Instead of heading to the beach or into the sun, I have many patients who opt for the tanning salon to get a “base tan.” It’s a common misconception that a “base tan” will protect the skin from burning or sun damage, but in fact, getting a “base tan” in a tanning bed may be even worse than natural sunlight.
When your skin tans, the change in its color is a protective response to the reaction of exposure to UV radiation. The skin is injured the same way with a “base tan” as it is when it endures prolonged sun exposure. The effects may be even worse with such focused, intense UV radiation in a tanning bed. This ‘base tanning’ misconception may lead to sunburn in the short term and/or skin cancer, wrinkles and uneven color or texture down the road, which is what the tanner thought they were avoiding in the first place!
Consider foregoing the tanning bed in favor of the bottle or the spray gun. There are many lotions and sprays on the market that can help you achieve a natural, radiant, sunless tan in a safer and less painful way!
If you have been ‘base tanning’ or simply would like to discuss sunless tanning options, Steele Dermatology is here to help! We are committed to making you look and feel beautiful the safe way. Call us at (404) 464-6000, to schedule an appointment today.