As a society we tend to associate sun-kissed complexions with health and beauty. Many of us favor a beautiful bronze glow that illuminates our skin. However, there are safe and unsafe ways to go about achieving that standard. Tanning booths are a terrible means to obtaining a darker complexion. Indoor tanning subjects your body to powerful, harmful UV rays that damage your skin cells, leading to premature aging, brown spots, and potentially melanoma. Studies show that individuals who tan indoors are 74% more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never frequented a tanning booth. Applying sunscreen before you go into a tanning booth does not prevent you from experiencing these adverse side effects.
As an alternative to UV tanning, try self-tanners. There are a wide range of products on the market that can help you achieve a bronze glow without looking orange or streaky. Self-tanners have made great progress since they were first introduced. They are designed to look natural and can last up to days or weeks. They may come in lotions, aerosol sprays and towelettes. Find your preferred applicator and try it out!
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