A tan can make everything better. We all know that a nice tan makes us feel sexier, healthier and more confident and for those of us who are always pale it’s doubly true. What you might not know is that there are a lot of other benefits to tanning.
A lot is said about the dangers of indoor tanning and they’re very similar to the dangers of staying out in the sun for too long. However if you are in a controlled environment and only doing it for less than 15 minutes at a time it’s been shown to be beneficial to parts of the body. The main benefit is the vitamin D which is provided to the body through the ultraviolet rays that come from tanning beds.
Vitamin D is produced by your body and has been shown to provide a number of health benefits. Firstly it fights against several major diseases including cancer, arthritis and diabetes. Vitamin D has also been shown to help fight depression and even prevent obesity by stimulating the thyroid gland.
So it’s not just about looking great, it’s about feeling great too. Let’s look at the best ways to get that sunkissed glow.
Getting the Best Tan
There are a number of ways you can get your body all tanned and one of the most common is with fake tan. This can be bought at any major supermarket or pharmacy and is essentially a dye you spread over your skin to give the appearance of a tan. You can select from a range of different shades allows you to choose how dark to go.
While fake tan is the cheapest option it’s probably the most ineffective. It’s difficult to apply it evenly and it’s normally very obvious that it’s fake. You’ll also find it can rub off easily so by the end of the night there are streaks all over.
Sunbathing is of course the natural way to tan. Lying out in the sun and taking in the ultraviolet rays is a dream that most of us can only do once a year on holiday and sadly very few of us live in an environment with enough steady sun to get that tan we desire. If you do though then good for you!
So we come to the third and probably best option for most people, indoor tanning. Indoor tanning is done using sunbeds which have special bulbs which emit ultraviolet rays. You can simply climb in and the light will tan your body, how dark you go will depend on how long you stay under.
Indoor tanning gives the most consistent and positive results and allows everyone to get a tan in a controlled environment. There’s nothing that beats that feeling, but if you want to get the most from your indoor tanning, tanning lotion is a must.
Tanning lotion has been designed to help maximise the impact of indoor tanning. There are a wide range of products used to enhance your tan and allow you to keep it for longer. They impact the melanin in your skin and allow you to tan more evenly.
The best tanning lotions also include other features like moisturisers that soothe and hydrate your skin. They’re useful not just to help with the tan on the sunbed but to take care of your skin and keep it looking healthy and beautiful.
There are a lot of different tanning lotions available from various companies. Check out our complete list of the best indoor tanning lotions.