Clothes in a Tanning Booth

Tanning booths are an effective way to tan your skin without needing to be in the sun. Though tanning booths may be more dangerous in terms of UV exposure, you also have the ability to plan exactly how long you stay in the booth, which can benefit you dramatically when it comes to reducing burning and ensuring you do not receive too many extra UV rays.

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That makes tanning booths a great option for those that want to reduce burning or do not have access to extended sun exposure. One of the major questions then is how to tan most effectively, and one of the aspects that affect that is the types of clothes you wear to the tanning booth.

Clothes in the Tanning Booth

With a few rare exceptions, UV rays are not going to get through clothing. That means that the skin underneath the clothes you wear are not going to tan while you are in the tanning booth.

That is why it is highly recommended that whatever clothes you wear during your first trip to the tanning salon you continue to wear every time you are in the tanning salon.

This is done to prevent uneven or irregular tan lines. If you wear a bikini one day, followed by shorts the next day and hand warmers the day after, your entire body is going to be filled with irregular tans that are going to look awkward and unattractive. Two similar pieces of clothes (such as shorts) are going to have different lengths and sizes. It is a better idea to simply wear the same clothes every time you go tanning.

Tanning in the Nude

Provided you go to a reputable tanning salon, you also have the option of tanning without clothing. Tanning in the nude is perfectly acceptable at tanning salons and will help ensure that you have no tan lines once you are finished tanning. Still, you should always wear the goggles provided by the tanning salon, even if you are tanning in the buff.

Remember Jewelry

Don’t forget to take off all of your jewelry before you get into the tanning salon. Not only does jewelry move around, causing irregular tan lines, but it also can heat up depending on the metal and may burn your skin.

Note on Tan Lines

Finally, it is important to remember that tan lines are a form of fairer skin. Removing tan lines is not that easy. That means that they cannot handle as much UV exposure as the rest of your body.

If you have been wearing underwear into the tanning booth and decide that you would like to tan nude, remember to be very careful about how long you allow the un-tanned body to be in the tanning booth.

It may be a good idea to keep the clothes you were wearing next to you, and then halfway through your time in the booth put the clothes back on for the rest of your tanning, in order to ensure that the time your lighter skin spends in the booth is limited.

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African-Americans and Sunburn

Over the years, a variety of skin cancer myths have permeated throughout the community. One of the most common myths is that if you are very tan it is impossible for you to burn. An even more common and possibly more dangerous – myth is that people of African descent with very dark skin cannot sun burn. This is a commonly held belief throughout the country, including within the African American community.

Unfortunately, this belief is extremely false. No matter how dark your skin is naturally, you always have the ability to sunburn, and your risk of sun damage is still the same.

Black Americans and Skin Cancer

One of the most common myths is that those with dark skin cannot get skin cancer. This cannot be further from the truth. In fact, African Americans are MORE likely to get melanoma – the most deadly form of skin cancer – than White Americans.

African Americans are at least risk for some of the lesser forms of skin cancer. Darker skin reduces the likelihood of basal cell carcinoma, for example. But these are also the least deadly forms of cancer. In terms of the most dangerous cancers, African Americans appear to be at greater risk for skin cancer deaths.

Cancer risk is exacerbated because it can be difficult to see any serious skin cancer blemishes until they have reached a late stage of skin cancer. As a result, skin cancers are not being caught in African Americans until it they have become incredibly dangerous.

Black Americans and Burning

In addition, African Americans have the ability to sunburn as well. It is widely believed that darker skin prevents burning. In some cases this is true – darker skin does reduce your likelihood of burning, and those with fair skin are likely to sunburn faster than those with dark skin.

However, it does not reduce burning risk completely. African Americans are still at a great risk for burning, especially with long term sun exposure. African Americans also burn differently. While someone with fair skin gets redder when they burn, someone with dark skin simply gets darker. This is one of the reasons that the myth persists – because African Americans do not burn with the typical “red” color that affects White Americans, it gives the appearance that Black Americans never sunburn. Yet sunburns are actually quite common, they simply appear in a different manner.

Combatting These Myths

It is very important for the African American community to combat these myths and recognize their burning and cancer risk. Men and women of all ethnic backgrounds are at risk for sun cancer and burning. Sunscreen of a moderate SPF (SPF 15 will usually suffice) should always be placed on the skin during times of extensive sun exposure, no matter what the color of your skin.

Darker skinned individuals of all races may be at less risk for burning, but burning is still a possibility, and the sun damage you receive can be equally as dangerous. Make sure that you protect yourself any time you spend an extended period of time outdoors, and check your skin regularly to make sure that you are free of any worrisome changes.

Sunless Tans vs. Regular Tans

Though there are several sub categories of tanning, in general there are two types of tanning options available: Those that use the sun to create a more permanent tan and those that use tanning products to create a temporary but safer tan. Both of these have their benefits and weaknesses, and which one you choose is largely based on your own personal preferences as well as your finances, with various risks and rewards.

Sun Tanning/Tanning Beds


Sun tanning is the most permanent option of tanning available. Though tanning itself is never permanent, a good, deep tan is going to last you quite a while, and will never be streaky, incomplete, or fake looking like some types of products. In addition, sun tanning is always free, and most tanning salons offer tanning beds for fairly cheap, making this one of the least expensive options available.


Of course the main weakness if sun tanning and tanning beds is the risk of developing skin cancer. Skin cancer can be exceedingly dangerous, and those that tan or burn are always at risk for developing the disorder. In addition, sunburns are yet another risk, and the burning can lead to peeling skin, itching, and general pain.

Sunless Tanning


There are a variety of benefits to sunless tanning. First and foremost, sunless tanning does not cause any skin cancer risk, so it is considerably safer than UV tanning. Other benefits of sunless tanning include the ability to tan quickly and receive the skin color that you are looking for. Sunless tanning allows you to control the color of your skin fairly easily simply by applying certain products, while sun tanning you have to keep working on it until you develop the tan you want, which may never come.


The main weakness of sunless tanning is the temporary nature of it. Sunless tans may last as few as 3 to 10 days depending on the product you use. That means that on Wednesday you can be pale, on Friday you can be dark, and by Monday you can be pale again. That is a considerable amount of change in your appearance. The products themselves can also be pricy and time consuming, and sunless tanning products can sometimes create either a yellow/orange appearance or cause streaks in your skin from improper application.

Which is Better?

Because these two products differ so much, it is difficult to say which is better. Sun tanning certainly gives you a longer lasting, more consistent tan, but it also comes with the risks associated with skin cancer. Sunless tanning has much less risk and puts you in greater control over your tan, but does not last very long and can cause human error. Overall, which you choose is based on what you feel the risk of skin cancer is worth, how much time you have to tan, the time of year and why and when you need the tan. By answering those questions you should get a good idea for what tanning method is best for you.

Creating Body Art With Tans

The goal of tanning is to try to make your body more attractive. Tanning makes you look slimmer, it helps your skim look more appealing, and it is designed to make you look sexier overall.

The same is true of tattoos. Many people look to tattoos to help their bodies look sexier and more presentable. Tattoos are a form of body artwork, and in many ways the same can be said of tanning.

Still, tattoos represent an incredible commitment. As everyone knows, what looks good one day may not be as exciting the next day. It is the reason we buy new clothes , earrings and jewelry – something that we enjoy at any given time may not be as enjoyable in the future.

That is why, rather than getting tattoos, some people choose to do tanning tattoos.

What Are Tanning Tattoos?

Tanning tattoos are simply body art that you create in a tanning booth. In a way, you are using the tan as though it was tattoo ink. You can create a design, head to a tanning booth, and let the rays create the art you like using the color of your skin.

To do this, you can employ any one of the following methods:

  • Place a sticker somewhere on your skin that you want the tattoo. Go about your normal tanning routine. Once you are done, you can remove the sticker and you will have lighter skin in the area where the sticker was placed leaving you with a piece of body art without the ink.
  • There is a newer method of tattoo tanning that is far more difficult, but is slowly catching on. For those that are looking for more full body tattoos, you can take an old, tight shirt and cut out the design that you want. When you place yourself in the tanning booth, make sure the design is where you want it and that you do not move. This method is harder but some people find it more enjoyable, especially for larger tattoo designs. People that use this method are looking for the tanning tattoo to be colored by the tan, while in the previous method it is the skin that is not tan that creates the tattoo.

Once you are done, you will have a tan that you can show off to others. Later, if you decide you no longer like the tattoo, you can wait and over time it will fade away.

Not The Safest

It should be noted that tanning for a tattoo still carries the same risks as other tanning booths. It is not great for your skin, and could also cause some skin to appear aged faster than other skin if you go to any extreme tanning methods. But if you are simply looking for a nice design on a part of your body that does not have to be permanent, using your skin as the canvas and ink, a tanning tattoo may be something that interests you.

Problems With Sunless Tanning

Sunless tanning products are excellent ways to give yourself tan skin without having to subject yourself to harsh UV rays. They are safe for almost everyone that uses them, and they have undergone enough scientific experiments that they now work very effectively and are able to provide a completely natural tan appearance without any sun or tanning booths.

But even though these products work well, there are still a variety of problems that may occur if you do not use them correctly. The most common problems are:

  • Unnatural Tan – Usually caused by using too much of the product.
  • Streaky Tan – Usually caused by applying it incorrectly.
  • Flaky Tan – Usually caused by dead/dry skin cells.

Those are the most common problems with sunless tanning, but they are not the only problems. Below is a list of additional problems you may experience with your sunless tanners and what you can do to prevent them.

Additional Sunless Tanning Problems

  • No Tan

One problem that may occur is that it does not appear any tan has occurred, despite using the product. This may be due to a variety of reasons. First, you may simply have not used enough of the product. If you have a lot of hair, or you are very tall/large, or you simply did not put a lot of the product in your hand – all of these may affect whether or not a tan shows up.

In addition, you may have chosen a tanner that is not right for your skin type. If you have already dark skin and are looking to get just a little darker, you cannot use a “light tan” cream. Even though you only want a small change, light tan creams will not show up well against your tan skin.

Also, some sunless tanners require multiple applications and layers before they get fully dark. Check the instructions to ensure that you are placing it on your body correctly.

  • Tan Appears Splotchy, Grouped

It is possible that you will see some very dark spots on your skin. In almost every instance, this occurs because too much of the product was rubbed in those spots. The most common reason for this is accidental reapplication. These colors take a while to come into full effect, and if you believed that perhaps you did not place enough in that spot at the time and reapply, you will find that these areas get darker than the rest of your body.

  • Your Wrinkles Look Dirty

Your body has a lot of wrinkles, and not just the ones that occur on your face as you age. Your knees, elbows, heels and even knuckles have a lot of wrinkles. Color can get caught up in these wrinkles, and dead skin tends to flake often. It is a good idea to fully exfoliate all of these areas, as well as moisturize them before applying the sunless tanner.

By following all of the above tips, you should be able to easily avoid any of these common problems and have a sunless tan that looks perfectly natural.

How to Tan Without Getting a Sunburn

It is a lot of fun to have a nice, dark tan. Your skin looks healthier and your body looks slimmer. Tans bring out your muscles while reducing your blemishes. Overall, they are simply a great way to make yourself look better.

But getting a tan is not the easiest process. Yes, all you need to do is go outside in the sun for a while and you are bound to get a tan eventually, but at the same time you also risk getting a severe sun burn, and a sunburn can make getting the tan essentially pointless – red, peeling skin is never sexy.

So your goal should be to get a tan without burning, because if you burn you are going to miss out on some of the aesthetic benefits of getting a tan in the first place.

Note About Tans and Burning

It is important to note that there is no surefire way to tan without burning. UV levels, skin color, time in the sun, exposure to water – all of these and more can affect whether or not you burn when you are trying to tan. Any time in the sun at all can produce burning no matter how much you try to avoid it. But there are ways to at least reduce your risk of burning while still getting the tan that you want.

Methods for Not Burning

  • Limit Sun Exposure

Unless you get a terrible burn, tans do not simply pop up overnight. There is no way to go from fair skinned to dark tan overnight without a severe sunburn in between. You need to tan gradually. Your best bet is to give yourself some brief sun exposure and then either getting out of the sun or lathering yourself in sunscreen for the rest of the day. Then, 48 hours later, go out in the sun again and add a little bit of extra time. Continue this over the entire summer and your tan will start to show and darken in no time.

  • Use Tanning Oils

Tanning oils help improve the effectiveness of your time in the sun. Use good tanning oils while still limiting your sun exposure time and your skin should be able to darken more easily.

  • Cover Up When Not Tanning

Sun tanning is not the only time that you are getting sun exposure. After you sun tan, you are still going to get sun on your face, legs and arms. Make sure you wear a lot of sun screen when not tanning. These parts of your body are going to be heated up already from your time tanning, and the extra sun exposure can cause burning.

  • Consider Sunless Tanning

If you can commit to it, you should also consider sunless tanning. These sprays and lotions are designed to give you the appearance of a tan without the sun. Because you are not receiving sun, there is no sun damage, and you will not burn while still getting a great tan.

There is no way to completely avoid your risk of burning, but if you are careful out in the sun and gradually increase your sun exposure as tans start to arise, you should be able to reduce your risk of experiencing a bad sunburn.

Getting an Effective Outdoor Tan

Everyone loves tans. Tans give the appearance of healthier skin. They make your body look slimmer, make your muscles look larger, and make your clothes look like they match your skin tone much better. Tans are one of the most popular ways to change your appearance, and it is clear from the results that getting a tan can lead to you looking more sexy and attractive.

Getting a tan outdoors, however, has its difficulties. It’s not as though you can simply jump outside and get tan. There is burning risk, uneven tans, different levels of sun – many things that you need to do to make sure that you tan outdoors correctly. Below are several tips for improving your ability to get a tan outside.

Tips for Outdoor Tanning

  • Start Slow with Sunscreen

You cannot tan with sunscreen. But what you can do is get a decent amount of sun exposure and then save yourself from burning and extreme sun damage, especially while your skin is still very fair. To do this, you simply give yourself some time in the sun – no more than 15 minutes in hot weather, and in some cases less than a few minutes (in the case of extreme weather – and then slather on sunscreen for the rest of the day.

While you won’t be tanning with the sunscreen, you will be reducing damage to your skin and improving your comfort. Then, over time, your tan will appear. You never want to rush tanning. Rushing it only leads to extreme damage to your skin, which will be both painful and awkward. Go slow and you can avoid some of the painful burns, and with sunscreen you can still enjoy time outdoors in the process.

  • Wear Sunscreen When Not Tanning

When you are trying to get your tan, sunscreen is going to get in your way. But when you are NOT trying to tan, sunscreen can be extremely useful. Some parts of your skin, such as your arms, legs and face, receive a lot of sun even when you are not trying to tan. If you do not wear sunscreen, these areas will get darker than the rest of your body, and it will make your tan look awkward. Tan these parts of your body when you tan the rest of your body for greater effects.

  • Consider Tanning Lotions

There are a variety of tanning lotions that are designed to not only improve your ability to tan, but also increase the length of time that the tan lasts on your body. When these tanning lotions work effectively, you will (hopefully) not have to tan as often in order to get the same tone that you want.

  • Wear Little Clothes

When you are tanning, the more skin you are comfortable showing, the better. Only by getting sun all over your body are you going to get an attractive all over tan that you can be proud of. In addition, it is a good idea to try to wear the same clothes to tan each time. The last thing you want are varying tans due to tan lines from different types of clothing.

Bronzers vs. Sunless Tanners

As more of the dangers of sun tanning become known, more and more people are turning to products that provide the color of a tan without any of the sun damage. Thousands of different products are available to help tan your skin without exposing yourself to harsh UV rays. These products tend to come in two different, distinct types:

  • Sunless Tanners
  • Bronzers

Though occasionally these two types of tanning products are used interchangeably, they are actually quite different, and perform very different actions on your skin.

What Are Bronzers?

Bronzers are the most temporary form of tanner available. In many ways bronzers are a type of “skin makeup.” Bronzers are placed on your skin to immediately give your skin a dark glow. Bodybuilders use bronzers to quickly darken their skin for events, while men and women use bronzers when they want to try to get a tan for special events.

Bronzers start washing away the first time you take a shower, and most of the color will fade away after the first day. Within two or three days, there is usually no trace of the bronzer remaining.

What Are Sunless Tanners?

Sunless tanning products work quite differently. Using an ingredient known as DHA, sunless tanners cause a chemical reaction in your skin that stimulates color change, causing your skin to actually be a tan color, rather than simply be painted in a tan color.

Sunless tanners come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. Tanning salons have sunless tanning sprays available for those that are interested in having it done professionally. At-home tanning products like lotions and foams are also available for those that would prefer to take self tanning into their own hands. Still, all of these products use the same type of DHA base, so the effect on the skin is generally the same even if the method of application is different.

Sunless tanners are designed for long term use, though like bronzers they still need to be reapplied regularly. While bronzers wash away in the shower, sunless tanners change the color of the top layer of your skin, so the tans fade when you start to shed those layers. They are more comfortable than bronzers and the tans tend to appear more natural. They are not always as useful for rapid tanning however.

Which is Better?

Sunless tanners and bronzers are not the same thing – though some companies market them as though they were. Bronzers are best when you simply want to add color for a specific reason. Some people use bronzers while they are getting their sun tan in order to give off the appearance of a tan while they are building their tan during the summer.

Sunless tanners are used when someone is planning on avoiding the sun, and simply allowing their tan to be the result of a sunless tanning product. Because they do not “wash away” they are far more ideal for long term use.

Tanning Bed Safety

Sun tanning presents a variety of problems. For one, it is only an option during certain parts of the year, when the weather is warm enough to lay outside. You also have to do a lot of work to tan correctly, as the sun can only touch some of your skin at any given time, and environmental factors (such as shadows, moisture, etc.) can affect that sun exposure. UV rays also fluctuate and burning in the sun is a constant risk.

That is why many people turn to tanning beds instead. Tanning beds offer far greater control over the entire tanning experience. You can get your entire body at once and you know exactly how much “sun” you are getting in the tanning bed in order to accurately gauge your UV exposure.

But tanning beds are dangerous – possibly more dangerous than laying out in the sun, at least in terms of time and risk. They pump your body with UV rays in ways that not even the sun can manage. There is no way to tan safely, including in tanning beds. But here are some ways that you can stay safer during your time in a tanning salon.

Ways to Stay Safer

  1. Gradually Increase Time

Your first step is to always start slowly. You never want to rush your tan. That means that if you have light skin and this is your first time tanning, you may only want to be in the tanning booth for 4 minutes at maximum. This slow start reduces burning, and will start to give you a base tan which you can use to gradually increase the time you spend in the booth.

  1. Give Yourself Some Rest

Don’t use the tanning booth every day. Your skin does not cool down in a matter of hours. It takes at least 48 hours for your skin to cool from your last tanning booth experience. If you go back again too soon, you risk serious burning and discomfort.

  1. Don’t Use “High Powered” Tanners

You are already soaking your body in UV rays. Don’t try to use the high powered machines that have recently been produced. They are only rushing your tanning process, which is going to cause serious damage to your skin.

  1. Cover Your Eyes

Your eyes should always be covered. The UV rays provided by the tanning booths can seriously damage your eyes. If you go to a tanning salon, they will most likely provide you with goggles on their own, but if you tan in a hotel tanning salon or a gym tanning booth, make sure you have complete eye protection for both UVA and UVB rays.

  1. Moisturize Afterward

It may not prevent skin cancer, but moisturizing afterward can prevent short term skin damage. If you spend more than 5 minutes in a tanning booth, much of the moisture in your skin evaporates. Keep your skin moisturized after you have completed your tan.