Properly using a tanning bed requires limiting the time of exposure, wearing protective eye gear and using a proper tanning lotion. Most salons suggest stripping down completely to get an even, natural-looking tan.
Before entering the bed, a user must ensure sufficient protection from the rays emitted in the bed. A strong indoor tanning lotion, one specifically formulated for tanning beds, helps prevents sunburn or extensive damage to the skin. Tanning lotions also leave the skin moisturized, allowing for an even, natural color tone.
It is also important to remember proper eye protection. Licensed tanning salons provide single-use tanning goggles to prevent discomfort from the lights and permanent damage from the UVA or UVB rays. Tanning sessions should start at about five minutes in duration, leading up to a maximum of 20 minutes.