How to Choose Sunbed Tanning Products

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How to Choose Sunbed Tanning Products
Using proper tanning lotions can help speed up and maintain your tan. (solarium girl image by Alfonso d"Agostino from

With various types of tanning products available, each with its own features, choosing one can be a daunting task. There are lotions with tingle sensations, bronzers, anti-ageing serums or cooling power. Using special tanning products is important to the tanning process as they improve your results and serve to prepare your skin for the perfect tan.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


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    Determine your skin type. If you have dry skin, look for a lotion with extra moisturisers or hemp seed oil as it has powerful moisturising ingredients. If your skin is a little more mature, consider a lotion with anti-ageing extracts. Tanning can dehydrate the skin, even if you are naturally oily, so the right lotion prevents you from becoming dry during the tanning process.

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    Figure out whether you are fair or naturally tanned. If you are a fair person, with light hair and eyes, the chances you might burn are higher. Aside from only tanning for the minimum amount of time (to begin with), think about purchasing a lotion with bronzers to help your tan along. If you tan easily, then maintaining your tan with a hydrating formula is your best course of action.

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    Determine the type of sunbed you will use. Most studios do not allow certain kinds of lotions because they break down the acrylic cover you lay on in the bed. Mass market lotions, outdoor tanning lotions and baby oil are usually prohibited in sunbeds. This is a question to ask your chosen tanning studio. They can provide specific information regarding their beds and prohibited lotions.

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    Determine whether or not you have any special considerations such as tattoos or sensitive facial skin. There are products made especially for these things. If you have tattoos, they can fade with sun exposure. There are products available in most studios that have a high SPF and allows you to apply it to your tattoo, and tattoo only. If you have sensitive skin on your face, look for the smaller, specialised lotions with a low SPF to protect your sensitive skin.

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