In the colder months, it can be tempting to go to indoor tanning beds to escape the low temperatures and to maintain the tan skin you had in the summertime. While many people associate tanning beds with getting a “healthy glow,” this couldn’t be further from the truth. In reality, tanning causes damage to the DNA structure of skin cells, which not only causes the skin to age prematurely, but it also significantly increases your risk of developing skin cancer. In this blog post, we share 3 common myths about indoor tanning beds.

MYTH 1: Tanning Beds are Safer than Laying Out in the Sun

Tanning beds are definitely MORE harmful than the sun. There is no such thing as a safe way to tan indoors, whether it is with a tanning bed, booth, or lamp. Indoor tanning beds actually deliver more UV rays than the sun, which contributes to premature aging and an increased risk of developing skin cancer. 

MYTH 2: A Base Tan Will Protect My Skin from Future Damage

It’s a common misconception that a base tan is good to have before going on vacation to help prevent a sunburn. The truth is that a base tan does not protect your skin from a sunburn or further damage. Having a tan is actually not protection from the sun, and it is a sign of skin damage. 

MYTH 3: Tanning for a Short Term isn’t Bad for You

Tanning for any period of time is dangerous to your skin. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, a single indoor tanning session before the age of 35 increases your risk of developing life-threatening melanoma by 75%. Skin damage starts with your first tan, and the damage to your skin cells add up with each following tanning session.

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DISCLAIMER: The information in this blog post is not intended as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician.

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