Is There Such a Thing as a Healthy Tan?
Simply put, no.
There is no degree of tanning, whether from natural sunlight or artificial light, like tanning beds, that can be considered safe.
One of the most common myths I come across in patients is that a base tan will protect against burning and subsequent damage.
Or even worse, that the color you get with a self-tanner will confer any protection.
Damage to your skin from the sun - and tanning beds - can happen in just minutes from exposure to ultraviolet rays. While most tanning beds emit the more deeply penetrating UVA, some do emit low-levels of the shorter UVB rays.
The radiation can result in DNA damage that ultimately leads to skin cancer.
No tan will limit sun damage.
Skin cancer is a scary reality, and excessive sun exposure and tanning is the leading cause of premature aging.
Transform your take on tanning, avoid dangerous UV rays, and be responsible about how much time you spend in the sun. If you frequent the tanning salon, give it up immediately.
Repair damaged skin.