1.  Sunscreen is bad for you.The American Cancer Society says it “encourages the use of FDA-approved sunscreens.”  We prefer zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as a physical block over oxybenzone.  Either way, a full-spectrum block applied 20 minutes prior to sun exposure and re-applied every 1-1.5 hours is recommended.  Remember, the SPF ratings ONLY apply to UVB rays – the burning rays.  There is NO rating systems for UVA rays, which age the skin, destroying collagen and elastin….don’t kiss your dewy good looks good-bye prematurely!
  2. I look healthier with a tan.  Back in the 1920’s Coco Chanel went away on vacation and came back with a tan and wearing a white suit…since that time women believe it makes them look thinner and healthier.  Deep wrinkles and age spots from prematurely aging skin will not help you to feel healthy, thin or sexy.
  3. I tan because I need Vitamin D.  The risk of not using sunscreen can lead to skin caner and the potential dangers that come along with it.  There are other ways of increasing your Vitamin D levels, if you need to do so, through certain foods and supplements.  Incorporate more Vitamin D rich foods into your diet and ask your doctor about taking a Vitamin D supplement.
  4. Tanning dries up my acne and hide my pigment spots.  No, it doesn’t.  All skin conditions are made much worse by inflammation, which is easily triggered by the sun.  Although it seems to be helping, it will eventually make the condition worse and more difficult to treat.
  5. I want a base tan before I go on vacation.  Seriously? According to the U.S. Surgeon General and proven by many clinical studies, a base tan only provides an SPF of 3 or less.  It is essentially meaningless.  A tan is the body’s response to an injury/damage from the sun.

 

Information courtesy of Skin Inc. magazine – article by Terri A. Wojak

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