It’S Time To Ban The Tan

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We often equate youthfulness with tanned, glowing skin, and who can blame us with many brands photo-shopping their models to look extremely bronzed. But recently, leading dermatologists have stressed that women should learn to embrace their natural skin color for the sake of their health.

The American Academy of Dermatology recently conducted an online survey that produced shocking results. It turns out, almost 58 percent of people aged 18 to 29 thought that people were more attractive with a tan. What’s more, 71.3 percent agreed that sun exposure is good for your health. And 40 percent of respondents under the age of 30 have tried to get a tan in the past year by using a tanning bed, laying out or using a form of self-tanner.

In response to these alarming statistics, AAD launched a PSA, “Born,” showcasing the beauty of natural skin and urging women to stop tanning. “Ultimately, seeking to change the color of your skin is self-defeating because exposure to ultraviolet radiation-either through tanning beds or by seeking the sun-can lead to wrinkles, prematurely aging skin and even a diagnosis of skin cancer,” says High Point, NC, dermatologist Zoe D. Draelos, MD.

Melanoma is becoming more and more common in younger people. In fact, AAD says that it affects women ages 15 to 19 more commonly than men of the same ages. There’s no doubt about it, tanning beds increase the risk of melanoma. So if you still want to be tan, a spray tan is a safe alternative to harmful UV exposure that you would get in a tanning bed.

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