Millions of people around the world use tanning beds regularly.
They are quick and easy way of getting a healthy, attractive looking tan without having to travel or move to somewhere hot, or spend hours lying outside in the sun every day.
While using a tanning bed is great, it can be slightly uncomfortable – it heats you up and afterwards you can feel hot and sweaty and you may think to yourself, “I’m going to have a shower now”, so that you can refresh yourself and cool yourself down.
This is actually a mistake however, and you shouldn’t shower after you have used tanning bed. Read on to find out why.
If You Use A Bronzer It Can Wash It Off
This is also known as a tanning accelerator and it is basically designed to give your tan a little bit of extra glow after you have finished using the tanning bed and to increase the speed in which your skin will pick up a tan on regular usage of the tanning bed.
As you have only just applied the tanning bronzer or tanning accelerator after you finish on the tanning bed (because usually you are not on it for any great length of time), it will still be on your skin and not have fully soaked into your skin by the time that you finish in the tanning bed and head home.
So if you get home and hop in the shower, before it has soaked fully into your skin, you are washing it off.
Which will mean that it is not effective at all, and you have essentially wasted both the time that you spent applying it to your skin, and the money that you will have spent on it.
It Stops Your Skin From Fully Absorbing The Tan
The melanin of your skin basically means your skin pigments, and these melanin or skin pigments are what cause your skin to tan.
The tanning bed or booth emits UV radiation, which is absorbed by the melanin or skin pigments on the skin and this causes the skin to darken over time and give you a tan.
That is a fairly simplified version of how tanning works but it is the basic gist of how it works.
The minute you step into that shower and turn it on you are reducing the effectiveness of your tan.
The melanin or skin pigments in your skin continue to absorb the UV radiation from the tanning booth long after you have left the tanning booth, which basically means that your skin will continue to tan for potentially hours after your tanning session.
This is why tanning booths are so effective, because it isn’t just the 10 minutes that you are in the booth that effect the level of your tan.
Since you are going to the tanning salon to get as much of a tan as you can, you don’t want to reduce the effectiveness.
So you should avoid the shower for a few hours after the tanning session, and your tan will come quicker and be much deeper.