Tanning Beds and Fair Skin
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What should I know about tanning with fair skin?
Tanning effects on different skin types has varied results. If you have pale or fair skin and you are thinking about using salon or home tanning beds, there are some things you need to know about tanning with fair skin:
- Tanning effects on skin can be different, depending on skin types. They are classified into six categories, from I - VI. If you have skin type I, the lightest type of skin, you are the most prone to burns while tanning.
- Shower before tanning. Makeup and perfume can cause your skin to be more apt to burn.
- If you are tanning fair skin, wear a sunscreen that contains a minimum of SPF 20 to 30 to help the skin tan without burning. Tanning for fair skin can be dangerous if you don't take precautions.
- Use salon or dealer recommended moisturizers specifically for indoor tanning, before and after tanning. They are specially formulated to keep your skin healthy with indoor tanning.
- Indoor tanning lotion is designed for indoor beds, since they do not contain dangerous UVC rays. Do not use indoor lotions for outdoor tanning.
- Wear UV protective lip balm to keep your lips from being overexposed.
- Always wear protective goggles.
- For pale skin, safe tanning involves exposing the skin for very short amounts of time initially. Depending on how your skin reacts, increase the amount of time little by little - until you get to the maximum session time. Do this over a long span of time and be patient.
- Let 24 to 72 hours pass before tanning again. It will take time for your tan to develop - don't rush the process. Too much tanning and aging skin are closely related.
- If you plan to tan nude, only tan your sensitive body areas for half the amount of time, for the first three or four sessions.
- If you develop a rash, itchiness, or other skin problems after tanning, consult a physician.
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