Before your tattoo completely heals, it will be sensitive to UV rays (whether real or sunbed.) Once your tattoo has healed, UV rays won’t cause fading, and you can expose it to the sun or sunbeds like you normally would.
Here are a few tips to protect your tattoos while tanning!
Always follow the aftercare instructions your tattoo artist gives and try not to expose a tattoo that has not healed yet to natural or artificial UV light, as these can quickly fade and damage a brilliant tattoo!
The sun is your tattoo’s worst enemy, so cover the entire tattooed area with the highest SPF sunblock available. You can apply it with a cotton swab to cover the tattoo’s outline completely instead of leaving a border around it. You can also cover it with a piece of fabric that matches the size and shape of your tattoo to block as much UV as possible. Re-apply sunblock often if you’re going to spend a lot of time outside.
Moisturize your skin every day, especially after a tanning session or if your skin feels dry, itchy, or if it becomes flaky. This will prevent losing bits of skin that could slowly drain the ink of your tattoo.
You can leave the UV concern behind with spray tanning as long as the tattoo is completely healed. Lighter tattoo colors may get a bit darker from spray tanning, but it’s only temporary, and if you don’t like it, you can wipe it off the tattoo immediately after the session. You can also put on a light coat of barrier cream to protect it during the spray tanning session.
Always wait until your tattoo is fully healed before exposing it to UV or getting a spray tan!
Good skincare is an important aspect of any successful tanning regimen. After all, if you want your tan to look healthy, beautiful, and natural, then you need to give it the best canvas possible!
Two vital skincare steps that should be a part of both your preparation and aftercare routine are moisturizing and exfoliating. Let’s go over what part each of these measures plays in yielding the best results possible from your tanning bed sessions.
Before you hit the tanning bed…
Moisturize your skin to increase color absorption.
The more hydrated your skin is going into your session, the better it will hold onto the tan. Your best bet will be to use a tanning lotion to moisturize, particularly an accelerating lotion. If you prefer to use a regular moisturizer, just make sure it is oil-free, as oils can create a barrier on your skin that impedes your tan.
Exfoliate to cleanse pores and remove dead skin cells.
Think of exfoliating as a way to give yourself a clean slate ahead of your tan. The fewer dead skin cells you have in the way, the deeper and more even your tan will be.
After you leave the tanning salon…
Use moisturizer to cool and rehydrate your skin.
Right after your session (before your next shower), apply moisturizer liberally to help replenish and cool down your skin. This will help nourish your skin and make your tan look healthier.
Exfoliating will help your tan last longer and look better.
Dead skin cells can dull your tan and make it appear patchy as they fall off. Exfoliating after hitting the tanning bed will help you get that gorgeous bronze glow and facilitate gradual and even fading. You might worry that this will remove your tan, but since the color is in the deeper layers of your skin, exfoliating will not affect it.
Now that you know how to get the most out of your tan, you’re ready to book a session at Las Vegas Bronzed! We offer a variety of tanning salon services including medium and high-pressure beds, airbrush tanning, red light therapy, and more. Our specialists will help you develop a tanning plan that gives you the perfect glow you have in mind.
Contact our salon today to book your next session!
There are a lot of benefits to indoor tanning that make it a staple in many self-care routines. It’s a good way to prep for vacation, sun-kissed skin is attractive and makes you feel confident, and UV light helps boost your Vitamin D and mood-improving hormone levels!
Tanning at a salon is often preferable to relying only on the sun, because it offers a level of control and convenience that outdoor tanning lacks. Quality tanning services aren’t cheap though—and for good reason. If you want a bronzed look that’s gorgeous, healthy, and long lasting, then you’re going to have to put a little money into it. We promise you it will be worth it when you walk away with fresh, glowing skin!
It’s important to note, however, that if you don’t follow the best practices for any kind of tanning you won’t end up with the results you’re looking for. Guarantee you get the most out of your indoor tanning regimen by adhering to these guidelines!
Indoor Tanning Preparation
The first step to take after finding the perfect salon for your tanning needs is to determine your skin type. It’s best if you work with a professional to do this because it’s imperative for getting the best tan possible.
Tanning skin types range from one to six—one being very fair and easily burned, and six being someone dark who rarely burns. Your skin type will help you and the attendant choose the right bed, products, tanning schedule, and session length.
Clean & Exfoliate
You’ll want to shower, shave, and exfoliate your skin one to two days before your tanning session. This will help prime you for a deeper, more even tan. UV rays penetrate fresh skin more thoroughly, which will result in a richer color and longer lasting bronze.
Take care not to use any oil-based products or fragrances when you’re preparing to head to the salon. Using these products before you apply tanning lotion can leave you with a weak, blotchy tan, and more vulnerable to a poor or allergic reaction to the UV light.
What to Bring
A good salon will have pretty much everything you need for an optimal tanning experience, but there are a few items you might want to throw in a bag to take with you. Grab a water bottle to keep yourself hydrated in the tanning bed heat, and a towel for any excess lotion or bronzer you might need to wipe away. Be sure to have eye and lip protection too—a pair of tanning goggles and an SPF lip balm will do the trick!
At the Tanning Salon
What to Wear
We recommend wearing something that’s easy to slide on and off, and for good measure maybe even something you don’t mind getting stained—sometimes bronzer has a mind of its own! Don’t wear makeup or any jewelry either.
When you arrive at your tanning station, disrobe to your comfort level. This could mean a bathing suit, underwear, crop top and shorts, or nothing at all. As long as you cover up sensitive areas that don’t usually see the sun, you’ll be good to go.
Using the right tanning lotion is incredibly important. If you’re not sure which product is best for you, ask an attendant and they’ll be able to help you choose. Make sure you’re using a lotion specifically designed for indoor tanning—other products can potentially damage tanning beds and won’t help your indoor tan properly develop.
Once you have the right lotion, apply it evenly all over your body in a circular motion. Wipe off any excess that may be left over. Tanning lotion is important for keeping your skin hydrated and ensuring your tan lasts as long as possible.
Determine with a professional what the appropriate amount of time is for your first session and the ones that follow. You’ll want to start shorter and work your way up to avoid damage to your skin. Whatever you do, don’t stay in the tanning bed for too long and risk getting burned. Burning is bad for your skin, your tan, and downright painful.
Time Between Sessions
Your color will continue to develop for the next 24 hours following a tanning session, so it’s important that you wait at least 24-48 hours before heading back to the salon. This is also the best practice for keeping your skin healthy and preventing UV damage. Once you reach your ideal bronzed shade, you should be able to maintain it with only one or two sessions per week.
If you don’t take care of your tan, you won’t get the most value out of it! A healthy, quality tan requires some at-home maintenance for the best results. Use a tan extender to enhance and prolong the life of your sun-kissed glow. It’s also a good way to keep your skin moisturized.
Moisturizing with the right products after indoor tanning is very important to help prevent wrinkles, signs of aging, and any skin damage that excessive UV light can cause.
Aside from being essential to your overall quality of life, forming healthy habits makes a significant contribution to your tan. When you’re feeling good mentally and physically, your skin will reflect that with a vibrant, natural shine that accentuates your beautiful bronze! A good diet and regular exercise also help offset the aging effects we mentioned that result from prolonged UV ray exposure.
Las Vegas Bronzed Tanning has the best resources and expert staff that you need to get the most out of your tanning experience. We’re dedicated to making sure you walk out of our salon with a dazzling glow that you feel was worth the time, preparation, and price! Call or visit our website to get started on the perfect tanning regimen for you and your skin!