There is no safe way to tan. A tan is the skin's response to injury caused by UV exposure. Chronic exposure to UV light, natural or artificial, results in wrinkling and age spots, and increases risk for all types of skin cancer. The amount of radiation produced during indoor tanning is similar to the sun and in some cases may be stronger.
If you want to look tanned, consider using a sunless self-tanning product, but continue to use sunscreen with it.
We hear good things about the following products from our patients:
- Jergens Natural Glow - foam or lotion (they even sell one that includes sunscreen). Best to start with the lighter tones.
- Fake Bake Flawless Self-Tan Liquid
- L'Oreal Paris Sublime Glow Daily Body Moisturizer
- The New England Journal of Medicine - effects of sun exposure seen on the left face of a gentleman who worked 28 years as a delivery truck driver.
- Iowans Against Skin Cancer
- Centers for Disease Control statement on indoor tanning among minors