New to tanning? Have questions or concerns about UV exposure?
We know that solar radiation is vital to life on earth and is also the source of many benefits to our health and environment.
As with anything, too much of a good thing can be bad. It is no different with solar radiation.
All of the risks associated with UV light revolve around the words "Over exposure". Provided you are a healthy person without allergies to the sun, regular exposure at a moderate level should have no harmful effects, and is considrably healthy. But repeated sunbathing, whether in a sunbed or under he real sun for extended periods can be harmful to your skin and lead to disease.
For these reasons it is important to know you risk factors so that you can tan responsibly.
Things to consider:
> Your skin type
- The Fitzpatrick Scale categorizes skin types ranging from I to VI (I being very fair and VI being dark) Types I and II are especially vulnerable to skin diseases related to UV exposure while III IV and V are much less likely to suffer from UV related disease. Types I and II should consider other alternatives to UV tanning such as sunless spray tanning etc.
> Frequency of exposure
- Tanning equipment is programmed and strictly regulated by the FDA to produce contolled exposure levels within certain timed sessions. One 10 minute session on average is like being in natural sun light for about 45 minutes to an hour. This should help customers understand and plan out their exposure frequency. A tanning bed should not be used more than once in a 24 hour period. It is important to allow the skin's melanin production process to keep up with the UV exposure.
- Certain medications can cause photosensitivity to UV radiation. If you are taking medications you should check with your doctor to determine if it is safe to be exposed to UV light.