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Interesting Historical Facts about Tanning

By on Aug 21, 2019 in Blog |

Interesting Historical Facts about Tanning

In modern times, tanning has been sought after by those trying to achieve a more consistent bronze shade. However, historically, the bronze skin tone was associated with lower classes. Perceptions of the tanned skin evolved over the years and became popular in the early 20th century. Here are some interesting facts on tanning and how perceptions have changed over the centuries.

Whitening and Shielding Faces

Because dark tones were often associated with the lower classes, the Romans went to great lengths to whiten their faces. Members of the nobility were known to use chalk to keep their skin tone as light as possible.

This attitude continued to the Elizabethan and Victorian era. In this era, people used white paints mixed with blue shades because this was believed to represent true royal blood. Women also put a lot of effort by wearing clothes that shielded their faces and arms to avoid sunburns.

Tanning Catches Up

In the west, the idea of tanning the skin into a darker shade began to gain momentum in the early years of the 20th century. In the roaring 20s icons like Coco Channel helped to popularize the idea, by making public appearances in tanned skin.

Several technological advancements were taking place during this time. The first tanning bath was developed by John Harvey Kellog. People were also beginning to understand how the sun is beneficial in the development of vitamin D and overall health. By the mid 20th century thousands of people were looking for ways to get the best tan during the summer.

There have been many scientific advances that have made tanning much safer and beneficial. Technicians at tanning salons like tan by the sea are well versed in different techniques for the best results. Equipment used are standardized and these salons also provide services such as spa massage, teeth whitening, manicure, amongst other services.