Who Can and Cannot Tan

Are you new to tanning? Not sure whether you are a good candidate for tanning? For starters, you are on the right track because you are asking important questions that will protect you from any potential discomfort or harm. You see, not just anyone can go tanning. There is a wide spectrum of skin sensitivity and UV light tolerance; and knowing where you fit on this tanning spectrum will play an important role in your complexion goals an overall skin protection. Whether you choose to tan indoors or outdoors, it is important that you educate yourself on the fundamentals before diving in.

Continue reading to learn more about who can and cannot tan, and how to get a free, custom indoor consultation with an experienced tanning consultant in Indianapolis.

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Can Anyone Go Tanning?

If you are wondering whether or not all people can go tanning, the answer is no. There are some people who are too sensitive to UV light exposure, or who retain underlying medical conditions or medicinal requirements that render them highly vulnerable to sun exposure.

Take albinism for instance; those born with a lack of melanin (skin pigmentation) can be very sensitive to both climate and sun exposure. Some people take medications or have medical conditions that place them more at risk to sun exposure.

Tanning While Pregnant

Normally, there is no serious or immediate risk to an unborn fetus in terms of UV tanning, however, there are rare exceptions depending on manufacturer malfunctions, medical conditions, excessive tanning, medication use, and more. In most cases, the only outcome from tanning while pregnant is a tan mommy-to-be!

The Skin Complexion Tanning Spectrum

Melanin ranges on a broad spectrum of skin complexion. Those with paler skin have less melanin while those with darker skin have more melanin. This spectrum is one tool you can use to gauge your skin’s sensitivity or vulnerability to UVA or UVB light exposure. Are you someone that:

➀ Always Burns and Never Tans?
➁ Always Burns and Rarely Tans?
➂ Burns But Tans Sometimes?
➃ Burns Sometimes But Tans Easily?
➄ Rarely Burns and Tans Easily?
➅ Never Burns and Tans Dark?

You can use this 1-6 guide above to understand where you fit on the tanning spectrum. If you are closer to the top of the list, regularly burning and rarely tanning, you might not be the best candidate for tanning, but you can still do it so long as you take the proper precautions. If you fall lower on the list, such as someone who tans easily and hardly ever burns, or never burns at all, you will have a better result with both outdoor and indoor tanning.

Regardless of where you fit on the tanning spectrum, it is important to always protect your skin in the sun or the tanning bed by wearing a quality sunscreen at the proper level of SPF. Those with lighter or paler skin should wear a higher level of SPF, while those with darker skin can get away with wearing a lower SPF sunscreen.

Are you looking for a local Indianapolis tanning salon who can offer you a customized consultation to help you with your skin complexion goals? Contact Broad Ripple Tans at 317-257-8262 to learn more about our tanning beds and indoor tanning packages in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our trained consultants can help select the right tanning bed for you!

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How Does Our Skin Tan?

Your body’s natural ability to change color and tan is nothing more than a biological defense mechanism to protect your skin against the sunlight’s (or tanning lamps) ultraviolet radiation. When our skin darkens from sun exposure, it’s attempting to reduce the amount of UV penetration into our skin cells. This helps prevent sun burn, skin cancer, RNA damage, DNA damage, and more.

Although our skin has this built-in defense system against UV radiation, it is strongly encouraged to use tanning products, moisturizers, and skin care treatments after tanning to further protect your skin against ultraviolet damage. Continue reading to learn the process in which skin tans, and what makes our bodies lose our tan after some time.

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Melanocytes and Melanin

Your body goes through a process called melanogenesis to darken the skin. During melanogenesis, cells called melanocytes produce a pigment called melanin, which makes the skin change color under UV exposure. These specialized cells make two different kinds of melanin: pheomelanin and eumelanin. Pheomelanin renders the skin red, such as a sun burn, whereas eumelanin renders the skin a dark brown color. These pigments protect your skin by absorbing UV solar radiation upon exposure. It is also the body’s means to repair any skin damage that has already taken place. The darker you get, the more your body is trying to repair and protect your skin.

Fading Tans

Melanogenesis is not a process that shows immediate results. Generally, the skin will turn pink or red during initial exposure, and then change to a darker tan or brown color several hours later. The more sun exposure, the more melanin your body will continue to produce in order to repair and protect your skin. This is why we often look darker one or two days after enjoying the sun (or tanning bed). But once sun exposure begins to die down, your growing skin cells push the darkened skin upward, and your tan begins to fade as dead skin is exfoliated more and more.

Safe Tanning

It is important to learn the proper tanning course for your skin type before hitting the sun too hard. There are several tanning lotions, moisturizers, and skin care products that not only enhance and extend your tan, but also enrich and protect your skin year-round. Talk to your local tanning consultant for customized tanning advice for your unique skin tone and type.

Broad Ripple Tans

Call Broad Ripple Tans at 317-257-8262 for high-quality affordable indoor tanning in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our neighborhood tanning salon is conveniently located right near Broad Ripple Village, and our tanning consultants are standing by to customize the perfect tanning course for you! We offer a wide range of tanning beds, air brush spray tan services, tanning products, and more, all at the most competitive prices in town. We are happy to provide professional tanning advice and information about our services, anytime! Just call 317-257-8262 to speak with a friendly and knowledgeable tanning consultant about Broad Ripple tanning, today!

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