Tips for Buying Tanning Beds
Tanning beds are quite pricey, so never rush into buying one. If you do not have the time to actually go to retailer showrooms and check out the products yourself, then at least visit several websites and compare the prices, brands, models and features. But even websites can be quite overwhelming, because there are hundreds of tanning beds available. How do you know exactly what to look for? Here are some tips to help you.
Think before you buy
Before deciding to buy a tanning bed, be sure you already understand the advantages and disadvantages of using one. Tanning beds are generally regarded to be ‘safer' alternatives to traditional tanning because you can easily control the amount and duration of your exposure to UV rays. But just because tanning beds are ‘safer' does not mean that they are absolutely harmless. Among the possible complications of overusing tanning beds are severe skin allergies, irreversible skin damage, premature aging, and even skin cancer. Remember that buying tanning beds does not only mean buying a gadget to make you look cosmetically bronze – it's literally buying into a lifestyle. Make sure that you are aware of the possible side effects of too much indoor tanning, and be sure you understand how to use tanning beds properly so that you can avoid these complications.
Kinds of tanning bed
Before you even go online to look at tanning beds and size them up against each other, you should be able to identify what features you are looking for. This will narrow down your search options and make your hunt for the perfect tanning bed a lot easier. Know the kind that best suits you. There are two major types of tanning beds – the lay-down bed and the stand-up bed. Both work in similar ways, but many experts claim that the stand-up version gives its users a more even tan.
It is also important to consider the parts of the bed, such as the tanning bed lamps or bulbs. Find out if they are easy and inexpensive to replace, especially if you intend to use your tanning bed for a long time.
Remember that tanning beds that still emit UVB rays are already a thing of the past. Go with brands that already use UVA rays, which have been found to be a lot safer for your skin.
Check the warranty and manual of the tanning bed you want to buy. Some websites allow you to download it (in PDF format). If the web retailer does not have such a download feature, then go straight to the manufacturer's site and get it from there.
If you are buying second-hand tanning beds, also check out the manufacturing year. You should also ask the owner to walk you through the maintenance routine and show you what where the service station nearest you is located.
Some manufacturing companies offer hefty discounts in some times of the year, so try to buy straight from them if you can. If you are buying from a distributor, ask if you could get discounts on tanning accessories such as applicators, bed pillows and protective eyewear to be included (since you bought a bed from them, anyway).