Tanning beds are a simple way to achieve an even, full-body tan at any time of the year. Whether you lack time to bask in the sun for hours, or prefer stripping down in privacy, tanning beds offer an efficient and private way to tan. If you don't take the proper precautions, though, tanning beds can be dangerous. Improper use can lead to damaged skin and eyes. For that reason, it is crucial to prepare yourself before using a tanning bed.
Strip down and rub tanning lotion all over your body. Lotion can moisturize your skin, protect it from harsh UV lights, and facilitate darker tans. Do not apply it to your face, however, as this can clog pores.
Tie up your hair if it is longer. This keeps it from hanging over your body and creating tan lines.
Strap on tanning goggles to protect your eyes. Failure to do so can cause major damage. If you find that tanning causes wrinkles around your eyes, try wearing a larger pair of goggles.
Program the bed. The time you need depends on a number of factors, including how much you tan and how tan you already are. Beginners, for example, should stick to shorter sessions between 6 and 10 minutes. Climb in and begin your session.
Raise your arms above your head to ensure an even, full-body tan.
Clean yourself off with a towel after your tanning session ends. Do not shower for the rest of the day. Drink at least 10 glasses of water to ensure your skin stays properly hydrated.
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