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Old 04-20-2009, 11:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hello. Pale fellow here that started tanning last week (in bed max 8 minutes today). I am still very red, no pain just itching like crazy.

Is there any product that will help me get "tan"? Or will the red bronze up later? Today was my fourth session. My arms are browner than the rest of my body--they have a red tinge now after tanning today but normally they are semi brown. Everything else on me is fish-belly white (or was, now it is red).

Thanks much for any help and tips.

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Old 04-20-2009, 01:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Have you spoken with the staff at the salon where you tan yet?
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The staff is about as clueless as I am. And before you suggest going elsewhere, I live on a small town and there is not much else.
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you should NOT be red. That is a sign of burn, not tan.

wait till skin has got back to normal, inflammation gone and no itch, than recommence at perhaps 3 minutes, rising by 1 minute each session to a max of 7.

Over a period of a few weeks, with one session every 4 days, to give skin a chance to repair and to give tan time to settle, you will get a decent tan
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Re: new to tanning beds

Another tip...make sure you are using a good lotion during and after tanning. Tanning dries your skin a lot. Also, your lotion should not have alcohol as one of the top two ingredients. You really need one that has aloe or cocoa butter as the top listed ingredient. You will find that your dry itch will go away AND with the great moisture value you WILL start to tan. Wait a day or two in between tanning when starting as well.
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Another tip...make sure you are using a good lotion during and after tanning. Tanning dries your skin a lot. Also, your lotion should not have alcohol as one of the top two ingredients. You really need one that has aloe or cocoa butter as the top listed ingredient. You will find that your dry itch will go away AND with the great moisture value you WILL start to tan. Wait a day or two in between tanning when starting as well.
I have some cocoa butter lotion for after tanning, but what type of lotion for tanning? Do you mean a sunscreen? If so,what SPF do you recommend?

Thanks much for all of this information!
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Hello. Pale fellow here that started tanning last week (in bed max 8 minutes today). I am still very red, no pain just itching like crazy.

Is there any product that will help me get "tan"? Or will the red bronze up later? Today was my fourth session. My arms are browner than the rest of my body--they have a red tinge now after tanning today but normally they are semi brown. Everything else on me is fish-belly white (or was, now it is red).

Thanks much for any help and tips.

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Did you possibly use a tingle lotion this time?
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I used no lotions in the bed. Just a cocoa butter lotion after.
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Re: new to tanning beds

No spf unless you opt to protect your face a little...your face is just a different country so always good to use additional protection. You need to apply your product prior to tanning for optimal benefit. Of course follow up with a good aloe or cocoa butter lotion in the evening to repair and heal skin at night. If you don't get relief from the itching dry skin then stay clear of beds and use stand ups. Sometimes cleaners bother certain people as well as being closer to the heat of the lamps. Bottom line...let your red, irritated skin heal prior to tanning again then go slowly with your good skin product.
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Re: new to tanning beds

Sad that the staff is clueless, so unfair and unsafe to tan there!
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