Tips for the Tanning Process
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How does the tanning process work?
If you want to know how tanning works in a salon or home tanning bed, here are some tanning tips:
- The tanning process works by Ultraviolet light acting as a catalyst to stimulate the production of melanin in the skin. The skin's outer layer, or epidermis, determines how much melanin your body will produce, depending on you skin type. When the skin is exposed to UV light, the melanin oxidizes (darkens), which is your body's way of protecting itself from UV overexposure.
- Problems with tanning occur when the skin is overexposed to UV rays and the body cannot produce enough melanin to protect the skin.
- To avoid overexposure, body tanning should be done gradually, with help from professionals in the tanning industry who know just how to help you get a safe tan.
- Your tanning salon or retailer can provide a tanning 'plan' designed for your skin type.
- There are products on the market, like tan accelerator, that can help you get a darker tan.
- Exfoliate your skin before tanning to get rid of any dead or rough skin.
- Always follow advice from your product manufacturer and do not exceed recommended tanning times.
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