It’s finally getting warm out! Time for tank tops, shorts, sundresses, and flip flops. Also time for sun block. According to skincancer.org, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Especially for young adults and those who use tanning beds. Regardless, here is information on the effects of tanning and some ways to keep your skin safe this summer.
More research is coming out to prove that indoor tanning is extremely harmful and much worse than tanning outside. “Just one indoor tanning session increases users’ chances of developing melanoma by 20 percent, and each additional session during the same year boosts the risk almost another two percent” (skincancer.org). This is an enormous increase and something many people don’t take into account.
The threat of cancers may not be enough to keep some people from tanning, but its affect on the aesthetics just might. WebMD states that UV exposure (whether through tanning beds or outside) is known to cause fine lines and wrinkles. It can also increase freckles and cause dilation of small blood vessels. Using tanning oils, whether outside or in, will also amplify these effects.
Enjoying time outside is important, so here are some tips to keep yourself safe from skin damage caused by the sun:
1. Wear sunblock! Apply about 30 minutes before sun exposure and reapply on average every 2 hours you are outside. Use SPF 15 or higher.
2. Wear a broad-rimmed hat, long sleeves, clothes that cover your skin.
3. Avoid being outside during the peak sun hours (around 11-2pm).
4. Examine your skin for new and irregularly shaped moles.
5. See your physician for a professional skin exam.
With these tips and being aware, you can keep your skin safe! Have a warm and happy summer.