Tanning on a Sunbed is an effective and safe way to achieve your desired golden brown colour and increase your Vitamin D levels. More and more people are choosing indoor tanning, especially in Scotland where sunlight exposure is limited throughout the year. Many people wonder what they have to do to get a darker tan. Here are some tips to help you tan faster using a sunbed and make your tan last longer!
1. Exfoliate your Skin prior to Tanning
Exfoliation is the first thing to do before each tanning session. In this way, you remove the dead cells from the skin’s surface ensuring that your skin is clean and ready to tan. The light penetrates easier the exfoliated outermost layer of the skin and activates the production of melanin. There is a wide range of products and scrubs available today. Alternatively, you can also try homemade beauty recipes such as a mixture of 1 cup Epsom salt and 2 tablespoons of olive oil, this will help when exfoliating your skin and keeping it fresh and soft!
2. Keep your Skin Hydrated and Moisturised
Taking care and moisturising your skin can lead to better tanning results and it can prolong your tan. Moisturised and healthy skin tans easier and faster compared to a dry skin which reflects the UV rays. Drink a lot of water prior to and after tanning to keep your skin hydrated and moisturised. You can also apply tan extend moisturiser in between sessions. These products add moisture and improve your skin’s condition. At HOT! we offer MyTan Extend moisturiser to extend the length of your tan by up to 50%.
3. Apply a sunbed cream or tanning accelerator prior tanning
Sunbeds creams not only keep your skin moisturised while tanning but also intensify the production of melanin for a darker tan. There are a great number of sunbed creams, varying from moisturisers and coolers to bronzers and creams with tingle factors. All these products are specifically formulated in a way that enables you to tan faster and achieve a darker colour. Make sure you use products suitable for your skin type.
4.Remove any kind of makeup and other cosmetic products
Make-up and other cosmetics can block the pores of your skin as well as the UV rays from penetrating it. Many people claim that they have noticed white spots on their skin when they tried to tan wearing makeup or other cosmetics. It is advisable to have a shower prior to tanning or use make up removal wipes to remove any forms of make-up, perfume or cosmetic and keep your skin completely clean.
5.Choose foods that accelerate tanning
Studies have shown that eating lots of vegetables and fruits (especially those that are orange and red in colour) not only can result in a healthier skin, also give a natural tan to your skin. Such fruits and vegetables include carrots, tomatoes, mangoes, apricots, peaches, spinach etc. They contain pigments like carotene and can increase your skin’s pigmentation. At HOT! you can also find Sunshot this is a refreshing beverage containing specially formulated ingredients (Vitamins, carotene) that stimulate your body’s natural tanning process. It also increases collagen production and the skin’s elasticity and freshen your skin by removing wrinkles.
6.Avoid Shaving or Waxing after each Tanning Session
Shaving and waxing can cause exfoliation of the outermost layer of the skin. Exfoliation can be useful prior to tanning. After tanning it results in the removal of the top layer of your already tanned skin.