Skincare Skills

by Lydia

Skincare blogger

April 15, 2022

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Nude tanning is a controversial activity, but it's welcome for regular tanning enthusiasts as a perfect way to get an even glow all over the body without unimpressive tan lines. In addition, during ancient Greeks, nude sunbathing was thought to have beneficial medicine to the body. So, as much as you tan in moderation, there are many benefits to nude tanning, specifically related to your tan's appearance, comfort, and health benefits.

What is Nude Tanning?

Tanning is a process involving UV rays that touch every inch of the body you need to get tanned. Tanning with no clothes is not taboo, and it's a legit way to achieve the best tan out of your sun or tanning bed. However, it's different from one person to another, and the method of liking is dependent on the skin type and the availability of places.

What Makes Nude Tanning Great?

a). Appearance Benefits

The most direct benefit is that you will get no tan lines, and it would seem that no matter how diligent you dress to avoid noticeable tan lines. You will end up with light areas where your tanning outfit covers your skin.

This is obvious when someone tans with a bathing suit and then finds themselves wearing a swimsuit of a different shape. Unless you are wearing the same swimsuit every day, the awkward tan lines will be obvious, and it's an issue that would be there with nude tanning.

b). Comfort

Comfort is another reason why nude tanning is highly recommended since tanning in the nude is by far more comfortable. Not only does wearing clothes minimize the weird and uncomfortable pulling of elastic waistbands, but it also prevents allergies associated with sun tanning in some cases.

When you sit in the hot sun or a tanning bed, naturally, your clothes create a greenhouse effect that traps heat and promotes serious sweating. Since the cause of most suntanning allergies is related to trapped sweat build-up, most allergies can be avoided by tanning nude.

c). Health Benefits

Nude tanning has health benefits in appropriate amounts and is recommended by most doctors. This is because tanning allows you to soak up an increased amount of Vitamin D, which helps to strengthen your skin, bones, teeth, and organs.

Increased sunlight has been associated with helping to prevent and treat several conditions and illnesses. However, nude tanning has several benefits that will not be experienced when tanning with clothes.

Tanning naked has also been said to prevent diabetes, lower your blood pressure and help you lose weight. Sun exposure triggers your body's nitric oxide production, a compound responsible for widening your blood vessels. In turn, this lowers the blood pressure and helps to facilitate how insulin spreads in the body.

In addition, this might come as a surprise, but nude tanning helps to enhance testosterone levels in men. Studies show that testosterone production increases by 120% when you get sun on your back.

Nude Tanning Disadvantages

Even though a nude tan has many undeniable benefits, some disadvantages should be considered. They include:

a). Accessibility

Accessibility and lack of outdoor tanning options, especially for people who live in the big cities. Tanning nude may seem reasonable for people with private backyards or nearby private land. However, mostly, nowhere is very private, and most people aren't comfortable with being naked in front of neighbors or strangers.

This pushes the activity to tanning salons, where although the tanning salon will have private tanning beds for people who wish to tan naked, there is no privacy. This is because tanning salon employees are nearby, and most people would feel uncomfortable even with the thought of someone walking in on them. So generally, as much as a tan nude has benefits, it's not a realistic option for most people, especially those who already struggle to get privacy.

b). Tanning Too Quickly

While the ability to achieve an even tan in a short period may benefit most people, it might be a disadvantage for the people who enjoy spending hours lounging in the sun. Although it has not been determined why this is the case, many people attest that they tan nude faster than when dressed, even in minimal clothing.

However, some usually believe this is because your clothing will draw UV rays or absorb some of the rays. Therefore, despite why you would tan faster, knowing whether you are a first-time or a frequent tanner is necessary.

Many tanners think their skin is likely to sunburn fast when they nude tan, meaning they have to have short tanning sessions to avoid pain in the coming days. Notably, UV rays can be super brutal and harmful on your bare skin, so you should always tan in moderation.

Nude Tanning: Outdoors vs. Indoors

Nude tanning can be done in the atmosphere of your choice, from a nearby tanning salon to a pool or a seashore. But which one is better?

1. Indoor Tanning

Indoor nude tanning is usually performed under tanning specialists' supervision and in tanning beds, and for indoors, you don't have to think too much about timing or calculation. But, again, this is because there is a specialist for you, and this is why most tanning enthusiasts prefer tanning without clothes indoors.

Nude Tanning Indoors Advantages

a). Easily Accessible

The most obvious benefit of tanning indoors is that it's easily accessible since almost every city has tanning salons. However, even though you have a personal backyard or a secret nature spot where people rarely travel, there is still a good chance that you will feel on edge and worry if someone sees you.

b). Not Dependent on Weather or Climate

An indoor tanning session benefits you from not having to depend on the temperature or the weather outdoors to nude tan. For example, if you live in a country with winter, you can tan indoors while waiting for the hot summer sun to come back.

In addition, this means that you can tan at any time of the day, which is perfect for the people working during the day but only has time for night tanning, but outdoor tanning is not possible.

c). Expertise from Tanning Professionals

Tanning indoors has been perfected to a science, and as long as you know what you want and how to get the tan, you are going without sunburns. Since tanning has been perfected to a science, specialists have calculated times and figured out how to determine how long you should spend in tanning beds to achieve the tan you desire. This doesn't mean you won't overthink the tanning process compared to when you are tanning yourself.

Tanning Beds

Using a tanning bed can help in some ways:

  • A tanning specialist is watching who is watching over you. In most cases, tanning salons will hire experts to ensure you get exposed to UV light just enough.
  • Tanning sessions- You don't have to worry about anything as a tanning session specialist can handle the tan process.
  • No prying eyes- You will have more privacy in a nude tanning bed since it only offers enough space for one person. It will be closed once you are in, and no one will see you nude.
  • A short time will do where staying 20 minutes in a nude tanning bed equals one to three hours of outdoor sun exposure.

A tanning bed is convenient in some ways, and you cant be fully confident in anything with artificial made. However, too much abuse tanning beds pose the same health risks if you are under the sun outdoors. Some studies claim even the normal amount of time spent in a tanning salon may have negative effects:

  • A tanning bed usually releases radiation, but it's three to six times worse than the sun, and it won't affect your skin but will pose health risks overall.
  • The more time you depend on a tanning salon, the more time you will get melanoma skin cancer.

2. Outdoor Tanning

Sunlight can be an enemy in this cool tanning method. However, tanning outdoors doesn't necessarily involve supervision and using your passion, and you can achieve the best results.

Nude Tanning Outdoors Advantages

Like tanning indoors, tanning outdoors has its unique benefits and disadvantages that must be considered when determining the tanning method you want to choose. The advantages include:

a). Cost

One of the major benefits of tanning outdoors is the cost because it's free if you find a perfect outdoor spot to tan. However, although tanning indoors is not that expensive compared to other cosmetic procedures, it's a cost that can accumulate with time.

b). Lack of Professional Advice

When tanning indoors at a tanning salon, they use specifically calculated times and advise how long you need to be tanning. However, you will have to figure out the tanning times on your own for outdoor tanning.

This may benefit those who don't want to depend on a tanning specialist or people who enjoy relaxing in the sun, which is not present in nude tanning indoors.

c). Natural UV Rays

You will be using natural sun UV rays for tanning instead of artificial UV rays used indoors for outdoor tanning. Because of this, you might need multiple sessions to achieve your ideal tan, and you may have to wear sunscreen or sunblock to avoid sunburns. However, outdoor tanning nude has fewer health risks or concerns than indoor tanning nude.

d). Relaxing Outdoors

An attractive benefit of outdoor tanning is tanning outdoors, whether on a beach, a pool, a backyard, or anywhere available to you. Tanning indoors is one of life's great relaxing pleasures while one soaks up the sun's rays. In addition, some people prefer tanning indoors in nature to lying in an indoor tanning bed, which can feel claustrophobic.

Nude Tanning Outdoors Disadvantages

Most people would rather have a full-body tan outdoors since it's safe and free as long as you protect yourself and tanning observing protective measures. However, it is not a simple choice for everyone.

The most popular options of tanning nude are private land, whether your property or backyard or nude beaches. Notably, this is not an available option for individuals who live in apartments.

Generally, to find a good spot to lay down, you will have to ensure you find a spot with enough sunlight reaching you to get an effective tan. Since many variables are out of your control, getting an effective tan might be too challenging than in a tanning bed where you can control the settings.

In addition, when tanning outdoors, you will have to pay attention to the time since there isn't a tanning salon professionally managing your tanning session. Not setting a timer can be a disaster if you unintentionally spend many hours in the sun.

Many outdoor tanning novices may make this mistake, and they might not feel too hot and forget that UV rays are hitting their skin regardless of how hot they feel.

Nude Tanning Tips and Safety Measures

  • You should carefully pick your location when tanning outdoors because even your backyard may not be very private. Also, you can place objects properly to block any prying eyes.
  • When tanning indoors, choose your tanning salon carefully since not all tanning specialists are experts, and not all tanning salons are up to standard. Ensure you do your research carefully and take some time to choose the best tanning salon since your health is at stake.
  • When tanning nude indoors or outdoors, it's important to equip yourself well. For instance, when outdoors, ensure you use the best outdoor tanning lotions or sunscreen even though you are used to the summer sun. On the other hand, when tanning nude indoors, ensure you wear eye protection.
  • Whether you are tanning nude indoors or outdoors, it's best to apply a form of tanned moisturizer. Do extensive research to determine the best nude tanning lotion for your skin type.
  • Don't overdo your tanning even in cool weather because you can still get burnt from the UV rays you didn't think we're getting in contact with your skin.
  • Ease slowly into the tanning process and initially cover your body areas that have not been exposed a lot to UV rays. Then you can slowly allow these areas to be exposed to the sun for long periods to allow sensitive skin areas to build melanin gradually and prevent serious sunburns.

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About the author 

Lydia

My name is Lydia Adams and I have been a skincare blogger in one way or another for many, many years.

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