The unhealthy truth about tanning

Are you making plans to get that golden tan before a special occasion or before that trip for some fun in the sun? If you’re a young adult, especially a young woman, you may want to think twice before heading for the tanning booth. In recent years, there is a sharp increase in skin cancer according to health organizations. Women under 40 have been affected the most by new melanoma cases, we really need to get over that skin cancer is an “old persons” disease, because it isn’t.

According to a longitudinal study of four decades by the Mayo Clinic, young women from 18 – 39 had first- time incidence of melanoma rise by eight times. The study discovered there was a four-time increase of first-time melanoma of men in this age group, also. Marcus Plescia, M.D., of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention warns that melanoma has increased considerably due to the increased use of tanning beds, and being out in the sun at an early age.

Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, and is lethal if not diagnosed and treated early. If you have any changes in a mole, or a new, unusual growth on your skin consult your physician. Health experts warn that people with light skin are most at risk. This is because there is less melanin, or skin pigment, which protects the skin from the dangerous ultraviolet, or UV rays of the sun. Four other factors are: a family history of melanoma, much exposure to the sun, having many moles o the body, and having any severe sunburn as a child.

Because of the media and TV shows, like The Jersey Shore, many young women associate a dark tan with looking good. Many also believe that having a dark tan makes you look healthier. Typically, those over 50 are the highest numbers being hit with skin cancer, which means the Baby Boomer generation today. However, the young adults today are fast becoming those most affected. Despite the claims of those in the tanning salon industry, officials at the Medical Center in New York, the Mayo Clinic, and the Center for Disease Control have a consensus that the risk of skin cancer increases with each visit to a tanning booth.

Here is a basic chart to help you understand your moles a little better. Always seek the help of a medical professional if you have any concerns about the moles on your body.

It’s time to love the skin you’re in!

Put sunscreen on every day 30 SPF minimum, if you wear makeup be sure it has an SPF, most do these days. Don’t forget to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours if you are outside. Even if the sun isn’t shining, the UV rays can still be strong. A healthy alternative to tanning in the sun or in a tanning bed is to get an airbrush or spray on tan, you can also use a self tanning lotion at home. Self tanners can give you a great tan, and new technology has made them look very natural, not orange and streak free like you may have seen back in the day. Beware though that they often don’t contain sunscreen, and will not protect you against the harmful UV rays.
If you are looking for a great sunscreen:

Try Solor Sense clear Zinc

Fragrance-Free, non-greasy, hypo-allergenic and won’t clog pores
Waterprrof and Sweatproof
Protects and Hydrates
Contains Green Tea and Aloe
Dries Fast and Clear


Self tanner at home:

SUN LABORATORIES Self Tanning Lotion

Results in natural-looking bronzed appearance on the face and body
Promotes hydration
This formula is safe for all skin types
Formulated with a natural blend of ingredients
An instant dose of color helps prevent streaks and patches


Tips on self tanning at home:

*Always shave and exfoliate before tanning.
*Put a good amount of lotion on the bottom of your feet, knees and elbows to prevent heavy staining on the rougher skin.
*Use gloves, or thoroughly wash your hands after, especially your nails.
*Be sure to rub the lotion in an even layer all over skin.
*After your tan has set, avoid exfoliating as it can make your tan uneven.
*Re-apply lotion every couple days to maintain your tan.
*Remember self tanners are not sunscreens and will not protect against UV rays!


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