[caption id="attachment_412" align="alignleft" width="224"]Tanning At The Beach Tanning in the safety of your home can produce great results - so don't risk your health![/caption] Many people associate summer time with sunshine and tan lines. Society generally views tanned skin as attractive and healthy -  as a result, many people spend their summers soaking up the sun and trying to get as tan as possible. While a slight sun-kissed glow isn't a terrible thing to have, most people fail to grasp just how harmful sunbathing can be for their health. Too much exposure to UV rays can result in sun burns, wrinkles, and in serious causes, skin cancer. If you still want the look of a sun tan without its harmful side effects, keep reading - listed below are some safe alternatives to tanning. 

Spray Tans: The Airbrushed Look

Spray tanning, or airbrush tanning, is a popular UV-free approach to tanning. Spray tanning allows you to confidently rock the latest swimwear trends, minus the harmful exposure. People will often opt for an airbrush tan when they have  big event coming up, such as a big beach trip or a wedding. A spray tan will last anywhere from 5-10 days, and if you spray tan frequently, it may last up to 2 weeks. However, make sure not to swim, shower, or exercise for at least 6 hours after getting an airbrush tan, so that it has time to completely dry. Also, you may want to avoid wearing any white or light colored clothing immediately after, in order to minimize the risk of staining it.

Tanning Lotions

If spray tanning isn't for you, there are other options out there. Consider investing in a tanning lotion to get the tanned look you desire. Tanning lotions gradually change your skin's color, so you can stop at whatever shade you think would look best paired with your nautical bikini. Many brands make products geared for different skin tones, and take only a day or so to see a difference. As with spray tans, it is important that you give the lotion ample time to dry before getting your skin wet. If taken care of properly, the tan delivered by a tanning lotion should last for several days at a time.

Tanning Towelettes

For those who don't like the mess of applying lotions, sunless tanning towelettes are available. Tanning towelettes are an easy way to apply sunless tanning lotion, and deliver the same results. Once you are done using the towelette, you can simply toss it away afterwards! Tanning towelettes are a great way to get the glow that'll really make that white swim skirt pop. It's no secret that swimsuits for women look great with a tan, but it's important to always put your health first. A tan will always fade, but the harmful effects of too much exposure to UV rays will last a lifetime. Make an investment in your future, and start applying that sunscreen! It is recommended that you look for a sunscreen with an SPF count of at least 30, and an SPF 50 for any outdoor activities. The sunless tanning options above will give you the bronze skin you desire, at a much lower risk.