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Did you know that tanning greatly increases your risk of Melanoma, one of the most common and deadly skin cancers in the United States? In fact, nearly 400,000 cases of skin cancer have been attributed to indoor tanning alone.

The Lie About Vitamin D

Yes, the sun is a great source of vitamin D. The issue? You greatly increase your risk of skin cancer by being out in it uncovered! Taking supplements is a much better option.

Some people believe that indoor tanning beds give off the UVB radiation that gives your body vitamin D. Unfortunately, most tanning beds give off UVA radiation, which doesn’t give your body vitamin D. Remember. In every case, whether indoor or outdoor, tanning harms your skin.

Premature Aging 

Most men and women tan because it gives them a youthful glow and makes them feel young and alive. But did you know that tanning actually ages you prematurely? It causes wrinkles, lines and sunspots. All cancer risks aside, protecting your skin and staying youthful in the long run is as simple as protecting your skin against dangerous UV rays.

Tanned in the Past?

If you ever tanned in the past, it’s a good idea to have your skin checked regularly. One in five Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer a year, and this number is expected to rise due to the excessive amount of young people tanning before the age of thirty.

 

In short, tanning is never a good idea. Help protect your eyes and your skin against UV rays all year long. Wear sunscreen and sunglasses. Cover your skin and wear wide-brimmed hats that cover your neck. Don’t lay out in the sun for long periods of time and we definitely wouldn’t recommend you ever use a tanning bed. Remember, in all cases tanning harms your skin.

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