Solariums are one way to a quicker getting of dark tan and many people use it every day. But, they definitely aren’t aware of the consequences it can have on their skin.
The skin cells in the top layer of skin (epidermis) produce a pigment called melanin. It gives our skin its natural color. When our skin is exposed to UV radiation, more melanin is produced, which is further causing the skin to darken and tan. A tan is a sign that the skin has been damaged by UV radiation. It is not a sign of good health as many people think.
Tanning without burning can still cause skin damage, premature skin ageing, as well as skin cancer. UV radiation can cause irreparable DNA damage, so every time you expose your skin to UV radiation from the sun or from a solarium, you increase your risk of developing skin cancer.
Other things solariums can cause are eye damage and immediate skin damage, such as sunburn, irritation, redness and swelling.
UVA radiation is actually the most of the radiation emitted in a solarium. It penetrates the deepest layer of the skin and causes damage that includes:
- Deterioration of the skin
- Premature ageing, wrinkling and loss of elasticity of the skin
- Reduced collagen levels in the skin
- Blotchiness and pigmentation of the skin
- High doses of UVA radiation can also cause sunburn, genetic damage to skin cells and skin cancer.
REMEMBER: A dark tan received in the solarium is definitely not a safe tan. You increase your risk of developing skin cancer every time you expose your skin to UV radiation, in the sun or in a solarium!