A Guide to Indoor Tanning

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Now that winter is almost in the rearview, people are going to begin to think about the spring and summer.  One piece of equiptment that is very popular with people in cold weather climates is to "go tanning."

However a tanning bed still produces UV rays just like the sun, and it is not just a convenience that has no downsides.  We would suggest against tanning bed use, however if you must here are some important factors to consider before strapping on those goggles.

Skin type

No matter what type of tanning bed you are using,  it is still important to have an idea of your skin type. There are five basic skin types on the Fitzpatrick scale that measures from Light and Fair to dark pigmented skin such as African.

The type of skin you have will determine how long and how often you can tan. Some skin types burn much quicker, while others seldom burn at all. The salon you tan at will help you determine your skin type. If you are tanning at home then refer to the manual that came with your tanning bed when you purchased it.

Tanning Lotions

Always use a tanning lotion that is designed specifically for indoor tanning.  Also use a tanning lotion appropriate for your skin. So if you burn easily choose a lotion with a higher SPF. Never use inside lotions outside or outside lotions inside. Each is designed to protect you from specific rays associated with that type of tanning.

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