Since it’s winter, I’ve been hitting the tanning bed a couple of times a month. Yes, I do tan occasionally in the winter; I can own it. The other day, I saw two other guys there at the salon too. So, yes, men do tan. In fact, tanning (in a bed or outdoors) is becoming more popular with guys.
It’s not a surprise since there are upsides to tanning, such as producing Vitamin D in the winter months. Studies even confirm that darker guys (without being super dark) can be more attractive to women. So, if you’re pale, you should consider tanning.
Keep in mind these tanning tips for men are meant to be for casual male tanners. I explain how to navigate a tanning salon and tanning beds (from start to finish) at the end of this article. If you want that, scroll to the bottom.
Go Outdoors If Possible
God gave us the sun, so we might as well use it. It’s free, very effective, and, is generally less damaging to the skin than beds. During the summer, there’s no point in going to tanning beds unless you absolutely have no way to tan outside (like you live in an apartment in the city).
You can be creative with this. Run or work out shirtless. Go to a beach. Or just tan in your backyard (this is helpful so others don’t see you and possibly embarrass you). Lying on a trampoline is a cool way to get a tan if you have one. If you need a full body tan you may be limited by indecency laws, but otherwise try to do your tanning outdoors as much as possible.
The advantage is that the sun will get you tanned, but likely won’t be strong enough to cause the skin damage associated with beds, unless you live pretty close to the tropical zones.
The disadvantage is that you are at the mercy of the weather and daylight. So, if you need tanned and it’s raining or you work all day, then you might have to tan indoors, at least occasionally.
Don’t Go Overboard
The first one is that most people think it looks unnatural and unattractive. The second one is over tanning can make your skin age prematurely. You don’t want to look like you have a leather face by the time you’re thirty.
Go for a nice lightly bronzed look and then stop. Some people find tanning addictive, but don’t get into that pattern. Get the right look, then take a break. Or space your tanning bed visits or times outdoors to maintain the best look.
You might want to also wear sunblock on your face, even while outdoors or in the bed, because your face gets a lot more sun than your other body parts. If I’m lazy I’ll just put my shirt over my face.
Also, avoid anything that damages the facial skin before tanning (like exfoliating creams) because it can make the skin more vulnerable to damage.
Use It To Meet Women
If you go to the beach, run outdoors, or hit the beds, use that as a chance to meet women. Since tanning is a typically female endeavor, if you tan, you’ll likely be around a lot of beautiful women. Some might be open to meeting guys.
You might not want to talk a lot about your tanning habits around the ladies, though. It might make you look overly feminine or vain. However, use all the skills you have (our site teaches it) since while tanning you’ll be in spots where women predominate (tanning bed areas, especially).
Guide To Visiting A Tanning Salon/Tanning Beds
Going tanning can be a daunting experience for a guy, especially the first time. After all, some guys have to work up the courage just to walk in the door since it can be an awkward experience.
However, it’s not a difficult process. Usually, it goes like this. You walk in, sign up for a package, and answer a few questions. Once you’ve paid and are approved, if there’s no wait, you can go to a bed. You can usually choose between more or less powerful beds and different times in the bed. I usually choose the lowest powered bed and 15-20 minutes. If you’ve never tanned before, start with 5-10 minutes! This is important unless you want to be burned in areas that don’t see the sun much.
Next, they’ll assign you a room with a bed and goggles. The bed will usually have a time that counts down while you get dressed. Once you’re ready and stripped you can lie down on it and pull the top down. It might have a “start” option or you can just wait until the countdown is finished. Then, the bed turns on and you tan. Make sure to wear your goggles. You can relax and listen to music.
Some beds have different options such as turning on a fan if you’re hot or turning off the facial area of your bed. Use these and other options based on your preferences.
I’d highly recommend covering your, ahem, part in some way. And, the first time you might want to put sunscreen on your backside so it doesn’t burn. Personally, I’ll limit the exposure of my face to about 5 minutes. After that, I’ll throw a towel over my face if the bed doesn’t have the facial turn off option.
When you’re done, follow the directions to return the goggles and you can leave!