Tanning Tip #1. MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE!
When it comes to your tan, one big thing that can affect your results is dry skin. Dry, flaky skin does not tan very well and can also prevent your skin from absorbing up to 50% of the light produced during your session.
Dry skin is also more susceptible to the breakdown of your collagen and elastin which can speed up the aging process. That’s why it’s important to moisturize before AND after your tanning session in ADDITION to your regular routine
like before bed and after a shower.
Tanning Tip #2. Only USE PROFESSIONAL TANNING SALON PRODUCTS!
Store bought lotions are not designed for indoor tanning bed use. Salon quality tanning lotions designed specifically for tanners replace the vitamins and minerals lost
during the tanning process. They are also specifically formulated to maximize your tanning results by using natural ingredients and amino acids such as Taurine and Tyrosine
to produce the best possible tan.
“Why can’t I use this lotion I bought at my local Beauty Supply, it’s much cheaper and says it’s for Indoor and Outdoor tanning? Well, the simple answer is because it contains
inferior ingredients compared to the professional tanning salon products we carry. Also, buying a product designed for a department store or beauty supply means those products
are made cheaply as possible for markups and retail sales. They are just praying on tanners to get thier dollars and not be responsible at all for thier tanning results.
Read more to learn the differences.
Tanning Tip #3. STAY AWAY FROM PRODUCTS WITH MINERAL OILS!
Most skin care and tanning products that can be purchased at the drug store, beauty suppliers, and even high end department stores use a cheap, nasty substance as its primary ingredient called mineral oil.
It goes by other hidden names as well: mineral oil, paraffin, petrolatum, white oil, and a few others.
Mineral oil is actually a by-product of the refining process where crude oil is refined into gasoline. It is then purified (purity level can vary) and sold to ‘skin care’ manufacturers to be used
in their products for pennies on the ounce. Actually, it’s less expensive for the oil companies to sell mineral oil than to dispose of it, which is why that bottle of indoor/outdoor lotion you
may have purchased cost less than $5. Ultimately you get what you pay for in terms of skin care.
So why is mineral oil so bad? Well, mineral oil particles are actually too large to be absorbed by the skin, so they sit on TOP of the skin and instead of replenishing lost nutrients and
moisture they only prevent nutrients and moisture from escaping the skin.
The DOWNSIDE to this is the skin also must release toxins from our body through the pores! So while mineral oil may be locking moisture and nutrients in, it’s also preventing toxins from
escaping the top layer of skin! This causes our skin to exfoliate (or shed) UNEVENLY which will lead to an uneven, spotty tan.
So, if you’re using the ‘cheap stuff’ and you’re not happy with your tanning results or the uniformity of your tan, now you know why.
Tanning Tip #4. EXFOLIATE YOUR SKIN!
So, we’ve exhaustively covered how bad dry skin is, it’s time to tell you how to get rid of it. Find your favorite body wash and your best loofa and give your body a good scrubbing next time you’re in the shower. This will remove the dead skin cells and stimulate your body to produce healthy cells. The result is the PERFECT canvas for developing the PERFECT tan!
BUT, there can be TOO MUCH of a good thing. Exfoliating too frequently will significantly shorten the life of your tan. Tha’s why it’s important to PREVENT dry skin with quality after tan moisturizers.
Tanning Tip #5. DON’T EVER SUNBURN!
The fact of the matter is we’ve just been taught the WRONG way to do things by uninformed and uneducated salon owners and employees. It’s time to set the record straight:
YOU DON’T NEED TO BURN TO TAN! YOU DON’T WANT TO BE RED BECAUSE THAT’S A BURN, NOT A TAN! BURNING DAMAGES THE SKIN AND SHORTENS THE LIFE OF YOUR TAN! STOP BURNING!
I can’t be any clearer. All too often I encounter clients who insist that they need to burn before they can tan. This is NOT true. If you can’t develop a tan without burning then you should NOT be tanning. I’ve also heard requests that a tanner wants to be a little ‘red’ after tanning. Redness that lasts for more than a couple hours after your tanning session is considered over exposure and may be a sign of a sun burn. Please avoid this.
Tanning Tip #6. GTL IS BAD!
If you’re asking, ‘What GTL is ?’ then you’re probably a lot like me having never watched an episode of America’s favorite New Jersey reality show. GTL is an acronym for Gym, Tan, Laundry. Okay, so it’s never really a bad thing to do laundry I suppose, but going to the gym and then immediately going tanning (or vice versa) is NOT recommended.
Now I’m just being really compulsive about this whole tanning thing right? Not really, consider this: At the gym you sweat, releasing toxins and other impurities from the body through the skin. In the tanning bed, the same thing happens. When the skin repeatedly dries and becomes sweaty, bacteria forms. It’s this bacteria that causes’sun spots’ on the skin, or, areas of the skin that stay ‘white’ and don’t tan like the rest of your body. This primarily occurs on pressure points in the tanning bed but can also appear on the inner arms and thighs and look like little white circles.
It’s not dangerous or anything, so don’t be alarmed, but you definitely want to bathe between tanning and going to the gym to prevent these sun spots.
What to do next ?
All of our professional tanning consultants are Smart Tan certified and can assist you in making the best possible decision regarding your tanning goals. Don’t hesitate to call or stop in for some tanning advice. Even if you don’t currently tan with us, we want to make sure you’re doing right by your skin, please feel free to call us with any questions and we’ll be happy to help you get the tan you deserve!