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Understanding The Tanning Process

How Does the Skin Tan?

Whether you are tanning by the sun or using a tanning bed Ultra Violet (UV) light rays penetrate the skin as you lay out and tan.  These UV rays can break down DNA inside of the skin cells.  Your body wants to protect itself from these UV rays so it produces a substance called Melanin.  The more melanin your skin produces the darker your skin will become.  The more melanin you have the more UV protection you skin has.  Someone with a dark tan can stay out in the sun longer without a sun burn than someone without a tan, such as people with fair skin.  It is wise to start tanning gradually.  Tan at a little bit at a time so you don’t get your skin burned and you should always enjoy tanning.

What Is Melanin and How Does It help Me Tan?

Melanin is produced inside the skin to help the skin be protected from being sun burned.  Melanin is produced by melanocytes inside of your skin.   People with fair skin, light colored hair, or light colored eyes, have fewer melanocytes than people with dark skin.  People with dark skin produce more melanin than people with fair skin because they have more melanocytes.   People with dark skin therefore can stay in a tanning bed longer than someone with fair skin.  Tanning is not recommended for people with very fair skin or red hair. 

Melanin is a pigment inside of the skin.  Melanocytes produce two types of pigments.  Phaeomelanin (red or yellow) pigment and Eumelanin is brown in color.   People with red hair and fair skin tend to produce more phaeomelanin than eumelanin.  Melanin is only produced when we are exposed to ultra violet light whether in the sun or tanning bed.   People with fair skin produce very little melanin this is why it is advisable that they use sun screen and monitor their sun exposure.

What About People with Dark skin?

People with dark skin that are not Caucasians produce melanin even without sun exposure.  The darker the skin the more melanin is being produced by the melanocytes in the skin.  Darker skin is better adapted to being out in the sun but they can still get a sun burn too.

More About Melanin and Tanning

All UV light helps the skin to tan by producing melanin whether it is from the sun or a tanning bed.  Sunlight has three different kinds of UV light.

1.) UVA

2.) UVB

3.) UVC

 

UVA is known as black light and helps to produce a tan.  UVB tends to burn the skin but it can also help produce a tan.  UVC is filtered out by the atmosphere and is usually not an issue.  It is hard to tell the amount of UVA and UVB that you are getting when you are tanning out in the sun.   Tanning beds provide a more controlled tanning experience for the tanner.

Sunburns and Tanning

It is advisable that you tan without burning your skin.  To prevent sunburn limit your exposure to UV rays.  If you are using a tanning bed follow the tanning schedule your tanning equipment recommends to avoid burns.  Using a tanning lotion while tanning will help keep your skin hydrated and will produce a better tan.  When you are in the sun monitor your sun exposure and put on sun screen when needed.  You should also remember to reapply sunscreen after being in water or sweating even is your sunscreen says it is water proof.  Gradually build a tan and you skin will be much happier and so will you with your tan.

Sunburns and Your Skin

If you have sunburn already then you should stay out of the sun until your skin heals itself.  Aloe Vera lotions will keep the skin moisturized and hydrated while the skin is healing from sunburn.   You will usually be able to see sunburn in a few hours after the exposure happens.  Between eight and twenty-four hours a sunburn will completely develop.

Tanning Lamps Tips

Lamps should be replaced after they have reached their hour life rating.  Some tanners like to replace their tanning lamps 200 hours before they have reached their hour life.  This is up to the consumer because tanning lamps can be expensive but the quality of your tan will depend on your lamps.  Tanning lamps work best the newer they are and will decrease in power the older they are.  It is recommended to clean your tanning lamps and your tanning bed acrylics to keep dust, pet hair, tanning lotions, and any other dirt buildup from cutting down the UVA and UVB light rays that your tanning lamps emit.  The cleaner the lamps and acrylics are the better your tan will be.  Tanning bed acrylics are very delicate to chemicals and harsh cleaners and can be damaged if cleaned with the wrong cleaning solution.  PowerKleen™ is a safe and effective cleaner for tanning bed acrylics and will remove oils, lotions, and dirt from your tanning bed acrylics without scratching or dulling the acrylics.  Harsh chemicals can dry out acrylic and make it brittle.  Tanning bed acrylics are expensive to replace so it is better to take good care of them to make sure they last.  It is recommended to replace your acrylics when you replace your lamps, if they are old and scratched, or have not been taken care of properly they can be a safety issue.

Tanning Skin Care for Users of Tanning beds

To get a great tan it is important to prepare your skin for tanning.  It is a good idea to exfoliate your skin before tanning.   Use a body pouf with a gentle cleanser and scrub in a circular motion to remove old dead skin.  Apply a lotion designed specifically for indoor tanning.  Tanning lotions formulated for use with tanning beds will not damage your tanning bed acrylics and will provide the user with maximum tanning.  Tanning lotions will help keep the skin soft and supple while moisturizing the skin.  Apply tanning lotions in a circular motion all over the body.

***Always wear tanning goggles to protect your eyes from the UV light.

Try to avoid wearing perfumes and cosmetics while tanning in your tanning bed.   Perfumes and cosmetics can contain chemicals that can make your skin sensitive to light.  These chemicals can cause skin rashes or uneven tanning so wash them off before  you tan.
After each tanning session you should apply a moisturizer to keep your skin soft and hydrated.  A tan extender lotion will help moisturize the skin and help extend your tan.

Wait to shower.  Wait 3-4 hours before showering or bathing to allow the beneficial oils to do their work.  Showering immediately after tanning is one of the most common tanning mistakes made by indoor tanners.

**NOTE: Always follow the tanning schedule for your skin type that is on your tanning equipment.  Don't over tan your skin.

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