Are you Baking or Faking?

For many of us having a tan is a year round beauty essential, somehow making us feel happier and healthier and, in some cases, younger. It should be no suprise then that the popularity of sun beds and self-tanning products has scored in the last 10 years.

When we expose our skin to the sun, or a sun bed, we absorb ultraviolet light. UVB rays stimulate melanin production and UVA rays cause the melanin to oxidise and darken. This tanning effect is the skin's way of protecting itself from too much UV light, but usually means that damage has taken place.

Cancer Research UK launched a Sun Smart campaign to raise awareness of the dangers and to encourage stricter guidelines within the tanning industry. The British Association of Dermatologists report that more than 70,000 new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the UK. The national spray tanning experts are warning men and women to stay safe this summer by staying away from harmful sun rays and sun beds and instead opt for a safe, glowing spray tan.

For those wanting to minimise all risk having a spray tan is the safest way of having a natural tan without any of the effects from the UV rays. The way a spray tan works is from a product called Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) works with the bacteria and amino acids on the surface of the skin, which gives the skin a brown shade, giving it a sun-tanned appearance.

So next time you are tempted to slather on the sun cream and lie out in the sun, why not consider what other safer option you have to acheive that glowing tan? Will you be faking or baking this summer...........

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