California movie stars and European celebrities have made it fashionable to have a bronze tint to their faces, arms, and legs. Personal taste differs, with some people tanning to a rich brown and others wanting just a light, biscuit tone. However, the medical establishment agrees that the UV rays of the sun can be damaging to the skin, leading to later wrinkles and skin cancers even if painful sunburns are avoided.
There are many creams, lotions, and even sprays on the cosmetic shelves that promise to make tanning faster, more even, safer, and better for total body health. Many contain natural oils and plant extracts designed to nourish the skin while protecting it from drying or sun damage. The scent, the texture, the long-lasting nature of the product, and the appearance of the container are all part of the appeal.
A high SPF factor means that the product is designed to block the rays of the sun for a period of time and with a certain degree of completeness. The higher the SPF factor, the less sunshine is allowed to get through to the outer layers of the epidermis. Even make-up, moisturizers, and lipsticks now contain sun protection.
Research has shown that sunscreens are effective if use properly. However, authorities still recommend wearing a hat when outside, staying out of direct sunlight during the hottest hours of the day, and limiting the amount of exposure. Sunscreens also need to be reapplied after swimming or exercise.
Many people either have little time to be outdoors or do not enjoy the sun's heat. Fortunately for the ones who still wish to have a tan, there are manysunless tanning products. There are a few products that actually color the skin, but most develop the natural protective pigment of the skin, the melanin. This makes them last longer and appear more natural. These topical preparations must be applied carefully and evenly and work either upon application or gradually over a period of weeks.
Many feel that using an instant tanning product is better than letting the sun do the work, or even using a tanning booth. Even a booth exposes the customer to UV rays, which are known to carry risk. In fact, some medical advice holds that any tanning is a sign of damage already done.
There are enough choices of lotion suntan style to satisfy all consumers, whatever degree of tanning they prefer. You can choose by SPF factor, scent, consistency, or even the appearance of the container or the cachet of the name.