What You Need to Do Before Your First Tanning Session

17 September 2020
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If you want a bit of color, then you may consider going to a tanning salon for a professional tanning service. If this is your first tanning appointment, then you should know that there are some things that you should be doing to prepare for the tanning bed. Find out more about what they are.

Consider Your Skin Type

Tanning beds use UV lamps to mimic the rays of the sun that cause your skin to darken. And, like the sun, the lamps can cause the skin to darken too quickly and burn. Burns can be dangerous and they are unhealthy, so you want to avoid them as much as possible. For this reason, a reputable tanning salon will ask you a number of questions about your skin type and how you tan. This information is incredibly important and it helps the salon professional figure out how long you should remain in the tanning bed or booth. So, you want to think about how your skin reacts to the sun so you can provide the correct information. Do you have fair skin that burns easily and quickly or do you have olive or dark toned skin that rarely burns and easily darkens in the sun? If you are unsure about the way that your skin reacts to the sun's rays, then the salon professional will be cautious and start with a short tanning session to see how your skin reacts. This session may only be a little over five minutes and you can often make arrangements for up to two or three sessions a week with a minute or two added to each session as your tan builds.

Purchase Goggles for Eye Protection

Tanning eye goggles are extremely important to protect your eyes, and they are required during a tanning appointment. The goggles are quite small and fit over the eyes snuggly to keep all UV light away from the eyes. Most tanning salons sell the goggles, but you can purchase your own before your appointment. This is best to ensure a good fit. Tanning goggles come in different sizes and shapes with small black lenses that also vary in size. The goggles are made from plastic and they are bendable to fit different eye widths. To ensure a good fit, make sure that you buy goggles with a highly bendable nose piece or with nose pieces that can be changed. Like swim goggles, the nose pieces should come with the tanning goggles for easy fit changes. 

Some goggles come with straps while other do not. Elastic straps can create additional tan lines, but they are wise to ensure that the goggles stay securely on your face so your eyes are properly protected.