Everyone likes to flaunt that enviable bronze glow skin that results from tanning. But with the increased concern regarding the dangers of tanning in the sun, indoor tanning or sunless tanning has become a fad in recent times. Under this option, tanning beds or lamps are used to emit heat and different types of rays under controlled conditions, which help give the skin a cosmetic tanned color.
Tanning Bed: Many of us tend to follow the instructor's advice without thinking twice about the quality of the device. An outdated or cheap appliance has higher chances of emitting excess rays which are harmful for the skin and health. Hence, make sure the tanning bed is of good quality and in perfect condition.
Therapeutic Medications: Some therapeutic drugs like antibiotics, blood pressures medicines, and skin disorder medicines hamper the tanning process, while at the same time increases the risk of burn symptoms. Hence, patients who are currently on any medication should seek medical advice and take their doctor's approval beforehand.
Prepare Your Skin: Before reclining in a tanning bed, you should clean your skin thoroughly. Remove any adhering cosmetics that can cause ill-effects after exposure to ultraviolet and other rays emitted by the tanning device. You can use a body scrubber to get rid of dead and damaged cells. Also, deodorant and perfume are not recommended while you are using this machine.
Indoor Tanning Lotion: As per the proponents of indoor tanning, applying lotions that are specifically formulated for use during indoor tanning give satisfying results. However, it is to be borne in mind that such creams and lotions offer no protection from UV radiation. Rather, we can say, they increase the action of rays and promote excess melanin production for better tanning.
Safety Gear: The best tip is wearing safety eyeglasses. This is very important, as exposure to UV radiation and increased heat can lead to corneal sunburn and other eye complications. If you have your own tanning bed, do not forget to use eye glasses and clothes to protect sensitive skin areas. Likewise, if you are visiting a salon, ask the instructor to provide the necessary safety gear.
Frequency: Frequent tanning is not recommended, as it can lead to various side effects. To mention a few, premature skin aging, wrinkles, and skin discoloration are some of the adverse effects experienced. If you feel increased skin irritation or a burning like sensation during the session, immediately step out of the bed.
The most concerning issue is whether indoor tanning is safe or not. While the proponents claim it to be good, most dermatologists are of the opinion that indoor tanning increases the risk of developing skin cancer. At the end, it is the user who has to decide whether to opt for this type of tanning or not.