While tanning is a bit taboo these days, there’s nothing like the glow you get after you’ve gotten some Vitamin D. Tanning in moderation can give us just the confidence boost we need at the office, on vacation, or just painting the town red. But should we hit the tanning beds or the beach? They both have benefits and drawbacks when it comes to getting the bronze look we all desire. Read on for a glimpse at both.
Tanning beds can get you a tan on your front and back in a matter of minutes. For those of us who sit in our cubicles all day but still desire the look of a tan, this can make all the difference. When lying out in the sun, you spend much longer than that, and you have to flip over to get your back! Unless you have that kind of time on your hands, the tanning bed can be a good option. Palm Beach Tan salon has some recommendations to get just the right tan when in a bed. They are to know your skin type, avoid rushing a tan, apply skincare products to enhance the tan, and wear protective goggles.
There is a very strong link between skin cancer and tanning beds. The Melanoma Research Foundation notes 90% of melanomas are estimated to be caused ultraviolet (UV) exposure. It seems to have usurped even the sun in recent years, though, with the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) putting tanning lamps and tanning beds into its highest cancer risk category. It is even in the same category as plutonium and other types of radium! Is it worth this risk? You decide.
The obvious benefit of beach tanning is, well, you’re on the beach! Really, is there anything better? If you have an adverse reaction to sand, you might not love it but most people savor any beach time they can get. While it might take longer to get tan on the beach vs. a tanning bed, you can enjoy a leisurely time reading the latest Pulitzer Prize-winning novel (read: trashy beach book) while lounging on a super comfy round towel, drinking your fave cold beverage. When it comes to relaxing, it doesn’t get much better than that. And as long as you keep reapplying sunscreen, you can get a nice tan as opposed to ending the day looking a bit like a lobster. If you do fall victim to the dreaded sunburn, check out these tips on how to get rid of it and fast. Also, consider a soothing facepack.
Unlike the tanning bed tan—which, again, takes mere minutes—it can take a while to build up a nice beach tan … unless you throw caution to the wind and go out there and simply letting yourself burn. Even in this case, though, you’ll likely just end up peeling a day or two later. Perhaps the only other drawback is some people don’t like to be seen in a public place in a bathing suit!
When it comes down to it, there is an inherent risk to any kind of tanning, so that’s what you need to weigh first and foremost. But if you’re planning on wearing a high number sunscreen and perhaps just get a bit of a tan, we’d have to say that beach tanning is the obvious winner here. Not only does it have (a bit!) less of a link to cancer but it also can be a fun-filled day that you’ll remember for years to come.