Does sitting by a fireplace give you a tan?


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Lily Bradic answered

No, sitting by a fireplace won't give you a tan - it's not the heat that tans you, it's the UV (ultraviolet) radiation.  If it was just the heat of an open flame, you'd get tanned fingers just from lighting candles!

What's The Best Way To Get A Tan?

The healthiest way is to spend time outdoors - just ten minutes here and there - with as much of your body exposed as you'd like to tan.

Vitamin D - which your skin absorbs when exposed to natural sunlight - is really good for mental health, as well.

Lying in the sun for long periods of time, without any sunscreen, can be dangerous for the following reasons:

  • You can get sunburn
  • It increases the risks of skin cancer
  • It ages the skin and can make you look leathery later on in life
  • You can get heatstroke

Be careful, don't overdo it, and you should be fine.

If it's hard for you to catch some rays, you can either use a tanning bed (very bad for the skin), or get a temporary spray-tan.

You can also use fake-tan lotion, but I've always found that to be far more effort than it's worth - no matter how hard I try, I always end up with blotchy patches that make me look as if I haven't washed properly!

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Rosy Jenny answered

No,if we sit by a fireplace there you have no tan because the tan is produced when certain rays in sunlight come into contact with the skin. These rays are within the Ultra Violet spectrum, and are produced artificially in a sun bed. But fire gives you only heat not UV rays so, not a tan. It makes your body relax.

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Anonymous answered
No. The best thing you can do is spend short periods of time in the sun. It should be gradual exposure, rather than long periods of time, to prevent sunburn. 

It is best to consult your doctor or dermatologist before exposing yourself to the sun for a tan.

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