Sunbeds Cause Liver Spots
In the past many of us would bask in the sun for hours on end to achieve that perfect golden suntan. With the increased occurrence of skin cancers and the now known correlation between the sun and UV rays exposure however, many people have started to altogether move away from outdoor tanning and in the span of a few years this trend has been increasingly growing in acceptance.
With the arrival of sunbeds however, tanning is gaining acceptance again. In the span of just a few short years, artificial tanning and its assurance of safe use has become an crucial part of our culture that many people now regularly subject themselves to tanning sessions to get perfect bronzed skin.
In a nutshell, sunbeds are basically artificial versions of the same sun you get sunburn from, the only difference being that sunbeds use a form of UV with a slightly longer wavelength to give you your desired tan. Longer wavelength UVs work by going deeper into the epidermis stimulating pigment producing skin cells to produce melanin thus hastening the tanning process.
Contemporary scientific evidence available points to the fact that all UV wavelengths will increase the risk of skin cancer, liver spots and age spots despite of the wavelengths they are emitted at. The selling strategy by sunbed owners to claim their sunbeds are safe when using sunbeds is itself the cause of the problem as more people will be enticed to overuse tanning booths thereby aggravating their exposure to harmful UV rays that are just as deadly, whether from the sun or from the UV lamps inside the tanning chamber.
Generally, the skin is prone to liver spots and structural damage when subjected to any type of UV radiation. UV exposure, depending on the intensity and duration, can end with such short-term effects as burning, scarring, fragility, skin irritation and touch sensitivity. When treated for a long period and at a greater intensity, speeding of the skin’s aging process, which is known scientifically as photoageing, and will be observed. Photoageing manifests itself as wrinkling, the decrease of elasticity and suppleness, and a pronounced dryness and flaking. The dryness, flakiness and wrinkling indications can be traced to the breakdown of collagen, the structural building-block of skin, at the cellular level. Sunbeds are responsible for causing premature liver spots, wrinkles & skin cancer, even with infrequent use.
People who have inherently high tendencies to cancer of the skin, as in those with very pale skin, are best recommended to avoid any form of UV exposure, sunbeds being of primary consideration.
The next time you notice dry, flaky skin, and you cannot be certain since you’re careful enough to moisturize a lot, think of the times you’ve spent in the tanning booth pining for that perfect brownish tan and thank yourself for reading this ahead of time before it is too late.