When you walk into a tanning salon you usually have two options as to how to get your color; tanning beds or spray tan. They both have the great benefit of achieving a nice, bronze color, but which one is for you?
Tanning beds have been around since having bronze skin became popular, around the 1970’s. Today, tanning beds are an easy way to keep glowing skin year round! Let’s look at some pro’s and con’s to tanning beds:
Pros: Tanning beds can give you a natural looking glow or a full, dark tan depending on what you are looking for; all you need to do is adjust your time and frequency. The need to lay out in the sun for hours is drastically cut down to no more than 20 minutes. Tanning beds are especially nice during the hot Arizona summer! The best part is you do not experience unsightly tan lines!
Cons: Unlike tanning in the sun, a tanning bed does cost money. There is also a chance of having to wait for a bed, especially the higher level beds.
Spray tans can be another great way to get color! You can be in and out of the salon fast with glowing, bronzed skin! Just like tanning beds, spray tans can also have its positives and negatives
Pros: Unlike tanning in a bed, spray tanning will give you almost instant color; most spray tans will give you color in 24 hours so it is great when you need to be tan fast! Most spray tan machines also offer a range of levels to give you the perfect shade of bronze.
Cons: The main disadvantage to spray tans is the color only lasts for around a week. The color will fade as your skin sheds dead skin cells. It is also difficult to get spray tans during the summer as sweat, chlorine, and salt water can strip the color. The last disadvantage is unevenness. If directions are not followed correctly, then you can end up with an uneven tan especially around fingers, elbows, knees and wrists. They can be easily fixed, but sometimes hard to avoid.
Tanning is all based on personal preference! Some people only do one of the two, others alternate between both! To figure out what is best for you, try doing both and see which one you like best!