Tanning booths are best used carefully and with plenty of time between sessions. Most people already know that you should do things like use a good moisturizer and drink plenty of water, but there are a few other protective measures you should take before stepping into the tanning booth. And of course, don't forget that if you're leery about the booth, you can always opt for self tanning lotions to use instead or even between sessions.
Protect your Eyes and Lips
You may not think about it, but your eyes need to be protected in this process! And closing them or wearing sunglasses won't do the trick. Instead, you have to wear the right protective gear while in the booth. Your tanning salon specialist should be able to provide something for you, so make sure you wear it! Keep in mind that the skin on the eyelids is incredibly thin which is why it's inadvisable that you try to tan it or go into a booth unprotected you could cause severe damage to your eyes.
Another vulnerable area to protect is your lips. Human lips do not produce melanin, the pigment that causes our skin to darken and thicken a little. This means that lips are more prone to burning if they are not protected. Use lip balm or sunscreen to shield them while you work on your tan.
Plenty of people take medications and plenty of people love to tan. But some medications and UV light don't mix very well, causing things like rashes, itchiness and nausea. Make sure to notify whoever is helping you with your tan. If it turns out that you can't use a tanning booth, never fear! Self tanning lotions can work just as well and you don't have to worry abut UV light.
Tanning in the Nude
Plenty of people choose to tan in the nude so that they don't have to worry about tan lines. However, if you're not used to tanning all over your body, start off slowly. Your skin has to build up its own melanin to protect your skin and you don't want to burn sensitive areas. Cover up areas you don't usually tan and slowly uncover them over several sessions to prevent from getting burn patches breaking up your tan.
I know we've said it already, but moisturizing your skin is very important. Skin that has been prepared for the tanning process is more likely to 'take' to the tan and you won't have to worry about drying out your skin. You should also make sure to drink plenty of water so that you aren't dehydrated over the process.
In many ways, using self tanning lotion would probably be easier on you. There is a lot of prep work involved in going to a tanning booth and staying safe while you do it. However, there are many advantages to using a tanning booth as well. If you want to take full advantage of them, make sure you properly protect yourself so that you can come out with a golden tan, not with any burns or dry patches. Enjoy!