The amount of time you should spend in a tanning bed depends on your skin type, the type of tanning bed you are using, and your personal preferences.
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends that people avoid using tanning beds, especially before the age of 30. If you do choose to use a tanning bed, the AAD recommends that you:
- Start with a short tanning session of no more than 5 minutes.
- Gradually increase the amount of time you spend in the tanning bed by no more than 2 minutes each session.
- Never tan for more than 30 minutes per week.
- Take a break of at least 48 hours between tanning sessions.
- Wear protective eyewear.
- Avoid tanning if you have sunburn or any other skin condition.
- Do not tan if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Here are some additional tips for safe tanning:
- Choose a tanning bed that has a timer.
- Look for a tanning bed that has a low-output bulb.
- Avoid tanning beds that have a mirror.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water before, during, and after your tanning session.
- Use a moisturizer to help protect your skin from the sun's rays.
- Avoid tanning if you are feeling unwell.
If you have any concerns about tanning, talk to your doctor.