Tanning is Unsafe

Sun exposure can cause sunburns, skin cancer, eye damage, immune suppression and premature aging, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. You should not spend time outside or in tanning beds in order to get a tan.

Sunless Tanning Provides an Alternative

Sunless tanners provide a safe way to get a bronzed glow without the risk of skin cancer. Sunless tanning sprays, gels and creams include dihydroxyacetone (DHT), a chemical that darkens the outer layer of dead skin cells.

Bottom Line

Sun exposure causes many health risks, including skin cancer. Always wear sunscreen and protective clothing when you are outside. Reapply sunscreen every two hours. If you want a tanned appearance, consider sunless tanning products.

About the Author

Rebekah Richards

Rebekah Richards is a professional writer with work published in the "Atlanta Journal-Constitution," "Brandeis University Law Journal" and online at tolerance.org. She graduated magna cum laude from Brandeis University with bachelor's degrees in creative writing, English/American literature and international studies. Richards earned a master's degree at Carnegie Mellon University.