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The ins and outs of indoor Tanning

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So how do sunbeds work?

When your skin is exposed to the UV light emitted, melanocytes in the epidermis of the skin produces melanin, a pigment which gives skin and hair its natural colour. Melanin absorbs UV rays turning it into heat which protects the skins cells against sunburn. The more melanin in your skin pigment the darker your skin colour will be. This is determined by your genetic background.

Should I use a tanning lotion?

Leading dermatologist recommend that you apply a tanning lotion before tanning. Moist skin tans much better than dry skin. In fact, it will absorb around 20% more UV light than dry skin. Dry skin will actually reflect the tanning rays and in theory you will not receive maximum benefit of your tanning time. UV light has drying effect so using tanning lotions will help replenish the skin of this loss of moisture during the tanning process and the better condition your skin is in the better the results will be.

The active ingredients you will find in our high tech tanning lotions will feed the melanin producing cells and in effect give faster tanning results. The tanning lotion will also help to minimise drying and flaking which will help your tan to last longer.

Another very important reason to use a good tanning lotion is the antioxidant benefits. In a speciality accelerator lotion, you will find premium antioxidant ingredients, which have the ability to reverse free radical activity in your skin cells. Free radicals lead to skin wrinkling, premature aging and can contribute to skin cancer developing. Antioxidants can help protect your skin from the unwanted UV- exposure side effects.

In summary in applying a tanning lotion you will be caring for your skin, enhancing and increasing the life of your tan and getting maximum results for your money. Tanning lotions are certainly the best way to tan.

Is it ok to tan every day?

The answer to this is no.  Tanning is a 24 to 48 hour process and your tan will not develop as well as if you tan every other day. You need to give the pigment time to fully respond to the UV exposure and build to it maximum level. Up to three tans a week will give you a great tan and you will start to see an increase in your colour more so on the second day after tanning than the first.

We advise you to wait for a couple of hours at least before showering after a tanning session. Showering will not interfere with the tanning process, but it will wash off your lotion which continues to condition your skin and help develop your tanning results.

Stand up tanning Vs. lay down tanning

If you have been to a tanning salon you will probably know that you have the option to stand up or lay down on a tanning bed. Whilst it is a matter of personal preference, there are some differences between the two.

A stand up booth allows you to move around more easily so that you can raise your arms or stretch out if you feel a bit cramped. Lying down restricts movement so spots may be missed from staying in the same position. Lamps in stand-up booths are often made with special reflectors top help spread the light around the tanning booth ensuring full coverage. If you are looking for full accurate coverage stand up beds are the answer.

However, standing up is not for everyone. Lying down can be much more relaxing and standing can get tiresome and boring.

Bodilight is celebrating its Tanning Spa’s one year Anniversary! We’ve had a great year with some great offers! We use state of the art equipment and have offered fab deals throughout the year. Feel amazing and look amazing with an all year tan. We all look a bit healthier with a bit of colour and it can do wonders for your confidence. Check out our website for current offers or contact the Bodilight team direct.


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