Do you know that 3 out of 5 tanners don’t even think about the perfect tanning bed positions? This lack of knowledge on how to lay in a tanning bed is not a healthy sign at all. It has some serious repercussions.
This category of tanners just want to reach the salon, get their body tanned and leave; hoping they will get a glowing sun-kissed tan. But in reality, they tend to come out with an uneven tan which is quite embarrassing. You should understand that one of the most common reasons why people get tan lines, butt circles etc is just because of this unawareness.
This is precisely why most of the professional tanners stress the importance of proper postures during indoor tanning. In this article, we will see the best ways to lay in a tanning bed to get that perfect glowing tan.
Importance of Proper Tanning Bed Positions
If you don’t lay properly in a tanning bed, the money and time you spent for the session is a wastage. Proper tanning positions have the following advantages:
- Even tanning
- Eliminating damages to skin and eyes
- Avoid tan lines
- Avoid butt circles
- Preventing raccoon eyes
- Avoid moons
Tanning beds are sophisticated equipment that provides you all you need for getting a wonderful tan, but only if used properly. It is absolutely pertinent and important to lay properly before exposing your delicate skin to UV.
Laying improperly and not having the knowledge about proper laying methods will only result in uneven tan lines. These tan lines develop on your skin faster than you can remove them. You will have to wait for quite a few couples of days and face the embarrassment meanwhile.
If you fail to tan in the suggested positions, there are chances that overexposure occurs and it might damage your skin. This also includes damage to your eyes causing raccoon eyes.
How to Lay in a Tanning Bed
I’m sure that you’re curious to find the best positions in a tanning bed to get that perfect glowing tan. Don’t worry. I’m not delaying this any further.
Although these positions will ensure proper tanning, make sure that you tan in a healthy tanning bed. I recommend you to read this article for more details: Healthy Tanning Beds by TanVogue.com. Using some of the best tanning bed lotions is also very essential.
From my own experience and other incidents, here’s a complete overview on how to lie on a tanning bed. Follow this and you might have the best tan of your life.
1. Ditch the pillow!
Yeah, you heard it right!
Most tanning salons provide pillows in their tanning beds. The primary purpose of these pillows is to provide you comfort but honestly, you can do better without it.
The pillow covers your neck while you expect a fabulous tan. The covering then results in a white strip and tan lines. Now no one wants that on their neck, do they?
A tanning session won’t last for more than 20 minutes. I don’t think you will feel uncomfortable without the pillows. So, this is one simple step to take you closer to an even tanning.
2. Pick your legs up to Avoid Butt Moons!
Have you ever noticed white streaking over the crease of your butt and upper thigh? They’re called butt moons.
Butt moons occur when the extra skin in your butt overlaps the thigh and forms a crease. This makes it hard for the UV radiation to reach through. To prevent this, pick your legs up and bend the knee. This way, the skin will stretch out and chances of getting these butt moons automatically drop to zero. Do it with both your legs simultaneously and you will never complain about butt moons.
3. Stretch to get an Even Tan!
Stretching during tanning helps you to get an even tan. You might be wondering how. Let me explain.
Stretching helps in proper absorption of the UV rays. I believe, there is no better absorption technique for the skin than to stretch. I would ask you to stretch fully and passionately.
The stretching will allow your skin to make way for more UV radiation to get absorbed in less time. This is more like a sponge phenomenon. The more space you allow, the more radiation sets in. This will only result in getting a deep, dark and prolonged tan to take place.
How to Ensure all Parts of Your Body Get the Same Tan
I’m sure all of you lie in the tanning bed to get a tan over all of the body and not just a single part. The process of tanning will take quite a substantial amount of time and only if you choose to do it right, will you get expected results.
One of the most common issues with tanning is uneven tans. It’s very common. But, if you follow some simple steps, you will never have an issue of uneven tans in your life.
Here’s how to ensure different parts of your body get the same tan throughout.
The feet aren’t as problematic as other parts of your body. While on the tanning bed, place your feet upright with only the hind of your feet touching the bed.
It is also critical to occasionally stretch and strain your feet.
2. Legs and thighs:
To ensure even tanning on your legs and thighs, you will have to follow a number of steps. While you’re laying flat heading upward, most of your rear thighs are not exposed to the UV radiation. While it is possible to get all of your legs and thighs tanned in one go, you will have to toss and turn a little. More precisely, you can pick your legs up while lying (if you have the stamina).
Bend the knee a little, and allow only your heel to touch the tanning bed. When you’re lying on your stomach, use your toes to keep your legs and thighs free of contact.
To be honest, your buttocks are the most complicated when it comes to tanning. You can easily get butt moons (moon shaped white strips) because of the overlapping buttock skin over your thighs. You will also get butt circles if you lay on your back for too long.
This is totally inevitable unless you flip on to your belly with calculated time periods. Lay flat on your belly and flex your hips.
Your groin will require you to lay flat on your back but also spread your legs apart. Lie down on your back and create an acute angle with your legs.
Many people would hesitate to apply tanning lotions of any sort on the groin, and that’s completely okay. You can get the best of your tan by just lying on your back and keeping your legs apart.
Your back will again require you to lie on your tummy. Tanning the back isn’t much of a trouble since it is a large part of your body and is totally exposed to the UV radiation.
6. Belly and chest
Regardless to say, you will have to lie down flat on your back to get your belly and chest tanned. These are the easiest parts to apply tanning lotions too, so you won’t even have much of trouble.
7. Neck and shoulders
Your neck and shoulders will not be troublesome to tan if you follow the proper steps. If you are a woman, your hair might get in the way of efficiently tanning your neck. A good way to prevent this would be to tie your hair in a bun before getting into the tanning bed.
Your shoulders need constant UV radiation. To do that, lie on your belly and prop your chin up with the help of your hands. This will allow your shoulders to get an amazing tan.
Tanning your face is not a difficult task at all. You have to lay on your back. Wearing tanning goggles is very critical. If you don’t, chances are that you will end up with damaged eyes. Your vision will deteriorate.
One of the most common complains about tanning goggles is raccoon eyes. In order to avoid this, you will have to adjust the goggle a few times during the tanning session. This adjustment will ensure that UV rays won’t focus a particular part of your face.
Tanning Bed Laying Positions
There are basically two different tanning bed positions- laying on your back and on your belly. I believe we should have a closer look at this.
On your back
Laying on your back is the easiest yet most sophisticated position for a tanning bed. While lying on your back, you are prone to more irregularities than normal. Here’s why:
- When laying on your back, a larger portion of your body goes away from UV contact.
- This is the most comfortable and preferred position by most of the people.
- No matter how hard you try, there will always be some parts of your body that you can’t expose while laying on your back.
Here’s how to lay properly on your back while tanning:
- Lie down relaxed. Don’t stress.
- When the tanning session starts, fold your legs into an arch with the knees higher than your body.
- Try to rest your feet on your heels. This way, the soles of the foot will also be exposed to tanning and not look ugly when you’re wearing flip-flops.
- Fold your arms behind your neck if it feels comfortable.
- If not, put down your arms beside your body but keep them away from the body at all times. This is to make sure that no parts of your sides are left untanned because of the arm’s shadow.
- Occasionally shift your weight to either side to prevent butt moons.
On your belly
Laying on your belly for the tanning procedure is easy yet not commonly preferred.
It should be necessary for you to lay on your back and here’s how:
- Prop your chin up. Yes- use both your hands to form a pillow and rest your chin over it. This will not only allow your neck (which is visible at all times) to get tanned properly but also your wrists and other parts of your hand.
- Rest your feet on the toes. Raise your feet and keep using your fingers to maintain contact. This will allow less contact with the surface and more tan over your feet. Not only that, but your knees will get a chance to enjoy the tan too!
- Don’t move a lot. This will get you tired faster because laying on your belly is already tiring and boring. Enjoy it. Feel it.
So, What’s Your Best Way to Lay in a Tanning Bed?
That’s it, guys. We have seen everything related to how do you lay in a tanning bed. I have seen many tanners complaining of uneven tans and tan lines, without knowing the importance of proper tanning postures.
If you have paid attention to these tanning positions in a tanning bed, I’m damn sure that you will get a healthy tan sooner.
Nothing makes me happier than seeing that smile on your face after having a wonderful tanning session.
My name is Stella Cristin, the owner of Tan Vogue. I am in love with beauty and health products. My great passion is to help people learn about tanning. Read More
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