If you have fair or pale skin getting a nice tan does not have to be difficult. There are two things to consider: the type of lotion to use and the type of bed to go into (including the duration). These guidelines also apply if you are new to tanning and don't know where to start.
We recommend using a "base tan", "step 1", or "accelerator" lotion for at least the first few sessions until you have a nice base tan and your skin is used to the whole process. These types of tanning lotions do not contain any bronzer or tingle ingredients, and there are reasons why this is good. Bronzers could give you a false sense of how dark you are, and you may start increasing the intensity/duration of your sessions before your skin is really ready for it. It's also a good idea to let your skin get used to having these types of lotion on it before introducing the more intense bronzer ingredients. The same goes for tingle lotions, as they could be too irritating to the skin of someone who doesn't yet have a base tan. Some people report reddening, burning or itching of the skin after using a tingle lotion, so it's best to leave those until you're ready to move up to the next level.
One of our favorite beginner lotions is Designer Skin Phoenician. There are many others out there that also do a great job, just remember when you're searching to look for "base tan", "step 1" and "accelerator" lotions.
Equally important is the level of the tanning bed you choose and the duration of your sessions. Most tanning salons will have multiple "levels" or "packages" which usually correlates to the type of bed you'll have access to. You may think that starting at the lowest level is the best choice but the opposite may actually be true. Lower level beds use cheaper bulbs, which can emit a higher ratio of the UV rays that burn compared to those that brown your skin. The highest level beds have the most expensive and sophisticated bulbs that emit a higher ratio of browning rays to burning rays. Basically this means you have a higher chance of burning in a low level bed than a high level bed, so you may achieve the best results if you use the highest bed you can afford. The duration of your session is also extremely important. If you're pale or have fair skin you do not want to spend a very long time in the bed for your first few sessions. If you are going in your first session ever we would recommend you stay in there maybe 5 minutes. The next session you can probably up it to 7 minutes, and so on until you reach the maximum recommended session length of 12 to 15 minutes.
Following these general guidelines will help you achieve a glowing tan while greatly reducing your chances of burning or turning red. Leave a comment below if you have any questions or if you have anything you'd like to add. Happy tanning!