Don’t we all want a nice healthy tan, a tan which makes us look much younger or more electric, a tan which fools our colleagues thinking that we went to the Bahamas? Well, thanks to COVID-19, nobody will be thinking that, and hopefully, after reading this article, you will never ever be thinking about getting a tan again.
Sure, it makes sense that some of you are tempted to lay under a tanning bed once in a while. It’s relaxing, it provides you with a quick tan, and you feel like you look better afterward. However, tanning beds stand you by exposing your skin to a high ultraviolet rays concentration, much higher than typical sun exposure would cause.
Ultraviolet rays consist out of waves of different wavelengths, most notably UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays only reach your skin’s superficial levels, mostly causing sunburn, but UVA rays got much deeper.
They penetrate your skin and actually can cause DNA damage in your skin cells, leading to an uncontrollable growth in some of these cells and ultimately causing several types of skin cancer. You would never guess which type of UV radiation tanning beds admit. About 95 of all radiation they admit consists out of UVA radiation, emitting about 10 to 15 times more UVA radiation than the midday sun.
Your shirt provides you with some nice short-term tanning, but it also provides you with an increased long-term risk of melanomas, the most dangerous form of skin cancer.
According to a study from 2014, about 18 of all adults, as well as 45 university students, have tanned indoors in the previous year. And in the United States alone, there are between 10 and 30 million tanners each year. That’s totally incredible if we consider the health risk this causes.
If you have tan indoors, make sure to check yourself for skin cancer regularly. Also, check the parts where skin cancer would not normally occur because areas that may come in contact with tanning beds don’t necessarily see the sun.
Besides an increased risk of developing skin cancer, UVA radiation also causes an accelerated aging process of your skin. It lowers the elasticity in your skin, makes it more saggy and more wrinkly.
We also wanted to add that a tethered tan, as well as a darker skin tone for that matter, marginally protects you better against sunburn and, therefore, against UVB radiation. However, it does not protect you from UVA radiation and, therefore, does not protect you any better from developing skin cancer.
Now, we all know now that tanning beds are unhealthy, and we never want to use them again, but you might wonder how I can tan safely? And the only safe way to get a tan is by applying a sunless tanner bronzer. They improve every year, and they do a great job. Bronzers are really safe, and they contain an ingredient that tints your skin. This is just temporary, of course, and over the layer of bronzer, you should apply sunscreen actually to protect you from the sunrise as well.