Tanning is not just a passion adopted by individuals anymore. It has come to be recognized as the epitome of beauty and fashion especially after making it to the adored personalities of celebrities.
You must be aware of the fact that almost all tanning salons frown upon using tanning oils in their tanning beds. A few unsuspecting of you might also have had to face the consequences after doing it.
Most beginners ask the experienced ones this serious question; “Can you use tanning oil in a tanning bed?”.
The Answer is a big “NO” and this article will tell why you can not use tanning oil for tanning beds.
For all those who are not sure why they had to face the restrictions to use tanning oil for tanning beds and for others who are planning to hit the salon, reading this might answer all your questions.
Indoor Tanning: A Better Solution than Outdoor Tanning
Most of us will go to beaches to meditate and lie in the sun to get a natural tan. But what about the ones who don’t have either the time or energy to hit the beach for this ordeal?
Luckily, for us, tanning salons and facilities are available in metropolitans. They provide artificial tanning procedures making use of amenities like tanning beds.
These tanning beds use UV rays directed to desired parts of your body that would otherwise want the same UV rays from the sun to acquire a tan. Coupled with that, almost everyone would use tanning lotions and oils to speed up, maximize or ease up the artificial tanning process.
Indoor tanning is better than outdoor in a few ways:
- Simple and easy to do
- Faster results
- No burning effect on the skin
- Limited exposure to UV rays
What is Tanning oil made of?
In order to understand how tanning oil has a damaging effect on tanning beds, we should first see the components of a tanning oil.
If you’re a veteran at tanning, you might already know this. But for beginners, here are the details:
- Melanin: This is the pigment in your skin which gives the skin its color. The more melanin your skin produces/consists of, the darker your skin tends to be. Although your skin produces melanin whenever it is exposed to raw Ultraviolet rays, tanning oils also contain some amount of melanin to give your skin an even melanin supply before the UV rays kick in.
- L-Tyrosine: This is an amino acid that later converts into proteins. No, don’t worry I’m not going to boggle you with these technical terms. In this regard, L-Tyrosine is converted into melanin by the help of certain nutrients like Vitamin C, Vitamin B-6 and copper. Likewise, this is present in your average tanning oils to help you tan faster.
- Tea oil: As the name suggests, this is extracted from the tea tree. It has no susceptible effect on the tanning process but tea tree oil itself is well known for its therapeutic, antibacterial and healing properties. It is actually good for your skin and its presence in your oil makes sure your skin doesn’t let any unwanted element to interfere while vulnerable.
- Copper: If you remember reading above, copper is what helps L-Tyrosine convert into melanin.
- Green tea extracts: Helps prevent any adverse effects the UV radiation has on your skin.
- Mineral oils: This is another and the main constituent of tanning oils. On the brighter side, mineral oil is a natural amplifier and intensifier which allows the skin to absorb more UV rays than it normally would. On the adverse side, this is the only constituent which makes the use of tanning oils forbidden in tanning beds.
Using Tanning Oil for Tanning Beds
Pretty sure every one of you wants to get the most out of a single tanning session and very honestly, tanning oil is very good for your skin when used during tanning as it helps you get the tan faster and also protects your skin from any extra damage.
On the other hand, the mineral oil present inside the tanning oil is to the tanning bed as chocolate is to a puppy. It is absolutely lethal for the tanning bed!
How does a tanning bed work?
Tanning beds allow the tanner to lie on a bed of glass (to get an even tan throughout).UV rays are then projected onto the tanner to imitate photo effect of the sun and trigger production of melanin.
What do you think protects the tanner from heat and any possible breakage of the glass? The beds are lined with acrylics that guard you against damage and are the only thin surface when lying on a bed of glass.
How Tanning Oil Damage Tanning Bed?
These acrylics, however, are not very friendly to the mineral oil that tanning oil contains. The same mineral oil that helps your skin get a tan promotes to the degradation of acrylic lining which is very costly to purchase and maintain.
The tanning beds on average have a lifespan of 1000 hours but a single drop of mineral oil could damage the acrylic layer, only to make it unsafe and useless.
Now that you’ve learned the why part of this discussion. Even if you have the best tanning oil with you, your salon won’t allow you to use those over the counter products before tanning.
But, is there any way you can overturn the decision?
Tanning oils may be beneficial to your skin while tanning, even in tanning beds. But the only way you should use it is by checking its composition.
I think we have given hints to this. Yeah, find those tanning oils which don’t have mineral oil in it. It is safe to say that these can be used in the tanning bed. The better option would be to consult with your salon manager. You should assure them of the absence of mineral oil in your product.
But the important thing is that most people use tanning oil to get a base tan. It is better to get it outdoors. You will not have to spend a lot of time on this.
Tanning lotions work great for indoor tannings. That’s why these salons promote the use of tanning lotions. We would recommend you to use some of the best indoor tanning lotions on the market. They don’t have any bad effect on the tanning beds. You will get the desired results and moreover, the salon owner will be happy.
Nothing makes me happier than seeing that smile on your face after having a wonderful tanning session.
My name is Stella Cristin, the owner of Tan Vogue. I am in love with beauty and health products. My great passion is to help people learn about tanning. Read More