Now that spring is almost over and summer is fast on its way, most of us are already dreaming about getting rid of the sickly winter pallor and acquiring a bronze, sun-kissed tan.
The summer season heralds the start of languid, warm afternoons spent lounging by the pool, basking in the warm summer sunshine. But while that may be a picture-perfect scene of relaxation, the harsh rays of the sun are doing you more damage than good.
While it may be tempting to spend as much time as you can in the sun when summer arrives, it is actually injurious to health. A suntan may look very appealing right now, but it can have long-lasting, and even life-threatening, results in the near future.
When it comes to tanning, you can either do it the natural way, i.e. sunbathing. Or you can try the alternative that is indoor salon tanning, more commonly referred to as sunless tanning.
Here is a comparison between the two to help you decide which one is better.
The most natural source for acquiring a tan is, of course, the brightly shining sun. Sunbathing will help you gain a killer tan, but it will also be risking your safety. While you’re out there soaking up the rays, lounging in your backyard or by the pool, you’re also soaking up the fatally harmful UV rays.
The sunlight, usually considered a source of life, is not always your best friend. Sunbathing for prolonged periods of time will not end well.
The pro’s of sunbathing is that it is cost-effective. All you have to do is to spread a mat outside and lie under the sun. Other than that, sunlight is also a good source of vitamin D.
Spend too much time in the sun and you’ll risk contracting skin cancer. Cancer.org links sun exposure to malignant melanomas.
Fast becoming a popular alternative, sunless indoor tanning is relatively safe when proper measures are taken. If a sun-kissed look is what you’re after, you don’t necessarily need to involve the sun in the equation. It can be as easy, and as risk-free, as getting a spray tan at a tanning salon.
A lot of tanning salons offer spray tan booth facilities that promise an even, and controlled, tan.
Spray tans have been approved as a safer external application alternative to sunbathing. They not only minimize sun exposure, they last long too.
The only con, arguably, is cost. Indoor tanning can cost you anywhere from $20 to $50 per session. But that’s a smaller price to pay than cancer.
When it comes to sunbathing, the cons far outweigh the pros. Sunless tanning is a much safer alternative. Contact professional tanning salons, such as Glo Sun and Shades, for a good tanning experience.