The Truth About Tanning [Infographic]

The Truth About Tanning
Infographic from the CDC
Research reveals that darker, tanned skin is generally considered more attractive, sexier and rates a better "hotness" score.  Tanning enthusiasts also claim that a dark, glowing tan gives them a significant self-esteem and confidence boost.

However, organizations like the American Skin Association, have been urging the public to consider the dangers of tanning and to practice sun safety in order to maintain skin health.

This infographic entitled "The Truth About Tanning" from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) illustrates, examines and answers some myths and facts about tanning, including indoor tanning - i.e., using tanning beds.

According to the CDC, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.  In 2011 (the most recent year numbers are available—
  • 65,647 people in the United States were diagnosed with melanomas of the skin, including 38,415 men and 27,232 women.*†
  • 9,128 people in the United States died from melanomas of the skin, including 6,001 men and 3,127 women.*†

It is possible to get that darker, glowing tanned look without exposing yourself to harmful UV light.  Some of these alternatives include bronzing powders, gels, sprays and sunless tanners which are available as lotions, sprays, gels and mousses.  For an excellent article on sunless tanning, including some application tips, see WebMD:  Sunless Tanning:  Baking is Out, Faking Is In.

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