Healthy skin tans better
When we burn, the top layers of skin dies. This exposes lighter, less protected skin underneath and therefore is detrimental to not only to the health of the skin but to the tanning programme as it takes away that layer of protection, but UV is also necessary, to build the amount of melanin in the skin and a plethora of other benefits ( please see ‘UV Benefits’ tab.
So, for someone who doesn’t burn very easily, the key is to start off with short durations of exposure to the greatest UVB to UVA ratio we can to increase melanin production. Typically, we would recommend only a couple of sessions of only a few minutes in the first or second week on one of our low pressure stand up beds. Then increase this to about two or three sessions of around ten minutes by the fourth week before starting to use the lay down beds. If you prefer to use the lie-down beds we would still recommend that you use the stand-ups on a regular basis in your tanning programme to bolster the amount of Melanin in the skin (also good to get rid of lines).
For someone with very fair skin the opposite is true. That is to say at first you need to have the least ammount of UVB as possible. This is because UVB is the kind of Ultra Violet radiation that burns the skin. UVA will not burn but excessive exposure can lead to premature aging. Type 1 or even 2 skin should make more of an effort to maintain sensible ammounts of UV exposure all year round rather than starting and stopping through summer and winter respectively. This is to reduce the ammount of damage that is inflicted on the skin at the beginning of a tanning programme when the skin has the least inherent protection.
Regardless of natural skin colour, the healthiest skin will always be achieved by maintaining regular moderate UV exposure all year round. The exact timings will vary person to person depending on skin type with reference to the Fitzpatrick skin tone scale.