How to get a good tan from a sun bed

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How to get a good tan from a sun bed
Make a schedule to acquire a tan. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

When summer is on the way, it is important not to expose yourself to beach days without a good base tan for protection. Also, having colour the first time you sport that bikini always gets extra looks. Learn how to get a good tan from a sun bed by following these guidelines in preparation for the summer months to come.

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Things you need

  • Sun bed
  • Indoor sun cream
  • Body lotion
  • Goggles

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  1. 1

    Build a base tan. Make a plan of 6 to 8 sessions everyday or every other day and do not miss them.

  2. 2

    Use a tan accelerator designed specifically for sun beds. This helps build and maintain your base.

  3. 3

    Moisturise after tanning. Do not use a moisturiser with mineral oil as this shields you from getting a tan.

  4. 4

    Go on the sun bed 2 to 3 times per week after the base is established. Switch between a high and low intensity bed to keep the skin from becoming immune.

  5. 5

    Eat a balanced diet with more beta-carotene than normal. Foods like carrots, tomatoes, radishes and broccoli will help your tan last longer.

Tips and warnings

  • Give your face extra care during your tanning time to prevent dry-out.
  • Always wear goggles to prevent long term damage.

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