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What are the best ways to tan?

Asked by Julietxx3 (712points) June 4th, 2011

I love being tan, but I just found out that I might have skin cancer, so I don’t want to be exposed to anything that is too harmful for my skin. I don’t want to go in a tanning bed and spray tanning leaves you orange. Are there any other, less harmful was to get tan?

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angelique_1's avatar

I just go out for a little while everyday if i can.

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Mariah's avatar

@Julietxx3 Any tan that is the result of exposure to UVb rays can increase the risk for cancer – this includes tanning beds and sun exposure. The only safe way to go is the spray or rub-on tanning lotions. If you don’t want to do that, there aren’t really any safe options (that I know of). If you’re really having a cancer scare, I should think your priorities would be enough in line to know that being tan just may not be an option for you right now.

Judi's avatar

a good spray tan won’t leave you orange. The technology has advanced quite a bit. If you are at risk of skin cancer, no tan is worth dieing for. Either embrace the pale or spray.

angelique_1's avatar

How long does the spray last? does it wash off?

creative1's avatar

I get a little sun everyday, I need the vitamin d since I am low on it, you either risk ostoporosus without the sun or cancer with it. Damed if you do and damed if you don’t

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sleepdoc's avatar

I am sorry to hear that .. hope you do well

angelique_1's avatar

I have used those fake tanners, and yes they will make you orange.

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angelique_1's avatar

What is a really good one i can use? i am very light skinned.

Cruiser's avatar

Floating on an inner tube at the sand bar in a full body wet suit.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Topless on my boat over the Canadian border.

cazzie's avatar

The active ingredient in self tanning products these days don’t turn you orange.
Here’s a great article.

The part appropriate to this discussion:

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the most effective products available are sunless- or self-tanning lotions that contain dihydroxyacetone (DHA) as the active ingredient. DHA is a colorless sugar that interacts with the dead cells located in the stratum corneum of the epidermis. As the sugar interacts with the dead skin cells, a color change occurs. This change usually lasts about five to seven days from the initial application.

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Julietxx3's avatar

thanks everyone!

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