There are two ways to find a real tan – you can do outside in sunlight, or you can do inside of a tanning booth at a salon. Each method of tanning has its own benefits and weaknesses:
Indoor Tanning -It allows you to control the amount of time you spend in sunlight, ideally to reduce burning. Additionally, it lets you tan during winter when it is too cold to do outdoors. Tanning booths however can be more dangerous, especially when they’re used too often.
Outdoor Tanning – It is arguably more enjoyable. You can play sports or enjoy the water, tanning in the process. It also may not be quite as dangerous on a UV basis, in terms of how much UV exposure you receive in a similar quantity of time. But outdoor tanning is also inexact, since your whole body isn’t exposed to UV rays at any given time. Additionally, it is very easy to spend too long in the sun and get a severe burn, since there is less control when you are tanning.
Clearly there are many different differences between these two tanning procedures. However, there are an assortment of similarities as well.
Perhaps the most apparently similarity is that both provide you the identical tanning ability. Both use UV rays that allow your body to promote melanin production and change the color of your skin.
Naturally, another similarity is that with both systems it is possible to burn and burn harshly. In tanning booths at tanning salons you have a far better chance of controlling your own time in the machine so that burning is less likely, but just because it is less likely does not mean it’s impossible. Burning remains always possible, particularly if you misjudge the length of time you ought to be in the booth.
3. Tanning Difficulty
If you have an issue tanning outdoors because of mild skin, etc., you will also have the identical problem tanning indoors. Similarly, if you’re someone that freckles rather than tans, you are still going to freckle rather than tan in the tanning booth. The UV rays provided by tanning booths are identical to the UV rays provided by the sun.
The reality is that tanning booths and the sun are both exactly the same concerning their effects on your skin and body. The differences lie in convenience and enjoyment, as well as degree of control. Sun tanning may be more fun, as well as free, but you have less control over your tan. Tanning booths provide you with a great deal of control which can help reduce your likelihood of burning, but it costs money and has the exact same health risks. Overall they are both decent options for the ones that want a tan and which you choose is based largely on your personal preference.
Which is Safer – Indoor or Outdoor Tanning?
Tanning can not be considered safe. Tans themselves are due to skin damage, and as such you can’t get a tan unless you’re damaging your skin. Clearly then there isn’t any such thing as a safe tan, as a tan is the result of your skin being unsafe.
Yet there is no denying that people like to tan, although it may be causing your skin damage, the results make you seem much healthier. As a result, tanning will always continue to be a popular procedure for improving one’s beauty. So the next step is to figure out which method of tanning is safer, so at the very least you can reduce the amount of damage you receive to your skin. There are two ways to get a real tan on your body:
Outdoors in Sunlight
Inside in a Tanning Booth
Both of these subject your skin to UV rays, causing the damage necessary to give yourself a tan. So which one of both of these options is safest?
Tanning beds provide you with a variety of benefits that you don’t get from the sun. The simplest benefit is control. When you are in sunlight, the amount of UV rays and the time spent tanning your body are in constant flux. You’re probably moving around, there are people walking by (creating shadows), there are clouds – there is not any way to measure just how much sun you’ve received.
Tanning beds give you total control over your tan. There are no shadows, and there is no guesswork. If you place the tanning bed to 10 minutes, then you are getting UV rays throughout your body for exactly 10 minutes. That control can certainly help you ensure you burn less and reduce any unnecessary sun damage.
But, that control also has a price tag. The UV rays that tanning beds shower on your body are worse for your skin than the sun. Your skin receives a lot more harm in the 10 minutes you’re in a tanning booth than it would during an equal 10 minutes in sunlight. Similarly, while you can control your UV exposure in the tanning booth, you will still have to spend time outdoors, and as you are outside you are going to receive additional damage to the beams you obtained in the tanning bed. Unless you’re constantly slathering a very higher SPF in your body, there will be times where tanning isn’t in your control.
Tanning beds offer greater control, but at the risk of harsher UV exposure, while time in the sun is not as harmful, but is prone to error. The safer method is going to be the method that you believe you can control the best in order to reduce unnecessary sun exposure. If you believe you could avoid the sun’s damage, a tanning booth might be better. If you believe that you won’t overdo your sun exposure, including leaving the sun even before you have received as much as required, sun tanning is a better option.