Maintaining a sun-kissed glow is no easy task, particularly if you are health conscious about your skin and exposing it to harmful UV rays. Luckily, there are other ways to get a tan rather than by lying next to the pool or ocean all day long. If you’re looking for alternative tanning options, here are a few easy ones to try – some of which you can even do yourself at home.
A tanning bed will give you a nice tan but it still exposes you to UV-A and UV-B light; however, you can find ones that filter out UV-C light, which is the most harmful of the three. The best way to use a tanning bed or booth is for 20 minutes per session, and each session should be at least 48 hours apart. The use of tanning beds still has the potential to give sunburns and skin cancer, however.
Tanning lotion uses dihydroxyacetone that interacts with the amino acids of your skin to change its color. With a tanning lotion, you can apply it exactly where you want your tan to be, avoiding sensitive areas of your body such as the eyes, lips, and private parts. It can take three hours or more for the skin to change color, so be patient and do not wash the lotion off right away.
Airbrushing or misting is another way to apply DHA to the skin. The whole process takes around 30 minutes to complete at the hands of a skilled airbrush technician. You may be more likely to get even coverage if you have the brushing done at a spray tanning salon. Although tanning solutions shouldn’t damage your clothes, wear protective undergarments that you don’t mind getting ruined.
Tanning pills help your skin to turn more orange or brown by releasing canthaxanthin, although it is important to keep in mind that this use is not approved by the FDA. If you plan on taking tanning pills, it’s a good idea to consult a doctor about their use and side effects. There are many ways to get a tan, so select an option that you feel totally comfortable using.