(Closed) Is it safer to tan in a tanning bed?or outside?

posted 12 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: What is the safest way to tan?

    Tanning salon/bed

    Tanning outside

  • Post # 3
    1387 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Neither one is safe… you can get skin cancer from both.

    Post # 5
    403 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I recommend trying out spray tanning if you’re worried about safety – both of the other kinds cause cancer, but I’ve never heard of one of them being safer.

    Post # 6
    104 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I think tanning in a bed is only better than going outside in that it gives you total control over how much exposure you get. It doesn’t make the tan itself any safer, though.

    Post # 7
    9 posts
    • Wedding: April 2012

    Tanning outside would be the “safer” option. Using a lower strength SPF would help you to achieve a tan without getting burnt. The hottest part of the day is between 10am-2pm, so depending on how easily your skin tans, you could spend a short amount of time outside with the low SPF on.

    Post # 8
    2492 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I will admit that I do go to the tanning salonEmbarassed but i know that it isn’t safe…but neither is tanning outside!! People use the vitamin D excuse but you on daily life you get all the vitamin D you need…you don’t need to lay out or hit the salon.

    I feel more attractive with a subtle tan…so I do go up to 2 times/week.

    I also like to get spray tans (I’m not a huge fan of mystic but it is cost-effective…I prefer the “dry” spray tans or the ones they apply on you…but it is pricy $$)

    I also use a tinted lotion everyday…I prefer Smitten by Cupids Spell over jergens…the smell is nice, it is easy to rub in and doesn’t look orange-y…and I feel like I get darker/faster/immediate color so i can put it on my legs, let dry and then run out the door with a sundress or shorts!

    Unfortunatly, tanning indoors OR outdoors isn’t safe 🙁

    Post # 9
    3674 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2010

    i heard tanning outside was safer. but like others said, they’re both not safe and not worth the risk. why not spray tan?

    Post # 10
    8941 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I know you aren’t asking but neither are safe.  But they do have a lot more harmful rays in tanning beds to get you a result sooner.

    Post # 12
    25 posts
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Aside from the obvious health issues…tanning beds can be a breeding ground for bacteria. They’ve been on the news lately for being more harmful than outside exposure. Some people get a funky tan color if they use beds too often as well…like that orange-y fakebake look….

    Post # 14
    2492 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    bestpricetanning.com has lots of indoor tanning lotions which is why I know about it but this is my favorite find from it. I like it because I feel like when I wear shorts or dresses I need to give my legs a little tan…makes um look better and I feel less pasty…it drys pretty quickly and doesn’t seem to stain anything and the color is what sells me…it isn’t too dark or too light (problem I find with jergens!) and it isn’t orange 🙂



    Post # 15
    2492 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Also, it is advertised as a “after tan” lotion or “UV tanner

    Moisturizer” but I use it as a self-tanner 🙂

    Post # 16
    649 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    According to the Mayo Clinic, exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation damages your skin, whether the exposure comes from tanning beds or natural sunlight. This damage increases the risk of skin cancer and premature skin aging. In fact, most tanning beds emit mainly UVA rays — which may increase the risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

    Could you try a product that gradually makes you tan, like Jergen’s Natural Glow lotion? My friend who is super pale tried this, and she liked it. She’s so pale she had a hard time finding a foundation that was light enough!


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