Reasons To Consider Applying A Suntan Spray Instead Of Tanning

By Haywood Hunter

Many people like to be tan. It is a cultural beauty standard that healthy, fit people sport a nice tan. However, this is actually a very dangerous idea, because tanning can lead to skin cancer, as well as other issues such as premature wrinkles. Using a commercial suntan spray can help you avoid these problems, while still being golden brown.

Everyone has heard about the risk of skin cancer related to too much sun exposure. This is because UV light, which is in a spectrum which humans cannot see without help, is a mutagen. This means that it can damage the cells in your skin, and cause abnormal growth. Abnormally-growing cells are the definition of cancer.

UV light in naturally-occurring amounts is not normally dangerous to other parts of the body, because it does not penetrate through the skin. And most skin cancer patients are lucky, because the more common type that is diagnosed is relatively easy to treat and unlikely to spread. However, malignant melanoma is a skin cancer that is one of the most dangerous of all cancers.

From a beauty perspective, there are additional reasons not to spend too much time in the sun. It has been proven that sun exposure contributes to the development of wrinkles in later years. Age spots can also appear due to excessive time spent in the sun.

Avoiding excess sun exposure is one of the easiest ways to safeguard your health. Use a light moisturizer with sunscreen in it, and makeup with an SPF of at least 15 on days when you will be going outside at all. Apply a sunscreen with a higher SPF for days during which you will spend many hours in the sun. Wear protective clothes, including hats, long sleeves, and more.

People often confuse getting sunburn with incurring skin damage. Actually, even people who rarely or never sunburn can be damaging their skin with excess exposure to the sun. Sunburning or not is not a good indicator of whether you skin is becoming damaged, and should not be relied on. This applies to both light and dark-skinned individuals.

Choosing a great suntan spray allows you to receive the benefits of looking great and staying healthy at the same time. Modern sprays can match your natural shade closely, and no one will ever know that it isn't natural. Your appearance isn't worth risking your health over, anyway, and now you don't have to choose-- use a tanner.

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