Tanning is your body’s natural defense against sunburns. It’s what your body was designed to do! But going from a body of sun-deprived skin to a gorgeous, natural tan isn’t always foolproof. So when our clients ask us how to tan, we focus on educating tanners in what we call “Smart Tanning.”

The golden rule of smart tanning is: Don’t Ever Burn!

Talk to our expert Tanning Consultants about how to tan in our indoor tanning equipment without reddening your skin. We use a process called skin typing to determine what category your skin falls under to determine the equipment and lotions that will work best for you. In addition, we recommend the tanning bed tips below to prepare your skin before each session, protect it during, and enhance your tan after.


  • Shower and exfoliate.
  • Moisturize regularly, as hydrated skin will hold a better tan.
  • Remove makeup.
  • Avoid wearing deodorant or perfume.
  • Remove watches and jewelry to avoid unsightly tan lines!
  • If you take meds, talk to your doctor to be sure your medication isn’t “photosensitive” – meaning it can be weakened or otherwise affected by UV exposure.


  • Use lip balm – lips can burn easily!
  • Apply tanning lotion immediately before your session. Never use outdoor tanning lotion or oils.
  • By law, you must use protective eyewear. Bring your own, or buy them at our salon. We sell both long-term and temporary eyewear.
  • If you choose to tan in the nude, be careful about areas not accustomed to sunlight. Cover sensitive areas with a towel or clothing for the first session and build up tolerance for your next visit.
  • Stop tanning if your skin starts to sting, which can indicate overexposure to UV rays.


  • Apply more lotion. Tan extenders are the best product to keep your tan looking rich and golden longer.
  • If you feel as though you have overexposed, use an aloe-based relief lotion or gel, like Aloe Freeze Gel.

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For more details, contact a Tanning Consultant at a salon near you!

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