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Beware Of The Health Risks Caused By Tanning Beds
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Visiting a tanning salon regularly can put you at risk. Why? Because tanning beds can be harmful to your health if not used properly. Dangers of tanning indoors are very real. Especially if you don't know the effects or how to properly protect yourself!

What Is the Difference Between Tanning Beds and Laying In the Sun?

The tan you can get laying in the sun is the same as using a tanning salon; it just might take a little longer to obtain the same results. Tanning indoors has more severe risks. Why? Well that deep tan you quickly got comes with a price. Tanning beds have lamps which generate much more powerful UVA and UVB rays then the sun.

People seem to realize that being in the sun too long is bad for your skin; however, most people don't think the the same way of tanning beds. This is unfortunate because beds are much worse.

3 Most Common Health Risk To Be Aware Of When Using a Tanning Bed

  • Skin Cancer – The scariest word to have to hear!
  • Aging of Your Skin is Premature – Your skin might be beautiful now, but if you don't use the tanning beds properly you'll have lasting damage.
  • Skin Burns – In a word...painful! Stock up on Aloe Vera.

As you can see the risks associated with tanning beds are not a myth or just something your mother warns you about. They are very real. However knowing what the dangers are and what you need to do to reduce those risks means you don't have to avoid the tanning salons!

What To Do To Reduce Your Health Risk When Using Tanning Beds

The biggest two factors to be aware of when trying to reduce your health risks are how long you stay under the lamps and how often you go tanning. Again moderation is key. You'll also have to know what your skin can handle. If you are fair skinned you'll probably be more likely to burn if you try to stay in the tanning bed too long. In that case you'd gradually build your tan. This means mere minutes over the course of a few weeks time. Not jump in for a full twenty minute session your first time. And absolutely do not forget the tanning lotion!

Usually you'll know what to expect in the sun, but a tanning bed will be different so the best thing would be to talk to the tanning salon staff to help you determine your plan of action. They will be able to let you know how long you should tan the first time and the times after that. Usually they have you gradually increase your time.

4 Important Questions To Ask Your Tanning Salon Specialist:

  1. How long should you tan with your skin type?
  2. And how often would it be safe?
  3. What tanning lotion should you use for your tan session? What about after?
  4. What is the recommended style of eyewear to protect your eyes?

I can't stress enough how important it is to have a short tanning session your first tan. Make sure to ask what they think is best and then stick to it. If not you could possibly get a sun burn. Especially if you are not familiar with the tanning lamps and how they work. All tanning salons will recommend that you increase your time gradually. So make sure you follow and do not go above the minutes they advise.

Making sure that you are taking all the precautions against the health risks is essential. This means using protective eyewear, wearing tanning lotion, using the tanning bed appropriately for your skin type and making sure you are at a facility that offers quality tanning beds.

Tanning in Vancouver WA, as well as your local area, offers a wide range of options and have staff that are available to help answer any questions about tanning beds, airbrush tanning or any type of tanning Vancouver WA you might have. Ask as many questions as you want because tanning has health risks and being prepared is the way to lessen your risk.


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