There are regulations currently in place for all tanning beds:
Most tanning salons provide introductory sessions designed to help you understand and operate the equipment. To further to ensure user safety panic buttons that will shut the machine down and summon an attendant have been installed in the majority of salons.
As a safe tanning guide, people are advised not to use tanning beds if:
You should be aware of photosensitivity. Photosensitivity is when the skin becomes overly sensitive to ultraviolet light, and this is often linked to medication, chemicals or conditions which react to UV exposure. The majority of compounds that can cause this are normally cosmetically based. Therefore it is advised that you avoid using cosmetics such as deodorants and skin lotions before your tanning session.
There are a few medications that can cause the skin to become photosensitive. Look out for are those that contain:
To ensure a safe tan people should also be careful with any medications used to treat depression, skin conditions, and diabetes. Do not use any products on a tanning bed, except those produced especially for them. Contact your doctor or local pharmacist before going into a salon if you are unsure.Keep it Gentle
Experts have recommended that we stick to no more than 20 sessions a year on the tanning bed (the International agreed Standard recommends no more than 50.) A log of your sessions should be recorded.
Be honest when considering you skin type, some of us think that by convincing ourselves that we are another skin type we can score longer on the tanning bed and get a tan faster. Some of us will even try and fit in more than one session a day for this very reason. It is advised we have at least a 48 hour break between sessions. Remember the guides are there to help you get the best possible safest tan.Keep Watch
Nobody knows your body better than you, so keep watch over it. Check and lookout for any abnormal skin reactions that occur during your tanning sessions. As soon as you notice anything or even suspect a problem stop the exposure straight away and consult a doctor or dermatologist. Moles especially should be watched and checked regularly by your doctor.Protect Your Eyes
All tanning beds need to be used with eye goggles to protect the eye from the UV light. For a safe tan these need to be worn at all times from the very moment the machine is switched on. Merely closing your eyes will not shield them and WILL result in serious damage to you eyes.