My gym has Tanning Beds, but I never used one before.

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    Feb 24, 2012 6:57 PM GMT
    I am looking for information on using a tanning bed. I have never done it before, so any advice, or links to web sights with advice would be helpful.
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    Feb 24, 2012 7:12 PM GMT
    Start with very short time (3 minutes) and let the skin adapt to the irradiation.
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    Feb 24, 2012 7:24 PM GMT
    I revisited a gym I hadn't been to in a decade and was shocked to see that they were offering a month of unlimited tanning bed use for $9.99. That signals to me that perhaps people have smartened up and are opting for (presumably) safer spray tans.
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    Feb 24, 2012 8:01 PM GMT
    As with so many things in modern life, moderation, protection and common sense go a long way.
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    Feb 24, 2012 8:02 PM GMT
    Don't.

    If you must tan, use what nature gave you...the sun!

    There you can SPF 15 without them bitching at ya about getting it on the bed glass.

    If you just absolutely have to tan in a bed wear the goggles!!!!!!

    Hell, I wear them under my UVA protected sunglasses to keep my eyes safe.
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    Feb 24, 2012 8:03 PM GMT
    It'll make you look old, wrinkled and leathery. Not worth the fleeting moment of "golden beauty".
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    Feb 24, 2012 8:44 PM GMT
    mocktwinkie saidIt'll make you look old, wrinkled and leathery. Not worth the fleeting moment of "golden beauty".


    ...says mocktwinkie torso and legs bare on a beach...
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    Feb 24, 2012 9:03 PM GMT
    if you don't normally tan in the sun you won't tan in the booth
  • calibro

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    Feb 24, 2012 9:30 PM GMT
    tanning beds are part of the rapid increase in skin cancer in younger people... and they will give you wrinkles
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    Feb 24, 2012 9:31 PM GMT
    Just turn your oven to broil and climb in, it's cozy in there :3
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    Feb 24, 2012 9:32 PM GMT
    What if you get trapped in the bed and get baked to death. (((shudder)))
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    Feb 24, 2012 9:34 PM GMT
    Start off at a shorter time like 3-4 mins then gradually work up!!!, Have fun & remember to use lotion and goggles. When your done tanning use hemp moisturizer all over your body!
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    Feb 24, 2012 9:38 PM GMT
    It's true with the premature ageing! I suffer the effects of teen tanning. icon_sad.gif

    Now I'm abstaining until I'm old and then I'll be living it up as the leather man, steroid-injecting, chainsmoker who sits outside Starbucks hollering at twinks new to the village.
  • Montague

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    Feb 24, 2012 9:39 PM GMT
    Never understood why people tan. hah
  • calibro

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    Feb 24, 2012 9:40 PM GMT
    bigeasydude saidWhat if you get trapped in the bed and get baked to death. (((shudder)))


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    Feb 24, 2012 9:43 PM GMT
    Well, I like to tan. ha. If you don't know how to use it just simply tell them you've never done it. They'll take you in there and show you what to do.
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    Feb 24, 2012 9:44 PM GMT
    Stand up beds vs lie down are both different so when someone says do 3-4 mins that's fine for stand up but a lie down will be too short. Lie down is typically 20 minutes if you go often but stand up no more than 10. So you'd need to talk to the people that work there.
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    Feb 24, 2012 9:44 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said Don't.

    If you must tan, use what nature gave you...the sun!

    There you can SPF 15 without them bitching at ya about getting it on the bed glass.

    If you just absolutely have to tan in a bed wear the goggles!!!!!!

    Hell, I wear them under my UVA protected sunglasses to keep my eyes safe.


    absolutely right!
  • LJay

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    Feb 24, 2012 9:44 PM GMT
    Just take your lunch and warm it up in the tanning bed while you are working out.

    It is much healthier than skin cancer.

    More seriously, being a redhead and thus never tanning well, I am now finding out that is OK. An adventure with skin cancer has taught me that I look just fine the way I was originally minted.
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    Feb 24, 2012 9:46 PM GMT
    Only use it in moderation. I like taking the edge off my blinding pallour, but you have to balance that against the risks: skin cancer and premature aging.
  • FlypinHigh

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    Feb 24, 2012 9:48 PM GMT
    I'm like the palest person on this site. Fuck tanning and the horse it rode in on.
    Tanned people look odd and fake. White Power!!!!
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    Feb 24, 2012 9:56 PM GMT
    I'd recommend against it. I grew up in Florida, spent a lot of time on the beach and used tanning beds in my 20s. I'm seeing the UV damage show up more and more as I get older even though I stopped tanning altogether in my early 30s. The damage and risk of skin cancer isn't worth it in my opinion.
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    Feb 24, 2012 11:55 PM GMT
    I used to be totally against them. - In fact, I had to phrases I used to spread the word with ---

    "Honky White and Happy"

    and

    "Melanoma Free and Proud"

    Sorry if those are offensive...

    I have to confess, I made the mistake of shaving my chest - while doing some manscaping and the whiteness was blinding. So, seeing that I've become shallow while going through my weight-loss transformation - I thought I would give the tanning bed a try... icon_eek.gif

    I probably won't continue after my month... but they are right about starting out slow. I am peeling right now because I got a little burnt...
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    Feb 25, 2012 12:05 AM GMT
    It may be nice to be bronze now, but, like everyone else is saying, tanning isn't worth it in the long run. Embrace your white skin. icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 25, 2012 12:07 AM GMT
    They are on the road to being banned in Australia, admittedly we have high rates of skin cancer and are all very concious of the hole in the ozone layer above us.
    I find it ridiculous that in a gym where the idea is to be healthy and promote a healthy lifestyle they promote the use of these cancer causing machines.
    may as well smoke while in the gym working out
    Foolish very foolish idea to use one

    Apologies but after loosing friends to skin cancer and having many skin cancers removed myself its one of my pet peeves when young ignorant people think its cool to tan.