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Choosing the Right Tanning Lotion for the Tanning Bed

Baxter Owens | Friday, September 18, 2009

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Are you planning to head to the tanning booth to get yourself a lovely tan? While the tanning salon will likely have a tanning lotion that it will provide to you during your tanning session, you should seriously consider obtaining your own tanning lotion. This way, you can be certain to have the most enjoyable tanning experience possible and you will be able to get the results you are looking for. But, what should you look for in tanning lotion for the tanning bed? Here's a look at the things you should keep in mind when shopping for the perfect tanning lotion.

Do You Burn Easily?

If you are someone who burns easily, you should select a tanning lotion that contains a cooling agent such as tyrosine. As the name implies, a cooling agent helps cool down the skin and prevents burning. You might also want to consider purchasing a tanning lotion with a sunscreen. Although this may seem counterproductive, using a tanning lotion with a low level of sunscreen will help protect your skin while also allowing enough of the tanning bed's "rays' to get through to produce a tan. Before you purchase your tanning lotion, you may want to contact the tanning salon and find out if a sunscreen is recommended with the tanning beds they use.

Are You Light or Dark Skinned?

Tanning lotions are typically rated according to skin tone. You will find that there are five different types of tanning lotions available, ranging from type I up to type, with type I being for lighter skin tones and type V being for darker skin tones. To get the best results from your tanning lotion, determine your skin type and purchase a lotion that is meant for your particular skin tone.

Is Your Skin Healthy?

Whether your skin is healthy or not, it is a good idea to select a tanning lotion that contains a moisturizer. After all, the healthier your skin is, the better your tan will be. If your skin is not too healthy, however, you will want to pay particularly close attention to obtaining a tanning lotion that will help improve the condition of your skin. In addition to obtaining a tanning lotion with a moisturizer, you may also want to consider obtaining a tanning lotion that will exfoliate your skin as well. By exfoliating your skin, dead skin cells and oil are removed, leaving your skin clear and more receptive to tanning.

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