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5 TIPS for long tan

One of the most frequently asked questions related to tanning is: How to tan quickly and effectively on sunbeds? Is there a proven way to see the results instantly and enjoy a long-lasting tan on perfectly nourished skin? The truth is you will not get the dream effect by just pressing the start button. No worries, we are here to help you obtain the sun-kissed look.

Never ever force your tan

Good things take time and so does your tan. The worst thing you can do is forcing your tan by using sunbeds too often and too long. Once you ask salon staff for advice and information about the available equipment, you can create your tanning schedule. Build up the length of the tanning sessions in one minute increments and do not rush the process. The key to build up your dream tan is to avoid burning at all costs. If you burn, your skin will probably start to peel and then you will need to wait until it heals completely to start the process all over again. When you tan, the moment you start to feel uncomfortable or your skin is getting too warm, press the stop button and end your session immediately.

As mentioned earlier, you should always consult a salon professional to make sure the session length and the equipment are appropriate to your skin type. In other words, if they suggest five minutes, do not ask for eight. If the lamps have been recently replaced, reduce the time. Finally, if the salon assistant says you should not tan - trust them.

Be smart, use lotions

Did you know that you can obtain the same sun-kissed result when you reduce the session length and apply the accelerator or bronzer before it? Just try this tip and thank us later. When you use a product classified as an accelerator or intensifier, you can expect a melanin boost. This means the sunbath process is speeded up and the results appear quickly. Products belonging to this category are usually free from any colorants or bronzers; such is the case with Booster and Grand Cru, our bestselling sunbed intensifiers. For those who want to see instant results bronzing lotions are the best choice. They contain carefully chosen amounts of bronzing ingredients, mostly DHA and erythrulose, which react with the amino acids in your epidermis, thereby helping your skin to turn brown.

Sometimes this bronzing power is enhanced with colorants, such as caramel, to offer an immediate result right upon applying the lotion - we call them Black Bronzers. If you are an impatient tanner, you should try Black Caviar, Black Cashmere or Black Praline - none of them will keep you wait for the dark tan result for too long. Not a huge fan of brown lotion texture? No problem! Our White Bronzers are carriers of powerful amounts of DHA and erythrulose to give your skin long lasting bronzed results and an amazing color. This category bestsellers are Black Porcelain, revolutionary

The tanning process should begin already at home, even one day before the tanning session itself. Sounds strange? What we mean is getting your skin ready to absorb the UV light in the most effective way possible. You can do this by exfoliating your skin the day before the sunbed session. When your skin is free from dead skin cells, it tans more effectively. If you feel it is too dry, start moisturizing it regularly a few weeks in advance in order to rebuild its optimum moisture levels. The effect of nourishment will be supported when you use a sunbed lotion right before tanning but the better your skin is pampered, the better and longer-lasting effect you will obtain.

Sunbed session is not the end of the story

If you think that the process of creating your tan ends the moment you press the stop button, you are wrong. Of course you may already see the result but, as a rule, it takes up to a few hours for the tan to develop. Similarly, indoor lotions with bronzers will keep on enhancing your bronze hue during that time. And what your brown skin desperately needs is extra nourishment. Therefore moisturize your skin when you get out of the bed and repeat it at least twice a day. Use plenty of lotion, preferably enriched with panthenol and aloe, to reduce the chances of developing flushing, redness and to keep your skin looking fresh and toned.

Sunbed lotions by Onyx, available at www.onyxtan.com and on Amazon.

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