Sunday, September 26, 2010

Alternative Tanning Methods

Don't you just love a bronzed sun-kissed skin? Is your skin pale and you want to add more color by getting your skin tanned or you just want to sport a summer look? Whatever your reason for wanting to tan your skin, here are some valuable info that you should consider.

How sun tanning works?

Getting your skin tan under the sun is a natural process of the body. The sun emits harmful UV rays and to protect our cells from getting damaged the skin will produce melanin to block off the sun's harmful UV Rays.

Too much exposure to the sun can be very bad, it can cause skin cancer, wrinkles and other skin diseases. When you must be exposed under the sun, wear sunscreen lotion with high SPH to protect your skin.

What is Sunless Tanning

It's the alternative to sun tanning, what you can also call fake tanning. It tans your skin minus the exposure to the harmful UV Rays of the sun. Examples of sunless tanning methods are applying tanning lotions, spray tanning, taking tanning pills and using tanning machines/tanning beds.

Tanning Beds

Is a machine that emits Ultraviolet Radiations (UVA). These machines uses florescent lamps that have phosphor blends designed to emit UV in a spectrum that mimics the sun's UV Rays. These rays triggers the skin to produce Melanin.

Tanning Pills

Tanning pills promises to tan your skin from within although there are no scientific proof yet of its claims. L-tyrosine is the usual key ingredient in tanning pills. Tanning pills are also considered tanning accelerator.

Spray Tanning

It's the airbrush technique of applying tanning products that tints the skin. It's harmless and usually a very quick process.

Tanning Lotions

Are lotions or creams that gradually gives you a tan. At the same time this lotions moisturizes the skin.


Are make ups that gives you an instant tan, but like any other make up, it washes off.

I personally suggest to avoid sun tanning and settle for a safer alternative, you maybe surprise that sunless tanning may give you the best tan!