Indoor tanning is never safe. These myths can hurt you, so don’t believe them.
“Having a tan is healthy.”
No, it’s not. Tanned skin is damaged skin – it can lead to premature aging and skin cancer. If you have to have that tan, try a sunless tanning cream. Don’t forget that when you’re using a fake tanning product, you still need to use sunscreen when out in the sun.
“My tan protects me from the sun.”
Think again! A tan offers almost no protection from sunlight or burning. Some tanning beds can expose you to 5 times more radiation than the sun. Getting a tan from a tanning bed doesn’t protect you from the sun – it does more harm than the sun. Practise SunSense to protect yourself instead.
“I’ll get my vitamin D by going to the tanning salon.”
Tanning beds are not a safe way to get your vitamin D. It is safer to get it from the sun, supplements and your diet. In the fall and winter, a supplement is a much safer and cheaper way to get your vitamin D.