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To Tan or Not to Tan that is the question...

Updated: Nov 26, 2023

Being tan helps one feel beautiful, thinner, healthier. BUT, the question should include HOW to tan? It feels amazing to have the warmth of the sun on your skin or to lay in the heat of a tanning bed especially during the bitterly cold Midwest winters. However, this exposure to UVA rays is destroying your skin, leaving long term damage in the forms of wrinkles, age spots and possibly skin cancer. Have skin cancer spots removed from your skin is PAINFUL. If those spots appear on your face, you cannot hide it with make up and it takes weeks if not months to heal. Wrinkles and age spots start to show when you are in your 30s and progress quickly in your 40s and 50s.

Many clients new to spray tanning are avid tanning bed users. In Michiana, there are tons of indoor tanning bed businesses that sadly are VERY busy all year long. It is my mission to spread the word about Airbrush Spray tanning as a much healthier alternative to tanning beds. Natural Glow Spray tan solutions provide gorgeous color, moisturize your skin and last up to two weeks. The color appears within a few hours and you don't need to damage your skin for a week in a tanning bed trying to get a nice brown color.

A recent client of mine tried spray tanning for the first time. She was very hesitant and worried she would turn orange or look unnatural. She has been using tanning beds for most of her life but knows it is ruining her skin. I completely understand as I used tanning beds in Florida when I couldn't lay out at the beach or pool during the rain. We compared our brown age spots on arms and face. We can never get rid of them but we can prevent getting more. In the end, she absolutely LOVED her color and couldn't believe she could get such a rich color in a just few hours as it normally took her 2 solid weeks at the tanning bed to become tan.

A few facts regarding Tanning beds usage from the American Academy of Dermatology:

  • Tanning beds are NOT safer than the sun. Science tells us that there’s no such thing as a safe tanning bed, tanning booth, or sun lamp. Just one indoor tanning session can increase the risk of developing skin cancer

  • The evidence that indoor tanning dramatically increases your risk of getting skin cancer is so strong that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires warning labels on all indoor tanning equipment.

  • By choosing not to tan, you reduce your risk of getting skin cancer. Women who tan indoors before they turn 30 are 6 times more likely to get melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer.

Stop using indoor tanning beds. Save your skin and opt for safer tanning. Spread the word to your friends and family who are still using tanning beds. You may not see the damage now, but I assure you in time you will. Spray tanning is a luxurious experience resulting in beautiful custom tans which will benefit your skin.

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