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Self-tanning versus sun tanning: keeping your skin safe

2 Min Read Wednesday 27th April 2011

Discover the difference self-tanning over sun tanning can make to the health of your skin.

When it comes to fake tan versus sun tan there really is no competition! Find out how sunless tanning is the best option when it comes to keeping your skin in top condition.

With the glorious summer weather on the way, a spot of sunbathing can be tempting. We all love the healthy glow of sun-kissed skin, but is it really healthy and what are the risks of getting a sun tan?

Occasional and moderate exposure to the sun has some benefits for your overall health, so it is important not to be too worried about venturing out on a sunny day. For example, the body produces vitamin D during short exposures to the sun as it doesn’t obtain much from diet alone. However, prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun can be very damaging to the health of your skin.

Your natural tone of skin and genetic factors will determine how easily you tan or burn in the sun. But regardless of your natural colour, exposing your skin to radiation from the sun causes skin damage which can lead to premature ageing and even skin cancer in certain cases. Time spent sunbathing may offer a short-term tan, but the damage can be irreversible.

However, sunless tanning offers a safe alternative to hours spent in the sun. With a professional spray tan you can achieve a truly healthy glow in less than ten minutes; it’s actually much faster than baking in the sun all day! But remember to protect your skin by wearing a medium to high grade SPF when in the sun when using sunless tanning products to ensure your skin stays safe.

There you have it, sunless tanning offers all the benefits of a golden tan without damaging your beautiful skin!

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