays, the more melanin is produced by the skin.
It is also important to determine what your skin type beforehand, because different types of skin react differently when exposed to UV rays. Fortunately for you, most tanning facilities employ professionals who can help you figure out your skin type. According to your skin type, you will spend little or a long time on the tanning bed. For this purpose, tanning salons have pre-determined tanning schedules for each skin type, along with recommended tanning lotions for each type of skin.
You also have to remember to start slowly and gradually increase your indoor tanning exposure over time. Also, you would do well to wait at least 48 hours between tanning sessions to avoid long-term skin damage. We say this because daily exposure to UV rays can cause a multitude of skin problems which may even develop into life-threatening diseases. Most of the time, indoor tanning professionals recommend three indoor tanning sessions a week until the first tan is developed, followed by two sessions a week to maintain it.
In order to get a perfect indoor tan, you must also avoid overexposure. You must also remember to always use a good tanning lotion when doing it. The way you can tell if you’re getting too much UV exposure is to see if you skin starts to sting during the first few minutes of each tanning session. If you do feel any prickling or stinging sensations while tanning, you should stop tanning immediately to avoid further damage to the skin.
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