Tanning salons caught on like wildfire in the mid-80’s, just after the tanning bed was invented by Fredrich Wolff in 1978. At the present, tanning is not as fashionable as back then, given that the threat of melanoma (aka skin cancer) has startled nearly all passionate tanning enthusiasts.
Tanning has a few popular uses nowadays:
- Young adults and teens want to attract the opposite sex
- Preparing for spring break
- Bodybuilders tanning for competition
- Treatment of seasonal depression
Regardless of your motivation, you’ve decided that you want to give tanning a shot. It’s time for you to know how to use a tanning bed. Realize that there are two fundamental kinds of tanning units available, the tanning booth and the tanning bed. Your choice of booth vs. bed may be limited by the units available at tanning saloons in your area. Ask the cashier of your local tanning saloon which of their packages will work best for your tanning goal.
Ask the attendant which tanning lotion will work for you too. There are just as many different tanning lotions as exist skin colors and tanning goals.
The attendant will send you to your tanning suite once you’ve paid.
Once you’re in your room, close and lock the door, and take off your clothes. You can leave your underwear on if you’re worried about someone walking in on you or toasting your privates. Or if you’re going for an even all-over tan, you will probably need to tan naked to avoid any tan lines.
How to use a tanning bed:
Rub in the tanning lotion on all of your skin, but not your face, since the lotion is not hypoallergenic, it can cause acne. Raise the top of the tanning bed or open the tanning booth door, as appropriate.
Now, if you’re using a tanning bed, you might want to position a pillow or towel under your head to make things more comfortable. You might also want to turn on your iPod and the fan. Things will get pretty warm when this things heat up.
If your hair is long, you’ll want to fasten your hair up on top of your head using a scrunchy or clip. Otherwise, when the fan starts blowing, your hair might start flying around, and put funky tan lines on your face.
Next, it is vital that you wear the eye protection provided by the tanning saloon during the entire time that the tanning bed/tanning booth is in operation. The UVA/UVB energy from facial tanning units is so powerful that it can cause cataracts if you’re not wearing proper eye protection. It’s not enough to close your eyes. Your eyelids are thin enough that the enough of the energy will pass through them and still cause irreparable damage.
At long last, turn on the tanning booth. You might need to press a “start” button or to set a timer, depending upon how your tanning saloon works. If you’re just starting tanning and are fairly pale, your first few visits should be from 6 to 10 minutes. After a while you can build up to as high as 30 minutes per session.
An important tanning booth tip is that your skin does not change because you’re using a tanning bed. If you get sunburn quickly outside, you will probably crisp up even easier in the tanning salon.
Whether you use a bed or a booth, after your time is up, the lights will turn off, indicating that you’ve been bronzed to golden excellence. Get up/out of the tanner, take off your protective eyewear, and clean off the sweat with a towel. Put your clothes back on and collect your belongings!
Remember to take your iPod with you on your way out. Don’t shower for the rest of the day; the active ingredients in soap can work against your tan if you use them too soon after tanning. With this knowledge now at your disposal, you’re all set for a healthy, radiant indoor tan.