I generally spend about 15 minutes a day in full sunlight without any UV protection but I wear sunscreen if I'm tanning outside. I -never- use tanning beds. I'm also lucky to have an olive complexion. You fair-skinned folk are at a greater risk :P
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my wifes grandmother just passes away she was 94. she had skin like a baby. the woman never wore a bathing suit in her entire life. thats what never being exposed to the sun will do for you. she also never had fun.
I believe in getting a little sun. Not baking yourself in tanning beds or lying around like bacon in a pan. Then body does need sunlight to help produce vitamin D.Which helps with the absorption of calcium. Just 15 mins a day will do.
I live in AZ with some of the highest skin cancer rates out there. Getting a base tan as a way of protecting yourself is pretty much a myth. Sun exposure period ages you and increases your risk for skin cancer. Just because you don't burn does not mean you are not causing damage. Obviously you can't avoid it 100% and who wants to, but we need to be careful.
I got this off of WebMD.
Getting a “base tan.” Despite all the negative publicity they’ve gotten in recent years, tanning salons remain popular -- especially with young people. Some people schedule a few sessions of indoor tanning prior to leaving for a sun-filled vacation, believing that a base tan will enable them to avoid sunburn and to tan deeply with less damage to their skin. Not so. “The pigmentation in tanned skin amounts only to an SPF of about 4, so getting a base tan provides almost no additional protection from the sun,” says June Robinson, MD, professor of clinical dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. More to the point, she says, any degree of tanning damages the skin, causing premature aging and raising the risk for skin cancer. So forget about tanning salons, and heed the familiar advice when venturing outdoors in sunny climes: avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when solar radiation is strongest; at other times, wear sun-protective clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat, and make liberal use of sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher).
i live by the water. i have a 10 minute walk to the beach, so tanning was always a way of life. early in the season i only stay exposed to the sun for 15 minutes then put a shirt on. most sun screens do not help. since the invention of sun screen skin cancer went up with the use of sun screen. sun screen works by blocking your bodies production of melatonin your natural protection of the sun. i have never used a tanning salon and never will. i prefer a tanning oil and getting use to the sun little by little. on beaches today you will see many people enjoying themselves and still limiting the amount of sun exposure.
I didn't know which team to post this in, but it seems like Earth lovers might have a bit more knowledge on the subject.
The gym I go to has tanning as well. I've never been an advocate of tanning due to the damage it does to your skin (sun spots, wrinkles, loss of suppleness, cancer).
However, I'm going to be swimming this summer and I'm as white as a ghost. There's no way I'm going to be able to apply sunscreen over my entire body because I'm going to go out mostly during the day when there are less people at the pool (but I DO intend to try, with a high SPF waterproof sunscreen--any suggestions?) and I'm worried about burns and damage.
So just how bad is tanning? Would it do permanent damage to tan for a month or so until I get a small golden hue as protection against burning and damage? Or is it not worth it? Would it even help?
I will definitely limit my time in the pool/sun, but I'm sort of paranoid about wrinkles and aging my skin in general. Oh, and the bonus of hiding visible stretch marks would be nice.
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