Showering can help cool down your body temperature and provide a refreshing feeling after the heat exposure from the sunbed. It is important to wait until after the session to wash, as the lotions and products applied before tanning may require a certain amount of time to develop or be absorbed by the skin.
Always follow the instructions provided by the tanning salon or the manufacturer of the products used during your sunbed session.
Dos and don’ts
5-step guide to washing after a sunbed
Wait for a few minutes:
After your sunbed session, it’s advisable to wait for a few minutes before heading to the shower. This allows your body to cool down and helps stabilize your body temperature. Taking a short break also gives any products applied during the session, such as tanning lotions or accelerators, enough time to be absorbed by the skin.
Gently rinse your body:
When you’re ready to shower, start by gently rinsing your body with lukewarm water. Avoid using hot water, as it can further dehydrate your skin. Let the water run over your body, allowing it to remove any residue or oils from the tanning lotions or sunscreen you used during the sunbed session.
Use a mild cleanser:
Next, apply a mild, pH-balanced cleanser to your body. Choose a gentle cleanser that is suitable for your skin type. Avoid using harsh soaps or exfoliating products immediately after a sunbed session, as they can be too abrasive on your freshly tanned skin. Instead, opt for a mild cleanser that will effectively cleanse without stripping away essential oils.
Be gentle while washing:
When washing your body, be gentle and avoid scrubbing too vigorously. Use your hands or a soft washcloth to cleanse your skin in a circular motion. This helps remove any remaining residue without causing irritation or disrupting your tan. Pay attention to areas where tanning lotions or sunscreen may have accumulated, such as around joints or under straps.
Pat dry and moisturize:
After rinsing off the cleanser, gently pat your skin dry with a clean towel. Avoid rubbing, as it can cause friction and potentially irritate your skin. Once your skin is mostly dry, apply a moisturizer to lock in hydration and replenish moisture. Look for a moisturizer specifically designed for after-sun care, as it can help soothe and nourish your skin. Apply the moisturizer in gentle, circular motions, focusing on areas that may feel drier or more sensitive.
Should I shower immediately after a sunbed session?
It is generally recommended to wait for a few minutes before showering after a sunbed session. This allows your body to cool down and for any products applied during the session to be absorbed by the skin. Taking a short break also helps to stabilize your body temperature. However, you don’t need to wait too long—just a few minutes is sufficient.
Can I use regular soap or body wash to wash after a sunbed?
Using a mild, pH-balanced cleanser is generally preferred over regular soap or body wash after a sunbed session. Regular soaps can be harsh and may strip away essential oils from your skin, which can cause dryness and potentially affect your tan. Opt for a gentle cleanser that is suitable for your skin type to effectively cleanse without causing irritation.
Is it necessary to moisturize after washing following a sunbed session?
Yes, moisturizing after washing following a sunbed session is highly recommended. The exposure to UV rays from the sunbed can dehydrate your skin, and moisturizing helps replenish lost moisture and maintain skin hydration. Look for a moisturizer specifically formulated for after-sun care, as it can provide additional soothing and nourishing benefits to your skin. Applying the moisturizer while your skin is still slightly damp can help seal in moisture effectively.