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Protect your skin: Figures show a rise in skin cancer

The sunbed industry is booming and it’s no coincidence that malignant melanoma is on the rise. Every week, thousands of Brits are flocking to their local tanning salon, despite being made fully aware of the dangers. Why? The desire for permanently tanned skin.

 

 



Despite common misconceptions, building up a tan doesn’t give you a natural defence against the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. If anything, sunbed tanning will simply make your skin more susceptible to DNA damage, especially for those with paler skin tones.



So, if you’re a fair skinned beauty who doesn’t tan easily, then sunbed usage won’t change this – it actually just means you need more UV exposure than your olive skinned counterparts for your skin to tan, and more UV exposure can lead to irreversible skin damage.



There is no such thing as a healthy tan. Any change in skin colour is a direct result of damage from UV radiation and repeat exposure can also result in premature skin ageing and an increased risk of skin cancer.



In fact, according to Cancer Research UK, skin cancer rates have increased rapidly over the last 30 years, with 13,000 people developing malignant melanoma each year, compared to 1,800 in 1975. In fact, in the last five years there was a 41% increase in skin cancer referrals – most likely due to the affordability of tanning salons and package holidays.



It’s never too late to adopt good sun protection habits, so what are our top tips to protect your skin from the damaging effects of UV radiation?

 

  • Try to avoid the midday sun – that’s often when the UV is at its strongest
  • Start your morning skincare routine with a product containing a high SPF (preferably SPF 50)
  • Cover up using a sunhat and sunglasses with 100% UV protection
  • Always reapply sunscreen every 2 hours when you’re spending the day outside, and after swimming

Is a tan really worth risking your long-term health for? Wouldn’t you rather prevent premature ageing now than trying to reverse it in 10 years’ time? If you’re still desperate for a tan, just remember you can always fake it