What is tanning doing to your skin?

A golden skin tone is the goal for many as the sun slowly starts to make an appearance. By exposing yourself to sunlight, the skin absorbs Vitamin D, which is essential for the body.

Celebrities, such as Kim Kardashian and Lindsay Lohan, are known for their bronzed skin tone developed from tanning.

The typical attire for tanning is a swimsuit when they go out in public, but with the privacy of indoor tanning, many choose to go
completely nude to avoid lines.

There are three main ways to tan: spray on, tanning beds and naturally from the sun.  The latest trend is to use indoor tanning because it accelerates the process.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, there is a 75 percent increase in melanoma rates from tanning bed use. Many believe that indoor tanning is the best option, however, this process is worse than sitting out in the sun.

There is debate on whether it is right to tan because of the risk of getting skin cancer.

There are benefits to tanning, as well.

According to the World Health Organization, tanning has the ability to treat certain skin conditions and serves as a good way to gain Vitamin D. Sun beds can also provide limited protection from sunburns, but cannot completely stop them from happening.

Junior Haydn Nason stopped tanning after watching the Youtube video called “Dear 16-year-old me.” The video features men and women who were, or knew, someone who was diagnosed with melanoma, which is a form of skin cancer.

“It pertained to being young and not thinking about the future, especially with skin cancer,” Nason said.

People in the video displayed their scars from cancer removal, which sent a warning message to millions of viewers.

The video provided general information and personal stories. One woman described how one bad sunburn led to her cancer.

Melanoma is one of the most common diseases in young adults.

Bronzers and self-tanning lotions are alternatives.

Here are some general tips for tanning:

1. Make sure you apply sunscreen prior to tanning. This will ensure that your skin is getting the proper protection needed.

2. Tan in shorter sessions. You are more likely to damage your skin when exposing it for longer periods of time.

3. Do not tan everyday. You should give your skin a proper amount of time to repair itself from the previous time, otherwise it can be damaged more.

4. Avoid going in the sun when it is at its maximum strength, which is from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

5. Make sure you know your skin. By visiting a dermatologist, you can receive an expert opinion on ways to help your skin.

“I think [skin cancer] will be one of the most common cancers, especially in
women,” Nason said. “It’s becoming such an epidemic. People should care about what is happening to their skin.”

Ivanna Tucker
/Features editor
Ivanna Tucker can be reached at linfieldreviewfeatures@gmail.com.


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