Indoor vs outdoor tanning

There are two ways to get a natural tan: outside in the sun or inside a tanning booth at a salon. Each tanning method has advantages and disadvantages:

Indoor tanning enables you to control how much time you spend in the sun, ideally reducing burning. It also allows you to tan during the winter when it is too cold to do so outside. Tanning booths, on the other hand, can be more dangerous, mainly if used frequently.

Outdoor tanning is arguably more pleasurable. You can participate in sports or enjoy the water while tanning. It may also be less dangerous in terms of how much UV exposure you receive in a similar amount of time. However, outdoor tanning is also inaccurate because your entire body is not exposed to UV rays at any given time. Furthermore, because there is less control while tanning, spending too much time in the sun is straightforward and getting a severe burn.

There are numerous distinctions between these two tanning methods. However, there are several similarities. Some of the similarities between indoor and outdoor tanning are listed below.

Similarities in tanning

1. You Have the Ability to Tan

The most obvious similarity is that both provide the same tanning ability. This is because both use UV rays to stimulate melanin production and change the colour of your skin.

2. You Have the Ability to Burn

Another similarity is that both systems allow you to burn and burn harshly. Of course, you have a much better chance of controlling your time in the machine in tanning booths at tanning salons, so burning is less likely, but just because it is less likely does not mean it is impossible. Burning is still a possibility, significantly, if you overestimate your time in the booth.

3. Difficulty in tanning

If you have difficulty tanning outdoors due to fair skin, etc., you will have the same difficulty tanning indoors. Similarly, if you are someone who freckles rather than tans, you will still freckle rather than tan in a tanning booth. This is because the UV rays emitted by tanning booths are identical to those emitted by the sun.

Overall Distinctions

In terms of their effects on your skin and body, tanning booths and the sun are the same. The distinctions are in terms of convenience and enjoyment, as well as the degree of control. Sun tanning is more enjoyable and accessible, but you have less control over your tan. Tanning booths give you more power, which can help reduce your chances of burning, but they are more expensive and pose the same health risks. Overall, they are both excellent options for those in need of a tan, and which one you choose is essentially a matter of personal preference.

Which is better for your health: indoor or outdoor tanning?

Tanning is never a safe option. Tans result from skin damage, so you can’t get one unless you’re damaging your skin. There is no such thing as a safe tan because tan results from your skin being unsafe.

However, there is no denying that people enjoy tanning, and while it may cause skin damage, the results make you appear healthier. As a result, tanning will always be a popular procedure for improving one’s appearance. So the next step is to determine which tanning method is the safest so that you can, at the very least, reduce the amount of skin damage you receive. There are two ways to achieve a natural-looking tan on your body:

Sunbathing outside and tanning inside a tanning booth

Both of these expose your skin to UV rays, causing the damage required to produce a tan. So, which of these two options is the most secure?

Advantages of Using a Tanning Bed

Tanning beds provide several advantages that the sun does not. The most fundamental advantage is control. When you are out in the sun, the number of UV rays and the amount of time you spend tanning your body are constantly changing. In addition, you’re probably moving around, people are passing by (creating shadows), and there are clouds – there’s no way to know how much sun you’ve gotten.

Tanning beds allow you to have complete control over your tan. There are no shadows, nor is there any guesswork. For example, if you set the tanning bed to 10 minutes, you will be exposed to UV rays all over your body for that amount of time. That control can undoubtedly assist you in ensuring that you burn less and suffer minor sun damage.

Weaknesses of Tanning Beds

That control, however, comes at a cost. The UV rays emitted by tanning beds are worse for your skin than the sun. As a result, your skin suffers far more damage in 10 minutes in a tanning booth than it would in the same amount of time in the sun. Similarly, while you can control your UV exposure in the tanning booth, you will still need to spend time outside, and while you are outside, the rays you received in the tanning bed will cause additional damage. As a result, there will be times when tanning is out of your control unless you are constantly slathering a very high SPF on your body.

Final Thoughts

Tanning beds and sun tanning are both dangerous. Tanning beds provide more control but at the expense of increased UV exposure, whereas time in the sun is less harmful but more prone to error. The safer method will be the one you believe you have the most control over to reduce unnecessary sun exposure. If you think you can avoid the sun’s rays, a tanning booth may be a better option. Sun tanning is a better option if you believe you will not overdo sun exposure, including leaving the sun before you have received enough.