Is Tanning Bad for You?

@babyeve (1051)
Seychelles
February 26, 2013 4:03am CST
Here in my country the beaches are populated with beautiful tanned bodies. They lay there all day soaking up the sun in order to get that dark bronzed look. Just in case direct exposure for hours is not enough, they apply lotions to soak up even more of those rays for a faster tan. Tanning has been popular since way back in the 1920’s when Coco Chanel declared it the ‘in’ thing. But is it healthy? Can you take in too much sun? What are some of the side effects of too much tanning?
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7 responses
@salonga (27957)
• Philippines
27 Feb 13
For as long as you use a real effective sunblock lotion then I think you are safe from the risk of getting skin cancer when you expose yourself to sun. Getting a good tan is okay for as long as you are protected. However, I am not really interested with tanning. I love the early morning sun because it is very healthy. But sunlight after 8:00 AM becomes my enemy number one. I can't tolerate ultraviolet rays on my skin even if I have a sunblock.
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@Archie0 (4669)
27 Feb 13
Same here i cannot at all tolerate the sun on my skin. I might faint if i go stand in the sun even for few minutes. Sunblocks never worked for me. My skin is so prone to sun that my skin burns to dark in few minutes.
@babyeve (1051)
• Seychelles
4 Mar 13
I hate the early morning sun because it gives me terrible headache and makes me moody all day. I always forget forget to wear sunblock whenever I go out into the sun.
@silverfox09 (4727)
• United States
27 Feb 13
I am naturally Dark Bronze looking . I think it should not be overdone , its looks a lot better than just being too pale but no one should go overboard . Too much sun for certain skin tone can lead to skin cancer other than that I dont know I have never look at the effects of tanning .
@babyeve (1051)
• Seychelles
4 Mar 13
I am also a natural Dark Bronze looking girl. If I go overboard I become black and it makes me look rather ugly. lol
• United States
4 Mar 13
Over doing it will make anyone ugly because you will notice its not natural . Some people look like an orange
@maximax8 (28559)
• United Kingdom
28 Feb 13
I worry about the possibility of getting skin cancer. I know in Australia many people that were young in the 1950s, 1960s or 1970s played out in the warm sunshine enjoying themselves in the great outdoors. Many of those people now have skin cancer. People are advised to wear a high factor sun cream, a wide brimmed hat and cover up at mid day when the sun is at its strongest. I live in England. My next door neighbor has skin cancer. I worked in an office with a man called Tony. He was the first person that I met that had skin cancer. I met plenty more people with it in Australia. The sunshine in South America was strong. I had to cover my arms. The suncream wasn't strong enough. The tanned look is lovely and now I know the dangers are an not so keen to get that look. People have different skin types. I am fair skinned although I have dark hair.
@babyeve (1051)
• Seychelles
4 Mar 13
I guess being able to see what skin cancer does to somebody helps you take matter seriously when it comes protecting yourself from sunlight. Thanks for your nice response. :)
@jricky1 (6808)
• China
27 Feb 13
It's really popular nowadays to tan their skin and to show a sense of healthy and beauty.But the culture is different and people persues different sense of beauty,i love my color of skin and hopefully natural beauty leaves people good impression.You need to choose things that really suits you.
@babyeve (1051)
• Seychelles
4 Mar 13
I guess so. Thanks for reposnding.
@cupkitties (7372)
• United States
27 Feb 13
Yes, it is bad for me. I much rather hide in dark corners and pale.
@babyeve (1051)
• Seychelles
4 Mar 13
I understand your way of thinking Dear.
@miryanag (348)
• Bulgaria
26 Feb 13
I hav always wanted that golden brown tan. Unfortunatly I can't lay down in the sun. First my skin is too white second I have moles and the risk of cancer is big. I can go to a tanning salon. So I have to acsept that I am a winter chik .
@babyeve (1051)
• Seychelles
1 Mar 13
Yes tanning under these circumstances may be dangerous.
@Archie0 (4669)
26 Feb 13
I cannot bear sun even for 5 min. I have sun allergies. If i am out in sun even for less than 5 min, my skin turns not tan but dark black. It smells like a burnt match stick. I feel giddy and my nose starts bleeding. That is the reason in summers i just leave my house if i was working i would quit because it is not possible for me to bear sun at all. I just don't understand why would people just lie down under the sun to get tan. I would die.
@babyeve (1051)
• Seychelles
28 Feb 13
I also do not like to stay long in the sun because it gives me terrible headaches. My cousin also gets nose bleeding if he goes for too long in the sun.