Is Tanning Right For You? Get Your Questions Answered

Each year, as summer comes to a close, you might be concerned with losing the natural bronze that the summer rays have given your skin. If you have never used a tanning bed before, you may have questions or concerns about what you can expect from the experience. You're not alone. Many people have probably asked the same questions that are keeping you from benefiting from this service.

There is a degree of mystery surrounding the tanning process, partly because those new to the process aren't educated about it ahead of time. For instance, tanning beds emit the same types of rays (UVB and UV) that the sun gives off, but in an intensity that's controlled by the user. This ability to adjust the strength of the rays and the temperature of the heat helps to provide a more precise tan. You select the tone you want, so the risk of a burn is eliminated. To learn more about this process, here are many common questions that those new to the tanning process have asked.

1. Is Tanning Safe?

Tanning isn't completely safe, but the risk is significantly minimized, as long as you follow the instructions provided by the service personnel. Technicians will walk you through the process and ensure you have everything you need to have a positive and beneficial experience. This includes recommending the best lotions for your skin and recommending optimal durations, so you can develop the tan you want as safely as possible. Technicians remain on site to assist you as needed, so the risks are as low as possible.

2. How Effective is Indoor Tanning?

The level of control that indoor tanning provides helps you to achieve a tan in less time than it takes to develop the same tan in a natural setting. The sun’s rays aren't always constant and you can't rely on the sun every day, so it can actually take longer to tan outdoors. Additionally, a tanning bed provides constant rays delivered to the full length of your body, so you'll develop a more even tan. You can achieve the tan you want in a shorter time period and develop a better quality of tan, because of the control that tanning beds offer.

3. Is it True That You Don't Need to Wear Lotion?

If you've heard that you shouldn't apply traditional tanning lotion in a tanning bed, this part is true. Outdoor tanning lotions are specifically designed for that environment and are stronger to protect against the dangers of direct sunlight. Also, they can leave stains on the interior of the tanning bed.

However, tanning salons provide special lotions specifically designed to be worn in beds to help you maximize the quality of your tan. These lotions help you to develop a deeper bronze, while giving your skin a better, more natural-looking glow. These lotions contain nutrients that will help keep your skin hydrated, as you go through the tanning process.

4. Is Eye Protection Necessary?

UV rays can be dangerous to your eyes, whether they come directly from the sun, or from the bulbs of a tanning bed. Typically, salons will provide free goggles to be worn during your session, but you may find it more worthwhile to buy your own. This can give you an opportunity to cater to your sense of style, but, more importantly, it's a more hygienic practice than using goggles that have been used by others. Some people are concerned about the goggles leaving pale circles around their eyes, but periodically shifting the goggles can help you avoid this effect.

5. Is it Safe to Tan in the Nude?

Many facilities offer private tanning rooms to allow for the possibility of nude tanning, so it is possible. However, there are a few concerns that you should be aware of, if you plan to tan nude and eliminate tan lines. First, keep in mind that the breasts, as well as both male and female genitals, are much more sensitive than other areas of the body. This means your tanning sessions should be shorter and less intense. While it may take longer to achieve the tan you want, it will help to avoid damage.

Another concern is for the sanitation of the facility. Before you sign up for service, you should tour the facility and ask about the process of cleaning the beds after each use. Remember, others will be tanning nude as well, so you want to ensure the facility uses hospital-quality sanitizing products that eliminate germs and bacteria.

6. How Can You Obtain the Best Results?

Preparing for indoor tanning is a little more involved than tanning outdoors. It's recommended that you shower in warm water and with a water-based soap, just before tanning. Follow your shower with an exfoliating process to rid the surface of your skin of contaminants, such as dead skin cells and oily residue. Also, avoid wearing makeup or jewelry, because these products can inhibit the effectiveness of the tan, or may cause skin problems to develop. Finally, ask the customer service representative about any other recommended preparations you should employ, before starting your tanning session.

You may have more questions about the process. You should never participate in a tanning process, until all your questions have been answered. By asking the technician about your concerns, you can help yourself tan in confidence. As you begin tanning, you'll find the experience to be rewarding and relaxing.

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