Millions of people visit tanning salons in order to keep that year-round "kissed by the sun" glow. What many of them fail to realize is that "glow" may someday cause malignant melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.
Tanning salons promote their services by claiming that their beds emit UVA rays rather than the potentially more harmful UVB rays. However, a 15-20 minute session in a tanning bed equals an entire day of outdoor tanning and UVA rays can be just as damaging to the skin and to the immune system as UVB rays. In fact, the UVA rays emitted from a tanning bed lamp are three times as powerful as those from direct sunlight!
What are some of the more serious long-term effects of UVA exposure? They include:
- Eye damage
- Immune system changes
- Wrinkles and premature aging of the skin
- Sun spots/pigmentation changes on skin
- Skin cancer
Research suggests that exposure to the sun is essential to good health. Clearly, tanning booths and exposure to unnaturally high levels of ultraviolet light can compromise your health and later on, your appearance!