How to Tan Safely

Is Safe Tanning Possible?

Yes, but not with exposure to either the sun or tanning beds.

The bad sunburn you got seems to have subsided. But, did you know that exposure to ultraviolet rays may lead to skin blemishes, cataracts, and an impaired immune system? It could also result in premature aging (photoaging), causing your skin to become wrinkled, thicker, and leather-like. You want to look good, so avoiding UV radiation will reduce wrinkles as you age. Many people think that these skin changes are the result of becoming older, and they do not realize that with proper care, your skin can look beautiful for many years. The most dangerous aspect of tanning is an increased risk for several kinds of skin cancer. The most serious type of skin cancer, Melanoma, can metastasize and often be fatal. Other types of skin cancers are usually not fatal but can cause skin lesions and require surgery. There is no such thing as a safe suntan.

What Groups Are At Risk from Suntans?

Certain individuals have a greater risk of damage from sun or UV light exposure, such as from tanning beds. According to the Food and Drug Administration, if you have light skin; red, blonde, or light brown hair; or green, blue, or gray eyes, you could be at increased risk of skin cancer and need to be particularly careful. If you are unusually susceptible to burning or have freckles on your skin, are outdoors a lot or have had prior instances of skin cancer, you may be in a higher risk group.

If any member of your family has had skin cancer, particularly melanoma, you are at increased risk. Those who work inside but try to get their suntan on weekends, or are using medications such as antihistamines, acne medicines, or tranquilizers are at increased risk.

What Can You Do to Protect Yourself from Sun Damage?

The best way is to avoid excessive exposure to UV radiation. If you want a tanned look safely, you should use a paraben free sunless tanning lotion.

There are many things you can do to protect yourself from the harmful ultraviolet rays. You should avoid direct sunlight from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. when solar radiation is strongest. Wear protective clothing such as a hat and sunglasses that filter out UV light. Always wear a paraben free sunblock cream with an SPF of at least 30. Be sure it is waterproof. Did you know that most UV light passes through clouds? They block only 20% of ultraviolet rays. UV radiation can also penetrate water. Sand, water and snow reflect UV rays, compounding the amount of solar radiation you receive.

Tanning Beds are Harmful

Artificial suntans using tanning beds are also harmful. It was once commonly believed that tanning beds were safer than suntans because they use UVA radiation instead of UVB rays, which were considered the worst kind of UV rays. Scientists now report that the UVA radiation used in tanning beds is just as dangerous as natural sunlight. UVA radiation has been proven to cause melanoma.

At Mango Madness Skin Care, we care about your health. Don’t risk your beautiful complexion for a tan. Use a bronzer, a sunless tanning solution, or a light spray tan if you want to be darker. But please, don’t expose your skin to the harsh rays of the sun or a tanning bed.

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