4 Tanning Myths Exposed

Let’s face it. Tanning has become one of the most common ways of boosting one’s skin complexion and achieving a healthy glow. But with the wealth of information out there, it can be hard to differentiate between what is fact and what is fiction. This is why we saw it fit to shuffle through the junk and shed light on what you actually need to know about skin tanning.

Myth #1: Indoor Tanning Causes Melanoma.

Fact: Melanoma is a serious form of skin cancer that grows and spreads faster than other forms of skin cancer. For years, indoor tanning has been said to increase the risk of developing this type of cancer. But according to John Overstreet, the executive director of the Indoor Tanning Association, there’s a lot of conflicting evidence out there about what exactly causes melanoma. However, he recommends staying from indoor tanning if there’s a history of skin cancer in your family. This is because skin cancer is highly hereditary.

Myth #2: Wearing sunscreen is only necessary on sunny days.

Fact: The truth of the matter is, you should always wear sun protection anytime you are outdoors whether its sunny or cloudy. In fact, UV rays can penetrate through the rain, clouds, and fog. Therefore, you are just as likely to get sun damage even on a cloudy day.

Myth #3: People with darker skin don’t need sun protection.

Fact: Anyone regardless of their skin tone and color is at risk of getting sun damage. This is concerning as it’s what ultimately leads to skin cancer and aging. Indeed, the sun has stronger effects on those with fair skin. But this doesn’t mean that those with darker skin tone shouldn’t take the necessary precautions.

 Myth #4: Tanning doesn’t cause aging.

Fact: Whether you get exposed to UV rays indoors or outdoors, the bottom line is that over time you are susceptible to getting “photo aging” or wrinkles. For this reason, skin care experts recommend avoiding unnecessary sun exposure and taking the necessary protective measures when outdoors.