Get Bronzed At Home

With all of the harmful side effects spoken about tanning beds, the obsession still continues to rise. Tanning salons are growing and finding one nearby is no problem. On my previous post, Beauty vs. Health, I spoke about the fascination with having the perfectly tanned body as well as the damage UV radiation does to your skin. While many are aware of the risks in tanning beds, they aren’t willing to compromise their bronzed complexions. However, you do have other options that can help you achieve the same look.

If you love your weekly trips to the tanning salon, try trading in the bed for a spray tan. The experts do an even job, and your skin won’t be prone to cancer cells. Or you can buy a can of spray tan and do it yourself at home. A more cost efficient option would be to use self tanning lotions. Jergen’s offers all types of self-tanners. They have lotions, 3 day tanners, and mousse. I’m sure you’ll be able to find one that suits your skin type best. I’ve used most of their self tanners and they work really well. They glide on evenly, so you don’t have streaks and they dry within minutes. The lotions and mousse take about a week to start showing darker color. If you’re inpatient like me you can try their three day self tanner. By the second day of using it you’ll see results.
Another great product for those of you who like instant gratification is Bare Escentual’s Faux Tan. This one will cost a little more, but it works instantly. You see the color while you’re applying it, moisturizes the skin and it’s great for sensitive skin as well.

So you’re giving on tanning beds and you don’t want to apply self tanner, but you still want glowing skin? That’s when make-up comes in. Before applying any make-up (if you use any) try a tinted moisturizer. It’ll give you an instant nice glow. When it comes to make-up bronzers do an amazing job. The right bronzer will make you look sun kissed and glowy. My favorite is Bare Escentual’s Warmth. It gives you the perfect, natural looking tanned face.

The next time you’re about to lay in a tanning bed, think of your skin and remember you have options.

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Beauty vs. Health

Beauty standards change year after year, decade after decade. Sometimes they even change over night. There was a time when the fairness of your skin meant you were in a higher class of people. A dark or tanned complexion appeared to others as someone who was a worker and did their labor outside. The beauty regime was much easier also. Stay under an umbrella to protect yourself from the sun or stay indoors. But, O, how drastically the times have changed. Today a tanned complexion is the preferred kind. Being tan gives people the illusion of beauty and that the person takes care of themselves. You look well rested, athletic, and like you’ve just arrived from vacationing by the beach. Tanning salons and services can be found easily.

Some gym facilities offer tanning services with their memberships, as if working out and tanning go hand in hand in being a healthy individual. The harmful affects of tanning beds have been reported numerous times, yet people don’t stop the unhealthy habit.Younger individuals who use tanning beds have a greater risk getting melanoma than those who don’t tan.  Skincancer.org posted an article on five reasons to give up tanning beds. The wrote that the deadliest form of skin cancer has been found in UV radiation. Will you risk your health in the name of beauty?

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