Friday, 24 June 2011

That Sun-Kissed Glow

As you all know there are many different ways to get that great summer tan.
  1. Outdoor Tanning
  2. Indoor Tanning
  3. Spray Tans (airbrush)
  4. Spray Tans (Machines)
  5. At Home Sunless Tanning Creams.
I am here today to talk to you about the pros and cons to each of these methods.

1. Outdoor Tanning
Outdoor tanning is simply being out in the Sun during the day and getting the rays naturally. You can either lie out in the sun or you can just be outside gardening, running, playing games, swimming, in other words being active in some way.
  • natural look 
  • easy to do 
  • happens every time your outside
  • cost efficient
  • high chance of burning
  • not a lot of capability to regulate as the amount of UV rays differ every time you're outside
2. Indoor Tanning
This is using tanning beds to gain that golden look. People stand or lie in these beds and are only allowed certain amounts of exposure.
  • Natural look
  • regulated amounts of time
  • lotions to help slow down the aging process. 
  • much less of a chance of burning
  • stronger UV rays reaching your skin
  • costly
  • speeds the aging process
3. Airbrus Spray Tans
These are the Spray tans you tend to see on people such as the Cast of The Jersey Shore. You're in a room with a person who uses an airbrush to paint your body with colour.
  • sun free
  • gets you dark
  • it's a paint so it doesn't last
  • tends to turn your orange
  • costly
4. Machine Spray Tans
If you have ever heard of Mystic Tan or Versa Spa that's what these are. They use a chemical called DHA to give your skin a bronzed glow. DHA is a non toxic chemical that reacts with your skin to create a tanned look.
  • UV free
  • gives you a natural colour
  • tends to not streak
  • lasts 1-3 weeks
  • costly
  • too much can look fake
5. At Home Sunless Tanning Creams
These are the creams like the Jegens Natural glow and such. They contain small amounts of DHA so they can look natural, but they also contain dyes as well.
  • low cost
  • easy to obtain
  • can turn your orange
  • tend to get streaky and splotchy if not applied correctly

Now I don't want to say UV tanning is good, but I do want to say that everything in moderation is good for you. A little bit of extra exposure to UV can be good because it helps to produce Vitamin D which helps reduce your chances of getting other cancers. 

If I had to choose one to gain colour from for the rest of my life I would probably choose the UV free spray tan machines. I currently use the Versa Spa and I love the colour I get from it.

One last thing remember when buying sunscreen, which is important to wear, that you don't go above SPF 30. Everything above SPF 30 works at the same level as SPF 30, so you are just paying for a number.

Hope this helped every one


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  2. I'm glad you enjoyed this post. I work in a tanning salon so I know a lot about the pros and cons of each different method. What I didn't want to do was put in stuff about they myths and facts about tanning, because they are contradicted on each side, so I didn't want to post both and well yeah. So I just put the facst about each different type out.