Outdoor Tanning Or Tanning Beds
Tanning has been part of beauty culture for decades but, interestingly enough, it was once pale skin that we regaled as beautiful. It wasn’t until the early 1900s that humans began viewing darkened skin as more desirable. Plenty of art from the 1950s and 1960s depicts young women in vintage bathing suits, getting a few rays, hoping that exposure to the sun will turn her skin a nice shade of brown. Many people describe the look of freshly tanned skin as “a healthy” glow and it’s a look we often see on celebrities, in advertisements and on our loved ones.
The most basic form of tanning is simply the skin’s reaction to the rays of the sun, producing darker pigmentation. This is caused by the body’s attempt to protect itself from the UV rays of the sun. A natural tan can have a brown hue, which is prized as beautiful. Unfortunately, some experience redder pigments. Nevertheless, a sun tan is temporary and tanners will have to hit the beach again to retain the sun-kissed appearance of their skin.
Different types of skin react differently to the sun. For instance, very dark skin doesn’t burn. Unfortunately, those with very light complexions tend to burn easily, rather than producing the desired tan, so they should be careful when spending time in the sun, unless sore and red skin is on the day’s to-do list.
Tanning Beds and Indoor Salon Tanning
The advent of tanning beds in the later 1970s allowed beauty addicts to achieve the glow of a tan inside and in shorter periods of time. These beds emit UV rays at the user, who typically wears a swimsuit and shields her eyes with goggles. Spas offer tanning bed services, while smaller beds have become available for purchase for home users.
Sun tanning has decreased due to the discovery of potential health risks from exposure to the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. Risks include faster aging skin, more wrinkles, decreased immune system and even skin cancer. Skin cancer is especially likely to develop later in life, for those individuals who tanned under the age of 30. These risks are not mitigated by the use of a tanning bed. In fact, a tanning bed can exacerbate some of these risks and offer new risks when goggle aren’t worn. Nevertheless, proponents of tanning argue that moderate sun exposure is healthy and even combats mood disorders such as season affective disorder (SAD).
Because of these risks, tanning culture took a hit and cosmetic companies intervened with new methods to achieve a sun tan. These so-called sunless tanners are available as lotions and sprays, which can be used in the comfort of one’s home. Not only are they more affordable than tanning beds, but they do not carry the same risks.Self-tanning products serve as stains or dyes to color the skin and require a drying period to avoid staining clothing and other objects. Some salons offer a professional spray tanning service, which does not administer a tan color to the body. Instead, it emits a chemical stream that lightly burns the uppermost layer of skin to achieve a tan.