Photosensitivity and indoor tanning are not compatible. Continue reading to learn more about the dangers of tanning with photosensitive skin, as well as some safer alternatives to sunless tanning if you suffer from photosensitivity yourself.
Photosensitivity is a Sunlight Skin Condition
Photosensitivity is a condition that renders the skin extra-sensitive to UV and UVB ray exposure. You can get this exposure from the natural sun, or from an indoor tanning bed. Those who live with photosensitivity experience faster and more exaggerated reactions to sunlight and UV rays, including redness, swelling, epidermal irritation, and of course, sunburn. Sunburns can develop severely if a photosensitive person is exposed to sunlight for an extended period of time without proper sun protection measures like lotion, hats, and clothing coverage.
Tanning Indoors With Photosensitive Skin
Although photosensitivity is a condition that renders you extra-susceptible to UV light reactions and burns, you may be able to use a tanning bed if your doctor says it is okay. If you have photosensitive skin, always consult with your physician or medical practitioner before using an indoor tanning bed or tanning in the natural sun.
In most cases of photosensitivity, skin will not tan properly, so it is not recommended to go tanning at all, under any circumstances. Instead, they should avoid prolonged sun exposure as best they can, and when forced to be in the sun, always wear sunscreen and cover their bodies with the lightweight, breathable clothing to ensure their skin does not react severely to the UV light exposure.
Not sure if you have photosensitive skin? You do not have to be born with photosensitivity to have photosensitive skin. There are certain medications, products, and even lifestyle choices that can render you more susceptible to UV light reactions. Talk to your doctor to see if there are some tests you can take to determine the level of photosensitivity you experience when exposed to UV light before using a tanning bed or tanning in the natural sun.
Tanning Alternatives For Photosensitive Skin
Fortunately, there are several wonderful and effective alternatives to getting a glowing complexion without exposing your sensitive skin to UV light, whether in a tanning bed or out in the natural sun. Consider options such as automatic spray tanning beds and sunless tanners to achieve the custom color and depth you desire.
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