Young Girls and Women Know the Risks of Tanning but use Tanning Beds and Sun Bathing Anyway. Why?
You have probably heard that tanning beds and being in the sun can increase early aging, and increase risk for getting skin cancer. While you know the facts, you still go to the tanning spa starting in spring!
Many people used to think tanned skin made them look more attractive and slimmer! However, in a recent study, those who were more concerned with appearing attractive had more incidental sun exposure but also worried more (appropriately so) about skin cancer and the sun’s effect on aging.
Statistics on Tanning
The more you use a tanning bed, the higher your risk of deadly skin cancers. More than 419,000 cases of skin cancer in the U.S. each year are linked to indoor tanning, including about 245,000 basal cell carcinomas, 168,000 squamous cell carcinomas and 6,200 melanomas. More people develop skin cancer because of indoor tanning than develop lung cancer because of smoking.
Studies have demonstrated that exposure to UV radiation during indoor tanning damages the DNA in the skin cells. Excessive exposure to UV radiation during indoor tanning can lead to premature skin aging, immune suppression, and eye damage, including cataracts and ocular melanoma.
They also tracked overall average usage during those two periods in relation to basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma — three different skin cancers that are each named after the type of cells they affect. Of the three, melanoma is the least common but the most deadly.
For every four visits per year to a tanning booth, risk for basal and squamous cell carcinoma jumped 15% and risk for melanoma rose 11%. What’s more, the researchers found that using tanning booths in the younger age range, during high school and college, had a stronger effect on cancer risk.
The American Academy of Pediatrics released a policy statement this year that supported banning tanning beds for children younger than 18. And this month, the beds were banned for use by minors in California.
Pale Skin is “IN”!
Pale skin and tanned skin go in and out of fashion. It seems now tans are fading from culture and many are giving up on sunbathing and indoor tanning. It’s becoming more about health and well being flexes of the modern era.
Just Look at the Pale Skin Celebrities
It’s the eternal fair skin struggle: we refuse to be anything but pale, yet we live in a world where tanned (and sun-damaged) skin is often chosen in favor of milkier complexions. Thankfully, when we need to feel a little better about our paleness, we can look to these 10 celebs as inspiration. Sure, they’ve probably each had a run-in with some bronzer or fake tanning in the past, but for the most part, they wear their pale skin with pride. Here are 10 celebs who make fair skin look amazing. https://celebs.allwomenstalk.com/
- Angelina Jolie – No tan and no wrinkles!
- Nicole Kidman – flawless in hair, career and complexion.
- Anne Hathaway – She focuses on being herself and letting her natural beauty shine through.
- Amanda Seyfried – She looks luminescent. Honestly, a tan would probably take her beauty down a few notches!
- Taylor Swift – Are you a Swifty?!
- Emma Watson – She makes pale look sophisticated and cute at the same time.
- Anna Kendrick – She’s a stunner when she simply rocks her pale complexion.
- Rose Leslie – She’s truly inspiring for anyone with a fair complexion.
- Emma Stone – From interviews to movie roles, she never tries to cover up her paleness.
- Gwen Stefani – She also knows how to rock her pale skin.