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To Tan or Not To Tan?

Summer, among other things, brings warmand sunny days when many, especially women enjoy sunbathing andgetting an attractive, bronze-colored tan. This craze has never beenso popular and each year more and more people give their best toexpose their bodies to as much sun as they can, just in order to havetheir skin as dark as possible. This tanning process is triggered bythe sun rays themselves. Namely, once we expose our bodies to theultraviolet sun rays, they penetrate our skin, triggering theproduction of a protective pigment, melanin. Melanin makes sure ourskin does not get burnt and guards us from any health conditionswhich might be triggered by sun rays. Thus, dark-skinned people arecapable of spending more time in the sun than those who have a morefair skin color. However, there are numerous fears of possible skindamage which might happen during these exposures to sun or artificialforms of tanning. Some of them are true while others are consideredto be absolute nonsense.

Fact or Fiction?

During the previous decades, whentanning beds started appearing, there was a claim that these devicesare able to scorch your internal organs. This is, obviously not truesince, even though both artificial and real sun may burn your skin orcause skin cancer and other diseases, they cannot possibly burn anyof your internal organs. The same goes for cooking them, roastingthem or any other common claims.

Another claim which deserves a rewardfor being the least possible one is that HIV or AIDS are transferablethrough tanning bed devices. However, everyone who considers him orherself sane can come to a conclusion that this is not true. Thesetanning beds are sterilized and cleaned before you enter them. Thusany microorganisms or any kind of air transmitted diseases arethereby exterminated. All in all HIV or AIDS cannot be contracted bybreathing in the first place.

As for skin cancer possibility duringsun exposure, this is true. You are to be careful and wear sunscreeneach time you go out on a sunny day. Moreover, you should avoid thesun from 10am to 3pm and wear bright colored, protective clothing aswell as sunglasses during this part of the day. This will make youprotected and, unless you spend too much time in the sun or do notsunbathe smartly, you might develop a dangerous skin condition likecancer.

All in all, both indoor and outdoortanning can be dangerous, if you are unprotected and exposedexcessively. So, moderation is the key, and, by being smart andcareful, you will have your beautiful tan with minimal risks.

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