UVB rays are the ones that cause your skin to burn, to redden, and cause discoloration. On the other hand, UVA rays cause DNA damage. They also damage collagen and fibers. This results in wrinkled skin (Schmidt). Tanning beds are very popular in women, teens, and those seeking tan skin.
What’s so bad about getting that killer tan? What used to be considered a harmless and relaxing activity to do in the sun, tanning is now considered a dangerous and deadly, cancer causing thing to do. Not only are the suns rays dangerous, but even being in the sun is dangerous if you’re not wearing sunscreen. The sun isn't the only way to get a tan however. Another way to obtain sun rays is tanning salons.
Some people may even become strongly addicted and obsessed with staying tan all year round. Susan Evan says, “Tan really is not beauty; it is a walking advertisement for skin cancer.” I recommend not to use tanning beds because the risk of deadly health issues and serious addiction are just a few of the numerous hazards you take just to have tan skin and it is not worth cutting your life short.
Typically, people ignore all of the facts about tanning. People do not put sunscreen on enough, or at all, and are exposed to the sun for too long. Also, indoor tanning is becoming very popular, which can have the same effects towards your skin as sun bathing outdoors. In today’s society, tanned skin is seen as pretty skin. Many people will do anything to be tan, but what they do not realize is they are damaging themselves severely.
The use of tanning beds most definitely increases the chance of being diagnosed with skin cancer because the UV rays are constantly being poured into one’s body all at once whereas when one is out in the sun, the sun’s rays are poured into the body, but not the whole body all at once. This is what causes the body to be exposed to skin cancer. The fact that it is always exposed to the UV rays while the person is inside of the tanning bed. If anyone wants to get a tan, it is recommended that one does not use tanning beds. Although it is still dangerous to tan in general, it is more dangerous to tan in a tanning bed for all of the reasons written about here.
Many don’t realize the dangers that come with the sun or a box with light bulbs that has more UVA radiation than the sun does. From fair to dark skin, people are being destroyed by the same UVA radiation that gives people that “sexy glow”. Being in the sun is inevitable, but people can still protect their skin from many forms of skin cancer by doing the simplest things. People are either blinded of this fact or they simply believe that it won’t happen to them. In the 1800’s to the early 1900’s, shade of skin had determined the social classes.
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