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Can Tanning Ever Be Safe?

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Tanning your skin has direct links to skin cancers like melanoma. Tanners don’t like to think about it but it’s a fact that is always there. The risk of damaging skin cells is very real but there are other options to self tan which have a lower risk of developing the life threatening condition.

Spray Tans

Often available in beauty salons, spray tans are a fast way to get a tan without spending hours in the sun or a few sessions in a sunbed. Formulas for fake tans come in a range of shades which cater to different needs of users, and sometimes they have an additional scent to mask the smell that fake tan is known for.

Many users like a fake tan as they feel it makes them look healthier all year round so a spray tan is a safer method for them to look the way they feel happiest.

Spray tans are often completed by therapists, however, there are products available to complete fake tan treatments at home. A key factor in obtaining a smooth and even tan is to exfoliate your skin the day before to ensure it is as smooth as possible.


Indoor tanning systems a.k.a. sunbeds can produce a natural-looking tan over the course of a few sessions. They work by emitting UVA and UVB rays from a series of bulbs which surround the user for an all-round tan. The rays penetrate the skin which triggers the creation of melanin, a skin pigment that splits to double the amount in the skin and then rise to the surface while changing brown.

The use of suncream is essential to prevent burning but some products, often supplied by salons, also contain tan accelerators which help you to achieve your desired tan in less time. Safety goggles are also required to be worn at all times to protect your eyes.

In the UK, a company named Best Sunbeds is the market leader in the supply of sunbeds. You can visit their site for more information. You will also be able to browse their shop for a series of tanning solutions, and we advise that you check out their blog for more information about tanning solutions.

Natural sunlight

Free and open to the general public, good old-fashioned sunlight is the most natural way to obtain a tan. Though unpredictable as to when it is available, the sun can change the colour of your skin when you spend some time outside.

Always wear sunscreen when heading out into the sun as damage can be afflicted in very short spaces of time. Professionals advise that sunscreen should be applied every two and a half hours and after swimming.

Harvard medical experts talk about tanning in natural sunlight here.