The truth about tanning

Despite the fact that more than a million people sunbathe in tanning salons daily, doing too is a risky step. Surely you heard that artificial tanning leads to skin cancer, but perhaps you are not completely convinced of this or you trust the common misconceptions in this regard. Check out the facts, and you can save your health and appearance.


  • 1 They say that “Basic tanning protects against sunburn.”
  • 2 They say that “Tanning in a solarium is safer than sunlight.”
  • 3 They say; "A tan can only cause trouble if you sunbathe often."
  • 4 They say that: "Skin cancer is easily treated."
  • 5 They say that: "Tanning improves the appearance."

They say that "Basic tan protects against sunburn."

Reality: The idea that a light tan protects you from sunburn is one of the most common myths that does not shatter. “A tan, no matter whether it is acquired under the influence of sunlight or an ultraviolet lamp, provides a sun protection factor of no higher than 4 ″, which is insufficient to protect against sunburn. The best way to avoid redness is, you guessed it, not to sunbathe intentionally and to use sunscreens. Choose products with a wide range of protection and a sun protection factor of at least 30. A hat with wide brim and sunglasses are also required.

They say that "Tanning in a solarium is safer than sunlight."

Reality: ultraviolet radiation, so strong that it changes the pigmentation of the skin. This is dangerous, point. In addition, some lamps in tanning beds deliver a dose of radiation that is significantly higher than natural. In addition, a sunburn costs nothing in a tanning bed, every year 1800 of them end for the injured in the emergency room, according to a report from the Center for Disease Control.

They say; "A tan can only cause trouble if you sunbathe often."

Reality: “Just one visit to the tanning bed increases the risk of developing melanoma by 20 percent.” And even worse: “If you are under the age of 35 and regularly visit the tanning bed, your risk of developing melanoma is increased to 90 percent for the rest of your life.” The problem arises due to concentrated doses of ultraviolet radiation, which damage the DNA of skin cells.

They say that: "Skin cancer is easily treated."

Reality: Indeed, there are various types of skin cancer and not all of them are equally deadly. However, melanoma, which can be fatal, is the most common form of cancer diagnosed in young adults aged 25 to 29 years. Despite the presence of several (including genetic) melanoma factors, about 86 percent of cases are directly related to ultraviolet radiation. One person dies from melanoma every hour, according to the American Cancer Society.

They say that: "Tanning improves the appearance."

Reality: A recent study by the Medical University of North Carolina showed that many women as students continue to visit tanning salons, being aware of the risks, mainly because it favorably affects their appearance. Whether dark skin looks attractive is a subjective opinion, but one thing is certain: no one wants premature wrinkles and age spots, and ultraviolet radiation ( whether it’s natural or from a lamp in a solarium ) provokes these age-related manifestations. If you intend to flaunt a golden tint, use professional cosmetics for tanning.