Everything you need to know about tanning

We all love to have a tan now and again, and what better way to do it than a self-tan but, wait what about a tanning bed or a sunbed as some call them. If you aren’t sure what a tanning or sun bed is then I’ll be more than glad to explain that it’s simply a tanning booth that’s horizontal, they come in various sizes and shapes, a tanning or sun bed uses ultraviolent radiation to produce a cosmetic tan, these beds are often found in gyms, hotels and spas. In today’s post I’m going to be explaining everything you need to know about tanning and the best way to go about doing it.

Before you book a tanning appointment it’s good to do a little research but, lucky for you I’ve done all the research and summarized it in one post.

What skin type are you? knowing your skin type and tanning abilities means saving yourself from skin burns. Your skin type will tell you exactly how much natural protection your skin has against ultraviolent light and how many tanning sessions it will take to achieve a simple tanned look. We all belong to one of five skin categories below are characteristics of each skin type:


  1. Skin type 1- this skin type is usually very white or pale, the possessor usually has red hair accompanied by freckles and either blue or green eyes. This skin type burns very easily and extreme precaution should be taken.
  2. Skin type 2- light skin or the beige shade, the possessor usually has blonde or light brown hair and may have freckles, the possessor usually has blue or green eyes. This skin type has the tendency like skin type 1 to burn easily.
  3. Skin type3- light brown skin, the possessor usually has brown eyes and hair, this skin type can sometimes burn but is more likely to always tan.
  4. Skin type 4- brown or olive skin, the possessor usually has dark brown eyes and hair, this skin type very rarely burns but has the ability to tan easily.
  5. Skin type 5- brown or dark brown skin, the possessor usually has dark brown eyes and hair, and tans the easiest.


Now that you’ve determined which skin category you fall in it’s time to determine exactly how long you should spend in a tanning bed or booth.

  • Skin type 1- skin type 1 has a very high possibility of burning therefore tanning sessions should be limited to 1 minute for the first three sessions, remember the moment you feel to warm and uncomfortable it means nothing but danger for your skin, if you find this to be the case end the tanning session at once. When it comes to tanning it’s better done slowly and cautiously which results in a decent tan than quickly which will see you burnt. If you burn you’ll have to wait to peel of before you can try again.
  • Skin type 2 – this skin type has a great possibility of burning, therefore you first tanning session should be a minute long, you can increase sessions time by a minute until you’ve achieve the desired tan. The same rule applies for both skin type 1 and 2, the moment you start feeling to warm and uncomfortable you should end the session immediately. If you burn you will have to wait until you completely peel before starting the tanning process over.
  • Skin type 3 – the great thing about this skin type is that you’re bound to see results pretty fast but that doesn’t mean your first tanning session should be 5-6 minutes long, take things slow and you should notice good results by the third session. For this skin type you may increase your session times by two minutes each, start the first at one and more two minutes each session thereafter.
  • Skin type 4 – if you’re this skin type lucky you, the amount of time your skin takes to tan is brilliant, you’re most likely to see results after the very first session, but be sure not to exceed 7 minutes at a time in a sunbed or tanning booth.
  • Skin type 5 – like skin type 4 this skin type will see results pretty fast, your skin has the ability to with stand about 10 minutes’ worth of ultraviolent light, which means an excellent tan after the first session. Just be sure not to exceed 10 minutes in a tanning booth or you’ll end up resembling a dark chocolate bar.


whilst tanning/sunbed’s have the ability to create that perfect tan there are necessary precautions you should take in order to protect yourself from the harmful effects of ultraviolent light. Below are the precautions you must take in order to protect yourself during a tanning session.

First things first how often can one go for tanning: tanning is a process that’s split between sessions so that the skin doesn’t burn, generally you should give your skin a minimum of 72 hours to relax before exposing it to ultraviolent light again. After you’ve received a good tan that took about 3-5 sessions you should wait at least three months until you book a new set of sessions. most countries require you to be 18 and over to book a tanning session that involves sunbeds and tanning booths.

What to wear to a tanning session: this is totally up to you, it all depends on whether you want a full body tan which means tanning in your birthday suit, or if you want to tan in your underwear, remember tanning in your underwear means at the end of it all you’ll be left to unpleasant tan lines. The safest bet when it comes to tanning is wearing underwear even though it leaves tan lines, the skin of your private areas are the most sensitive and burning them will result in many painful days.

Eye safety is key: before you start your tanning session ensure you’re wearing goggles, the ultraviolent light causes damage to your retina and results in serious eye damage, even if you close your eyes shut the rays will penetrate through your eyelids and have an effect of your retina, after all the thinnest skin on your body is that of your eyelids. If you’re buying your own goggles make sure it provides UV protection.

Consult you GP: if you’re on medication please consult your GP to ensure the combination of medication and UV light won’t result in any photosensitive reactions.

Use a tan accelerator to achieve results fast: most beauty brands have tan accelerators that are actually miracle workers simply because it has the ability to make your skin prone to tanning faster, often the spa or hotel you book your tanning session at will offer you some sort of tanning accelerator.

Whilst there are many precautions you can take to protect yourself during a tanning session there are also many tanning stimulants that will quicken the process and prevent you from burning, going the sunbed route can sometimes be an expensive option hence the introduction of self-tanning lotions to the beauty market. Below are the differences between tanning lotions, self-tanners and sunblock.

What is an indoor tanning lotion? An indoor tanning lotion also known as a tanning accelerator helps your skin tan faster, if you’re tanning in a sunbed it’s essential to use an indoor tanning lotion for the following reasons:

  • Moisturizers the skin.
  • Speed up tanning by intensifying the UV light.
  • Protects your skin from tan wrinkles.
  • Protects you from burning.
  • Keeps away the tan smell.
  • Allows your skin to tan further even after the session has ended.

Types of tanning lotions and their effects on your skin:

  • Menthol tanning lotions, these lotions have a cooling effect on your skin whilst you tan.
  • The tingle kind, these increase your blood flow which aids in the production of melanin, the skin pigment which make you look tanned.
  • Silicone based lotions, these lotions keep your skin moisturized which protects your skin from burning.

Like any cream, foundation or skin product be sure to do a test patch on your hand before applying the cream on the rest of your body.


What is a self-tanner? A self-tanner is a pigmented lotion that gives your skin than tanned look which lasts for a few days, these lotions can be bought over the counter or at beauty salons. It’s ideal for photoshoots and vacations.

What is sunblock? Sunblock is used to protect your skin from UV rays, which makes it the worst candidate for a tanning session, remember a tanning session is meant to darken your skin not to help you remain pale.

So now that you know the general in’s and out’s, of tanning it’s time to learn how to take care of your skin after you’ve gone for the actual tanning session. Once you step out of that tanning/sunbed it doesn’t mean your skin will stop tanning, the tanning process only stops about 12 hours after the actual tanning session, in this time it’s vital to keep your skin moisturized and to drink lots of water.

The above information sums up the general you need to know before booking a tanning session, thanks so much for reading loves, I hope you found this post of great help, and most importantly I hope you learnt something new. please do note that the above info is based on general research and you should conduct your own research before making any decisions, i am in no way responsible for the decisions you make.




6 thoughts on “Everything you need to know about tanning

  1. Fabulous post, hun! 😍
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