Health and Beauty
Suntanning - Avoid Effects of UV Rays
Heading for the beach? Grab your shades, your towel and your sandals, but don’t forget some sun block even if you are desperate for that golden glow. Studies show that more than one million people will be diagnosed with skin cancer this year, and a strong correlation is linked between those who worship the sun and the disease itself.
According to scientific research, such a thing as a “healthy tan” does not exist. Tanning is, in essence, the skin’s reaction to damage already done, and a defensive attempt to protect itself from further harm.
The UV (or Ultraviolet)
rays are the most threatening component of a natural suntan. Two types
of UV rays, UVA and UVB, negatively affect the skin by deeply
penetrating our skin and potentially damage gene composition. UVA rays
(the predominant type) tend to cause skin cancer after prolonged
periods of time.
Did you know there is a recommended allotment of time that one should not exceed in the course of a year when using a tanning bed? According to the British Photodermatology Group (BPG-a branch of the British Association of Dermatologists), one should not surpass 10 sets of 30-minute sessions twice a year, or in other words, 10 hours of exposure per year. I am willing to bet most of us blow ten hours of sun exposure out of the water on each vacation we take!
Some individuals should exercise extreme caution when exposed to the sun, including those with very fair skin, those who burn often or tan poorly, those who have many freckles or moles, those under age 16, and those who have a history of skin cancer themselves or in the family history. Even if these conditions do not apply to you personally, it is still very important to be smart about your own exposure to the sun.
For those who still
enjoy the trip to the salon but don’t feel the need to visit a tanning
bed, a new tanning-spray treatment is available at some salons. It is
quick, about a 30 second application with instant results. All of
these tanning options involve the active ingredient dihydroxyacetone (DHA.),
which is responsible for the change in
No matter which tanning option you settle for if you simply must have that glowing tan, use caution when you bask in the rays at the shore or wherever. Keep these important points in mind whenever you are exposed to the sun for a significant duration of time:
This article highlights several tanning procedures that are widely accepted for personal tanning, however it should not be used in substitute for the advice of your physician or a medical professional.
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