Millions of people are actively looking for ways to get their skin tanned. Besides cosmetic reasons, tanning has been associated with improved mood, vitamin D synthesis and protection against sunburn. For people with disabilities, getting a tan can be a great way to improve looks and feel better about yourself. But what tanning options are available?
- Natural sunlight
Spending some time outdoors under direct sunlight will get you tanned. Exposure to the suns UV rays for extended periods will trigger the production of melanin which darkens the skin. Although quite effective in darkening the skin tone, using sunlight for tanning has two major disadvantages.
The first disadvantage is that only parts of the skin exposed to direct sunlight will get tanned. The second disadvantage is that sun tanning requires long periods of exposure to the sun’s rays. This increases risk of sunburn or even skin conditions like melanoma.
Lotions are a good way to get a tan without having to spend hours under the sun. in addition, using a lotion for tanning allows you to have more control over which areas of the skin to tan or not. Sunless tanning lotions as they’re commonly referred contain dihydroxtacetone (DHA) which is a simple carbohydrate. When applied to the skin’s surface DHA reacts with amino acids on the skin making it look darker. Since it doesn’t trigger melanin production, DHA in sunless tanning lotions only provides temporary results and doesn’t provide the benefits associated with increased melanin and vitamin D production.
Sunbeds are one of the most popular tanning methods available today. Commonly used for the process of indoor tanning, sunbeds allow you to tan your skin regardless of which season it is. They contain special types of lamps which produce UV-A and UV-B rays similar to those produced by the sun. However, unlike the sun, sunbeds don’t produce UV-C rays which are considered to be the most harmful type of UV rays.
Although sunbeds provide a good option to getting a tan fast, like natural sunlight, there are potential risks of sunburn or developing skin conditions like melanoma from their repeated use. As such, it’s usually advisable to use sunbeds under supervision of a trained specialist.
Bronzers are cosmetic products which apply a tan on the skins surface. Rather than change trigger melanin production or change the color of the skin cells, bronzers simply apply color to the skin surface. They come in different forms including powders and sprays. Typically, bronzers are used to darken a small patch of the skin as opposed to large areas. In addition, their effects are fairly temporary lasting a few hours or until they’re wiped or washed off.
- Future Research possibilities
Scientific research studies based on animal test subjects has been able to determine that melanotan 2 may be able to promote melanin production in the skin and even protect against skin cancer, however it is not yet FDA approved and cannot be used on humans yet.
Skin tanning can be a good way to improve your looks, build self confidence and protect your skin from sunburn and skin cancer. Given the many skin tanning options available for disabled persons, the option you choose should be based on how safe it is and, the effects you want.…