Tanning Tips

To achieve maximum results, the following steps are recommended:

  • If you are going to shave and/or exfoliate, do it 12-24 hours prior to the session (exfoliation is a double-edged sword. It removes dry, dead skin to allow maximum exposure to fresh, new skin, but it also speeds up the removal of tan skin as well)
  • Keep skin hydrated with a quality moisturizer that does not contain mineral oil.
  • Use a salon-quality accelerating lotion to speed results up to 70% faster than skin without a lotion
  • Start with an accelerator designer to build a base tan and work your way to strongest products for maximum effectiveness
  • Use FDA-approved eyewear to protect your eyes (this is required by law)
  • Use SPF 15 or greater lip balm to prevent lips from burning
  • When bathing, use gentle soaps (preferable body wash or gel) that won’t strip the moisture from your skin
  • Don’t use hot water to bathe (also strips the skin of natural moisture barrier)
  • Drink 6-8 glasses of water each day
  • Take a nutritional supplement that contains tyrosine (Tyrosine is an amino acid that the body produces naturally and is essential to the tanning process. The body actually continues to tan after UV exposure until it uses up the tyrosine present. It acts as an internal accelerator, but does nothing without UV light exposure. Be sure to follow directions of any nutritional supplement. Your Tanning Zone consultant can recommend an appropriate product for you.)
  • If you plan to tan in the nude, cover previously unexposed areas for the majority of the session the first few times. Gradually increase exposure to these areas until they catch up with the rest of your body
  • If you are taking any medications, please let a tanning consultant know. Some medications can increase sensitivity to UV exposure.
  • Remove all makeup before tanning. Most makeup products contain sunscreens that are not necessary in the controlled, indoor environment and will prevent covered areas from tanning. Also, they may contain ingredients that will increase photosensitivity
  • Consult your physician for advice about tanning during your pregnancy.
  • Don’t leave your lotion in your vehicle.  Exposure to extreme temperatures will break down the ingredients so it won’t work.
  • Tanning lotions have special ingredients that break down over time.  Each lotion has a shelf life of 12-18 months, which is printed on the bottle itself.  If you have had your lotion for longer than 18 months, chances are you should replace it to get maximum benefits.
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