Protecting Yourself 1. Limit your exposure to avoid sunburn. Remember that exposure time affects burning and that your age at the time of exposure is important relevant to burning. The earlier you start tanning, the earlier skin injury may occur. 2. Use goggles to protect your eyes. Check to make sure the salon sterilizes the goggles to prevent the spread of eye infections. 3. Consider your medical history. Your skin may be more sensitive to artificial light if you use certain medications. Check with your doctor.