The Dangers of Tanning

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Sofia Argotte (Senior)

The “glow” of tanning and interest in the way we look while tan is something most of us enjoy, but how bad is it really for us?

According to the Familydoctor.org, many think indoor tanning is safe. It is not. The evidence surrounding the hazards of tanning beds could not be more clear.

Tanning inside or out, regardless, can cause blisters, burns, sometimes even second-degree burns. This causes visible signs of aging and especially skin cancer.

“Redheads and blondes are more prone to the dangers of tanning and especially skin cancer from tanning,” said Nurse McNutt.

Tanning beds burn the skin with the chemicals that are in the lighting. It has been reported that people who use tanning beds before the age of 35 are at an extremely higher risk of skin cancer.

“People truly don’t realize the long-term effects of it and how it can cause the leathery look and completely damage your skin,” said McNutt.

While tanning beds are more convenient because of timing and the weather changes, they definitely are not safer or good for you at all. Tanning beds are like a tan from the sun, but ten times as dangerous.

“Self-tanners are really beneficial and easy, if you know how to do them,” said teacher, Mrs. Kazmierczak.

For those worried about getting enough vitamin D, there are many other sources for that. Some include, food like fish, dairy products, orange juice, and milk. There are also dietary supplements and even some cereals.

“Vitamin D is essential, but also how much you limit exposure,” said Kazmierczak.

Even if you aren’t a big tanner, it’s always important to look out for the signs or symptoms of skin cancer. Some are moles or any brown spots that have changed in color, texture or size. Sunscreen is a big help with limiting sun exposure.

“I wouldn’t go anywhere without sunscreen,” said Kazmierczak.

While tanning and the after look of it are exciting, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s healthy for you or a solution to get your “tan”. It can ruin your skin, cause aging, and most high risk of all; skin cancer.

“Just because you can, doesn’t necessarily mean you should,” said Kazmierczak.