According to the Cancer Council of Australia, skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer each year and with the highest rate of skin cancer in the world, it’s estimated that one in two Australians will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. It’s not just the sun that creates a problem - sun beds and solariums can emit as much as five times the UV radiation of a summer’s day. Lying on the beach for hours trying to create the perfect performance tan no longer makes sense. If you’ve worked all those hours to look that good, you don’t want to undermine it by damaging and aging your skin. There is an alternative and the bodybuilding world is at the forefront of the tanning market. Tanning sprays and creams for bodybuilders are specifically formulated to help you get the best possible looks under harsh lighting. What’s more, tanning products are not only easy to apply, but are now designed to leave the body with shine. Spray tan products can also be simple to use and produce great results. Exfoliating before application is a great way to ensure an even, dark tan.
Many tanning products will intensify in the 2 to 3 hours after application, so it’s a good idea to allow at least that time before performances or photo shoots. To avoid a darker tan on knees and elbows, apply moisturizer to those areas before applying the tanning lotion or spray. For that extra edge, try using body shimmer, which is designed as a final coat applied just prior to contests. Bodybuilders should ensure that the tan they choose produces a dark tan that is great for harsh lighting. Care has to be taken not to apply too much to knees and ankle areas or they will appear much darker, and again, exfoliation before applying is recommended. Depending on what is convenient for you, there is a tanning cream, lotion or spray on the market to suit you, and using these instead of rotating in the sun will ensure your skin stays as healthy as you. Tanning products are not recommended for pregnant women or people who suffer from skin ailments. If in doubt, check with your health care professional first.