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Safety For Residential Tanning Beds - Get a Better Tan With No Risks

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Most people who invest in residential tanning beds see them as a safe alternative to lying under the natural sunlight. A tanning bed gives you the ability to control the amount of exposure your skin receives, but that doesn’t guarantee they are completely safe. They certainly are not a death trap either. So long as you follow the basic rules and protect yourself, the overall risk is extremely low.


Prevent Burning


The most common danger associated with residential tanning beds it the desire to stay in them too long. Unlike heading to a salon, these units give you an extra sense of relaxation and an increased temptation to enjoy the warmth because there isn’t another customer waiting on you. It is important to watch your time carefully and increase your treatment length gradually. A fair-skinned individual may want to start with as little as five to ten minutes at a time. As your skin becomes accustomed to the added rays, increase your time slowly. If you plan to go in the sunshine after a treatment, use a high-quality sun block to prevent your skin from absorbing more rays than it should.


If you do happen to burn, don’t get back into the unit until you skin has completely healed. This means no redness or peeling on the damaged areas. When you expose skin to UV rays too soon, the burn will only go deeper into the skin. Repeated burning will significantly increase your risk of skin cancer.


Protecting Your Eyes


Whether you use residential tanning beds or head to the salon, you should always use specialized goggles. Using regular sunglasses, closing your eyes, or covering them with a towel is just not acceptable. The rays easily reach your eyes and can actually begin to burn the retina and other important components of your eyes. This can lead to a temporary or permanent blindness. It can also cause cataracts to form. Far too high of a price to pay for sun-kissed skin! Specialized goggles prevent the rays from reaching your actual eye. If you are worried about lines, select a style without arms or bands.


Hair, Nails And Tattoos


While protecting your tattoo, nails, or hair isn’t life threatening, it can definitely take the fun and advantage out of residential tanning beds. Be sure to cover your hair when undergoing a treatment to prevent it from draining the moisture from your hair and fading the color. If you have tips or have had a manicure or pedicure, you may want to consider shields to keep your nails from adopting a yellowish tint. These are an inexpensive, disposable cover for your nails similar to a piece of tape.


UV light can also affect tattoos. If you have recently gotten one, make sure to wait until the area has grown its first layer of skin and finished peeling before you decide to tan. Once it has healed, apply a strong sunblock to the colored area to prevent the color from fading. For larger tattoos, cover it over with a tightly woven cloth to protect the artwork.


Residential tanning beds give you a level of comfort and convenience that is similar to lying on the couch, but that doesn’t mean that safety can go out the window. Think of your tanning bed as the sun and used the same considerations to ensure you get a safe and beautiful tone to your skin.