From a Fashion Trend to a Way of Living
It goes back to 1923 when Coco Chanel accidentally got a lot of sun (the first golden tan ever) while sailing aboard a yacht heading Cannes. When she returned from the French Riviera after getting a little too much sun, it was popularized. Then, people started copying the look, and tanning became a new fashion trend and before long, an industry and way of living.
However, by the 1970s, dermatologists began speaking out about the dangers of tanning and urged individuals to wear sunscreen. That is when sun beds were created as an alternative to people who wanted a tan without exposing their skin to the UV rays from the sun.
However, dermatologists were not convinced, and many claimed tanning sunbeds to be worse than the natural sun. Don’t worry! We have wrapped it up to help you understand how tanning works.
How Does Sunlight Interact with Your Skin to Produce a Tan?
The amount of melanin produced by your skin cells determines the pigment of your skin. The quota of melanin your cells produce depends on your race and genetic makeup. It also depends on how much you expose your skin to sunlight.
When the ultraviolet (UV) light gets in contact with your skin, your cells start producing more melanin, which makes your skin darker. That excess of melanin acts as a protective layer for your cells by absorbing radiation from the sun.
In sum, it is not visible sunlight that damages your skin and causes you to tan; it is the ultraviolet radiation (UV).
Is Indoor Tanning the Same as Tanning Outdoors?
The process of tanning is the same because your skin is exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light. But, unlike tanning outdoors, when you are in a tanning bed, you are in a controlled environment which along with following the recommendation of a professional in the matter, it reduces the risk of skin burn.
It doesn’t matter which way of tanning you prefer; always protect your skin with sun lotions.
Avoid Getting a Sunburn for the Rest of the Summer!
Get your desired base tan at the best tanning salon in Boulder. At Veranda Sun, we are proud to offer the latest and greatest in healthy tanning technology. Our sun beds have electronic ballasts, which are considered safe by experts and provide a natural source of Vitamin D.
We also have the best deals in tanning every month to help you achieve the perfect tan all year round! If you are very sensitive to the sun or don’t want any UV at all, you can try our sunless tanning alternatives.
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