The difference between a tanning bed and a tannery is one of the few things most people really understand about them, says Elizabeth Taylor, author of The Tanning Bed, a book that explores the topic from both sides.
“You have a tanner, and you have a salon.
You have a lot of people doing it,” Taylor says.
The term tanning was first used in the 1800s to describe the process of drying hair, but now is used more broadly to describe a variety of treatments that involve drying, smoothing, and even tanning skin.
The key difference between these two is that a tan is an actual process and a salon is just a place to get some skin done.
Taylor says a tan doesn’t mean “having your hair washed in a plastic tub,” but that’s what most people think of when they think of tanning.
“When we talk about the word ‘tanning,’ we’re actually talking about the process that happens,” Taylor explains.
“So, we’re talking about an actual human body that is actually being skin-dried.”
There are some basic rules about how a tan should be done: Use a moisturizer to make sure that the skin is still moist and that it doesn’t feel tight or dry.
The more oil, vinegar, and baking soda you use, the better.
Avoid using too much oil or vinegar and try to use no more than 3 to 4 tablespoons of the products at once.
And, when using a tan, you should wear a bathing suit, because it’s more likely that someone will notice your hair and skin are covered in oil.
Taylor explains that this applies to both people who have oily skin and those who have dry skin.
“If you have oily, dry skin, you’re more likely to be noticed,” Taylor tells Shots.
“The best way to tan is to go to the beach, swim, and take a swim.
You’re going to be able to feel it.”
The Benefits of Getting a Tan While a tan has a number of benefits for people who use it regularly, the most common ones Taylor cites are improved skin tone, reduced breakouts, and overall less breakouts.
“It’s been shown that tanning removes excess oils and bacteria, which is good for the skin,” Taylor told Shots.
But the benefits aren’t always clear cut, and some people who are already tanning don’t see a huge difference.
“For people who aren’t using a lot, it might be a little more difficult to see the benefit,” Taylor explained.
“But for people with more oily skin, I think the benefit is really visible.”
A Tan Is Worth It?
Taylor says the benefits of getting a tan outweigh the drawbacks.
“I think there’s a lot to be gained from using a regular, daily routine that involves skin care, especially in the summertime,” she says.
“There’s something to be said for not just going out and doing the sun-drying thing, but going to the gym, taking your kids to the park, or going to work, and just getting a little bit of exercise.”
“There are a lot more benefits to tanning than just the benefits, but that doesn’t make it a bad thing,” Taylor concludes.
“A tan is a very important part of your appearance and your health.”
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