It all started in the 1900's when being as pale as possible was
desirable. If you were someone who was tanned in those days it
meant that you spent time outside doing manual labor, like farming.
Only the wealthy could afford to have people do that work for
them, so the paler you were the richer you seemed. This all changed
suddenly when a famous designer went to the French Riviera with
a deep tan who unknowingly started the biggest fashion craze
But whoever thought that one of the biggest fashion crazes
would turn out to be harmful to your health. There are so many
people who would go to the most extreme measures to achieve the
perfect golden tan that they don't realize the long term affects
it can have. Many studies and tests have proven that too much
exposure under the sun can cause many forms of skin cancers,
problems with your eyes, and weakness to your immune system,
making it harder for your body to fight off diseases.
Many are getting very concerned by this and have begun to
be more cautious when they are under the sun. Since tanning outdoors
is known to be potentially dangerous, why not move indoors? Artificial
tanning has to be safer than outdoor tanning right, wrong! Artificial
tanning is not safe and does not protect your skin from burning.
The use of tanning beds promotes permanent skin changes like
aging, wrinkling and sagging. In many cases more people burn
because they do not know their skin type and they tan too frequently
or too long. Many of these tanning salons still continue to promote
themselves as safe because they use Ultraviolet A light sources.
Yet these so-called safer lamps emit two to three times the amount
of UVA that reaches the earth outdoors. UVA rays have a suspected
link to malignant melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer
and like UVB rays, they also may be linked to immune system damage.
The average 15-30 minute visit to a tanning salon equates to
an entire day at the beach.
If you are going to continue attending artificial tanning
beds begin with short sessions, protect your eyes with approved
eye goggles and find out your skin type. These suggestions will
help reduce some of the risks associated with artificial tanning.