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How to Use Tanning Beds & Salons

by Emily Brown King
  • Overview

    Maybe you want to look great in your bikini during a winter vacation to the tropics. Or maybe you just want to feel some warm light during a cold and cloudy winter day. Tanning, when done responsibly and in small amounts, can make you feel great. If you are new to tanning, learn the basics of how to choose a salon and get the most out of your tanning session.
 
  • Step 1

    Find the perfect tanning salon for you. Some tanning salons are part of a larger national or local chain. Others are independently owned. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Smaller independent salons may be less expensive, but a chain salon may have higher quality beds and more options. Some salons offer traditional tanning beds as well as stand-up booths. You can even find salons that offer sunless spray-on tans.
  • Step 2

    Choose a package that fits your tanning needs. Many salons allow you to buy more than one tanning session at a time. If you plan on building your tan, this option can save you money. Make sure that you know all the details. Some packages have to be used within a specific time frame.
  • Step 3

    Check out the selection of oils and lotions at the tanning salon. They include bronzers, intensifiers and lotions designed to condition your skin after tanning. If you are just starting to tan, you may want to hold off on lotions at first. Some can cause you to burn. After you have a good base tan, start using lotions. For now, use a regular moisturizing lotion to keep your skin in good condition.
  • Step 4

    Choose the length of time you wish to tan. If you aren't sure what your optimal tanning time should be, an employee can help. He will probably look at your skin tone and ask how easily you tan, how often you burn and whether you have tanned before. He will set a timer for your bed so it turns off automatically when your time is up. All you have to do is lie in the bed and press the "Start" button.
  • Step 5

    Practice safety when you tan. When choosing your tanning time, err on the side of caution and tan for less time to avoid burning. Use protective eye goggles that shield your eyes from damaging light. Any areas of skin that have not been exposed to a lot of sun will burn more quickly. To avoid this, apply a light SPF to these areas or keep them covered.
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  • Hydrating lotion Tanning salon
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  • If you don't like the idea of traditional indoor tanning, try a safer alternative: sunless tanning treatments.
  • If you don't like the idea of traditional indoor tanning, try a safer alternative: sunless tanning treatments.
  • Too much exposure to UV light can cause skin damage and even skin cancer. Understand the consequences of tanning before you start.
  • Too much exposure to UV light can cause skin damage and even skin cancer. Understand the consequences of tanning before you start.

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