The Best Sunless Tanning Solutions

Most of us ladies think that tan skin just looks better on us but tanning beds are bad for the skin and once fall and winter hit, the summer tan fades. Hence why they invented sunless tanning solutions.

My favorite way to get tan is spray tan. I actually bought spray tan machine on ebay for about $130 a couple years ago because spending $30-60 on a single spray tan was just unrealistic. I doubt they have the model I use now because it’s old but simply type “spray tanning system” in ebay search and a ton will pop up.

Now for the solutions that actually look good, not orange or fake. I’ve tried several and now days most are pretty good, and don’t leave you looking orange. I personally like the brown/bronze color rather than a greenish or purple tint (if you’ve ever looked at spray tan solution you’ll know what I’m talking about)

So my favorite solution for the spray machine is Norvell Organic Dark. You can get it off Amazon for $17.49 here>>>>
Norvell Organic Dark Premium Sunless Solution – 8oz



It’s by far the best color I’ve tried and lasts for a solid week.

Now if you don’t want to invest in a spray machine there’s lotions and mousse that are easy to apply.

I happen to like Tanwise Dark Bronzing Mousse in Ultra Dark. It’s not too dark trust me and it goes on smooth and streak free. I use disposable rubber gloves to apply because you don’t want your palms orange or super dark.  You can get yours here >>> Tanwise Dark Bronzing Sunless Mousse,7 fl. oz.

You’ll be tan for a couple days. It doesn’t last as long as a spray tan but you can reapply it often easily.


For the face.

I’m picky about tanning stuff on my face. A lot of what I have used in the past has left my face patchy and uneven. Mostly because my skin is very dry especially on my face.

However, I really like FakeBake’s The Face lotion. As with all tanning solutions make sure to exfoliate first to remove any dead flaky skin and then apply. Since my skin is so dry I always have to put lotion on first but I wait a few hours before applying any tanning solutions so the lotion has time to soak into my skin and doesn’t act as a barrier.

You can order yours off Amazon here>>> Fake Bake Face Self-Tanning Lotion, 2-Ounces


I just want to let you know that if you order from any of these links I get a small percentage! It helps this mama out a lot. I also don’t recommend products that I don’t use or like so no worries there. This is really the best tanning stuff I’ve used.

If you have a fav tanning product post in the comments so I can give it a try and review!



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Dangers Of Tanning Beds Pt 2

Like the title says, this is Part 2 so if you haven’t read that yet, you want to go back and do so. Having said that, I did a lot of research on this topic. I want everyone to know how dangerous too much tanning can be.

People have been told for fifty some years that smoking cigarettes causes cancer; it states this on every box, and it is taught in schools. There is an age restriction on cigarettes with good reason. New research from AMA Dermatology has released a study, International Prevalence of Indoor Tanning – A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. “The number of skin cancer cases due to tanning is higher than the number of lung cancer cases due to smoking. What is the reason that tanning is not in the same category as cigarettes? In the US alone, 419,254 cases of skin cancer can be attributed to indoor tanning.”(Skin Cancer Foundation).

Furthermore, other than cancer people do not smoke cigarettes because the toll it takes on one’s appearance. Smoking causes the skin to age faster and so does tanning. On the WebMD website Kathleen Doheny writes, “Whether the exposure is indoors or outdoors, ultraviolet exposure over time causes what doctors call ‘photo aging,’ or wrinkles and a leathery look. German researchers evaluated 59 people who voluntarily started to use sun beds over a three-month period. Use of the sun bed induced a DNA mutation in the skin known to be linked with photo aging.” There is also yet another study that proved ultraviolet radiation exposure from the sun speeds up DNA mutations in human skin associated with premature aging. Some even call the tanning bed an “aging machine.”

If one looks into history, tanned skin is a fairly recent fad, and it is most popular among Caucasian women in Europe, the United States, and Brazil. Looking at China, Japan, India, and other nations the people want a fairer complexion. Some even use skin lighteners. Historically, fair skin indicated a higher status because tanned skin meant a person worked outside and pale skin meant one could afford to stay inside out of the sun. From ancient Egypt to the Middle Ages to the 18th and 19th century’s people, women, especially, sought-after  pale skin and saw it as beautiful. It was not until the 1920’s when fashion icon Coco Chanel made tanned skin popular because it meant a person had money to travel; it also signified relaxation, fun, the outdoors, physical fitness, and health. (Skin Cancer Foundation)

So with all this information why do women keep tanning? Many women say that they tan to get their vitamin D. “Indoor tanning is not a safe way to get vitamin D,” The Center for Disease Control says, “Although it is important to get enough vitamin D, the safest way to do so is through what you eat. Tanning harms your skin, and the amount of UV exposure you need to get enough vitamin D is hard to measure because it is different for every person and also varies with the weather, latitude, altitude, and more.”

True or false: a person needs sunlight to get Vitamin D? False. Although one does get Vitamin D through the sunlight, Vitamin D can also be bought in capsule forms to be ingested with no risk of getting cancer. Kathleen Doheny also writes, “Limited exposure to natural sun – exposing skin to about 2 to 10 minutes a day without sunscreen – is recommended by some experts as a way to produce enough vitamin D, but Fisher and others don’t agree that’s best. ‘There is no need to get your vitamin D from UV radiation,’ Fisher says. ‘You can get it from a pill.’ Many foods are also fortified with vitamin D such as milk.”

I think it’s actually good to get sunshine on your exposed skin but it only takes 10 minutes to get the vitamin D you need. Sunscreen should be used after that.  Even with all this evidence of skin cancer and wrinkles at the least, there are still benefits of being in the real sun and not artificial rays of the tanning beds. The question may be asked, how much sun is okay and what are the benefits? Teens should know how sunlight works on their bodies, so they will prefer natural sun to artificial from the tanning beds. “While severe sunburn is known to be a trigger for melanoma regular, moderate sun exposure under the right conditions is now thought to actually help prevent this often fatal malignancy,” says writer Carol Caplin.

  Research shows, sunshine, real sunshine, may also help prevent diabetes, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, high blood pressure and osteoporosis. The reason why people tend to be in better moods in the sunshine is due to the stimulation the hypothalamus, the area of the brain that produces serotonin. This regulates sleep patterns, mood swings and hormonal cycles. (Caplin, 2003) In short if people know about the benefits of natural sun light they will avoid the dangerous artificial.

You should know how much exposure is okay and Sara Hiom head of health information at Cancer Research UK says, “For the average fair-skinned person, we would recommend around 15 minutes, two to three times a week, with your arms, face and maybe legs uncovered.” She also explains that everyone is different but sunscreen should be worn to protect oneself from burning if he or she is out in the sun longer than fifteen minutes. Dr Mark Palmer, a specialist in cosmetic dermatology, says that even when wearing SPF 30, people often burn, because they have applied the lotion too thinly. “The effectiveness of sunscreens increases exponentially the more you apply, so if you use factor 30, but put on a quarter of the amount you need, you will actually only be getting a sun protection factor of two or four.” When applying sunscreen make sure enough is being used and being reapplied every two hours and after getting into water.  Everyone should learn to protect their skin even from natural light, as the sun can still cause skin cancer.

Although some doctors recommend some short amounts of time in the sun with bare skin, all of them agree that tanning beds are dangerous. A legal adult has the right to make his or her own choices but they should be made aware of the risks. These tanning beds are proven to cause a deadly form of cancer and at an alarming rate. If tanning beds cause higher rates of skin cancer than cigarettes cause lung cancer, they should be banned to minors, there is no question. Tanning beds are labeled as a carcinogenic, the same category as mustard gas, as previously mentioned. With all of this known information, the real question is, why has the ban on tanning to minors not happened already on a nationwide level?






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The Dangers Of Tanning Beds Pt 1

I love having a beautiful golden tan just as much as the next girl but is it worth the risk? I did a fair amount of research on this topic and I want to warn everyone out there that baking in the tanning bed or ever laying out in the sun and getting burned is much more dangerous than you think. Take this story for example.

A young girl in high school with a beautiful glowing tan stands in front of the mirror. She goes tanning to the salon once or twice a week to keep up with the other girls, even though she is naturally fair-skinned. Her grandmother tells her she’s concerned with her tanning after watching a talk show about the dangers of tanning, she laughs it off  and keeps going off and on and also enjoys being outside with no sunscreen. Now in college that same girl stands in front of a different mirror and notices a mole that has changed black. She discredits it and puts of going to the dermatologist for a few months. She decides to finally make an appointment, and the doctor tells her it could be nothing to worry about, but he removes the mole to get it tested. A week later the lab results come back, and the doctor informs her that she has melanoma. Her mouth goes dry and a small panic sets in. He tells her it is cancer and that she will have to come back to check to see if it has spread. If it has spread far, she will have to get radiation, she could die.



            This is actually my story but in reality my lab results came back as “atypical”, which the doctors told me meant it pre-cancerous. At some point it may or may not have turned to cancer. Yet, there are many girls who are not so lucky. “Glenna Kohl pursued a tan, both in the sun and in tanning beds — which new research shows are far deadlier than once thought,” says magazine writer Stephanie Booth. By 22, she was battling the most lethal form of skin cancer and at age 26, she was dead. So young to die, and yet it was a completely preventable disease. It was concluded that the disease was the result of her long exposure to the sun as a lifeguard and through the use of indoor-tanning beds. (Booth, 2009)  Sunscreen and the warning of the dangers of tanning beds could have saved her life.

The rate at which young women are getting skin cancer is at an all-time high. The American Cancer Society says nearly 70,000 U.S. melanoma cases were diagnosed in 2009. All require surgery, and some are fatal. (The Charleston Gazette) The International Agency for Research on Cancer announced that the ultraviolet lights of tanning beds are carcinogenic to humans. The new research places tanning beds in the same category as mustard gas, arsenic and asbestos! (Sobel, 2009)

It is hard to imagine that tanning is in the same category as mustard gas but the effects of tanning beds are much slower and so most people do not realize the damage it is causing their bodies. The percentage at which indoor tanning increases melanoma is alarming, “Indoor tanning before the age of 35 increases one’s risk for melanoma by 75%,” says Mary Kate Baker, a student and at East Tennessee State University who wrote her dissertation on this subject. The Skin Cancer Foundation reports, “Over the past 40 years, rates of this potentially deadly skin cancer (melanoma) grew by 800 percent among young women and 400 percent among young men.”

If you have a sister, daughter, friend, mother anyone you know especially who is still a teen please share this with them. It is crucial that everyone be taught the dangers of tanning and especially adolescence.

“Restricting teens’ access to indoor tanning is critical to preventing skin cancer,” says board-certified dermatologist Brett M. Coldiron, MD, FAAD, president of the AADA. “Therefore, we will continue to communicate to the FDA the need for stricter regulations on the use and sale of indoor tanning devices for minors under the age of 18.”

Every time a person gets into a tanning bed the risk for skin cancer increases, although every person is different on how fast, and when or if they will get melanoma. Tanning is especially popular among young women where the pressures to be tan and beautiful are growing.  “Our survey underscores the importance of educating young women about the very real risks of tanning, as melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – is increasing faster in females 15 to 29 years old than in males of the same age group,” said dermatologist Ronald L. Moy, MD, FAAD, president of the Academy. “In fact, most young women with melanoma are developing it on their torso, which may be the result of high-risk tanning behaviors such as indoor tanning. In my practice, I have had patients – young women with a history using tanning beds – who have died from melanoma.”

The tanning industry would like the public and their consumers to believe that their tanning beds are safe. Some even say that it is not “proven” that tanning beds cause skin cancer. The Indoor Tanning Association (ITA) encourages those who will be exposed to the sun, such as beach goers, to tan responsibly. They say, “While moderate exposure to UV light is necessary for good health, overexposure to UV light can be a dangerous byproduct of too much time in the sun. In order for tanners to get all the benefits UV light, such as Vitamin D, without the negative effects of overexposure, such as sunburn. They recommend getting a base tan.”

I fooled myself into thinking i needed a base tan too but it’s just not worth it.  A person gets a base tan by going to indoor tanning salons before spending lots of time in the sun, say a vacation because it increases your exposure to ultraviolet light without burning. The ITA also claims that indoor tanning is safer than outdoor tanning. “A good way to minimize the risk of contracting sunburn is to tan indoors where the beds are regulated by the FDA, professional staff can monitor how a particular skin-type responds to UV light, and your body can benefit from an even tan without overexposing any one part” (PR Newswire).

However, Joanne Di Nardo, a Senior Manager, with Public Issues, Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario division argues against that. “Getting a tan from a tanning does not protect you from the sun and in fact could be more harmful.” Evidence shows that tanning beds can expose a user to five times more ultraviolet radiation than the mid-day summer sun. In reality, a base tan from natural or artificial sources offers the equivalent to an SPF level of only 2 or 3, when the FDA recommends at least SPF 15 at a minimum. (Canada Newswire, 2013.)

Researchers also say that the link between ultraviolet exposure from the sun or tanning beds and melanoma is indisputable “There is no question that ultraviolet exposure is associated with an increased risk of melanoma,” says Fisher, who is also the president of the Society for Melanoma Research. (Doheny, 2008)


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