We don’t mean to sound like a broken record, but as connected to the industry as we love keeping ourselves we are continuously uncovering amazing truths and knowledge regarding skin care. The most recent facts we are about to share with you address the crazed epidemic of consistent self-tanners. This is to those who purposefully and meaningfully damage their skin.
The rise in skin cancer rates happens to coincide with the growth of indoor tanning, which was first introduced in the US in the late 1970s. Simple enough, right? Evidently not. Indoor tanners display a high level of knowledge about UV and it’s adverse effects on skin health, yet tanning behavior, as proven by this statistic is not changing – the madness!
We are conditioned at a very young age not to touch the stove because it is hot and will severely burn you. Dare we ask the absurd question as to why this logic falls to the wayside when it comes to tanning beds?
Indoor tanners are said to have developed addictive qualities. That’s right, they are considered addicts. In one investigation, 70% of frequent UV tanners met criteria for UV light substance abuse or dependence disorders.
The logic of tanning is twisted. Stemming from a desire to look healthy or “sun-kissed” is actually aiding in the development of serious skin diseases and consequently aging your skin. 71% of tanning salon patrons are girls and women aged 16-29 – the ages of being in prime beauty and youth!
Indoor tanners are:
- 74% more likely to develop melanoma
- 2.5x more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma
- 1.5x more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma than non-tanners
We cannot help but feel both enraged and sympathetic for those that continue to use tanning beds. There are many ways to feel good and this is not one of them. This obsession with fake tans is driving participants to risk their long term health needlessly in the name of “beauty”. Tanning beds should be excluded from every beauty regimen.
- Wear SPF when in the sun
- Wear a hat to protect your scalp
- Use a moisturizer daily