If you use indoor tanning equipment, you can reduce the dangers of UV exposure by following these easy steps:
- Be sure to wear the goggles provided, making sure they fit snugly and are not cracked.
- Start slowly and use short exposure times to build up a tan over time.
- DON'T use the maximum exposure time the first time you tan because you could get burned – and burns are thought to be related to melanoma.
- FDA requires sunlamp products to carry a warning label with specific information.
- Check the FDA label on the tanning bed and follow manufacturer-recommended exposure times for your skin type.
- Stick to your time limit.
- After a tan is developed, tan no more than once a week. Depending on your skin type, you may be able to maintain your tan with one exposure every 2-3 weeks.
For more information on the FDA Guidelines, visit www.FDA.gov.