Can Tanning Help Prevent Skin Cancer?

Two of the most common skin cancer that people can acquire would be basal cell skin cancer and squamous cell skin cancer. The difference between the two kinds of cancer is that the former can be cured while the latter spreads faster than basal cell skin and often develops on parts of the body that are often exposed to the sun. Another kind of skin cancer would be melanoma that can be fatal if not treated right away.

And this is something that people who desire to get that tanned look have to consider. Though exposing oneself to the sun for a very long period of time can give a person that tanned appearance that he or she is aspiring to get, the risk of getting skin cancer due to too much exposure to the sun is quite real. In fact, even undergoing tanning sessions through the use of tanning beds can be damaging to the skin hence the best alternative is to opt for artificial tanning products.

Because bronzers and extenders are considered cosmetics and are only for external use, they are regarded as harmless substances on the skin. The thing with bronzers is that they color the skin but only for a short time and can be washed away by soap and water. In addition, they are approved by FDA. On the other hand, extenders which are also known as sunless tanners and self-tanners are similar to bronzers which are applied on the skin similar to how lotions and creams are applied.

Tanning vs cancerThey interact with the proteins on the surface of the skin and result in a darker complexion and at the same time, the dark color fades after a number of days. When you purchase self tanning products, it is important to read the label and any manufacturer’s instruction to make sure if they offer additional protection against the sun. Overall, DIY tanning works better when it comes to preventing skin cancer. Why? Because there is no sun exposure involved. With sunless tanning, you are sure that your skin is not exposed to the damaging rays of the sun thus eliminating the cancerous factor.

So, can tanning really help prevent skin cancer? Of course it depends on the kind of tanning. Indoor tanning and self tanning are most likely to be preventive as opposed to sun bathing to get your tan. Stay safe everyone and have a great tan! (ft|ny)|sp(01|h\-|v\-|