Those of you who are contemplating indoor tanning would have undoubtedly gone through the process of trying to determine whether to go for a tanning bed or indoor tanning lotions. After considering the pros & cons of tanning beds, you will without a doubt have come to the conclusion that they can be pretty harmful regardless unless you use proper protection. In fact, there is no 100% safe way of using a tanning bed and this is because of the dangerous UV rays you expose your body to in the process.
A good way to protect yourself while using a tanning bed is by using indoor tanning lotions. They are formulated to help you achieve the perfect tan without too much hassle and without exposing your body to any hazards of any kind. This being said, you should still apply the lotion according to instructions because, at the end of the day, indoor tanning lotions contain a variety of chemicals that will most likely cause grave imbalances if not applied properly.
It is important to remember that indoor tanning lotions are a lot different than standard suntan lotions that you normally use outdoors. For instance, you should never use a standard suntan lotion on a tanning bed, just indoor tanning lotions. This is because indoor tanning uses manufactured UVA rays applied in a controlled environment, a lot different than outdoor tanning which involves both UVA and UVB natural rays.
At this point, we would do well to explain what makes the best indoor tanning lotions so efficient to begin with. First of all, most suntan lotions contain sunscreen, whereas indoor tanning lotions do not. This is because you don’t really need too much SPF protection when tanning indoors due to the unique formula used by most of these lotions. One of the reasons behind this is that you can determine just how much SPF exposure you’ll get during an indoor tanning session beforehand.
Interestingly enough, indoor tanning lotions enhance UV rays rather than blocking them, which is a lot different than outdoor suntan lotions that block UVA and UVB rays. The belief behind them is that indoor tanning sessions are much quicker than sunbathing outdoors, which is why you want to get the most out of each session. At the same time, these short tanning sessions will provide you with a deeper, quicker tan, without spending hours on end outside.
Last but not least, indoor tanning lotions do not cause any sort of damage to tanning beds, unlike standard suntan lotions that may cause damage to the acrylic material that makes up tanning beds. This is because acrylic hoods are porous by design, meaning that they expand when the bulbs heat up. While using regular tanning lotions, you can create a film on the acrylic surface that will eventually reduce the tanning capabilities of the tanning bed.