Many people find having sun-kissed skin desirable. Being tan can enhance your muscle tone and highlight your assets, while concealing imperfections like stretch marks or skin blemishes. However, achieving a bronze glow by tanning in the sun can cause severe damage to the skin. Excessive UV exposure, whether through sun bathing or a tanning bed, can lead to sun burn, premature aging, and even eye damage and skin cancer.
According to the American Melanoma Foundation, one in 58 people will be diagnosed with melanoma in their lifetime. Though it only accounts for less than 2% of all skin cancer cases, melanoma is the most aggressive form of skin cancer. Skincancer.org estimates that 3,870 new cases of invasive melanoma will be diagnosed in the U.S. just this year.
While tanning is a leading cause of skin cancer, there are healthier ways to achieve a beautiful bronze glow. Sunless tanning, such as spray and airbrush tanning and tanning lotions, are a safe alternative to sun bathing and tanning beds because they do not expose your skin to UV rays. With a professional spray tan, you have the added bonus of not having tan lines or streaks.
Whether you choose to self-tan at home or receive a professional spray tan, getting a perfect, long-lasting tan requires a little preparation and maintenance:
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About the Author: Brittany Goodwin is a digital marketing professional and freelance writer in Philadelphia. She enjoys traveling and making a positive impact on the environment. She currently represents a large client base, including Artesian Tan, a company that promotes safe tanning solutions. Brittany holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Rutgers University. Connect with Brittany on Instagram @goodwinbrittany.