Tanning Truths and Myths

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Summertime is the most loved climate of tanning enthusiasts. It only means it’s time for them to bare again their bodies on the beach to achieve a sun-kissed glow. As tanners grow in number, tanning debates start to grow hotter once again. And the debate goes to what is the safest way to tan.

Is tanning really hazardous? Many say there is no other way to tan safely, is it true? It’s time to know the truth and throw away hearsays you’ve been holding on to. Weigh your ways and correct yourself whether what you believe is true or false.

Myths about Tanning

  • Many say tanning is hazardous, is it true? It’s true if you do the old fashioned way of tanning and that is sunbathing. But now, safe tanning ways such as using self tanner products have emerged. This sunless tanning technique is proven to be the safest way to tan.
  • Is it true that sunless tanning is safe? No. Not all sunless tanning methods are safe. Tanning beds which is an alternative to sun tanning is not safe at all because the machine also emits radiation. The radiation emitted by tanning beds is more dangerous than the radiation of the sun because the radiation of the sun damages only the skin whilst the radiation emitted by the machine can cause other forms of cancer.
  • Is it really true that there is no other way to safe tanning? No. Applying self tanner products such as tanning lotion, gel, oil, sprays and many others is the safest way to obtain a perfect tan.

Truth about Tanning

  • Is it true that using self tanner product is safe? Yes. It is the safest way to achieve your most sought-after bronze glow. Self tanner products do not urge the skin to produce melanin or absorb UV rays that cause sunburn. Rather, self tanner products have dihydroxyacetone (DHA) which puts color on the outer layer of the skin. This is not permanent ‘ meaning it will fade away as soon as the skin peels.
  • Is it true that every sunless tanning user should be selective of the self tanner product she uses? Yes. People have different skin tones. Thus, they need to know the right product for their own skin tone to avoid skin allergies.
  • Does vitamin D from tanning beds prevent cancer? No. Although vitamin D is said to have anti-cancer benefits, there is no direct proof that the sunlamps or tanning beds produce this kind of vitamin.

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