How To Get A Darker Tan In A Tanning Bed?

Many people desire to have a beautifully tanned body, especially after the long winter months. The fact remains that without a tanning bed getting a tanned body during winter is virtually impossible.

Unfortunately, when Summer arrives lying in the sun for hours on end to try and achieve a golden glow can be just as frustrating. Just when you achieve a good-looking tan Winter rears its ugly head again and you are back to square one!

Tanning bed sessions may be just what you need to be sure that you emerge from your winter clothes looking tanned and healthy!

The question that many people ask is, however, how they can achieve a darker tan once they have opted to use a sunbed.

In short, there are many ways in which you can get a darker tan while using a sunbed. In this article, we will look at how long it takes to achieve a tan when using a tanning bed and some handy tips on how to achieve the darkest tan possible in as little time as possible.

How Long Will It Take To Get A Tan In A Tanning Bed?

Unfortunately, one tanning session is not going to make much of a difference to the color of your skin. In most cases, a person will start to see the results of a base tan after three to five sessions of regular tanning in a sunbed.

There are, however, several ways in which you can maximize the darkness of your tan while sun bedding.

Eleven Handy Tips to Get A Darker Tan During Your Tanning Sessions

Do you want a tan that darkens faster and lasts long after your tanning session? If so, then follow these handy tips to improve your chances:

# 1 Exfoliate Before Your Sunbed Session

You must exfoliate your skin before your tanning session so that you can remove any dead cells that may prevent the UV rays from penetrating the skin at their maximum capacity while on the sunbed.

When the UV rays penetrate the skin, it will result in melanin production which will help to speed up the tanning process.

Homemade Exfoliator Recipes

Are you thinking about making your own exfoliator? Here are two popular types of home-made exfoliators and how to make them:

The Sea Salt Scrub

This exfoliating scrub has an array of antibacterial properties but is not suitable for extremely sensitive skin as the sea salt can be a little too abrasive for certain skin types.

On the plus side, salt is a natural preservative so it can be preserved and used as an exfoliation scrub for a long time.

What You Need

Half a cup of sea salt

Half a cup of oil (coconut/almond/grapeseed)

Essential Oils

How To Make It

In a mixing bowl mix the sea salt and the oil together, carefully add more salt or more oil until you get the consistency that you want. Add a few drops of essential oil to the mixture and then spoon it into a container.

The Brown Sugar Scrub

This scrub is easy to make, inexpensive, and easily accessible should you not have any form of exfoliating product lying around at home. It is a wonderful alternative to using other products to exfoliate your skin.

This homemade exfoliation mix is gentle and mild on the skin and is the perfect alternative for people who have sensitive skin.

What You Need

Half a cup of brown sugar

Half a cup of coconut, almond, or grapeseed oil

How To Make It

Simply put the sugar and the oil together in a mixing bowl and mix. Depending on the consistency of the mixture you can add a little more sugar or oil to get the perfect mixture.

# 2 Make Sure Your Skin And Body Are Hydrated

The Skin

If you moisturize your skin regularly, you are going to obtain significantly better results when tanning and even prolong the life span of your tan.

Dry skin tends to act as a barrier to the UV rays of a sunbed so making sure that your skin is healthy and moisturized can result in a darker tan.

Your Body

Time and time again we are told how good water is for our body. This is especially true if you drink a lot of water before your tanning session so that your skin cells are well hydrated.

# 3 Do Your Homework: Choose The Right Tanning Bed

Salons offer a variety of tanning beds. Fortunately due to the advance in technology tanning beds are now designed to tan your skin at a much faster pace than ever before.

You also can choose between a lay-down bed and a stand-up bed. Stand-up beds normally tan your skin much faster than a traditional lay-down tanning bed.

Here are a few things to look out for when you are attempting to choose the right tanning bed to achieve maximum results in minimal time:

  • A tanning bed that provides the full spectrum of UVA and UVB rays can help you to tan significantly faster and darker than those that don’t. When looking for a tanning salon it is advisable to ask them if they have a bed that has both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Take a good look at the tanning bed that you are going to be using. Does it look like it is in good condition?  The bulbs may be glowing brightly, but when last were they changed? If you are unsure then ask one of the salon specialists if they can tell you when the bulbs on the bed were last changed.
  • If you are a more experienced tanner, then a Level 1 tanning bed is probably the best option for you as these beds tend to produce higher levels of UVB rays. The only problem is that these kinds of sunbeds can cause sunburn if your skin is not used to them.

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# 4 Tanning Bulbs Make A Difference

The life span of a tanning lamp can last up to 5000 hours. When it comes to tanning bed bulbs, they can last up to 10000 hours.

A tanning bed that’s lamps and bulbs have reached their life expectancy will result in a much lighter tan. They may look like they are still working, but they will not increase the intensity of your tan.

If you are lucky enough to have your own tanning bed at home, then the lamps and bulbs on your sunbed should be changed as soon as they have reached the end of their lifespan.

# 5 Don’t Arrive At The Salon With Make-Up

When you wear make-up you block your pores, making it much harder for the UV rays to penetrate through your skin.

Here are some other reasons why it is not a good idea to wear make-up on a tanning bed:

  • Some cosmetic products may contain ingredients that have an adverse effect when your skin comes into contact with UV rays.
  • Wearing make-up on the sunbed can add to white spots and possible blotches.

# 6 Put on a Tanning Lotion Or Accelerator Before Tanning

Tanning lotions moisturize your skin and also help to add to melanin production so that you can get a darker tan.

These products are specifically made to help you achieve a darker shade in less time and can be purchased in the form of bronzers, creams, or mousse.

# 7 Move Around In The Tanning Bed

Rotating your body while on a tanning bed helps to ensure that all areas of your body receive the same amount of UV rays from the bulbs in the sunbed. This will help to prevent a blotchy or streaky tan.

# 8 Wait To Shower

When you are using a sunbed with the aid of tanning lotions and bronzers it is advisable to wait at least 3 hours before you have a shower. Waiting for a few hours can significantly maximize the darkness of your tan.

# 9 Hold of Waxing or Shaving Too Soon After Your Session

When you wax or shave the outer layer of your skin is exfoliated. This means that your tan will be lost. Bear in mind that exfoliation is good before tanning but not advisable for a few days after your tanning session.

# 10 Always Apply Moisturizer and an After-Tan Extender

Moisturizing is of the utmost importance if you intend to keep your tan for longer. The best moisturizer to use is one that also has an after-tan extender to help you build up your base color after your tanning sessions.

# 11 The Best Foods to Eat For Tanning

Eating fruit and vegetables is good for your overall health and just as good for your skin! Consuming fruits and vegetables with an orange or yellow color can help to give you naturally tanned skin.

The reason for this is that they contain carotene which is a Substance that helps to increase the pigmentation of the skin. Vegetables and fruits that contain carotene are carrots, spinach, and tomatoes just to name a few.