|This could not be more TRUE!|
Your argument may be that the owner or employees at your tanning salon say that no matter what you may hear, tanning is actually a safe thing to do. What a surprise that someone selling you a service is going to do what they can to promote that service. It is doubtful, because you want to believe tanning is safe, that you will do any more investigating than that. And that is where you are making a big mistake. All you have to do is ask a doctor—a dermatologist—to hear how dangerous these tanning salons really are. Make no mistake about it: Tanning beds are hazardous to your health.
The primary reason you don't see the damage is these beds use mostly UVA radiation. UVA is the longest ultraviolet ray and goes deep beneath the skin’s surface. UVB radiation is the shorter ray and is the one that gives you a tan or even a sunburn. You may not think of a tan equating to damage, but that is exactly what it is. The color changes you see in your skin after using a tanning bed or just regular sun exposure are your skin’s response to danger. The color of a tan is a sign the skin has been damaged. Of course, getting that tan color is the whole point of getting sun, because we intellectually equate a tan with healthy-looking skin. If you changed your paradigm about what a tan means from something sought after to a possible health risk, maybe this would keep you out of the tanning salon.
There are many articles on the dangers of tanning, whether in a tanning bed or just out in the sun. CLICK HERE to read a good article: Dying to be darker and check the web for more information on the evils of tanning beds.
- Imitation Sun aka tanning beds—Costly UV
- Skin Cancer ABCs
- My Skin Cancer Story: Please read this!
- Melanoma—the deadliest skin cancer