An Introduction To Safe Alternatives To Tanning Beds

If you desire the attractive glow that skin tanning produces, but want to preserve your healthy skin, look into safer alternatives to tanning beds. By avoiding ultraviolent (UV) radiation you can reduce your risk of skin cancers, skin and eye damage and sun stroke.

Natural Tanning
Some dermatologists recommend natural tanning (tanning in natural sunlight) over tanning in a commercial salon. Because the tanning lamps used in most tanning beds emit excessive amounts of radiation, they can be more harmful to your skin than the natural UVA and UVB radiation from the sun.

Sun tanners are more likely to use some type of sun protection as well, lowering the risk from radiation. Most doctors recommend using sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) between 30 and 50.

Sunless Tanning in the Salon
Many salons offer sunless tanning in the form of spray-tanning or airbrushing. This practice involves using chemical lotions to adjust the skin to the desired tone. A salon technician will apply the tan using a compressor and an airbrush.

Because it’s manually controlled, the technician can reduce the amount of product applied to common problem areas, such as the elbows and knees, which tend to absorb more than other areas. Many consumers feel that air-brushing provides the most attractive sunless tan.

Airbrushing treatments have the benefits of being fast (usually can be done in less than 10 minutes) and simple, and when done correctly they create an even skin tone without any streaks or tan lines.

Sunless Tanning at Home
If you want the benefits of sunless tanning but aren’t keen on shelling out the money for salon services, you can try the sunless tan sprays and lotions available at local drugstores and other cosmetic retailers. These products provide a cost-effective alternative to tanning beds, and they negate the risk of skin damage and other side-effects from UV radiation.

Drawbacks to at-home self-tanners are that they can be difficult and messy to apply on your own, especially to the back. If applied incorrectly, you can end up with streaks or white sports, or wind up sporting an orange appearance. To get the best tan, enlist the help of a friend.

Sunless tanners, whether acquired from the salon or from a bottle, are currently the only means of “tanning safely.” These products can produce the same healthy, attractive glow as tanning beds, while they may substantially reduce your risk of skin cancer and other types of damage caused by UV radiation.

Sunless tanning may be a good alternative for teens, as it doesn’t contribute to melanoma or premature aging, which are common risks for children tanning.