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Can Sunbed Cause Cancer?

sunbedWe’ve heard how come skin cancer has become quite common. It’s quite alarming to consider that every hour, an American dies to skin cancer. This makes sunbathing quite scary and so other people opt to get their summer glow from indoor tanning. Indoor tanning is a common approach to get a tan because of how convenient it can be.

Tanning beds or sunbeds are the common methods to getting an indoor tan. Unlike sunbathing, sunbeds can help provide you the bronze tone in far less time than sunbathing can. This is due to the concentrated approach to providing UV rays to your body.

With that information in mind, it can be disconcerting to think of how dangerous sunbeds can be. Unfortunately, sunbeds or tanning beds aren’t more innocent than sunbathing. This is contrary to the belief that most people say. In fact, indoor tanning is more potent than sunbathing due to the close proximity of the rays that they give off. Additionally, since the machine has a concentrated amount of UV radiation. Unlike sunbathing, clouds to soften the rays before it reaches our skin.

Not only that, our eyes are also assaulted to how dangerous indoor tanning can be. We’re told to wear a specific kind of eyewear to protect our eyes from the UV radiation we go through. Even though it’s only for a short time, indoor tanning does a lot of damage in such a short time.

Thus, if you’re planning to lessen the harm you get from tanning. Indoor tanning doesn’t help ease out the harm compared to sunbathing. If you would like to try out a much healthier approach to tanning, self tanning would be the more ideal approach since it doesn’t harm your skin in any manner. Although, it would be a good idea to test out the self tanner ahead before putting it on your entire skin unless you get an allergic reactions.

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Skin Protection Tips Against the Sun

sun protectionOur skin is the biggest organ of our body, it is also the first barrier to a lot of things. If we don’t protect our skin or take good care of it, it can affect our entire self. With summer looming above us, the heat is turning up a notch. We tend to notice how our bodies would sweat more and often than we’d like or how prickly the atmosphere is. Our skin can give us a lot of information once the season changes and it is our signal on how to get our bodies adapted to it.

Summer can be a very perishing season if you’re not prepared. One of the common ways to protect one’s skin during summer is to apply some sunscreen. Sunscreen is the first barrier to protecting you against the sun’s harsh rays. It’s a good idea to invest on a sunscreen that has a wide spectrum, which can block off UVA and UVB rays, while also providing a high SPF. SPF means sun protecting factor which is the number of times that a sunscreen can block off the sun’s rays. To make the most out of your sunscreen, it’s a good practice to put on the sunscreen at least thirty minutes before heading out. This gives your skin the time to absorb the sunscreen thus warding off the sun’s damage.

Another way to protect your skin would be to stay in the shade as often as possible. You want to minimize the harm that the sun can bring so try to avoid it. For times where the sun shines so high, try to stay indoors or make use of an umbrella that wards off the UV rays when you’re out and about. The sun is deadliest from 9 in the morning until 2 in the afternoon.

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Brief History of Sun Tanning

tanning togetherTanning has become quite an appealing approach to looking better without having to do drastic changes. You can simply get your share of the tan through some sunbathing and viola, you’ve changed a good chunk of your appearance in a short amount of time. Sunbathing, or sun tanning as most individuals coin, is a trend that has surpassed various years.

We look back at how pale skin was a social status for those who were wealthy as they are individuals who can cloister themselves from hard labor. Individuals who had dark skin tones were from the lower classes and matched their livelihood. However, that started to change when doctors begun to suggest that soaking much of the sun was a good medication against tuberculosis. This disease was rampant during the 1920’s and the new information caused wealthy individuals to flock to the beaches and even sanatoriums. Another case would be, those with a darker skin tone showcased their social status.

Individuals with a bronze tone can support a trip across the country and loiter under the sun. This breaks the stigma of having fair skin as being wealthy. Normally, woman had gone into the tanning bandwagon. Due to advertisements, men have begun to get their share of tanning as the coppery glow can further empower their masculinity.  Thus, in the 1960’s to 1970’s the trend of getting tanned skin has reached to the upper echelons of society as well as bringing along some famous figures in the entertainment industry in its appeal.

Unfortunately, the rise of sun tanning has led to many skin cancer cases that have become prevalent through the years. Research has been conducted on the relation of sun tanning and skin cancer and it has been concluded that exposing yourself to copious amounts of the sun’s rays can heighten the chances of getting skin cancer.