How long and how often should I stay in a tanning bed to get a
tan? I am kinda light complicated. How do most bodybuilders do it?
Thread: Best way tan in tanning bed?
03-16-2003, 10:09 AM #1
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Re: Forgot to askOriginally posted by BloodandGuts02
Also do you have to burn to tan. Or can you just tan gradually with out burning?+Rocky+
03-16-2003, 10:52 AM #6
Avoid burning! It may cause you to peel, which looks bad, plus over a lifetime, you'll have less risk of skin cancer. Tan gradually and you'll notice in a week or 2 depending on your skin type. Drink plenty of water, keep your skin moist, esp durring tanning. I prefer booths, I think it's a much smoother tan because your not laying in a puddle of sweat. Oh and wear protective eyeware. If your local salon has a Cyclone, it's worth paying extra for.
03-16-2003, 10:57 AM #7Originally posted by Greg F
Avoid burning! It may cause you to peel, which looks bad, plus over a lifetime, you'll have less risk of skin cancer. Tan gradually and you'll notice in a week or 2 depending on your skin type. Drink plenty of water, keep your skin moist, esp durring tanning. I prefer booths, I think it's a much smoother tan because your not laying in a puddle of sweat. Oh and wear protective eyeware. If your local salon has a Cyclone, it's worth paying extra for.+Rocky+
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Yes, that's why you notice most sunglasses have a sticker saying prtection from ultra violet rays. The big thing with tanning in a booth or bed is how close you are to the bulbs. I can't stress enough how important this is. Here's a test. For the last 2 minutes or so of your tanning, take off the glasses or winkies and you'll probably get a headache in a short time.
03-16-2003, 02:05 PM #11
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I don't know how most bodybuilders do it (I have heard a lot use bronzers OVER a "natural" tan for competitions), but I get a good tan going via tanning beds before I start lifeguarding in the summer. If I don't tan before lifeguarding starts, I fry at the pool during the first week...I completely avoid getting sunburns by tanning at a tanning bed first (where I'm more in control of how much UV exposure I get) and wearing sunscreen from then on (I STILL get darker applying an SPF of at least 45 every couple of hours, if I didn't wear sunscreen, I don't know how dark or sunburned I would get...wear sunscreen when you're outside, even if you have a tan!).
How long you spend in a tanning bed really depends on how strong the bed is. If it's a 30 minute bed, you'll probably be fine with 10 minutes. If it's a 15 minute bed, starting out at 10 minutes would probably be a stupid thing to do if you're light complected (of course, I don't know exactly what you mean by "light complected"). I'm white, but not super-pale, freckly white and I do well starting out at 7 minutes for a couple of days and increasing the time from there. I have a good base tan going after tanning for 5 days straight. From there, you just tan until you are as dark as you want to be (tanning accelorators are pretty awesome if you can handle them making you itchy for 30 minutes to an hour...Titanium is my favorite) and once you are as dark as you want to be, you can maintain by going once or twice a week (unless you spend a lot of time outdoors...then you won't have to and probably won't want to unless you're trying to blend in some tan lines every so often).
It takes me about 2 weeks (or rather, 10 days) to get super dark in a tanning bed, using an accelorator. I normally stop trying to get darker when I look in the mirror and realize I've gotten darker than I want to be (it kind of sneaks up on you).
DO NOT BURN!!! Sunburns will only make you feel dehydrated, be painful and make you splotchy (possibly "scarring" you throughout the entire summer...or even longer if the sunburn is severe, and of course, there are worse things that can happen to you). If you even start to get a sunburn that doesn't fade by the next time you plan to tan, SKIP A DAY (or two if you have to). It will just get worse if you don't let the sunburn go away before exposing it to more UV rays. There is absolutely no reason you should be continuously burning in a tanning bed. If you try 7 minutes and it makes you burn the first day, you need to let the burn heal and start off with 5 or 6 minutes instead. It takes some people longer to safely (for lack of a better term, considering tanning from UV exposure isn't "safe" ) tan than others and some people are more prone to burning than others, which makes them think that getting a sunburn is part of the tanning process because that's what they're used to doing, but burning really isn't necessary.
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