For years, indoor tanning has been the alternative to sun-bathing. Many people are under the impression that indoor tanning doesn’t have the negative effects of actual sun exposure. However, that conclusion is completely false. The sun’s UV rays are what damage the skin and cause skin cancer. What’s surprising to many is that the same harmful UV rays we are exposed to outdoors are also found in the indoor tanning devices so many people love.
Here is the harsh truth about indoor tanning:
The Dangers of Indoor Tanning
According to The American Academy of Dermatology, participating in indoor tanning before the age of 35 can increase your risk of melanoma by 59 percent. If you are under 30 years old, you are six times more likely to develop melanoma from tanning indoors. One indoor tanning session can increase the person’s risk of developing melanoma by 20 percent.
We could go on and on about the risks and dangers of tanning beds. The negative side effects are endless. However, it is not our goal to scare you into staying indoors your whole life. Rather, our goal is to educate and provide safe alternatives that will keep you happy and healthy.
Instead of Indoor Tanning…
- Sunless tanning lotions are one of the most popular options for those looking for a beautiful tan without exposing themselves to harmful UV rays. This product has become so popular, you can practically find them anywhere. Visit your local drug store or shop online to find the perfect match for your skin tone. Use circular motions, apply the lotion evenly and let it settle for a few hours. After your next shower, you’ll be glowing like a goddess.
- Spray tans are the ultimate sunless tanning option. Head on over to your local spray tan shop and you’ll be airbrushed to bronze perfection. Now that people are more passionate about staying out of the sun, the quality of spray tans has improved greatly. What was once orange and obvious, is now so even and life-like no one will even notice.
- Airbrush tans are very popular at the drugstore and come in many different shades and formulas. This option comes in a can and is super easy to use for the girl or guy on the go. After you shower, spray your legs and any other areas you want to have some glow, and the next morning you’ll have a perfect sunless tan.
Indoor Tanning Restrictions
Now that we have all been informed on the dangers of indoor tanning beds, what are we going to do about it? There are many states that have taken these risks seriously and have introduced tanning restrictions for our youth. There are also many who, unfortunately, have not. The American Academy of Dermatology has an in-depth map that provides accurate information on the tanning restrictions in the United States.
At Elias Dermatology, we are passionate about bringing awareness to the harmful effects of UV rays. Whether it’s from the sun or from a tanning bed, UV rays will always negatively impact your skin. Take proper precautions against the sun and avoid the tanning bed. Call Elias Dermatology today for medical, cosmetic, and aesthetician services. 954-771-0582