Published on October 21, 2014 at 14:41 / Updated on July 25, 2019 at 15:00

While summer is approaching at rapid pace, do you find yourself a little discouraged by the fairness of your skin? If you are thinking of resorting to sessions at the tanning salon, you should think twice! Tanning salon enthusiasts have a significantly greater risk of suffering from skin cancer, and are consequently putting their lives at risk.

In fact, studies suggest that people who began using tanning beds before the age of 35 have a 75% greater risk of suffering from malignant melanoma. We know that repeated exposure to the sun’s UV rays damages the DNA of our skin cells, which increases our risk of suffering from cancer, and it also accelerates the ageing process.

Many misguided individuals believe that tanning beds are an alternative solution that is safer than exposure to the sun. This is entirely unfounded. In fact, the intensity of the UV rays emitted by certain tanning beds can be up to fifteen times more intense than that of the midday sun…

There are ways we can prevent skin cancer. We must avoid exposure to the sun in the middle of the day, in addition to making sure we never get a sunburn. We must also always apply sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 30, along with wearing a hat and sunglasses. Your family physician should examine any beauty mark or mole that: becomes asymmetrical; has a border that becomes irregular, blurred or indistinct; is of a colour that varies from one section to another; or that has a diameter greater than 6 millimetres.

You know, alabaster skin can be quite attractive! But if you absolutely want tanned skin that glows however, why not think about trying self-tanning lotions. Many of these products yield very good results…without the damaging rays!

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