Helpful Tips for Safe Tanning

Tanning continues to be the in-thing for getting that perfect golden brown tan you always wanted all throughout the year. There are certainly some risks involved but there are ways to minimize them too.

Here are some useful tips for safe tanning-

Except for the eyes, you can choose to tan any part of your body. But the parts that have never seen the sun before are susceptible to burns when exposed to UV rays. So, it is advisable to keep them covered with clothing. Cover your eyes with UV blocking goggles lest they get severely harmed. If you wear contacts, it's better to keep them aside.

Before-tan moisturizer- Use generous amounts of a high quality tanning lotion before you begin a tanning session. Tanning lotions are basically SPF lotions that block excessive UV rays from penetrating your skin and causing damage. Use an SPF not below 8 and not more than 15. The fairer you are, the more SPF you need.

It is recommended to apply the lotion about an hour before the session. Tanning tends to dry out your skin and it could turn flaky if you do not apply a good quality lotion. Pick a known brand.

After-tan moisturizer-Your skin needs to be kept nice and hydrated for the tan to last long. Rub in a good moisturizer everyday to keep the tan for as long as 5 or 6 days. Make sure your moisturizer does not contain alpha hydroxy acid; it is an exfoliating agent and will make you shed your outer skin (and thereby your tan) faster.

And don't forget to drink enough water from time to time to help skin hydration.

Don't try to hurry up a tan. It will go away as quickly. Build it up over a period of time, slow and steady. It will then be maintained for much longer. Exposure time is different for different skin types. Ask the attendant for what is exactly right for you.

If you are on medication for blood pressure, acne, depression or on antibiotics in general, please ask your doctor whether it is okay for you to go tanning. Certain medications are photosensitive to UV light and may cause skin reactions.

You can go for a tan thrice a week, no more than that. In any case it won't help you tan better. Keep the interval between two sessions at a minimum of 24 hours.

To help your tan last longer, avoid things you know that cause skin to dry. For example use moisturizing soaps rather than the ones that dry out your skin. And eat foods that are loaded with beta-carotene, like carrots, radishes, tomatoes, citrus, celery, broccoli, parsley, and lettuce.

If you are visiting a salon make sure that you ask for a cleaning solution to clean the bed yourself. You don't want somebody's skin infection come on you.