The Downfall Of Tanning

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TanningDo You Know What You’re Doing To Your Skin?

Nobody likes to have a pasty, white glow and therefore many chose to add a little dark glow by tanning! Although, it can make you look healthy and feel more confident in yourself, in the long run you can expect some serious consequences from tanning. Now you can get this dark glow in different ways such as, tanning salons, the sun or even self tanners. Now two of the three are frowned upon and if you choose to had some color to your skin, you’re best result is using a self tanner. Keep on reading to find out more about preventing serious damage to your skin before it becomes too late!

It is said that more than 35% of American adults report ever using a tanning bed, along with 59% of collage students and 17% of teens. Since 1992, US rates of melanoma, a skin cancer, has risen 3% a year in white women from the ages of 15 to 39, according to the American Cancer Society. The amount of statistics that have been developed from several studies are overwhelming and the numbers just keep on rising. Tanning can have serious effects not only on your skin, but on your health. Many can even result in death.

What Is The Downfall Of Tanning?

Tanning is bad news, no matter if you purposely get it at the beach, in the bed or even through accidental exposure. It is caused by harmful ultraviolet radiation (UV) from the sun or tanning lamps. If you have any sort of a tan, you’ve sustained skin cell damage. It can lead to premature skin aging such as, wrinkles, lax skin, brown spots and more. But more severely, you put yourself at risk for skin cancer. In fact, indoor UV tanners are 74% more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never tanned indoors.

Skin Cancer is what doctors are primarily worried about if you are an avid tanner. It develops on areas of sun-exposed skin, including the scalp, face, lips, ears, neck, chest, arms, and hands. It can effect people of all skin tones, including those with darker complexions. There is three different types of skin cancers: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.

Basal Cell Carcinoma: This usually occurs in sun-exposed areas of your body, such as your neck or face. It may appear like a pearly or waxy bump with a flat, flesh-colored or brown scar like lesion.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma: This most often occurs on sun-exposed areas of your body, such as face, ears, and hands. People with darker skin complexion are more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma on areas that aren’t often exposed to the sun. It’s appearance may often look like a firm, red nodule and flat lesion with scaly, crusted surface.

Melanoma: This can develop anywhere on your body and most often appears on the face or the trunk of affected men. It’s important to note that this type of cancer most often develops on the lower legs in women. Signs of melanoma include, a large brownish spot with darker speckles, a mole that changes in color, size or feel and bleeds, a small lesion with an irregular bored and portions that appear red, white, blue or blue-black.

How To Prevent The Consequences Of Tanning?

Although its easier said than done, just avoid use tanning beds and exposing your skin to the sun. If you choose to be outside, use skin protection. Try and use sunscreens that have at least 30 SPF for ultimate protection. Also, used brimmed hats and clothing that covers at much skin as possible.