There are several tanning myths that you should understand before. Here are some of them.
1. A tan is healthy and protects you from sunburn.
No tan from the sun is healthy. It is simply a visible sign that you have damaged your skin.
2. Getting a tan helps clear up acne.
There’s no concrete evidence to support this statement. Tanning can actually irritate the skin and if you are using certain prescription acne treatments, staying out of the sun or artificial light is strongly recommended.
3. The body needs Vitamin D, and tanning is a way of obtaining it.
Vitamin D is indeed an essential vitamin that the skin can manufacture as a result of sun exposure, but just one hour of daily sun exposure is enough to meet the RDA for this nutrient. Everyday exposure to the sun and some foods provide adequate amounts of Vitamin D for the body.
If appealing to your health doesn’t strike a cord with you, think about how the wrinkles and leathery appearance might look 20 years down the road. Change your mentality of worrying about consequences later and start thinking in terms of your present actions affecting your future health.
Sun-kissed skin does look great, but you can safely achieve the same results with a sunless tan. Invest in keeping your skin beautiful and healthy, away from the sun, and avoid the dangers of tanning.