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4 Reasons to Use Suntan Lotion Instead of Other Tanning Options

Updated on January 16, 2011

There are some beauty things that we want to enjoy even though we know that they are bad for us. For a lot of people, a great tan is one of those things. Despite the risks of outdoor tanning, many people do it each year because they want to get that great golden look. Others don’t tan outdoors but do go to the tanning salon to get the skin tone that they are seeking. A better alternative may be to just use suntan lotion. Yes, that stuff that comes in a bottle is one way to get the tan that you want and it may have benefits compared to other options.

Four benefits of using suntan lotion instead of other tanning options are:

1.     Less risk of skin damage. The major benefit of using suntan lotion in comparison with other tanning options is a reduced risk of skin damage. The biggest problem with outdoor tanning is the serious damage it does to your body. Exposure to the rays of the sun puts you at risk of skin cancer. It also dries out the skin and can result in pigmentation changes and other issues as well. When you get your tan from a bottle instead of from the sun itself, you don’t have this problem. You also don’t risk getting a sunburn! 

2.     Lower cost. Tanning lotion is very inexpensive. Sure, it would be cheaper to just sit outside in the sun but if that does result in health damage to your skin then you’ll be facing a lot more in medical costs down the line. Tanning lotion alone is cheaper than the cost of going to a tanning booth. Notably, however, many people use tanning lotion at the tanning booth for enhanced results. This can affect the cost savings. Nevertheless, this is one benefit that may be obtained by using tanning lotion instead of other tanning options.

3.     Instant and ongoing results. One great thing about using suntan lotion is that it takes effect immediately. It can take hours to get a good tan outside and even then the tan crawls on gradually. Suntan lotion can be applied for what basically amounts to an instant tan. This is great for times when you want a good looking tan for a special event and don’t have the time to sit around waiting for a good tan to develop. It’s good to note, however, that tanning lotion does usually create a tan that deepens over time. It gets enhanced when you do go out in the sun. This means that your tan gets better and better with time (up to a certain point of course) rather than immediately fading,

4.     Better glow. One of the reasons that people enjoy getting a tan is because they like the healthy glow that they get from the tan. This effect is achieved really easily with suntan lotion. It’s also maintained due in part to the fact that the suntan lotion double as a moisturizer. When your skin is moisturized and healthy, it glows.

Have you ever used suntan lotion? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments section!


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    amybradley77 6 years ago

    Very good and useful page. I am sort of one of those suntan lotion pushers in my family, if they get a burn it's just because they were being too stubborn to use some of mine. I always have it around year long, since winter sun reflection burns can be even worse than the summer ones here. Again, thanks so much for sharing your info. A.B.

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    Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

    I have never used sun tan lotion. Great hub, well laid out.