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Many of us have been loath to spend much time outside this past year, and most of us have had our summer beach seasons cut short no matter where we are in the world. If you’ve been trying to keep up your usual tanning regimen and are considering UV tanning beds as a solution, be sure that you take care of your skin just as much as if you were subjecting it to actual sunlight! It’s important to use tanning bed lotion whenever you put yourself under those lights.
What Does Tanning Bed Lotion Do?
Tanning bed lotions can have a variety of different benefits because the exact ingredients can vary by brand, but the primary role of the lotion’s application is to moisturize. Direct UV light will start to dry out and damage your skin. Dry skin can crack, flake, and burn, all of which sets back your tanning progress and goals because your skin doesn’t heal and grow back with a sweet tan. Moisturizing with tanning bed lotion prior to your tan session will help hydrate your skin and help keep it healthy while you’re getting your tan on.
Tanning bed lotions are also designed to help stimulate your skin to create collagen and absorb the UV energy to create that beautifully tanned glow that you’re looking for.
How Do I Apply Lotion?
For best results, tanning bed lotion should ideally be applied immediately before getting into a tanning bed. If possible, showering or using exfoliating skin products prior to applying lotion may also help your skin make best use of the lotion treatment.
Applying your lotion evenly is incredibly important. We have all seen pictures of folks who have applied sunscreen and applied it unevenly, or even missed sections of their body. The same thing can happen if you consistently misapply your tanning bed lotion. Apply tanning bed lotion evenly using smooth and even motions, preferably in a circular fashion, to evenly work the lotion into your skin. You can also encourage some areas of your skin to get darker than others by applying more lotion to those areas, but be sure to apply to those areas with the same careful evenness. Not doing so could cause splotchy sections of color in your tan.
There Are So Many Tanning Lotions – How Do I Choose One?
Looking at the shelf during your first trip to the tanning salon can be confusing if you don’t know what you’re looking for, and the struggles of choosing a tanning bed lotion get even more difficult when you go to the online stores where there are hundreds of choices. As a newbie, your best bet is to ask someone’s advice and take it. If you have a friend or family member who uses tanning beds that you can ask, that would be great, but honestly just asking the specialists at the tanning salon for recommendations can be incredibly helpful; they’ll have useful tips, dos, and don’ts.
Tanning bed lotion can have many different effects depending on the type you select. Most will have a bit of a skin tone scale or description of what each product ideally aims for, and many use different exfoliating treatments, scents, and often tropical herbs for various skin effects. Some advertise an “energizing” effect to your skin, while others might advertise a particular glow or shine. Those looking for a darker colored tan or a short-term darker tan may choose to use a tanning bed lotion with a bronzer component. Many salons have sample bottles available for you to try on small portions of your skin before you commit to a full bottle and full body treatment.
Ultimately, remember that your skin is your skin, and while taking expert advice is usually a good idea, everyone’s skin is different. You need to use the product that works the best for you and gets the best result that makes you happy. That lovely glowing tan usually starts with a glowing smile, so use the tanning bed lotion that leaves you satisfied and smiling!
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