Take it from someone who just spent three months tanning weekly at the salon: there are better ways to do it, and I wish I knew about them beforehand. The FDA warns against tanning due to the risks of eye damage, skin cancer, and premature aging associated with prolonged exposure to UV rays. Your skin is one of the most important parts of your body, and it’s essential to protect it.
But we all want to look our best, and sometimes that includes becoming a bronzed beauty. Trust me, I understand. Watch the video below to learn how you can achieve that sun-kissed look without the tanning bed and then keep reading.
The Risks of Tanning
According to the FDA, there are many risks associated with using a tanning bed. The rays damage your skin cells, and your immune system sends blood rushing to the area in response to what it perceives as an attack. You may burn or become tan, but the risks are the same.
Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, and it has been linked to repeated sunburn and extended exposure to UV rays. It’s reported that individuals who use tanning beds have a 75% higher chance of developing deadly cancer. Yes, deadly. At least 2 people die of skincare every hour in the US.
They even state that there are more cases of skin cancer caused by indoor tanning than there are cases of lung cancer caused by smoking. That’s a serious risk and a GR8 reason to cancel your tanning membership ASAP.
Tanning Without the Bed
The good news is that there are other ways to achieve that bronzed look you want. There’s no need to put yourself at risk.
Ways to bronze without the bed:
- Apply bronzer under your foundation during your daily makeup routine
- Make a DIY, all-natural self-tanning lotion from coffee or cocoa powder
- Get a professional faux-tan for special occasions
- Use a gradual bronzing lotion
Additionally, there are now a wide variety of at-home tanning products on the market. Say goodbye to the streaky self-tans of days past. It’s 2020, and many products are now considered nearly fool-proof.
Types of self-tanners on the market include:
- At-home airbrushes
If you can dream it, an at-home tanner company has probably invented it. You want your skin to look its best every day. We hear you. Check out these 8 daily habits of people with GR8 skin.