There are two ways to get a real tan – you can do outside in sunlight, or you can do inside of a tanning booth in a salon. Each method of tanning has its benefits and weaknesses:

Woman Lying on Green Float Wearing Red Bikini

Indoor Tanning -It allows you to control the quantity of time you spend in the sun, ideally to reduce burning. It also lets you tan during winter when it is too cold to do outside. Tanning booths however can be more dangerous, especially when they’re used too often.
Outdoor Tanning – It’s arguably more enjoyable. It also might not be quite as dangerous on a UV basis, in terms of how much UV exposure you receive in a similar amount of time. But outside tanning can be inexact, since your whole body isn’t subjected to UV rays at any given time. Additionally, it’s extremely easy to spend too long in the sun and get a severe burn, because there is less control when you are tanning.
Clearly there are many different differences between these two tanning methods. However, there are an assortment of similarities as well. Below are some of the similarities between indoor and outdoor tanning.


Perhaps the most apparently similarity is that both offer you the identical tanning ability. Both use UV rays that allow your body to promote melanin production and adjust the colour of your skin.

2. You Can Burn

Of course, another similarity is that with the two systems you can burn and burn off harshly. In tanning booths at tanning salons you’ve got a far better chance of controlling your own time in the machine so that burning is less likely, but only because it is less likely doesn’t mean it is impossible. Burning remains always possible, especially if you misjudge how long you ought to be at the booth.

3. Tanning Difficulty

If you have an issue tanning outdoors due to light skin, etc., you will also have the identical problem tanning indoors. Similarly, if you are someone that freckles instead of tans, you’re still going to freckle rather than tan in the tanning booth. The UV rays provided by tanning booths are identical to the UV rays provided by the sun.

Overall Differences

The truth is that tanning booths and the sun are both exactly the same concerning their effects on your skin and body. The differences lie in convenience and enjoyment, as well as degree of control. Sun tanning may be fun, as well as free, but you have less control over your tan. Tanning booths offer you a great deal of control which may help reduce your probability of burning, but it costs money and has the same health risks. Overall they are both adequate options for those that want a tan and that you choose is based largely on your own private preference.

Which is Safer – Indoor or Outdoor Tanning?

Tanning can never be considered safe. Tans themselves are a result of skin damage, and as such you can’t get a tan unless you are damaging your skin. Clearly then there isn’t any such thing as a safe tan, as a tan is the result of your skin being unsafe.

Yet there is no denying that people love to tan, although it may be causing your skin damage, the results make you seem healthier. Because of this, tanning will always continue to be a popular procedure for improving one’s beauty. So the next step is to find out which method of tanning is safer, so at the very least you can reduce the amount of damage you get to your skin.

Outdoors in Sunlight
Indoors in a Tanning Booth
Both of these subject your skin to UV rays, Centurian Wildlife, causing the damage necessary to provide yourself a tan. So which one of these two options is safest?

Tanning beds provide you with many different benefits that you do not get from the sun. The most basic benefit is control. When you are in the sun, the amount of UV rays and the time spent tanning your body are in constant flux. You are likely moving around, there are people walking by (creating shadows), there are clouds – there’s no way to measure just how much sun you have received.

Tanning beds give you complete control over your tan. There are no shadows, and there is no guesswork. If you place the tanning bed to ten minutes, then you’re receiving UV rays throughout your body for just 10 minutes. That control can surely assist you to ensure you burn less and reduce any unnecessary sun damage.

However, that control also has a cost. The UV rays that tanning beds shower on your body are worse for your skin than the sun. Your skin receives far more damage in the 10 minutes you are in a tanning booth than it would during an equivalent 10 minutes in the sun. Similarly, as you can control your UV exposure in the tanning booth, you will still need to spend time outdoors, and as you are outside you are going to get additional damage to the rays you obtained in the tanning bed. Unless you’re constantly slathering a very high SPF on your body, there will be times where tanning isn’t in your control.

Both tanning beds and sun tanning are dangerous. Tanning beds offer greater control, but at the risk of harsher UV exposure, while some time in the sun is much less harmful, but is prone to error. The safer method is going to be the method that you think you can control the finest in order to reduce unnecessary sun exposure. If you believe that you can avoid the sun’s damage, a tanning booth might be better. If you believe that you will not overdo your sun exposure, including leaving sunlight even before you have gotten as much as necessary, sun tanning is a better option.

Get your tan on

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *