31% Of Americans Don’t Know THIS Fact About Tanning

May 9, 2021 7:28 pm Published by

We’re getting to a point where everyone is going to want to have that perfect bathing suit tan to make sure you don’t go out onto the beach without looking like you’ve been on the beach for days. Tanning is one way that many people try to get that golden brown skin before hitting the beach in the summer.

The problem with tanning is something that 31% of Americans are not aware of and that is that tanning can cause skin cancer. According to a recent study conducted by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) a full third of Americans were not aware that this behavior is bad for their skin. This is a trouble sign considering that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer among Americans. By the age of 70 nearly 1 in every 5 Americans will have had some form of skincare.

The good news is that there is plenty you can do to go out in the sun and still enjoy it while protecting yourself. Follow these simple steps to avoid sun exposure and limit your chance of getting skin cancer.

  • Wear sunscreen – check with your medical provider to determine which SPF is right for your skin
  • Wear protective clothing, including sunglasses to help protect your skin and your eyes from sun damage
  • Regularly perform self checks of you skin

It is not just natural sunlight that increases your chances of developing skincare, it is also exposure to tanning beds. In fact, the study concluded that tanning in a tanning bed before the age of 35 can increase your chance of getting skin cancer by a full 60 percent.

As the Spring turns into Summer it is never to early to protect your skin and keep yourself safe from the sun. If you are planning on going to the beach this summer or just spending time anywhere outside, make sure to follow these safety precautions to keep yourself healthy and strong for many years to come.