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Are Tanning Beds Safe?

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In some situations, tanning beds can be much safer than tanning directly in the sun. A tanning bed can help regulate how much time you spend under UV rays and tanning salons employ a tanning salon attendant available to tell you about safe regulations. He or she will check your skin type and will create a safe regime to help you tan. Tanning beds and salons follow the guidelines provided by the United States Food and Drug Administration. An attendant will guide anyone walking into a tanning salon with tips and suggestions on how to get the best possible tan safely.

Safe Self Tanning During Pregnancy

If you are worried about the effects of UV rays on your body during pregnancy, but you don't want to give up tanning, there are safe self tanning options. Self tanning lotions do not penetrate further than the top layer of skin. You could visit a tanning salon that has spray tanning booths or airbrush tanning booths that only color your skin. The tan only lasts a couple of days at the most but is it very safe for women who are pregnant. Other self tanning lotions that are applied to the skin have an active ingredient that creates a tan on your body that could last a couple of weeks. Ask an attendant at the tanning salon about safe self tanning lotions for women who are pregnant. If you are still concerned, talk with your doctor about the risks of tanning during pregnancy and how to tan safely, in a tanning bed or with self tanning products.

Safe Tanning

If you enjoy a golden tan, you can tan safely without fear of sunburns or skin cancer if you follow certain precautions. First, know your skin type. Skin type is important and it will help you determine how long you can stay out in the sun. People with a skin type of II or I should not tan very long at all and should wear some protective sunscreen. A great way to regulate your tan is through the use of a tanning bed at a tanning salon, where an attendant may help you.

Safe Tanning During Pregnancy

In general, it is safe to start tanning during pregnancy. The UV rays do not penetrate past the layers of your skin so your child wonít have any effects from those. Aside from the regular cautions from tanning in tanning beds, you should be aware that lying down in one may result in a rise in the temperature in the body, which could be harmful to the fetus in the first trimester. There are stand up commercial tanning beds available for those concerned with safe tanning during pregnancy. Most tanning beds also offer cooling systems which helps keep the body cool while tanning.

Tanning Tip: Prevent Sunburns

As a general tanning tip, you can help prevent sunburns. Do not go out into the sun without sunscreen. Take a tip from the tanning professionals at a tanning salon. Professionals will tell you that tanning without protection is not the best way to get a tan. Indoor tanning is only moderately safe and you should only tan for a short amount of time and tanning should be regulated. Do not lie out in the sun for extensive hours to get a tan. You will save time and can minimize risk by tanning indoors. Another general tanning tip is to not tan repeatedly in less than 24 hours if possible. Your tan hasn't fully developed and you will still be 'tanning' even without the sun. You may risk overexposure. Do not return to the tanning salon every morning. Ask your tanning salon professional for a preferred tanning schedule.

Skin Types Described

The following is a list of the different skin types as described by the United States Food and Drug Administration. Skin Type I - Burns Usually, Hardly Tans Skin Type II - Burns Easily, Light Tan Skin Type III - Burns Moderately, Tans Progressively Skin Type IV - Burns Minimally, Tans Dark Skin Type V - Hardly Burns, Very Dark Tan Skin Type VI - Burns Under Extreme Exposure, Naturally Very Dark

Skin Types

The United States Food and Drug Administration created the skin types chart. Skin types help people figure out if they can tan, how long they should tan and more. By knowing your skin type, you should be better prepared to prevent sunburns and skin cancer. There are six different kinds of skin types. A skin type I is very light skin that never tans and most exposure to the sun will cause the skin to burn. People with skin type VI have very dark skin; they only tan and never burn. Variations of your skin type, from type I to type VI, will determine how long you should stay out in the sun to develop a tan. If you tan in a tanning bed, a tanning salon agent will help determine your skin type and will develop a tanning regime for you to help create the most out of your experience in a tanning bed.

Tanning Waiver

A waiver should be signed regarding the use of tanning beds. In most cases, the tanning attendant will do everything in his or her power to see that you get a safe tan, but you should also be aware of all of the risks that come with tanning. The tanning salon is only protecting itself from being liable in case you do not follow any of their instructions and end up with sunburn. There are certain cases where you would be able to ask the tanning salon for liability but these are limited and should be stated in the waiver you sign.


Sunscreen helps to protect the skin from burning, while allowing you the benefits of sunrays. Sunrays donít just tan the skin, but helps the body to produce vitamin D as well, which is important to muscles, bones and nerves. Even people with highly sensitive skin, those who have skin type I, should be able to wear enough sunscreen and still get the benefits of being out in the sun. You should wear sunscreen, even while trying to tan. Sunscreen usually has an SPF, a sun protection factor. It comes in the form of a number and can be used to help figure out how long you can stay out in the sun. An SPF of 15 means you can stay out in the sun 15 times longer than you are used to, not for 15 minutes. The time itself will vary depending on your skin type. Ask a tanning salon agent about sunscreen and about your skin type.

Tanning Safety

People who tan are often concerned about safety in regards to sunburns, skin cancer and much more. Tanning can be safe if done properly. One of the best ways to tan safely is to regulate your tan with a tanning bed. When used properly, a tanning bed is limited exposure to ultraviolet rays, the same rays that the sun produces. With a tanning bed, you can time your exposure precisely and you will usually end up with a nice, glowing tan that was safe to get.

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