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Getting the Most from Your Tanning Bed

Mar 1, 2008
If you're like most people, you know how convenient it is to keep your golden brown tan with a tanning bed. No matter how cold or snowy the weather might be, you can look good every day of the year just by maintaining your tan. But even though you're not outside in the sun, you need to make sure to take the appropriate precautions to protect your skin from overexposure. The best and most effective rule to remember is, like most things in life, to be sensible! Use your bed in moderation, and you'll be able to keep your tan without experiencing adverse effects. On the other hand, if you use your bed irresponsibly - for hours every day on the highest setting, for example - you'll probably experience some major health issues.

Using a tanning bed effectively and safely is actually very easy, once you know a few good tips that will help you obtain and maintain the glow. You'll be the object of everyone's desire - and envy! - if you tan correctly. The first thing to do is to identify your skin type. This will help you determine how much tanning you can tolerate. Tanning beds are less intense than the natural rays of the sun, but they can still harm your skin if used improperly. Use a little caution, though, and you'll soon be reaping the benefits.

Always remember to use a trusted, effective tanning bed lotion. Choose your lotion based on your skin type: if you have a fair complexion, your lotion will need to have a higher protection factor. In fact, even if you have darker skin, it is probably a good idea to choose these lotions, as you'll benefit from that extra protective boost. Your skin has a lot to cope with when it is subjected to the rays from tanning lamps, and using a good, strong tanning bed lotion will help keep your skin healthy - and promote your tan!

Just like with any sun exposure, the key is never, never, never to burn your skin. Tanning beds' settings can be strong, but responsible use should eliminate most of your major risk factors. Even so, you should understand how the machine works. Read its instruction manual and follow its guidelines - don't stay in the bed for any longer than recommended for people who share your skin type. In short, tanning beds are a great way to keep your skin looking great, and a few minor precautions will protect you from experiencing any problems.
About the Author
Ian Spellfield, an avid home tanner, discusses topics relevant to the use and pricing of personal tanning beds on his website, the residential tanning bed guide.
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