Is sun-kissed skin worth it?

By editor
June 17, 2013


There's no such thing as a "safe tan." Any ultraviolet radiation — whether from the sun or artificial light sources such as solariums and tanning beds — can cause cancer.

In fact, the radiation emitted from tanning beds may be stronger than the sun's UV rays. Recent studies have shown that the risk for melanoma (the most deadly skin cancer) is 75 percent higher in those exposed to UV radiation from indoor tanning — and the risk increases with each tanning session.

But it's not just your skin you're harming when you use a tanning bed. Indoor tanning also can cause irreversible — often sight-threatening — damage to your eyes.

UV rays from indoor tanning or prolonged sunlight can cause photokeratitis (sunburned cornea), cataracts, macular degeneration and skin cancer around the eyes, among many other eye diseases.

Some U.S. states — California, Vermont, Oregon and Nevada — legally prohibit minors under the age of 18 from indoor tanning; New Jersey prohibits indoor tanning for minors under 17. On May 6, 2013 the FDA issued an order for stricter regulations on indoor tanning devices nation-wide.

Remember, there's no such thing as a safe tan. Bronzed, "sun-kissed" skin is not worth skin cancer and vision loss.

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