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HOW TO: Build a base tan this summer ☀️

As the summer sun starts to shine brighter and the days grow longer, many of us dream of achieving that perfect sun-kissed glow. Whether you’re preparing for a tropical getaway or simply want to feel your best in your summer wardrobe, starting with a solid base tan can make all the difference. One effective way to get a jumpstart on your summer tan is by using sunbeds. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to use sunbeds safely and effectively to achieve a beautiful base tan.

Understanding Sunbeds

Sunbeds, also known as tanning beds, use ultraviolet (UV) to mimic the sun’s rays, helping you develop a tan. They typically emit UVA and UVB rays, which penetrate the skin and stimulate melanin production. This process is similar to how your skin tans in natural sunlight but allows you more control over the exposure levels and timing.

Preparing for Your Sunbed Sessions

Before you hop into a sunbed, preparation is key to ensuring a safe and effective tanning experience.

  1. Know Your Skin Type: Understanding your skin type is crucial. Skin types range from Type 1 (very fair, burns easily) to Type 4 (very dark, rarely burns). Knowing your skin type helps determine the appropriate duration and frequency of your sunbed sessions. Our friendly salon staff can help you identify which skin type you are. 
  2. Exfoliate and Moisturize: Exfoliate your skin a day before your session to remove dead skin cells. This helps achieve an even tan. Follow up with a good moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated.

During Your Sunbed Session

To maximize the benefits of your sunbed session, follow these tips:

  1. Start Slow: If you’re new to sunbeds or it’s been a while since your last session, start with short sessions (6 minutes) to gauge how your skin reacts.
  2. Build Gradually: Increase your session length gradually. Most people find that 10-15 minutes per session is optimal for building a base tan, but this can vary based on your skin type and the intensity of the sunbed.
  3. Wear Eye Protection: Always wear the goggles provided by the tanning salon to protect your eyes from UV damage.
  4. Space Out Your Sessions: Allow at least 48 hours between sessions to give your skin time to recover and to avoid overexposure.

Post-Session Care

Proper care after your sunbed session is just as important as the session itself.

  1. Hydrate: Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out.
  2. Moisturize: Apply a hydrating lotion or aloe vera gel after your session to soothe and moisturize your skin.
  3. Avoid Showering Immediately: Wait a few hours before showering to allow the tan to develop fully.

Benefits of a Base Tan

A base tan not only gives you a healthy glow but also provides a slight shield against sunburn when you eventually head outdoors. It’s important to note, however, that a base tan offers minimal protection (approximately SPF 2-4), so always use a sunscreen when spending extended periods in the sun outdoors.

Achieving a beautiful base tan with sunbeds can be a safe and effective way to get ready for summer if done correctly. By understanding your skin type, preparing properly, and following safe tanning practices, you can enjoy a radiant tan and embrace the sunny season with confidence.

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