The Ever-Important Practice Of Avoiding Tanning

We know. It’s the middle of the summertime. Among the many things that you likely have on your summer to-do list, “get a tan” is probably included. We get it. It’s warm and sunny in the summertime. And, if you’re like most Canadians, you likely couldn’t wait to ditch the toques and scarves for the shorts and tank tops. It makes sense. Many of us long for good weather and wish it would never go away.

Here’s the thing. While being out in the sun can often allow for a lot of fun times, it’s vital that you protect your skin from the sun’s dangerous UV rays. Tell you something we haven’t already told you, right? Yes, for the past several weeks, the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre Blog has been staunchly devoted to content revolving around the topic of sun damage and skin protection. And why wouldn’t it? Tanning season is here!

Tanning during “tanning season” should be avoided.

Let’s be clear. “Tan” is a synonym for “skin damage”. When your skin darkens due to it being exposed to the sun for prolonged periods of time, it’s because it has sustained skin cell damage. We understand that tans are highly regarded as attractive, however, it’s important to keep in mind that skin cancer is deadly. The more you tan, the higher your risk of getting skin cancer.

This is especially true for tanning in tanning beds. Allow us to be perfectly clear here. There is almost nothing worse for your skin that exposing it the UV radiation produced by tanning beds. While you may not be in the market for an indoor tan during the summer, it’s important that we stress the importance of avoiding tanning beds at all costs.

“No matter what you may hear at tanning salons, the cumulative damage caused by UV radiation can lead to premature skin aging (wrinkles, lax skin, brown spots, and more), as well as skin cancer,” reports the Skin Cancer Foundation, “In fact, people who first use a tanning bed before age 35 increase their risk for melanoma by 75 percent.”

Tanning can be addictive.

Even with the information presented to you, we can understand if you just can’t help but want to sit out in the sun this summer. Tanning is, in fact, a known addiction for many people. Arielle Grabel of the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Sun & Skin News reports that a 2017 Georgetown University Medical Center study found that 20 percent of women who tan show signs of tanning dependency.

“The researchers ran 400 women through a set of mental and behavioural tests both before and after a tanning session,” she informs, “Those who were labeled as having an addiction strongly believed in the physical and mood-boosting benefits they experienced after a tanning session.”

ProFractional can help to restore sun-damaged skin.

The Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre is proud to provide a number of effective services that treat sun-damaged skin. Among them is ProFractional skin resurfacing. ProFractional is a laser procedure used for improving the overall appearance and health of your skin by completing a series of treatments. The laser microbeam treats thousands of pinpoint areas of your skin which stimulates your natural healing process.

Only a fraction of the skin is directly treated with the laser so healing time is quick with 3-5 days of downtime. In addition to correcting sun damage, ProFractional also improves wrinkles, fine lines, post-traumatic scars and acne scars. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email amlvc(at)telus.net.

Posted: July 24, 2019




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