Although using a tanning bed gives you an even tan, you are also likely to burn yourself or receive tan marks from your protective goggles. This, however, does not mean you should not wear the goggles--in fact, it is a law in many states around the country. To ensure you receive a perfect tan while using indoor tanning beds, follow a few tips every time you visit a salon.
Start off with a shorter time period when first starting off in the tanning beds. You may not see any difference the first few times you go tanning, but if you instantly jump in with a tanning time period over 10 minutes your skin is not accustomed to the increased radiation, and you increase the chances for burning.
Go in the buff. Tanning with clothing on leaves tan lines that become hard to hide. No one is around to watch you tan, so you don't need to worry about being bare while in the bed.
Adjust the goggle location as you tan. Position the goggles directly over your eyes for a minute or two, then move the goggles down so the area where your eye lids meets directly below the eyebrow is exposed. Continue to adjust the goggles slightly every minute or two to ensure an even tan around your eyes.
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Apply tanning lotion to your entire body. Do not use sunscreen. Sunscreen blocks out the radiation and prevents your skin from changing color. Tanning lotion increases the blood flow to your skin and improves your chances of receiving a golden brown tan. Talk to your tanning salon customer service individual for different lotion options carried by the facility.
Moisturize right after finishing your tan. This prevents your skin from drying out. You also want to drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated (eight 8-ounce glasses of water is recommended).
Greyson Ferguson is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in film and television. He currently resides in Lansing, Michigan where he works on independent film projects and writes for numerous publications. Ferguson primarily focuses on computer and electronic articles. Greyson produces TheDailyUpbeat.com, focusing on only upbeat news stories with daily updates.