For years, the tanning bed industries have tried to convince us that we need to get a “base tan” & honestly, they did a really good job! I even believed this for a long time – especially when this time of year rolls around when our skin hasn’t seen the sun in a while!
However, a base tan actually affords almost no protection against the sun. A base tan only provides an SPF factor of 3 or 4 at most – which is almost meaningless as far as sun protection. It actually puts you at a higher risk of developing skin cancer.
The larger issue is that any change in skin color from tanning is a sign of damage from UV rays. Repeated exposure to UV rays — whether from the sun or a tanning bed — increases your risk of premature skin aging and skin cancer.
So while it might seem like good idea at first – a base tan really is no substitute for good sun protection. Plus, the risks of long-term tanning outweigh the unproven benefits of a base tan.
If you’re thinking you need a base tan to prevent burning – it won’t help. Just remember the sunscreen & to apply frequently.
If you’re just wanting some color before your next vacation – that’s what Air-Tan is here for! An Air-Tan is the only safe tan.
If you have any questions or want to schedule your Air-Tans, give us a call at any of the salons!
Broad Ripple- 317-254-8267
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