Planning your summer holiday? Got your flights booked and counting down the days? 

It’s time to think about building your base tan for the ultimate sunkissed glow! Here are our top three tips for responsibly building the perfect base tan using sunbeds in time for your summer holiday. 

Build a base tan responsibly for your summer holiday - The Tanning Shop

Tip 1 – Looking after your skin

Did you know hydrated and healthy skin tans better than dull, dry skin? To maximise your tanning results you need to make sure you are looking after your skin. Gently exfoliating your skin between sunbed sessions can help to remove dead skin cells which reflect UV light and can slow down the development of your tan. It’s also vital to keep your skin hydrated and moisturised! Using a skin-nourishing moisturiser daily can help to improve skin condition and improve your tanning results. 

Tip 2 – Start Slow

To build the perfect base tan you need to make sure you are building up your minutes gradually over time. This allows your skin to get used to the UV rays and avoids the risk of over-exposure. You should also avoid tanning outdoors on the same day you have or plan to have a sunbed session. Remember, slow and steady wins the race! 

It is also important to understand your skin type and adjust your session lengths to suit your skin type, pop into your local Tanning Shop store for a free tanning consultation when you register. The full tanning process takes up to 24 hours following your session, it is advised to leave a minimum of 24 hours between sessions*. 

Tip 3 – Use products designed specifically for use with a sunbed 

Always use a UV-specific lotion in your tanning sessions. These lotions include ingredients that not only help enhance tanning results and support the skin’s natural melanin production but also help to nourish, hydrate and rejuvenate your skin. Using high-street brand lotions, oils and moisturisers can not only be damaging to your skin while using a sunbed but can also damage the equipment you are using.

It is also vital that you use eye protection, designed to be used on a sunbed, at every session to protect your eyes. Whether you use disposable eye covers or reusable goggles, you must make sure that your eyes are covered whenever you use a sunbed**. 

By following the tips above you can ensure you build your base tan responsibly for that fresh poolside glow. 

Find more tips and advice from the Tanning Shop on using tanning beds here – 

*Source: The Sunbed Association

** Source: The Sunbed Act 2010