How can something that makes you look and feel so healthy…be so bad for you? There is no such thing as a "safe tan"
Facts taken from the Skin Cancer foundation:
- Skin Cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.
- More than 90% of all skin cancers are caused by the sun.
- The risk for skin cancer doubles after 5 or more sun burns.
- Approximately 59,940 melanomas will be diagnosed this year alone, over 8,110 will result in death.
Despite these alarming hard core facts, sun tanning is on the rise among teenagers and older 30's to 50 year olds alike. The quest for a healthy glow and a bronzed body has become a national past time. Whether it's from the sun or a tanning bed, these sun worshipers are slathering on the expensive sun tan oil with blatant disregard to the long term damaging effects of UVA and UVB Rays. Unbelievable as it may be, these self proclaimed sun lovers admit to using little to no sun protection at all.
Baking your skin in the sun or tanning bed for an extended period of time is an extremely dangerous and often fatal idea. The undisputed facts show that over exposure to the sun can have you ultimately dieing for a tan.
How Do We Damage Our Skin?
The first sign of skin damage is sunburn. Sunburns, no matter how mild you think they may be result in DNA damage. This most certainly paves the way to skin cancer, also known as melanoma.
Did you know that getting a tan is your body's way of defending itself from the harmful rays of the sun?
Tanning zaps your skin's youthful appearance, the damage builds up over time. What most of us don't realize is that while your busy building that perfect tan, you skin is slowly and silently building a case for skin cancer. The Ultra Violet Radiation is responsible for pre-mature skin damage that is called Photo Aging.