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Indoor tanning differs from outdoor tanning. You can't spend hours in a tanning bed working on your tan. Outside, other objects direct sunlight away from you and it is easy to spend an hour in the sun. With a tanning bed, direct UV light has nowhere to go but to your skin.
You should not be in a tanning bed for more than 10-12 minutes. Only increase the time if a professional recommends it. Take a timer with you if you need to. A good tanning professional clocks your time for you and notifies you if you have been in the tanning bed too long.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|