Tanning for Beginners

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    Apr 12, 2008 1:32 PM GMT
    Okay, I've been thinking about going to a tanning salon, but I've never have been tanning in my life, and I need some advise for what to do. I guess I'm just sick of the movie "Powder" being mentioned every time I enter a room (okay its not that bad, but I'm pretty pale.) I'm not planning on looking like a bronze statue, I just want some color. Someone please hook me up with some words.
  • Timbales

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    Apr 12, 2008 1:40 PM GMT
    1) I don't recommend it, especially if you are as fair as you say.

    2) If you are going to do it, find a salon with stand up booths instead of lie down beds. Start with your first session at about 2 minutes max, slowly adding time (like 30 seconds) every week, but don't go higher than 5 minutes.

    Tanning booths are very powerful, and you can get a nasty burn if you are in there too long, especially your first time and if you are fair skinned.
  • NYCguy74

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    Apr 12, 2008 3:09 PM GMT
    I agree on the stand up booths, they tend to have a higher quality of lamp also, which leads to less burning. They'll probably be more expensive, but it's worth it.

    ask the people at the salon what they recommend as far as time goes. they'll be able to help you out. It's always better to err on the side of safety, so go a little less if you're not sure.
    and i would start out at most 2 times the first week.

    Remember, if you've tanned before in the sun, your skin on your chest/back etc is used to sun. If you go for the "all over" tan, that skin has probably never seen sun and will be more sensitive. as one of my friends has found out a couple of times when she burned her boobs.

    and whatever you do don't do what this guy in Wales did. He went 3 times in one day total of 21 minutes, and fried himself. but that will be hard to do in the states without going to multiple places.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/south_east/7341450.stm
    he does have nice eyes though.

    I go every so often 1-2 times a month during winter just to take little of the paleness off. will probably start a little more now that summer's coming.
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    Apr 12, 2008 5:32 PM GMT
    Well first up the whole stand up being better thing is a myth. lay down is so much more relaxing, and if you pay for the good beds the lamps are all the same. that said pay the extra money for the good beds. I personally always went to hollywood tan and would pay for the top level of bed they have because these are high pressure beds which only use uva light and not uvb. uvb is what turns you red while uva will turn you brown. that said either can burn you and with your skin tone you are going to have to be careful. I would say start with 2-3 minutes 2 times a week, and then slowly add a minute each week till your up to about 6-8 and that should keep you a nice tan color, but not the creepy over tan color. I am lucky that I tan easily so i start higher and work up to the top number of minutes allowed.

    Go for the lay down and you can just relax, the stand up beds are a pain and then you have the strap to keep the eye protectors on and its annoying. always wear the eye protection, your eyelids are not enough, and make sure you are exfoliated and moisturized before you go. that said be warry of the stupid lotions they sell you at the place. if you are moisturized you will be fine, and those lotions are a waste of money. I also happen to be allergic to alot of the moisturizers
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    Apr 12, 2008 5:34 PM GMT
    Forget the Machines they can be dangerous come to my Beach l was on there Today 75 deg'? The first day l wore my short's in Town!
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    Apr 12, 2008 5:54 PM GMT
    Dont do it...get a natural tan...living by the beach most of my life made me way tan, and i loved it..till i came to utah...and now im white.....

    dont do fake tanning though..it looks fake..which is very unattractive...just lay on the grass in ur backyard
  • Bunjamon

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    Apr 12, 2008 6:20 PM GMT
    If you're going to do something that you know puts you at an incresed risk for skin cancer, you might as well do it for free. Mow your lawn in your skivies or go running outside with only an SPF 10 sunscreen. Don't go to a salon.

    Oh, and if you *do* mow your lawn in your skivies you should post pictures of it. icon_wink.gif
  • NYCguy74

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    Apr 12, 2008 7:10 PM GMT
    chungo44 saidWell first up the whole stand up being better thing is a myth. lay down is so much more relaxing, and if you pay for the good beds the lamps are all the same.

    then you have the strap to keep the eye protectors on and its annoying


    Yes the lamps are all the same, but for me it's about an even tan.
    I've had better luck for my sides / inside of my arms on the stand up, since you can hold on to the bars higher up and keep your arms up in the air. standing up doesn't bother me, but try it and see what works for you, everybody's different.

    I've seen several people with an all over tan except for a white spot on their tailbone. guess they wanted to get a little color before bearing it all for the cameras icon_wink.gif. the stand up should avoid this. Not that you're going in front of the cameras, but hopefully at least 1 person will see it.

    as far as eye protection goes, most places I've been to have Wink-ease that stick to your eyelid, no annoying string.

    Beds are a good place to start. You can build up your base tan in a controlled, automatically time-limited environment. And best of all you don't blind other people while you're doing it icon_smile.gif. And no weather worries.

    Real sun will give you different "shading" like darker across the top of your shoulders, plus that "sun kissed" nose and cheekbones that you can't really get in a bed.
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    Apr 13, 2008 9:41 AM GMT
    Why is it that white guys want to tan and tan/black guys want to lighten? strange... icon_confused.gif
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    Apr 14, 2008 4:30 AM GMT
    I've never understood tanning. Even if you don't care about the cancer risks, why would you pay a salon to age you prematurely? If you have to do it, at least do it for free. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 19, 2008 10:27 PM GMT
    Thanks for everyones' advise, but I'm going to play it out pale. I'm going to try to make it work.
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    Jun 20, 2008 3:53 AM GMT
    I play it out pale. When people make fun of me for being pale I say "yeah but look at the solar system of freckles and moles on your back. Wow you look pretty hot."
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    Jun 20, 2008 4:29 AM GMT
    kidsaturn saidOkay, I've been thinking about going to a tanning salon, but I've never have been tanning in my life, and I need some advise for what to do. I guess I'm just sick of the movie "Powder" being mentioned every time I enter a room (okay its not that bad, but I'm pretty pale.) I'm not planning on looking like a bronze statue, I just want some color. Someone please hook me up with some words.


    What's up Powder???

    Hey, I'm right there with you buddy. It's over-rated. Sure I love looking at a well-tanned bronzed beauty. But, it's not there for our skin type.

    Being pale beats the hell out of skin cancer.
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    Jun 20, 2008 4:31 AM GMT
    Just watch the tan lines ok....

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