Indoor tanning rules & regulations

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Indoor tanning can be a safe activity as long as rules and regulations are followed. Like many things we do, moderation is key and that it is true with indoor tanning as well. An indoor tan can give you a healthy glow for the summer, or it can be way to have a bronze tan year-round. However long you choose to have a tan, be sure to follow rules and regulations for a safe tanning experience.

Frequency of Use

An indoor tanning bed should never be used for more than 20 minutes per session. The 20 minutes should be a maximum, with your first tanning session not lasting more than 5 minutes. Tanning daily is not necessary; do not tan more than three days a week.

Proper Use

Indoor tanning bed rules and guidelines should be followed with each bed you are using. Timing switches should be accessible so that you can turn the bed on or turn it off whenever necessary. A tanning bed should automatically turn off after 20 minutes.

Tanning Lotion

Putting tanning lotion on before indoor tanning is necessary because of skin hydration and moisturising. Dehydrated skin will flake faster, and it can cause faster skin ageing. Moisturised and conditioned skin will extend your tan.


Indoor tanning salons usually provide goggles or tanning eyewear that should be worn every time you tan. The tanning goggles help protect your eyes and retinas from UV rays.

Tanning Staff Advice

Tanning salon staff always knows their equipment best, as well as the strength of the tanning bed you will be using. Always follow their advice and direction, and never tan longer than recommended in that tanning bed.

Skin Reaction

Sunburn and skin rashes can occur from indoor tanning bed usage. Check your skin after tanning to know how it reacts to tanning beds. Stop tanning immediately if your skin reacts negatively to indoor tanning beds.

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