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How do I Choose the Best Tanning Spa?

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

Although it is very important to remember that tanning is damaging to the skin and can lead to serious problems including skin cancer, there are still some considerations for those who choose to go tanning on a regular basis. When looking for a tanning spa, the first thing to consider is the kinds of tanning beds that are available and how often the bulbs are changed. When choosing a tanning spa, some people also prefer to choose a place that offers spray tans. Spray tans are semi-permanent, all-over tans that are applied with a spray liquid. One of the benefits of this kind of tanning is that it does not cause skin damage in the same way that tanning beds and tanning booths do. For people who are looking for this kind of tanning, it is important to find a tanning spa that offers both booth and spray tanning.

Some people prefer to use the kinds of tanning beds that allow the user to lay down on a covered bed of bulbs with a top section, also with a covered row of bulbs, that swings down over the body. Others prefer to use tanning booths that include a small, private changing area and tanning stall where the user can stand up while the tanning bulbs are illuminated. Some tanning spas have both kinds of beds to cater to both preferences.

A tanning bed.
A tanning bed.

For some people, it is important to choose a tanning spa that has a number of amenities such a nice dressing area and the use of free skin care products such as after-tanning balms and lotions. It is common for a tanning spa with these amenities to be more expensive than a tanning spa without these amenities. The difference in price, however, is worth it for some people. The price difference can sometimes be offset by purchasing a discounted package that allows for a certain number of tanning sessions over a certain period of time.

A high pressure tanning bed can achieve dark, long-lasting color after only a few minutes.
A high pressure tanning bed can achieve dark, long-lasting color after only a few minutes.

Other people prefer to go to a tanning spa that is also part of a spa that offers other services such as massage, manicures, pedicures, and even hair care. Some people like to be able to go to one location for all of their spa-related needs. Someone who likes to tan, have their nails done, and have their eyebrows waxed every two or three weeks may decide to go to a tanning spa that also offers nail care services and waxing services.

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for , Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for , Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

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    • A tanning bed.
      By: markcarper
      A tanning bed.
    • A high pressure tanning bed can achieve dark, long-lasting color after only a few minutes.
      By: Rido
      A high pressure tanning bed can achieve dark, long-lasting color after only a few minutes.
    • Some people prefer to go to a tanning spa that is also part of a spa that offers other services, such as manicures.
      By: Andriy Bezuglov
      Some people prefer to go to a tanning spa that is also part of a spa that offers other services, such as manicures.