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Why Tanning Beds, Solariums, and Excess Exposure to the Sun is Detrimental to the Skin and Overall Health

Updated on October 10, 2017

It wasn’t until the mid-nineties that doctors and news crews everywhere announced that the sun could have damaging effects on the skin. Once people were made aware of the consequences, they began changing their way of life.

Some people started using sunscreen, and some people who enjoyed the sun began cutting back on their trips to tanning beds and solariums. Somehow, all of these changes were still not enough. Skin cancer is still prevalent in today‘s society, but it doesn’t end there. Long-term sun exposure can rob the skin of moisture and make people age at a much faster rate.

Accelerated Aging and Sun Exposure

Longtime sun exposure can cause wrinkles, sunspots and an uneven ruddy skin tone. It also causes the skin to lose its resilience and elasticity. A loss of elasticity means that the skin loses its firmness. Firmness and elasticity are properties highly valued in younger skin. When people spend countless hours tanning, they are robbing their skin of the essential moisture it needs to stay youthful and wrinkle-free. This is why it is essential to take proper precautions when spending long periods outside in the sun.

Sunscreen is Essential

So what can people do, to help counteract the damaging effects of the sun? They need to educate themselves about the harmful effects that long time sun exposure can do to the skin. Sunscreen protection is essential, but it isn’t just any type of sunscreen. It is sunscreen that is waterproof and has a minimum of an SPF 15.

The fact is the suns rays are extremely powerful. When people go out in the sun, they most likely sweat. Sweating can deplete the active ingredients within the sunscreen. This is why it is important to find a waterproof sunscreen.

So why is an SPF 15 recommended? An SPF 15 sunscreen is powerful enough to neutralize the powerful rays of the sun in someone who has a medium complexion. If a person has an ivory or pale skin complexion, it would be wise to use an SPF 45.

Decrease Sun Exposure

Other ways people can counteract the signs of aging and increased sun exposure is to eliminate trips to the solarium or tanning bed. The reason that indoor tanning beds are dangerous is that they expose tanners to ultraviolet rays. These ultraviolet rays are well- known carcinogens, and can cause skin cancer.

Solariums and tanning beds also expose the tanner to high magnitudes of UV rays, which is why many people may burn when they use tanning beds. Each time a person gets a sunburn, they dramatically increase their chances of developing skin cancer.

In order for people to decrease their chances of having wrinkles, sunspots and skin cancer, proper precautions need to be followed when spending time in the sun. People should also make sure to apply sunscreen when spending time outside on a sunny day. Doing so is essential to keeping skin youthful and healthy. Eliminating unnecessary trips to solariums and tanning beds will decrease the chances of developing skin cancer and allow the skin to retain its moisture. Healthy youthful looking skin that is wrinkle free is possible when these sun exposure tips are followed.

© 2017 virodrig

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