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Tanning Bed Hygiene

Tanning Bed Hygiene

A tanning bed is usually a shared space where the risk of contracting health problems is much greater. By following some basic tanning bed hygiene tips you can do your bit to prevent the development of these conditions. Take a look.
BeautiSecrets Staff
Tanning beds are a great way to get a wonderful tan in a short period of time. However, there are also a number of risk factors associated with this method of tanning yourself, and there are certain tips on hygiene that should be followed before you go and get yourself that gorgeous tan. Tanning beds in tanning salons are shared by a number of people, and everyone's standards of hygiene may not be the same. While you can never be too careful, you can be careful enough to prevent yourself from contracting anything unhygienic and suffering in the process. Given here are some tips by which you can maintain hygiene on a tanning bed. Take a look.
How to Maintain Hygiene while Using a Tanning Bed
There are some tips that you should follow before you head for a tanning salon and when you are there. Following these tips is imperative because there have been several discoveries of growth of harmful bacteria that cause painful skin conditions, even in the most upscale tanning salons. All the necessary maintain hygiene on a tanning bed have been enlisted here.
Always ensure that you have cleaned up well before going to a tanning salon, particularly if you intend to use a tanning bed with minimum or no clothes.
If you are unwell (say you have a cough or cold), or if you suffer from any kind of skin problem (wounds, rashes, itchy skin), avoid going to the tanning salon and using a tanning bed till you are better. Not only is it harmful for you, it can be harmful for the person using the tanning bed after you.
When you go to a tanning salon, don't hesitate to inquire about their hygiene regulations. It is mandatory for tanning salons to disinfect tanning beds before and after they have been used by any customer. Ensure that the tanning salon follows these standards.
If you are not satisfied with their proclaimed standards or are not convinced that they follow them, you can ask them to clean and sanitize/disinfect the tanning bed before you so that you are satisfied.
Do not use a tanning bed if you see any stains or spots on it. Again, have it cleaned before you use it.
It is also important to check that the protective goggles given to you before you use a tanning bed are clean. As a rule, these should also be sanitized before and after use by a customer. If you can't ensure this, purchase a pair of your own (which should be cleaned with antibacterial soap before and after use) and use them whenever you go to a tanning salon.
Just like the goggles, ensure that the towel given to you before you use the tanning bed is clean. If not, again, get your own towel to be on the safe side.
The pillow within the tanning bed should be covered with a clean towel to prevent the growth or transfer of any harmful bacteria.
Some health experts suggest that because perfect hygiene can never be guaranteed in a tanning salon, it is a better idea to purchase a tanning bed of your own. Though a big expense, if you frequently patronize a tanning salon, a tanning bed will definitely be a better choice for you. This is firstly because you will probably be the only one using it, and secondly because you will be able to maintain better hygiene standards.
If you still visit tanning salons, you have to make sure that not only the salon follows established hygiene and safety standards, but that you also do your bit to ensure that you leave the place clean and safe for someone else to use. This you can do by maintaining your own hygiene standards. Follow these tips and you will be able to safely and comfortably use tanning beds in tanning salons.