How to Tan With a Sun Allergy

Some people are born with or develop allergies to the sun’s rays. These allergies can differ in severity considerably, but most people that develop an allergy either become itchy or red upon exposure to the sun. There are also different types of “sun allergies” including Polymorphous Light Eruption, which is not necessarily a sun allergy but more of a sun sensitivity.

Regardless, there is no denying that some people itch when they are exposed to too much sun. For those that itch, it can be difficult to try to get tan, because the best way of tanning is with sun exposure.

For those that have skin allergies, there are tanning solutions. They are not as permanent as sun tanning, but there are ways to get the tan that you want.

Sunless Tanning Options

Your only true choice if you have a skin allergy is to do sunless tanning. There are a variety of sunless tanning options including:

  • Tanning sprays.
  • Tanning lotions.
  • Tanning creams.

And a variety of other salon and non-salon tanning treatments. Skin allergies are almost exclusively due to UV rays, and these sunless tanning options allow you to bypass UV rays and still receive the tan you want.

Will it Look Real?

Long ago, sunless tanners were not nearly as effective, often causing an almost hilarious orange appearance that gave them a bad name. But since then the science behind them has undergone a number of changes, and now they have a much easier time of achieving the visible results you are looking for. You still have to make the right choices with regard to your sunless tanners, but assuming you do, you should be happy with the results.

What are the Drawbacks?

The only true drawbacks of these sunless tanners are that they tend to not last nearly as long as true suntans. The average sunless tanning lotion or spray lasts approximately 10 days at best, and even then they undergo a great deal of fading. In order to reduce this, you can simply reapply the lotions regularly, but this is hardly a perfect solution, and at any given point you can stop using the cream and lose your tan completely. There are also several issues that may occur with streaking, and it takes a fair degree of accuracy on your part to keep your tan looking healthy.

However, for those with skin allergies, these tanning options are really the only safe and effective way to get your skin the dark color you are looking for. They have the ability to create darker skin, they do not affect the health of your skin, and they are able to do all of this without subjecting you to the sun’s UV rays. When you suffer from a sun allergy, you can risk serious itching and skin problems by basking in the sun’s rays, but why subject yourself to the symptoms of your allergy when sunless tanners will provide you with the same look without any of the harsh sun.

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