Did you know?
- One indoor tanning session can increase the risk of skin cancer.
- Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun and indoor tanning devices are cancer-causing.
- Using indoor tanning devices before age 35 increases the risk of melanoma by 75%.
- Under the Skin Cancer Prevention Act (Tanning Beds), 2013, it is illegal for youth under age 18 to use indoor tanning equipment.
Myth: If I build up my tan, I’ll be protected from the sun.
Fact: A tan does not offer sun protection. Skin damage from the sun adds up, and skin never forgets the damage!
Myth: A tan is healthy.
Fact: Tanned skin is damaged skin. It is not a sign of health. Exposure to UV rays can lead to: skin damage, skin cancer and premature skin aging.
Myth: Tanning is a safe way to get vitamin D.
Fact: Tanning is NOT a safe way to get vitamin D. Use food or supplements instead.
If you still want the tanned-look, a fake tan is a safer alternative:
- Fake tans come in various forms (e.g. creams or spray tans).
- Fake tans dye the outer layer of skin. They do not provide sun protection!