Do you feel more confident with a golden glow? More radiant, attractive and healthy? Most people feel much happier with tanned skin but that sun-kissed look can come at a price. Whether you use sunbeds or sunbathe outdoors, exposure to UV (ultraviolet) rays can be extremely hazardous. This is where tanning tablets can help!
The incidence of skin cancer in the UK is rapidly rising including the deadliest form, malignant melanoma. Exposure to UV rays is one of the leading causes of skin cancer, particularly malignant melanoma, but because the damage remains invisible until it’s too late, it’s almost impossible to get a tan without risking your health.
Individuals who are fair skinned, or who have lots of freckles and moles are statistically more likely to be at risk, but skin cancer can strike anyone, anywhere. UV rays steadily destroy the DNA within the skin, allowing malignant cells to grow and spread.
This hidden disease can spread slowly within your skin cells, sometimes taking more than two decades to develop. But once skin cancer has taken hold and reached an advanced stage, less than 20% of people live for five years or more. Scary stuff…
For a long time, sunbeds were considered to be a healthier alternative, but research has shown that there’s an even greater risk attached to the use of sunbeds. Although exposure to UV rays is for a much shorter period, the intensity is much higher: the strength of UV light from a sunbed is greater than the tropical sun at midday!
The dangers of sunbed use are now recognized to be such an issue that it’s become illegal for anyone aged under 18 years old to not only use a sunbed but even to be in the same room as one in operation.
The NHS and British Association of Dermatologists have both warned against the use of sunbeds, and have led campaigns to make the public more aware about the risk of developing skin cancer as a result of excessive use.
Research has shown that individuals who use sunbeds prior to the age of 35 increase their risk of developing skin cancer by as much as 75%. But even setting aside the potentially lethal risk of skin cancer, UV rays damage the skin in other ways too. When we think of tanned skin, we imagine soft, silky smooth skin which is sultry, sexy and seductive.
Unfortunately, the very fact that your skin is tanning means that it’s sustaining damage, and this will ultimately lead to premature ageing making your skin look wrinkly, leathery and crepe-like. Far from the gentle, golden glow, you were probably dreaming of…