Sunless Tanning

by Emily McBride
(last updated February 6, 2017)

Want to get that healthy glow of having a tan but you are worried about getting too much sun and increasing your chances of skin cancer? With skin cancer risks and other problems associated with getting too much sun, you may be hesitant to spend too much time outside working on your tan. Getting some sun is good, but soaking up too many UV rays will probably leave you with regrets later. Fortunately, there are ways to get a tan without the sun!

Here are some methods for sunless tanning:

  • Sunless tanning lotion
  • Sunless tanning sprays
  • Sunless tanning airbrush

There's no reason to be afraid of sunless tanning. Maybe you have a friend that tried it and got a splotchy tan, or maybe you've seen a television show where a character turned orange. Yes, there are some risks involved, but for the most part, sunless tanning products have been continually improving. The best way to avoid these risks is by doing some research. Ask your friends if they have ever used sunless tanning products, and which products or which salons have worked best for them. Read reviews of products and salons on the internet. When you have decided on a product, make sure you follow the directions on the package—they are there for a reason!

Sometimes the best way to choose a sunless tanning product is to experiment. Before using the product on your entire body, use it on a small area that is somewhat hidden. This may not work if you are using a tanning bed or getting an airbrush, but this is definitely a good thing to do if you are using a sunless tanning lotion.

Besides not wanting too much exposure from UV rays, there are also other reasons to try sunless tanning. Some people have skin that doesn't tan easily and many people just burn if they spend too much time in the sun. Sunless tanning is also great for people who want to keep a tan year-round or look tan for a special occasion (such as a wedding).

One of the best ways to have great-looking skin is to keep it healthy. Make sure you are keeping yourself moisturized, both through lotion and by drinking enough water. Eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, and get enough sleep. Wear sunscreen when you do go out in the sun. With these healthy habits and some sunless tanning, your skin will look fabulous!

Author Bio

Emily McBride

A senior majoring in English and editing at BYU, Emily hopes to enter the field of professional editing upon graduation. Emily has done humanitarian work in Africa and studied in London. She enjoys blogging, foreign films, and playing the piano. ...

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