“I need a base tan before vacation.”
“I only tan a few times during the winter.”
Either way, tanning beds can damage your skin and have lasting effects, regardless of how frequent or infrequent. Think that if you have a nice base tan or you don’t burn that you’re safe? Think about that again!
Tanning beds expose you to ultraviolet (UV) rays that can alter our cellular DNA as well as proteins. The UV rays break down collagen and fibers in healthy skin. As a result, premature aging, sun damage, discoloration and wrinkles can occur quicker. Exposing yourself to the dangerous rays of a tanning bed or booth, can increase the risk of:
- Basal Cell Carcinoma
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma
- Eye Cancer
While the sunshine vitamin, Vitamin D, is essential for bone strength, there are ways to get this essential nutrient that don’t involve direct sunlight. Many, many foods contain Vitamin D, and can provide enough intake, especially with those who don’t have as much bone strength. I.e., someone with osteoporosis.
Unfortunately, once your tan develops, you’ve already caused damage to your skin. Many of us feel more self-confident with a little summertime glow, but there are other ways to achieve a tan. Try a self-tanning moisturizer, spray tan or cream.
Before buying a tanning package or laying out in the sun, ask yourself, is it worth it?
Additionally, be sure to schedule routine skin cancer screenings with your dermatologist. Dr. Yousuf Qureshi is accepting new patients. Simply call 888-452-IRMC.