Today we are going to talk about safer tanning tips. This post will be packed with tons of helpful safer tanning tips, no matter which way you choose to tan. Just remember to always tan smart! Fortunately we have access to many ways to get a beautiful tan, however, many of us do not really look into the do’s and don’ts of tanning before it’s too late! So let’s avoid that unsightly, not to mention, painful red hide that happens.
Sunblock & Sunscreen
There are many debates about sunblock out there… really, just google it! Some people are pro sunblock while others say it’s bad for you, and then even others say go with natural remedies only. So let’s look into this very quickly and make our own decision. Most sunscreens on the market block UVB radiation from the sun but there are handful of sunscreens that block both UVB and UVA radiation. The UVB radiation is what causes the red and painful burning of the skin. The American Cancer Society encourages the use of sunscreen because it aids in the prevention of developing squamous cell carcinomas and basal-cell carcinomas. The use of broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreens can also address the concern of UVA radiation, which does not cause sunburn but can increase the rate of melanoma, another kind of skin cancer. Regular use of sunscreen can also slow or temporarily prevent the development of wrinkles and sagging skin. The most natural sunblock is a hat and shirt but most of us aren’t sporting that look these days. However, if you have kiddos, it’s wise to cover up that tender skin! The funny thing is I talk to so many people about how many painful burns we went through as kids and the freckles and overall concerns we share when it comes to our skin now. At least, our parents didn’t know. We do know, so let’s be good parents and show our kids we care more about them in the long term rather than what their appearance is today.
Does having a tan provide protection from the sun?
Many people ask if having a tan provides protection from the sun. Again the debates rage on this topic. Many of us have made our own determination through trial and error. I hardly know a soul that will be heading out on a nice sunny cruise without attempting to get a base tan because we know, no matter how much sunscreen we use, a burn will soon follow. Especially for those who are fair completed or do not get to have access to the sun very often. I’m writing this post because I am in the tanning business. I like to see people have beautiful and healthy skin. I try to be as honest as I can with every customer about what limits they need to keep in place to maintain a nice tan without over doing it. According the FDA, any and all kinds of tanning are harmful to you. With that being said, I would still get a base tan prior to excessive exposure to the sun as I myself am very fair complected. It’s a personal choice.
How does a tanning bed work?
Most tanning beds are between 10-20 minute beds. This does not mean you want or need to stay the full time in the bed to achieve your tan. As I mentioned earlier, I am fair. I typically tan about 5-7 minutes in a level 4 bed which has a maximum of 12 minute time frame. However, if I tan on a regular basis I will get a really pretty light brown color and can eventually tan longer if I desire to. A level 4 bed has 50 body bulbs, 4 facial bulbs, and 4 shoulder bulbs. The beds wraps around you, giving nearly 360 degree coverage. Many of our customers report that tanning is relaxing, peaceful, and their (nap) of the day. This is natural even when you tan in the sun, the difference is the bed will shut off when it’s supposed to and you wont get a nasty burn. Our level 1-3 beds also have similar features as the level 4 bed. Now for the technical stuff. Tanning beds, like the sun, emit ultraviolent (UV) radiation. Two of the three types of UV rays are found in tanning beds. UVA and UVB and transmitted via several light bulbs. In most cases, these bulbs emit about 95% UVA rays and 5% UVB rays, both of which are needed to produce a golden tan. UVA rays are the deepest penetrating form of UV radiation. Whereas UVB rays only penetrate the skin’s top layer, UVA rays go all the way to the base layer of the skin. The combination of these rays create artificial sunlight that then stimulates melanin. Melanin is the pigment that causes your skin to darken, and creates a golden tan. The level of melanin is determined much by your heritage. The more melanin you have the darker tan you can achieve. In natural sunlight, UVA rays are more abundant than UVB rays and are not affected by weather or altitude, so even if the sky is overcast or the weather is cold, UVA rays are still present. UVB rays, vary based upon the season, time of day and location. Although UVA rays are less likely to burn your skin, they are what most bronzing beds have more of.
- Drink a lot of water – stay hydrated
- Use a BroadSpectrum sunscreen for suntanning
- Use a quality indoor tanning lotion for tanning beds
- Use a moisturizer after tanning and throughout the day, everyday
- Exfoliate dead skin and re-hydrate the skin with essential oils
- Did I mention drinking a lot of water? Seriously, this is number 1 to awesome skin