How To Tan Responsibly
It is important for consumers to understand some basic rules of tanning responsibly in order to prevent sunburn, which may lead to serious side effects. When done responsibly, indoor tanning has many benefits and according to recent research, may actually help prevent some forms of cancer.
Just as with exercise, care must be taken to increase our tan gradually and not to overdo it. This advice applies to summer tanning as well as using indoor tanning equipment during the fall and winter to maintain a healthy looking tan.
The best way to tan with indoor tanning equipment is to choose a professional facility, to understand the industry's guidelines and to avoid overexposure or any degree of sunburn. It is important to look for facilities that meet the following guidelines and allow you to enjoy a responsible tanning experience.
To maintain a tan, people with a good base tan from outdoor sun exposure during the summer months, are recommended to have one to two weekly sessions at 48 hour minimum intervals. This is due to the tanned skin's outer layer enhancing the body's ability to protect itself from overexposure.
Skin Type Determines Tanning Schedule
The type of skin a person has determines the ability of the skin to produce melanin. Skin types are hereditary and are not altered through tanning. Each skin type has an amount of time designated for tanning based on the least amount of ultraviolet light that stimulates tanning without reddening the skin.
Skin types range from a Skin Type I (albino) to Skin Type VI (African American). Skin types are classified according to a person's tendencies to sunburn and/or tan. Most people using indoor tanning systems are a skin type II, III or IV. These people tend to sunburn upon overexposure to varying dosages of UV light, but also have the ability to develop a tan.
An individualized tanning program is based on skin type and the amount of base tan. This information should always be displayed on the tanning bed.
How to Select a Tanning Provider
Customers should be comfortable and confident that the management and employees of a tanning salon, health club or video store are informed, accountable and follow industry guidelines - including hygienic cleansing of the tanning beds after each use.
The salon attendant should:
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