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How to Prepare for the Tanning Bed: UV Tanning Edition

Summer is right around the corner, making it the perfect time to ensure your tan is ready for the season ahead! Believe it or not, achieving the best tan starts with the proper skincare prep. This month at Bare Bottom Tanning Salon, we’re discussing four tips to prepare for a UV tanning session so you can achieve the ultimate, flawless glow!

Prepare your skin.

Before you get in the tanning bed, it’s important to shower, shave, and exfoliate. Just like spray tanning, exfoliating off the dead skin will help you get a more even tan. It’s also important to avoid shaving or exfoliating right before the tanning bed, as your skin may be sensitive. The best time to do this is two days to 24 hours before your tanning session.

Remove your makeup and jewelry.

You’ll want to remove all your jewelry, like rings, necklaces, and bracelets, to ensure you don’t get any tan lines. You should also remove any makeup as it can potentially block UV rays from tanning your skin. By keeping your makeup on, you may end up with uneven tan results!

In addition to makeup and jewelry, steer clear of using essential oils and perfume. When they’re exposed to UV rays, they can potentially cause rashes on the skin or increased skin sensitivity.

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Use protection for your eyes and lips.

Even though we close our eyes in the tanning bed, it doesn’t actually provide sufficient protection from the UV rays. They can still pass through the eyelids and cause damage. To help prevent this, using the sunbed goggles that your tanning salon offers is always advised.

When it comes to our lips, they don’t have melanin like the other parts of our body. This means that tanning doesn’t make them darker or more tan. Instead, they become chapped and dry and can develop wrinkles over time. To save your lips from potential UV damage, we recommend wearing an SPF lip balm. 

Use tanning lotion.

To maximize your tanning results, using tanning lotions specifically designed for UV tanning is a great idea. You can buy them  at your local tanning salon before your session. These lotions help your skin absorb UV rays faster, provide a more even tan, and keep your skin looking hydrated and healthy.


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Before you hop into the tanning bed this season, it’s important to note that you should not tan for at least 24 hours after your previous tanning session. It’s also crucial to consider your skin type and what tanning bed options are appropriate for your skin type.

If you have any additional questions when it comes to tanning, you’re always welcome to reach out to our team at Bare Bottom! If you’re interested in our other services, we encourage you to check out our website for more information! In the meantime, we look forward to seeing you!

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