Darkened skin and bronze tan in recent years represents a trend, attractiveness and ideal of beauty that are commonly produced by excessive sunbathing or visits to the solarium. Is it OK to get a dark tan artificially with tanning in a solarium?
It is one of the most frequently asked questions in the summer, when most people want to look fashionable and trendy, risking their health, forgetting the harmful effects, such as skin cancer.
Alarming are the figures that show the real picture and suggest that the use of solarium in youth increases the risk of melanoma by 75 %, even for 2.5 times increased likelihood to be diagnosed with skin cancer, called Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC ) and 1.5 times more likely to develop another skin cancer called Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC).
Although almost all citizens hardly wait for summer to go to the beach to sunbathe or those who do not have that opportunity, to spend some time in solarium treatments, without being aware of the consequences for their health.
We are willing to spend long hours in the sun, to undergo uncomfortable and quite painful moments due to the consequences of excessive tanning and give quite large sums of money to visit the solarium. However during the sun exposure the harmful effects of UV – radiation, are often ignored.
Doctors say tanning is deliberately exposing the body to the ultraviolet spectrum of solar radiation, causing visible changes in the skin.
The increasing popularity of outdoor activities and sunbathing leads to excessive exposure to UV radiation. Many people consider a dark tanned skin as a symbol of attractiveness and good health. However, dark tan is just another sign of the damage caused by UV rays and attempt of the skin to minimize further damage, doctors explained.
According to them, as opposed to solar UV radiation, artificial sources of UV rays emit mainly UV-A rays.
In solariums, tanning lamps emit 12 times stronger doses of UV-A rays from those of the sun. Probably many people are unaware of the fact that dark tan obtained in a solarium does not protect against further occurrence of burns when staying in the open environment due to the fact that UVB rays are responsible for the appearance of skin burns – say dermatologists.