Nothing says healthy or sexy like a great summer tan. Millions of us hit the beach or the pools every summer with bronze colored skin and a shinny glow. Unfortunately for all of us, having a golden tan comes with a price. The most common form of cancer in the United States is skin cancer. More than one million skin cancers are diagnosed annually. Obviously excess sun exposure can cause some problems later in life, but do to the popularity of having a tan we now have some strong options for receiving our golden tan.

Sunless tanning lotions are a safe and effective alternative to outdoor and indoor tanning. Several new reports say that tanning beds are also very dangerous when it comes to contracting skin cancer. Most high-end tanning salons now offer airbrush tanning. Sunless airbrush tanning will last anywhere from 7 to 10 days. Most airbrush tanning will not stain your clothes and does not have that strange smell that is often associated with certain over the counter self tanners.

Here are a few benefits of a sunless tan:

Healthy for your skin
Last up to 7 days
Protects against skin aging
Customized for your skin type

If you prefer to enhance your tan from home your in luck because there is an abundance of sunless tanning lotions. Old school self-tanning lotions have a bad reputation because it can leave you just a little bit orange. No more fake bake or different colored hands, new sunless tanning lotions will give you that summer look all year without the unwanted side effects from the sun or expensive tanning beds.

Here are a few helpful tips when using a sunless tanning lotion:

Do not shave your legs for several hours before applying sunless tanners.

Exfoliate while you shower with a soft cotton washcloth.

Clean the palms of your hands afterwards with Baby Wipers or similar products

Five to ten minutes after applying a sunless tanner, rub areas such as elbows and knees with a little lotion to lighten the effect.

Having a beautiful tan is now possible without the health risks and is also more affordable with the use of sunless tanning lotions. Hold your head up high and show off your new bronzed body with these wonderful sunless products.

Author's Bio: 

Josh Rafferty
Professional MMA Fighter and Coach

Josh Rafferty has been absorbing and learning about Mixed Martial Arts and Fitness since childhood. Josh has competed in Mixed Martial Arts for over ten years both in the ring and in the corner of some legendary fighters. His fighting career has made him famous, appearing in the hit television shows The Ultimate Fighter and Adrenalin and even made a cameo appearance in the major motion picture Redbelt. Find more from Josh at