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Is Artificial Tanning Really Safer Than Sun Tanning?

Jul 13, 2008
Because uv rays are getting more and more aggressive due to depletion of the ozone layer, women are favoring fake tan to natural suntans. There are two ways in which you could get yourself an artificial tan: either from exposure to artificial sources of uv rays at the parlor, or by making use of skin tanning products in the form of creams, lotions, sprays and so on, which contain di hydroxy acetone (dha) that provokes the oxidization of the superficial cells of the skin.

But the big question is... are methods of artificial tanning really safer than sun tanning? This article attempts to answer this query and provides some valuable advice regarding artificial tanning. Read on.

Indeed, several myths revolve around these two ways of getting a fake tan, and people seem to often ignorant or misguided about the dangers and adverse effects that they could be exposing themselves to. To begin with - believe it or not - many people often fail to make out the difference between sun protection skin products and sun tanning skin products.

The fact is, suntan creams and lotions do not protect you from the harmful rays of the sun because their formula doesn't contain uv filters. They must therefore on no account be used at the time of prolonged exposure to sun rays. Unfortunately, many people believe that wearing sun tanning products at the same time as they are getting a natural suntan would accelerate the process. The end result could be very harmful to their skin.

When applying any product that aims at providing a fake tan, you should also avoid areas around the eyebrows, the hair root, and the heels. It is equally important that you wash your hands carefully after the use of any sun tanning product to avoid getting the product into your eyes, which could be very harmful. If not applied uniformly all over the skin, tanning products can cause differences in skin tone as well as darker areas that appear when dead cells choke pores.

This is precisely why it is always recommended to apply the tanning products over clean and dry skin, and to exfoliate the skin regularly after getting yourself a fake tan. When deciding over which skin tanning product you would opt for, try to see if they are hypoallergenic and non-fragrant in order to avoid risks of allergies.

Some people prefer getting their fake tan at a parlor or beauty clinic, believing that this would be much safer and more professionally done. However, dermatologists are not of this same opinion. Even though tanning lamps mainly use uva rays because they are believed to be less aggressive than UVB rays, skin burns can still happen. In fact, twenty minutes spent under intense uva rays is equivalent to two hours of exposure to uvb rays at the beach.

Before opting for any product to get a fake tan, it is always a good idea to consult your dermatologist, pharmacist or beautician for a diagnosis of your skin type and determine the most suitable product for you.
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