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How to get a good tan from a sun bed

Updated April 17, 2017

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

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

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

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

  6. Tip

    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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Things You'll Need

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

About the Author

Clark Sarullo is an experienced professional writer with expertise in natural skin care, hair care, nutrition, stress management, relaxation techniques, fitness and management of various health conditions. Other areas of expertise include personal finance, money management and debt solutions. Sarullo is based in Atlanta and holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the College of Charleston.

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