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Sunbed Instructions

Updated March 23, 2017

A sunbed, or tanning bed, is a full-sized device that allows individuals to get a suntan. The bed has a lid that comes down and closes you inside. The inside of the bed has special bulbs that emit UVA and UVB rays, which darkens the pigmentation in your skin. Using a tanning bed is actually quite simple. And once you get the hang of it, it requires no thought at all.

Before You Get in the Tanning Bed

The first thing to do is to make sure you have chosen a clean tanning salon to tan at. The tanning beds need to be clean, with a folded towel in each bed. Tanning beds that are not properly cleaned can transfer particles from one person to another.

Once you have chosen a tanning salon, an employee will set up an account for you. You can pick a package, or you can pay per minute of tanning bed use. Unlimited packages are a great choice if you plan on tanning several times every week. If you are only going to tan a few times, then stick to paying by the minute, or at least a smaller package size.

Enter the tanning booth, and lock the door behind you. Make sure the bed is clean, just in case, and undress down to either a swimming costume or till you're in the buff. Apply a tanning bed lotion all over your skin. Keep an eye on the timer. Salons usually give you around five minutes before the tanning bed automatically turns on.

Tanning in the Bed

Lie down in the tanning bed, and pull the lid down. The front desk should have given you a pair of special eyeglasses. This is to protect your eyes while you tan. Put the glasses on and lie flat on your back. The bed should automatically turn off when your minutes count down.

It is a good idea to reposition yourself in the tanning bed every so often. Places on your body might not tan well if you lie flat on your back the entire time. Raise your arms, turn over or even lie on your side during the tanning session. This will produce a more even tan.

After the Tanning Session is Over

Stand up and wipe off excess perspiration with the towel. Some salons offer deodorant and moisturisers in the booth. You can use these products if you wish because the tanning bed can leave you a bit stinky.

Dress yourself and double-check to make sure you don't leave anything behind.

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