Tanning Your Hide

sunburn_cartoon

Good news, summer is around the corner! A lot of people like to visit the tanning salon to get a jump start on their summer glow. Bad idea. Both indoor and outside tanning can cause permanent damage to your skin (wrinkles, age spots, cancer) and your eyes (cataracts, ocular melanoma).  The strength of indoor tanning’s ultra violet rays (UV rays) vary according to the age and type of light bulbs used, potentially exposing you to more UV radiation than you realize, plus they are designed to emit high levels of UV radiation in a short time. You can still get a burn from indoor tanning.

For younger (teens) sun worshipers/tanning salon users, tanning increases the risk of developing melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer. In Massachusetts people aged 14 years – 17 years old must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian to the tanning salon and sign for consent.

Play it safe and use sun block, your skin & eyes will thank you for it.

For more information go to www.cdc.gov