Since tanning became a fashion trend, more and more people are looking for ways to achieve that much-coveted glow.
The time-tested method and still most common way to get a tan is through sunbathing However, other methods have been created and people need not expose themselves directly under the sun for long hours anymore. The concept of indoor tanning originated in Europe and quickly spread to other parts of the globe.
Although it has been said that the ultraviolet rays from the sun or from other sources such as tanning beds and sun lamps still sends out UVA and UVB radiation that are comparable to the sun or sometimes even stronger. Given this fact, it means that indoor tanning too can pose some health risks especially when done very often. It can cause both melanoma and non-melanoma types of skin cancer. It may also destroy the DNA in the skin cells, or cause cataracts, premature aging, burns, and even inhibition of the immune system. And get this: frequent use of indoor tanning equipment may also lead to tanning addiction!
High Demand for Tanning
We know that indoor and outdoor tanning can be dangerous to our skin, as well as to our health. But even with this knowledge, it has been found that in the United States, more than 1 million people and 70% of which are Caucasians with the age range of 16-29 years old go to tanning salons. Because of this demand, the tanning industry has gained revenue as big as approximately $2.6B.
In 1999, Indoor Tanning Association (ITA) was founded to endorse responsible moderate tanning, as well as to prevent sunburn. ITA was founded to defend the freedom of the people to obtain a sun tan whether thru natural or artificial light. The ITA represents a lot of indoor tanning manufacturers, facility owners and distributors. They mention that UV light also has its positive effects if done in moderation. They claim that UV light can help produce Vitamin D and can also generate endorphins and serotonin.
Minimize the Damages
If you still want to get a tan, the best thing you can do is minimize whatever damage it might cause to your skin. For example, apply an aloe or water-based lotion to get a tan faster; wear goggles in tanning beds to protect your eyes; exfoliate before tanning; use soap that has Cocoa and Shea Butters; use sunscreen with an SPF of 10-15. Remember to also protect your lips as it burns quite faster than other parts of your body and face.
You can achieve a healthy, sun-kissed glow by tanning without exposing yourself to danger and damaging your skin.