If you are a regular tanning bed user but haven’t been using tanning lotions before, you may not be realizing the benefits you are missing out on. Whether you are new to tanning beds or regularly use them, tanning bed lotion is something you should be looking into in order to improve your experience, from providing improved hydration of the skin to obtaining better tanning results in less time. The following are some of the reasons to use tanning bed lotion the next time you go to an indoor tanning session, as well as the kinds of lotions you should use, and how to use them.
Why Should Be Using Tanning Bed Lotion
With such a concentration of UV light and warmth coming from tanning bed lights into your skin, it can dry out quickly, resulting in a less-than-ideal appearance to your skin. This loss of moisture will slow down the process of tanning, as dry skin will reflect UV light more; but it will also result in a more uneven tanning process. When you apply a tanning bed lotion before your tanning session in an indoor tanning bed, it will give you a protective barrier to keep your skin from drying out, with the added bonus of providing a more even result from your tan. Hydrating the skin is also always good to do anyway because it leaves your skin healthier and gives you a natural glow. Moisturizing before any activity that can dry out your skin is good practice.
Applying the tanning lotion evenly is also a way to ensure an even tan; if you miss any spots, it could result in some blotchy, less tanned areas. Tanning bed lotions also come with a lot of nourishing nutrients that your skin can use to give a healthier appearance with the benefit of a longer-lasting tan—a tan that doesn’t immediately fade within a week or two.
Since dry skin reflects UV light, as mentioned before, in addition to the uneven tanning that can be unsightly, it can result in a tanning session taking longer before it shows the results you want. Without the use of a tanning bed lotion, you could be wasting up to half of your tanning bed session with dry, non-moisturized skin.
What Kind of Tanning Bed Lotion Should We Use?
With several good reasons to be using tanning bed lotion during your next tanning bed session, what kind of lotion should you get? Everybody has personal preferences when it comes to lotion textures, fragrances, and the nutrients that are used in them. Firstly, what you should avoid using is standard skin lotions that do not mention tanning beds in their descriptions; these do not help with the tanning process, and they could cause damage to the tanning bed itself, wearing down parts from lotion build-up.
For the tanning bed lotion, you do use, ensure that it is actually recommended for tanning beds. You can either purchase them online from a store that offers a selection of tanning bed lotions, or you can choose from a selection of products that are available at your tanning salon.
There are several varieties of tanning bed lotion, from those that include bronzers to those that are just intensifiers. You can also get ones that come in the form of sprays for easy application. The most important aspect of tanning lotion is that it needs to be formulated for indoor tanning; this will ensure the lotion properly assists in your tanning without damaging the tanning bed.
How Do We Use Tanning Bed Lotion?
The first thing you should know about the application of tanning bed lotion is that it must be applied evenly. To help ensure this, take a shower before application and exfoliate your skin well to ensure a smooth surface that the lotion can apply evenly onto. Hair can also get in the way of tanning lotion, so shave any locations on your body that you want to be tanned to avoid odd-looking tans in and around hair follicles.
After showering and exfoliating, apply the tanning bed lotion in an even, circular motion, covering all the areas you want to tan. Generally, for most people, this will be your neck, legs, back, and stomach. Any areas without tanning lotion will end up paler after the session. However, if you already have paler locations, you can apply extra lotion—just make sure it’s evenly applied.
Using Tanning Bed Lotions for A Better Result
In the end, why should we use tanning bed lotion? Because, it results in a better, more even result, in less time. You end up with healthier skin that does not dry out while using the tanning bed, and the tan will last longer, with a more natural-looking result.