I was borned tanned literally. I have never know what it is like not be tanned. I don’t have to go to the beach to get a tan so I don’t really know what it is like to be white as the snow.
I went to the beach on Sunday with one of my girlfriends. She was telling me that had just lost weight and she believes the reason why she has been on a healthy diet is because she just got a fake tan and that keeps her motivated.
That made me thought that I’d never thought how important it is for women who are not white to get an option to look brownish. Summer time demands us to wear skirts, sleeveless tops and show more of our skin.
It looks like being white is not trendy when we go to the beach!
Getting a tan is a serious matter that we have to be careful about. Specially with all this information that now we have about Skin Cancer.
The good news is that now every woman can look tanned without having to go through the risks of baking yourself under the sun.
Tanning Options in Sydney
There are a few options that you may consider to get a tan:
Apply Tanning Liquid at home
To get better results if you do it at home it is better if you remove unwanted hair from your skin, you exfoliate yourself and you use a moisturizer before applying the solution.
Spray TanningA tanning method that doesn’t use UV radiation is preferable if you want your body to appear tanned. Remember, you still need to protect yourself from UV radiation when the UV Index level is 3 and above, even when using these alternative tanning methods.
Understand how you get a tan
Skin cells in the top layer of skin (epidermis) produce a pigment called melanin that gives skin its natural colour. When skin is exposed to UV radiation, more melanin is produced, causing the skin to darken. This is what we know as a ‘tan’. A tan is a sign that the skin is attempting to protect itself against UV damage. It is not a sign of good health.
There is no ‘safe’ tan. Any method that involves exposure of the skin to UV radiation, either through exposure to sunlight or in a solarium, will cause skin damage. The more your skin is exposed to UV radiation from any source, the greater the risk of skin cancer and the more quickly skin will age. Compare the skin on the back of your hand with the inside of your thigh to see the damage caused by years of sun.
Australians love to be tanned although skin cancer rates are very high
The desire for a tan has been part of the Australian culture since the mid-1900s. Sun-browned skin has been prized as a sign of good health and attractiveness. However, we now know that deliberately exposing skin to UV radiation can increase your risk of developing skin cancer.
Australians are exposed to some of the highest levels of ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure in the world. Combined with the fashion for tanned skin, this has led to an epidemic of skin cancer. Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. More than 1,600 Australians die from skin cancer each year.
Is it true that tanned women are more popular?
Recent public awareness campaigns have challenged the perception that tanned skin is more desirable than pale skin. However, the desire for the appearance of tanned skin is still high, especially among younger people. So alternative tanning methods have become even more popular.
If you must tan your body, a tanning method that doesn’t use UV radiation is preferable. Remember, you still need to protect yourself from UV radiation when the UV levels are 3 and above when using these alternative tanning methods.
Use of fake tanning products
Fake tanning products are used by around nine per cent of the population over the age of 18 years, according to one South Australian study. Some other statistics from the study include:
Women aged between 18 and 24 years are most likely to use fake tanning products (28 per cent).
People with annual household incomes of $40,000 and over are more likely to use fake tanning products.
People whose skin tends to burn in the sun are more likely to use fake tanning lotions than people whose skin turns brown.
Fake tanning options
The range of fake tanning products includes:
Topical dyes – includes tanning lotions, creams, sprays, mousses and combined moisturiser and fake tan products. These are generally made up of vegetable dyes that stain the skin a darker colour and give a temporary appearance of a tan. This colour does not stimulate the production of melanin nor does it provide protection against UV radiation. The dye is shed, along with dead skin cells, after a few days.
Bronzers and tinted sunscreens – includes tinted cosmetic and sun protection products such as moisturisers, foundation, powders and sunscreen. Bronzers provide the skin with temporary colour which, unlike dyes, wash off with soap and water.
Tan accelerators – claim to speed up the natural tanning process by stimulating melanin production in the body. They come in tablet or lotion form.
Spray tanning booths – these use misters to apply an even coat of fake tan solution to all, or parts, of the body and are often found at beauty salons, hairdressers and some gymnasiums.
According to the South Australian study, women who use fake tanning lotions are twice as likely to suffer repeated bouts of sunburn than women who don’t use these products. There was no association between fake tanning lotions and sunburn for men, perhaps because the sample size was small. People who use fake tanning lotions are more likely to use sunscreens (81 per cent) than those who don’t use fake tan products (57 per cent), but are less likely to use other protective measures, such as hats and clothing.
A few fake tanning lotions include sunscreen, ranging from sun protection factors (SPF) 4 to 15. However, this protection would only last for a short time following application and not for the entire time the fake tan lasts. Promoting a fake tanning product as protective against UV radiation may be misleading to consumers.
Tan accelerators are available in tablet or lotion form. These preparations contain the chemicals psoralens and tyrosine, among others. These chemicals contribute to the production of melanin, the pigment responsible for skin colour. With sensitised melanin cells, it is possible to get a suntan in a shorter time than usual. However, no sun protection is offered.
There is no evidence that the topical use of tyrosine has any effect on melanin cells. When applied to the skin, tan accelerator products can cause painful conditions, including blistering. Psoralens should only be used under medical supervision to treat skin problems such as psoriasis.
Using tan accelerators for a long time has also been associated with an increased risk of skin cancer. When taken by mouth, the possible side effects of tan accelerator products include nausea, headaches and itchy skin.
Solariums as an option
A solarium tan is not a safe tan
Some Australians use solariums (also known as sunbeds, sunlamps or tanning beds) under the mistaken belief that these devices provide ‘safe’ tans. In fact, the opposite is true. Research shows that UV radiation from solariums can increase your risk of developing skin cancer, especially if they are first used before the age of 35. Solariums can also cause eye damage, immediate skin damage (such as sunburn, irritation, redness and swelling) and possible immune system changes.
A solarium tans the skin by radiating it with a concentrated dose of UV, which may be up to three times as strong as the summer midday sun. Solarium use is not a safe way to tan and a solarium tan won’t protect your skin from natural UV radiation. In Victoria, it is illegal for solarium operators to advertise their services as ‘safe’. It is also against the law to allow people under the age of 18 or with skin which burns and doesn’t tan to use these facilities.
Cancer Council Australia and the Australasian College of Dermatologists do not support tanning in solariums in any circumstances.
Where to get help
Your local pharmacist
Cancer Council Helpline Tel. 13 11 20
Things to remember
-The desire for the appearance of tanned skin is still high, especially among younger Australians.
-Most fake tanning lotions provide a safer way to change the tone of your skin but offer no sun protection.
-The UV radiation emitted by solariums contributes to skin and eI was borned tanned literally. I have never know what it is like not be tanned. I don’t have to go to the beach to get a tan so I don’t really know what it is like to be white as the snow.