There are two ways to get a real tan – you can do outdoors in sunlight, or you can do inside of a tanning booth at a salon. Each method of tanning has its benefits and weaknesses:
Indoor Tanning -It allows you to control the amount of time you spend in the sun, ideally to decrease burning. It also allows you to tan during winter when it is too cold to do outside. Tanning booths however can be dangerous, especially when they’re used too often.
Outdoor Tanning – It’s arguably more enjoyable. Additionally, it may not be quite as dangerous on a UV basis, in terms of how much UV exposure you get in a similar amount of time. But outdoor tanning can be inexact, since your whole body is not exposed to UV rays at any given time. Additionally, it is extremely easy to spend too long in the sun and get a severe burn, because there is less control while you are tanning.
Clearly there are a variety of differences between both of these tanning procedures. However, there are a variety of similarities also. Below are some of the similarities between indoor and outdoor tanning.
1. You Can Tan
Possibly 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 adjust the color of your skin.
Of course, another similarity is that with the two systems you can burn and burn off harshly. In tanning booths at tanning salons you have a far greater chance of controlling your own time in the machine so that burning is less likely, but just because it is less likely doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Burning remains always possible, especially if you misjudge the length of time you should be in the booth.
3. Tanning Difficulty
If you have an issue tanning outdoors due to light skin, etc., you will also have the same problem tanning indoors. Similarly, if you are someone that freckles rather than tans, you are still likely to freckle rather than tan in the tanning booth. The UV rays provided by tanning booths are identical to the UV rays provided by sunlight.
The reality is that tanning booths and the sun are both exactly the same concerning their effects on your body and skin. The differences lie in convenience and pleasure, in addition to degree of control. Sun tanning may be fun, as well as free, but you have less control over your tan. Tanning booths provide you with a lot of control which may help reduce your probability of burning, but it costs money and has the exact same health risks. Overall they are both adequate options for those that want a tan and which you choose is based mostly on your personal preference.
Which is Safer – Indoor or Outdoor Tanning?
Tanning can never 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’s no denying that people like to tan, although it may be causing your skin damage, the results make you appear healthier. As a result, tanning will always continue to be a popular process for enhancing one’s beauty. So the next step is to find out which method of tanning is safer, so at the very least you can reduce the amount of damage you get to your skin.
Outdoors in the Sun
Indoors in a Tanning Booth
Both of these subject your skin to UV rays, causing the harm necessary to give yourself a tan. So which one of these two options is safest?
Tanning Bed Benefits
Tanning beds offer you a variety of benefits that you don’t get from sunlight. The simplest benefit is control. When you are in sunlight, the amount of UV rays and the time you spend tanning your body are in constant flux. You are likely moving around, there are people walking by (creating shadows), there are clouds – there is no way to measure just how much sun you’ve received.
Tanning beds give you complete control over your tan. There are no shadows, and there isn’t any guesswork. If you set the tanning bed to 10 minutes, then you’re receiving UV rays throughout your body for exactly 10 minutes. That control can certainly assist you to ensure you burn less and reduce any unnecessary sun damage.
Tanning Bed Weaknesses
However, that control also comes with a price tag. The UV rays that tanning beds shower on your body are worse for your skin than sunlight. Your skin receives a lot more damage in the 10 minutes you’re in a tanning booth than it would during an equivalent 10 minutes in sunlight. Similarly, as you can control your UV exposure in the tanning booth, you will still have to spend time outdoors, and while you are outside you’re going to get additional damage to the beams you received in the tanning bed. Unless you’re constantly slathering a very higher SPF on your body, there are going to be times where tanning isn’t in your control.
Tanning beds offer greater control, but at the threat of harsher UV exposure, while some time in the sun is not as harmful, but is prone to error. The safer method is going to be the method that you think you can control the finest in order to reduce unnecessary sun exposure. If you believe you could prevent the sun’s damage, a tanning booth might be better. If you believe you won’t overdo your sun exposure, including leaving sunlight even before you have received as much as required, sun tanning is a better choice.