Myths about Indoor Tanning


Regardless of how often you use a tanning bed, you should be aware of the fact that certain information you get about this method of tanning is nothing but a myth. Read about a few most common misconceptions about indoor tanning.

MYTH. Tanning without any cosmetics is the best

“If I tan without using any cosmetics, I will tan faster.”

FACT. Using the right cosmetics, designed specifically for indoor tanning, guarantees proper skin nourishment. Their advantages can be multiplied. Some of the cosmetics are enriched with moisturizing ingredients or substances that prevent skin aging or help to fight cellulite. What is more, they prevent the unpleasant smell that may occur after tanning. In addition, some of them accelerate the process of tanning, thereby reducing the time you need to spend on this activity.

MYTH. Sunbathing cosmetics are suitable for indoor tanning

“It doesn’t matter what kind of cosmetics I use for tanning. All of them have the same properties.”

FACT. Using tanning oil and UV protective cosmetics is a bad idea. Some of their ingredients may not be tested for indoor tanning and may damage the acrylic surfaces of the tanning bed. What is more, it is possible to observe their crystallization on the skin under the UV light, which can have harmful effects on your skin. Keeping that in mind, choose lotions right for indoor tanning.

MYTH. The longer the tanning sessions, the better.

“I will get a wonderful tan in a short time.”

FACT. The duration of the tanning session should be adjusted to the skin type and other factors, such as the frequency of using the solarium. Those who tan just occasionally or did not tan for a long time, should tan for approximately 6 minutes. Afterwards, each tanning session can last a minute longer. Having a few short sessions is much healthier and effective than having just one long-lasting tanning, as it may result in burns.

MYTH. Indoor tanning helps to heal acne

“Instead of consulting a skin specialist, I will get a tanning session. That will improve the condition of my skin.”

FACT. Unfortunately, it will not. Tan brings just a temporal improvement of skin condition, which is rather a matter of visual enhancement. However, in the long run, tanning does not help to heal acne. You should also pay attention to the antibiotics you take, as they may cause an allergic reaction.

MYTH. Indoor tanning is unhealthy.

“If I tan, I will get skin cancer.”

FACT. Moderation is the key. If you use tanning beds with the recommended frequency and always adjust it to your skin type, you avoid the risk of getting skin illnesses. You ought to know that the major cause of skin cancer are burns caused by overusing the tanning beds or overexposure to sun. If you stick to the recommendations you can find in every good solarium, you do not have to be afraid. And do not forget about the benefits of tanning: it reduces stress, stimulates the production of vitamin D and helps to release endorphins.

MYTH. Indoor tanning accelerates skin aging.

“Skin becomes dehydrated while tanning and this leads to skin aging.”

FACT. The same case as with the previous myth – if you follow the advice and do not tan excessively, no harm can be done to your skin. In addition, you can choose from a variety of tanning lotions that prevent skin aging by stimulating the production of collagen and thoroughly moisturizing your skin.