How do I Choose the Best Tanning Bed Supplies?

Article Details
  • Written By: Anna T.
  • Edited By: Jenn Walker
  • Last Modified Date: 20 August 2019
  • Copyright Protected:
    Conjecture Corporation
  • Print this Article

The best tanning bed supplies you can use are typically goggles for eye protection and some type of tanning lotion. If you do not have a tan already, it is probably a good idea to use a higher SPF sunscreen for the first two or three sessions. This is important to prevent sun burn, and may help to reduce the risk of skin cancer. The use of these tanning bed supplies with each tanning session may help you to achieve an attractive tan in the safest way possible.

Eye goggles are some of the most important tanning bed supplies you may use. They should be worn during each session because UV rays can damage the eyes, and closing the eyes does nothing to protect them. Many people avoid using them because they are afraid that their tanned face will contrast with the untanned eyelids, but not wearing them can cause irreversible, long-term damage.

Additionally, you can often still get a tan while wearing sunscreen as long as the SPF is no higher than 15. After you have a decent base tan, you can usually replace the sunscreen with tanning lotion as long as you limit your tanning sessions to about 20 minutes each. Though some people may choose to continue using a lotion with a mild SPF to help protect against skin cancer.


Tanning lotions might help you achieve a more attractive tan during your tanning sessions, but you should not begin using these until after you already have a base tan because the oil could increase the chances of burning. A good rule of thumb is to exfoliate the surface of the skin before tanning, and then put tanning lotion on behind it. This will create a very smooth, even surface for building your tan. The extra moisture in your skin will also help you to tan faster because it will absorb the heat from the UV lights.

Even if you use a sunscreen and wear protective eye gear, there are no tanning bed supplies that can completely protect you from the risks associated with tanning. There is always a chance of burning the skin and an increased risk of skin cancer with repeated, long-term tanning bed use. It is probably a good idea to keep in mind that there are other ways to appear tan without actually tanning. Bronzing lotions and spray tans have come a long way over the years, and are looking more real than ever. These fake tans are typically less expensive than using a tanning bed and have no risks of skin cancer associated with them.



Discuss this Article

Post your comments

Post Anonymously


forgot password?