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TAN OR NOT TO TAN…TANNING BEDS: What You Need To Know!
Written By Ann Lauren: Winter woes are setting in and with spring break on the horizon, many women are heading out to tanning salons. Before you do, you need to know the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is contemplating how to impose tougher warnings regarding sun lamps and tanning beds.
TO TAN OR NOT TO TAN
In California tanning is a regular activity and the smart women know if you want to stay looking younger and avoid skin cancer you would be wise not to indulge. Realistically, tanning is not so fashionable, in fact the beauty and fashion industry frowns upon tans. If they need you to appear tan they’ll spray it on! This is the only safe way to tan.
More importantly there is no such thing as a safe tan, whether on the beach, or in the salon, you’ll likely get burned. Sunburns are always very damaging to the skin. Imagine cooking your collagen (that’s the stuff below your epidermis, which helps you look young and vibrant). The difference between real sunshine and a tanning bed, is the advanced ability of the bed to literally burn through to your collagen level, depleting the skins ability to repair itself. Ouch!
INCREASED SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS
Now there’s increased scientific consensus that there’s no such thing as a safe tan (okay tell us something most of us already don’t know)! Recent findings by The World Health Organization’s cancer division (sounds official) conclude that tanning beds are “definitive cancer- causers, right alongside the ultraviolet radiation that both they and the sun emit. “There’ s no doubt for years tanning beds have been considered ‘probable’ carcinogens, but what tipped the scales was an analysis last summer.” Women participating in a study using tanning beds had a 75% increased risk in getting melanoma skin cancer. The study included women in their teens, twenties and thirties.
WARNING LABELS AND RISKS
At this time, the warning labels are so tiny on the tanning beds, many women claim they don’t take the “risk warning” seriously, which reminds me of another study on a widely known cancer causing product, cigarettes, and we all know people are not exactly brilliant when it comes to reading those labels and taking the warnings to heart. How many people have died from cigarettes and live with major health problems as a result? Hmmm… the FDA may eventually shut down tanning salons, and by the time that happens, I wonder how many women will have to get burned?
Keep in mind ladies that the “Marlboro Man,” wasn’t too cool after all, he had emphysema and died from cancer. I believe it was the movie “Thank You For Not Smoking,” which highlighted the hypocrisy of cigarettes and tobacco companies for us in a satirical comedy starring Aaron Eckhart. Check it out, if you haven’t already. I only wonder who wants to be the poster woman for skin cancer caused by tanning bed use, will it be you?
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