What Is The Best Time Of Day To Tan?

What Is The Best Time Of The Day To Tan Using A Tanning Bed

Of course, going outside, lying around and sunbathing is not option for everyone. Whether you (as above), live in a cold area, where you don’t see much sun. Or maybe you work, and so you don’t have time to be lounging around every day between 11am and 3pm trying to get a tan, even though you might live in a sunny area. Fortunately, if this sounds like you, there are ways that you can still get a tan and not have to waste your time sitting outside in the sun – they are tanning beds or tanning booths. They can be a quick and effective way of getting a natural looking tan, without having to go to somewhere hot or spend a lot of time working on your tan. Simply role up to the tanning place and hop in for 10-20 minutes and you will soon have a tan that looks great. You might think that it doesn’t matter what time of day you use a tanning machine or tanning bed, and that using it at any time of day will result in the tan you desire. While that is true for the most part, the time of day you choose to hit the tanning bed can make a difference in the level of your tan, and the effectiveness of the machine. If you go in the morning, you will be more likely to be exposed to the sun for the rest of the day, while you are outside. This means that you almost doubling the effectiveness of the tanning bed. Get a tan in the morning, on the tanning bed and then spend some time walking around outside and you will be more likely to be able to top up the tan.
Another great time of day to the tanning salon isn’t specifically a time of day, but more after you’ve done something. It is great to go after your workout, so do your exercise and then head to the tanning bed for best results. This is because while working out you are opening up the pores on your skin, this makes your skin more prone to tanning and so you will get more of a tan for less time spent on the sunbed.  

So, Does Time Of Day Really Make A Difference

As you can see, it does make a difference what time you choose to tan. But if these times don’t work for you, don’t despair. With regards to the outside to the outside, any time spent in the sun will tan you, even if it is not ideal you can still get a decent tan if you spend some time outside in the sun (remember safety though). With tanning booths, once again, any time spent in them will result in a tan. The only reasons to really consider the best time of day to tan, is for efficiency – and maximizing the level of your tan.


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  • This article reads as if it were google translated from another language. I’m not a grammar nazi, but for Christ’s sake put some effort into your work. This is distractingly awful.

    “Of course, going outside, lying around and sunbathing is not option for everyone. Whether you (as above), live in a cold area, where you don’t see much sun.”

    A fourth grader could write a better paper. I deeply apologize if the author is a third grader (in which case, they did a great job).

    1. Wow! You weren’t kidding. This article is terribly written and excessively elementary.
      I truly hope the writer isn’t an adult.

    2. You’re absolutely right. The first couple paragraphs I was like uhhh something’s amiss. But alas, I continued with a hopeful spirit. …I could not even finish after the Nebraska thing though….

    3. My 3rd grader would be offended. LOL and I don’t know if the author has ever been to Nebraska or anywhere in the midwest in the summer, but it is very hot and humid here at that time.

    4. LOL. (And I don’t use that lightly.) You so right wit that grammar shit. Yah youse is so write it ain’t even funny. (Did that make you cringe, yes, me too ?)

  • Nebraska gets blistering hot and super easy to tan in, as long as it’s not winter. There’s like 30 better states to use as examples. Too much sun has destroyed this persons brain

    1. ^^ YES! Part of me wonders if they meant to write “Alaska,” because yes, Nebraska in the summer is unbelievably hot and humid!! Hahah, someone either didn’t do their research or didn’t check their spelling.

  • It is better to tan after a bed has been used several times recently. I used to ask the girls which beds were “hot” at the salon. Otherwise, for the first five minutes the bed is just warming up. That’s why I have found it is better to tan at night when the beds are warmed up instead of first thing in the morning.

  • I live in Nebraska and we get plenty of sun for about half the year. It’s not gloomy all day like this article portrays it.

  • Basically what this mentally disabled person what trying to say was that you go between 11am to 2am no longer due to health and safety precautions~this was written by a middle schooler ;))) take that

  • I think anyone who complained about this authors grammar is a failure. Wether the person is an adult or child, commenting so cheaply on someone’s inadequacies is negative. If you instead, commented gracefully and provided the actual corrected version of this article, instead of simply brow beating the author, then maybe I could have respected your perspective. Instead, you left me wandering the rest of the day with a negative taste in my mouth. Thank you for keeping your negative comments to yourself from now on.

  • This is not any kind of good advice. If you are tanning, you are damaging skin. Putting spf on so you” don’t get cancer” cracked me up. Getting a tan? Your exposing yourself to cancer.

  • Nebraska is on a lower latitudinal line from my location… Northern Illinois. Can tan fine here. I have always heard that the best time to tan is of course, between 11 am and 3 pm. Tried something different this year … it was on accident, but found a better tan. Not sure what the deal with this is, but have been sunning between 2 and 7 pm and am extremely far more pleased with the results than the typical 11 – 3 or 4 I have been doing for may years. Anyone else???

  • Yes head outside midday when the sun is at it’s blistering hottest and you are most likely to get burnt at the least and skin cancer at worst. Is this person demented? Crazy advice!

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