Now that summer is over, you might be ready for more indoor tanning bed sessions. But how much is too much when it comes to indoor tanning? Can you over-tan? Can persistent tanning bed use be bad for your health? For your skin?
Continue below to review some frequently asked questions about over-tanning in a tanning bed to help ease your concerns about UV exposure this fall and winter.
FAQS About Tanning Too Much
Who doesn’t love a natural looking golden tan year-round? Indoor tanning is a wonderful amenity because it provides an opportunity for us to achieve our seasonal complexion goals even when we cannot rely on the natural son to do so. On the other hand, indoor tanning requires a responsible approach to both skin care and tanning bed usage. Overall, the answer to the question, “is it possible to over tan?” Is a resounding yes. Whether or not over tanning is bad for your skin or health is a more muddled answer that requires the guidance of your trusted physician or medical practitioner.
For now, here are some frequently asked questions about over-tanning, which might help you understand your boundaries and/or limitations with indoor tanning:
How Can I Tell If I Have Tanned Too much?
There are various signs you can look for that indicate you have gotten too much sun or have overused a tanning bed. Obviously, your skin will be very tanned, very red, or burnt. This really depends on your skin type and how well your skin responds to UV exposure. Aside from complexion factors, signs of too much tanning might include hot skin, skin soreness, dehydration, mild headache, and even symptoms similar to a minor flu. If you have a headache accompanied with flu-like symptoms, you might have something known as heat illness. See a doctor right away if you are experiencing signs of heat sickness.
What Level of UV Ray Exposure Can My Skin Take?
The amount of UV radiation that your skin is capable of handling will depend on various factors, mostly how well your skin tans and how susceptible you are to sunburn. A certain degree of UV radiation is good for you, as it is a natural source of vitamin D and endorphins in the skin. Too much UV radiation exposure can lead to sunburns, skin irritations, rashes, sunspots, and in more serious cases, skin diseases like cancer.
How Often Can I Use an Indoor Tanning Bed?
A healthy indoor tanning routine for everyone, as it depends on your skin type and how well your skin reacts to UV Ray exposure. Someone with a darker skin tone who tans easily might be able to safely tan 3 to 5 times a week, while someone with fair skin who burns easily is better off tanning once or twice a week and a low level bed. Always discuss your skin complexion goals with the tanning salon consultant at the counter for personalized recommendations for a safe tanning routine.
What Can I Do to Alleviate My Skin if I Tanned Too Much?
Whether you look burnt or not, skin can feel sore, dry, and irritated after tanning too much. If this is the case for you, reach for those high quality moisturizers and skin revitalizing creams, like aloe vera and cocoa butter. Your local Indianapolis tanning salon will have a wide range of after-tanning products and lotions such as these that will help your skin heal and replenish faster. Soaking in an oatmeal, apple cider vinegar, or baking soda bath also helps with swollen or reddened skin.
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