01 May 2012

Using fake tan is the only way to ensure that the tan you are getting is safe. That's the view of one dermatologist who has spoken out about the dangers of sunbeds and spending prolonged periods of time in the sun without adequate protection.In an interview published in online, dermatologist Dr Carloyn Jacob said: "Theres actually research that shows that tanning booths, which are comprised primarily of UVA (ultraviolet A) rays, increase your risk of developing melanoma, which is the deadliest form of (skin) cancer, by 75 percent. This was in response to the views of Kristi Gibson, general manager of the Sun Room Tanning, a chain of tanning shops in Illinois, USA. Of sunbed use, Gibson said: People have a lack of education. Consistently burning yourself is not healthy whatsoever. To me, theres a smart way to tan going slow and not overexposing yourself is a healthier way to tan. But despite Gibsons safe approach to tanning, Dr Jacob urges people, particularly teens, to avoid tanning in any form, either on a sunbed or through exposure to the sun itself. And fellow dermatologist Dr Elizabeth Strow agrees, saying that these kids (are) going in and ruining their skin, and that these kids [that use sunbeds] are going to look older besides their higher risk for melanoma and other skin cancers. See original story here: