Most of my clients are aware that I previously owned a tanning salon, which is how I got introduced to the world of spray tanning. So, I have been on both sides of the indoor tanning/sun exposure argument. And since the UV-tanning beds were a huge source of income for me, I heavily advocated for indoor tanning and stayed informed on studies and research that was being done from pro-tanning and anti-tanning campaigns.
Here are my thoughts:
I still believe that a little UV-exposure is the best way to attain our daily recommended amount of Vitamin D (food/beverage supplementation often falls short). And by “a little”, I legitimately mean a little. 15-30 minutes a day of sun exposure to arms/legs is enough for your body to produce that necessary Vitamin D. And, obviously in the state of Arizona, this is easily achieved! Interestingly enough, within about 20 minutes of ultraviolet exposure in light-skinned individuals (longer for pigmented skin), the concentrations of Vitamin D produced in the skin reach an equilibrium and any further vitamin D that is produced is degraded. So, extended periods of exposure to UV rays (via sun or tanning beds) is not beneficial in any way.
The media reminds us over and over of the increased risk of skin cancer due to overexposure to UV-light and it should be a legitimate concern whether you are 16 or 60. I ultimately believe there are many genetic and environmental factors that contribute to a diagnosis of skin cancer, but consistent sun damage will definitely increase those chances. And NO ONE can deny the premature aging, wrinkles, age spots and permanent skin discoloration that occurs from sun exposure. I constantly hear complaints from my more mature clients that “had they only known then, what we know now….”. They will tell you, that beautiful golden tan they achieved via hours of sunbathing, while covered in iodine and baby oil, was not worth the irreversible skin damage they are dealing with today.
Luckily for our generation, we have other options when it comes to achieving that beautiful golden skin tone. And, yes, if you come to me, it will be natural-looking and bronzed, NOT orange =) Not only is there no risk of skin damage, another benefit of spray tanning is that it really does help hide imperfections (cellulite, varicose veins, stretch marks) and even out your complexion. So, stop jumping in tanning beds and over-exposing yourself to the sun!! Your skin will thank you later. And, think of all the money you will save NOT buying anti-wrinkle creams and serums and photo-facials and botox =)
Your Bronzing Beauty,