Turn down the base!
Summer is quickly approaching which means warmer weather, more time to spend with friends/family, and for some, tanning. Some people believe developing a “base tan” through indoor tanning will ultimately help protect their skin from sunburn once outdoors. However, there is little evidence to support this.
Tanning can be dangerous due to the exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation which damages skin. This can be just as risky whether the exposure comes from tanning beds or natural sunlight. This damage increases the risk of skin cancer and premature skin aging” (i.e. wrinkles and age spots). Even scarier is the fact that most tanning beds emit mainly UVA rays, which penetrates deeper into the skin than UVB, and may increase the risk of melanoma.
As an alternative to working on a “base tan” this summer, try using sunless tanning products to achieve a tanned look, and use sunscreen frequently and liberally (spf of 30 or more is recommended) to avoid sunburn.