The “ideal” skin color varies among different cultures. Some want to look fairer, more pink in tone, some want to lighten the complexion and others want to look tan. Tanning is a result of exposure to ultraviolet radiation from sunlight or from artificial sources, such as a tanning lamp. Tanned skin is a fairly recent trend and wasn’t always considered attractive. Pale skin had been a mark of privilege and a tan was not golden or glowing. A tan was brown and weathered.
In the 1920s, the idea of tanning became popular and the sun represented pleasure and relaxation. A tan meant that you had the leisure to bronze your skin and the money to travel to warm, sunny climes where it was easy to obtain a tan.
Several health benefits such as improved appearance, enhanced mood, and increased vitamin D levels have been attributed to tanning. But research also shows that 90 percent of all skin cancers are associated with exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation.
Are you also a golden-bronze skin maniac? Are you spending hot hours under burning sun or solarium or even emptying dozens of self-tan lotions? Learn about the history of sexy tan, its risks and rewards as well as the melanotan method effect as skin cancer protection.