Some tanning methods can be unhealthy...so how do you stay safe?

Although fake baking is known for being unhealthy, especially for being a leading cause for skin cancer, many scientists have proven that both types of tanning can actually be detrimental to one's health. Even if sunshine seems healthier than a tanning bed, natural sun damage can also cause deadly skin diseases.

In 2010, a small study was done to prove to sun-bathers that application of sunscreen when outside in the sun is significant for health. Scientists say anyone above the age of six months must wear apply SPF 15 or higher every day when outside, and should be reapplied every two or three hours. If you aren't covering your body with any type of protection, this doubles anyone's chance of deadly diseases including melanoma, a severe form of skin cancer.

FAQ's on Fake Tanning vs. Real Tanning

What about sunscreens that have harmful chemicals? Despite the fact that some sunscreens do not have natural chemicals, the prevention of sunburn could decrease one's risk of skin cancer later on in life.

How about spray tans, is that a happy medium? Not at all! Concerns have been brought up that when inhaling dihydroxyacetone (DHA), a chemical used to color skin cells, could lead to cell damage and cancer.

What is the safest solution to get that summer glow? Turns out a simple tan solution in a bottle is the best in getting that golden tan. This summer be sure to apply SPF 15 or higher every 2 to 3 hours, especially for the kids, to avoid harmful skin diseases in the future.

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