Indoor Tanning: Is It Safe? - Topic Overview What is indoor tanning?When people use a tanning bed or booth or a sunlamp to get a tan, it's called indoor tanning. Indoor tanning uses artificial ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) light, rather than sunlight, to tan the skin. Is indoor tanning safe?People may feel that a tan makes them look good and that a tan looks healthy. But recent research has found that being exposed to the light from tanning beds isn't as safe as it might seem.The light from a tanning device can cause skin cancer. Tanning devices are linked to basal cell cancer, squamous cell cancer, and the most serious type of cancer, melanoma. Indoor tanning, especially if used before age 35, increases your risk for all these skin cancers.And indoor tanning harms you in other ways as well. It can: Cause skin damage, including wrinkling at a younger age than normal.Make your immune system weaker.Damage your eyes.Give you a rash, if you are sensitive to sunlight. Do children and teens have a special risk?Most of
Protecting Your Skin From the Sun - Topic Overview Protecting your skinMost skin cancer can be prevented. Use the following tips to protect your skin from the sun. You may decrease your chances of developing skin cancer and help prevent wrinkles.Limit your exposure to the sun, especially midday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Seek shady areas, and avoid direct sunlight.Wear protective clothing, including a wide - brimmed hat, a long - sleeved shirt, an
Sunblocks to Prevent Sunburn - Topic Overview Physical sunscreens or sunblocks, such as zinc oxide, are usually thick white or colored cream. Sunblocks have an SPF of 15 or higher and prevent the skin from being exposed to the sun's ultraviolet rays. They are useful for high-risk areas such as the nose, lips, and shoulders. It’s safest to keep babies younger than 6 months out of the sun. If you can’t keep your baby out of the sun, cover your child’s skin with hats and clothing. Protect any bare skin with a small amount of sunscreen that is SPF 15 or higher. Use sunscreens on children older than 6 months.
Sunburn: Skin Types - Topic Overview Your skin type affects how easily you sunburn. But sun protection measures should be used for babies, small children, and older adults regardless of their skin type, because their skin is very sensitive to sunburn.Skin types and sunburnType I Red hair, freckles (extremely sensitive)Sunburn easily, not likely to tanType II Fair skin, blue eyes (very sensitive)Usually sunburn easily, tan a littleType III Most whites (sensitive) Sunburn sometimes, tan slowlyType IV Mediterranean, Hispanic, Asian (moderately sensitive)Sunburn a little, usually tan wellType V Middle Eastern, Latino, Indian, light-skinned blacks (minimally sensitive)Rarely sunburn, tan deeplyType VI Dark-skinned blacks (not sensitive)Almost never sunburn