Tips to Get the Best Suntan

Few people dislike the results of spending a bit of time in the sun or in the tanning bed. The golden skin color brings out your best features and qualities and simply creates a phenomenal attraction that pale, lifeless skin fails to offer. If you want the beautiful sun-kissed skin that so many people desire, you can always use sunbed tanning for maximum results.

What is a Tanning Bed?

A tanning bed is a machine that has several ultraviolet lights inside that creates darker skin tones during quick 10 to 30 minute sessions. There are beds that stand up as well as lie down beds. Thousands of people visit indoor tanning centers to use these special beds for their cosmetic tan; just as many people own their own tanning bed they use two to three times weekly. Tanning beds provide a solution to winter tanning when it’s cold and dreary outside, but people can take advantage of the tanning bed throughout the year to get that sun-kissed golden skin they crave.

Tanning Tips for Success

Whether you prefer to visit a tanning salon or buy your own bed, the following tips are good to use to maximum the benefits of each session and to keep obstacles away.

Prepare the Skin

Don’t go hop into the tanning bed without first preparing your skin for the event. Most people shower before getting into a tanning bed; many others also shave and exfoliate the skin. Exfoliating is recommended because it removes dead skin cells and otherwise helps the skin feel its best. Once you’re out of the shower, use a non-oil moisturizer on the skin.

Do You Use Medications?

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Prescription medications may sometimes cause adverse reactions in a tanning bed. If you use any medications, talk to your doctor about tanning bed safety before you begin. Some medicines increase skin sensitivity and cause more trouble than it’s worth.

Protect the Skin

Now that you’ve prepped the skin it is time to protect the skin. It is important to use a sunscreen containing SPR 15 or greater before getting into the tanning bed.  Don’t wear any perfume or cologne to the tanning bed and remove makeup and jewelry.

Suntan Lotion Safety

Many suntan lotions are available to use before sun exposure. Choose a quality product with an SPF of 15 or higher. A product made by a brand that you know and trust will eliminate any concerns that you may have about tanning. Special tanning lotions made to use indoors with tanning beds are sold; purchase one of these products for best results. Apply the lotion thoroughly all over the body using a circular motion.

Eye Protection 101

Wear protective eyewear when visiting a tanning bed. Not only is it required by law, wearing protective eyewear is the only way to protect the eyes against the harmful UV rays emitted during the tanning process. Most salons provide eyewear for people using their beds but goggles are also sold at a variety of locations if you prefer to use your own.