If you’re a tan-enthusiast like me, chances are you have used a tanning bed before. Many of us had apprehensions when we decided to get our first spray tan. The fear makes some of us never want to try a spray tan at all and just stick to the traditional tanning bed. At first glance, the tanning bed is the cheaper, faster alternative. After all, you don’t have to wait 8 hours to shower after you lie in a tanning bed and one session can cost as little $8 or $9. However, how many sessions do you REALLY need to get a base tan? Is it really saving you any time or money in the long run? And more importantly, what is happening to your body in the tanning bed?
There are different levels of tanning beds. The second most powerful tanning bed (of 4) at a local salon is $22 per session. Each session takes 10-12 minutes and offers results 3-5 times faster than their most basic bed, yet it still takes up to 7 sessions to achieve a base tan. In short, it can cost up to $154, 84minutes, and 7 trips to the salon to get a base tan. That’s crazy talk!
Even in the strongest bed (that costs $34!!!) it still takes 2-3 sessions to achieve a base tan. With the recommended 10-12 minute sessions, it can take up to 36 minutes, three trips to the salon, and a total of $102 to achieve a base tan!
If all of that means nothing to you, did you know UVA rays are the stronger of the two types and play a huge role in premature aging, wrinkling, and the development of skin cancer. Tanning booths emit primarily UVA rays almost twelve times as strong as the sun. First exposure to a tanning bed, also makes you 75% more likely to develop melanoma. (skincancer.org).
With those odds against me, I think I will stick to my $30, 15 minute, cancer-free Air-Tan!!!