I know all of you who read this blog are educated in the dangers of tanning beds. Some of us, like myself, learned the real dangers far too late. This article ,published today, says that tanning beds may be worse than any of us realized.
Doris Day, a dermatologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in NYC said, "Indoor tanning is like smoking for your skin.It's the single worst thing you can do in terms of skin cancer and premature aging."
**Side note: Speaking of tanning aging your skin, have any of you been watching X Factor? I have never watched it before but I have caught a few episodes this season. I am amazed at how old these young blonde candidates appear. I will look at the girl singing, look at her age, and be amazed at just how much older she looks. (Definitely not in a good way!!!)**
The article also mentions how tanning salons often claim that tanning beds will boost the amount of vitamin d your body makes. In response to the rumor that tanning beds use to catch clients, Day says, "This is nonsense and an excuse. We know people burn in tanning beds and that UVA and UVB are toxic."
In my opinion, toxic is never a good word to hear....
Who do we need to keep out of the tanning beds the most? Teenagers! Of course everyone is subject to melanoma, and yes, we know that tanning beds increase the risk for melanoma, but teenagers think they are invincible! Day says, "They are immortal in their mind, and skin cancer and aging seem a long ways away." Day stresses, "Melanoma, a potentially fatal form of skin cancer, is not an old person's disease."
Don't we know...