How do I properly tan in a tanning bed?


Quick Answer

Every person's skin is different, but beginners can avoid burns by rotating every few minutes. People who are experienced with tanning can remain in a tanning bed anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes in a single session and return to the tanning booth every one to two days to build a tan. It can take anywhere from five to ten sessions to cultivate a solid base tan.

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Salons use a skin typing form to precisely determine how long a particular client needs to stay in a tanning bed to achieve a tan. A person who remains in a tanning bed longer than necessary is at higher risk for developing burns and skin cancer.

Moisturizing the skin with a quality tanning lotion before tanning is helpful to ensure a deeper color, and using an after-tanning moisturizer helps to lubricate the skin and seal the tan. To avoid developing dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles around the delicate eye area, it is best to use protective eye wear. Avoid wearing deodorant, makeup or other topical agents to prevent severe skin reactions while tanning. Some prescription drugs interact with direct exposure from UV rays, so consult a doctor before getting an indoor tan.

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