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How to Use Sunbeds: A Complete Guide

Sunbeds have become popular methods for achieving a sun-kissed glow without spending hours under the natural sun. However, using them safely and effectively requires some knowledge and preparation. This complete guide will walk you through everything you need to know about using sunbeds, from understanding the basics to post-tanning care.

Sunbeds, are devices that emit ultraviolet (UV) radiation to produce a cosmetic tan. They use fluorescent lamps that emit UV rays similar to those produced by the sun. There are two types of UV rays used in tanning beds: UVA and UVB. UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin, while UVB rays affect the surface.

Types of Tanning Beds

  1. Laydown Beds: Use a mix of UVA and UVB rays. These are the most common and offer a balanced tan.
  2. Hybrid beds:  Use a mix of Red Light and UV combined together.
  3. High-Pressure Beds: Emit mostly UVA rays, resulting in a deeper tan.
  4. Stand-Up Booths: Allow you to stand while tanning and use a mix of UVA and UVB rays .

Preparing for Your Tanning Session

Assess Your Skin Type

By knowing your skin type and its tanning abilities, most sunburn can be avoided altogether. Skin typing determines the amount of natural protection you have against ultraviolet light, how many sessions it will take you to establish a base tan, and how long you can be in the tanning unit each session.

Skin Type 1 – Usually very white or pale, blue or green eyes, red hair and many freckles. This skin type burns very easily and tans with great difficulty. Tanning must be undertaken very carefully.

Skin Type 2 – Light beige skin, blue or green eyes, blonde or light brown hair and maybe freckles. This skin type has a tendency to burn. Tanning must be undertaken carefully and correctly.

Skin Type 3 – Light brown skin, brown eyes and hair. This skin type sometimes burns but always tans.

Skin Type 4 – Light brown or olive skin, dark brown eyes and hair. This skin type sometimes burns and tans easily.

Skin Type 5 – Brown skin, dark brown hair and eyes. This skin type rarely burns and tans very easily

Pre-Tanning Preparation

  1. Exfoliate Your Skin: Remove dead skin cells for an even tan.
  2. Avoid Wearing Perfume or Makeup: These can cause uneven tanning or skin irritation.
  3. Apply Tanning Lotion: Use a lotion designed for indoor tanning to keep your skin hydrated and to accelerate tanning.

During the Tanning Session

  1. Wear Protective Eyewear: Always wear the provided goggles to protect your eyes from UV rays.
  2. Set the Timer: Follow the recommended exposure time based on your skin type and the tanning bed. Start with a shorter session if you’re new to tanning.
  3. Position Yourself Evenly: Ensure all body parts receive equal exposure. Adjust your position as needed to avoid tan lines.

Post-Tanning Care

  1. Moisturize: Apply a quality moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated.
  2. Hydrate: Drink plenty of water to rehydrate your body.
  3. Avoid Showering Immediately: Wait at least a few hours before showering to allow the tan to develop.

Using tanning beds and sunbeds can help you achieve a bronzed glow, but it’s essential to do so safely and responsibly. By understanding your skin type, choosing the right equipment, and following proper pre- and post-tanning care you can enjoy a healthy and glowing tan

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