Women Are Finally Starting to Pay Attention to the Dangers of Tanning

Posted by April 13, 2012 3:45 pm

It’s hard to remember a time when tanning wasn’t being talked about, whether it was women obsessing over the need to look sun kissed or medical professionals adamantly warning everyone about the dangers of overexposure to the sun. First it was the tanning salon boom, then it was the self-tanner and spray tan craze, and now it’s SPF-palooza. With all of the discussion about one of the biggest beauty-concern-turned-health-concerns, the fact that trends are just now starting to change is astonishing, yet comforting.

According to a new study from Mintel Beauty & Personal Care, the number of new US face care products offering UV protection in 2011 rose from 19 percent of total launches, which is a huge increase from 13 percent in 2008. Lucy Gillam, the director of the In-cosmetics international beauty event, says, “It seems that our pursuit to look and remain youthful has finally caught up with our obsession of having a tan.” The market for sunscreen in the East has been strong for much longer, and countries like China and South Korea are expected to have an even more robust growth in sun care by 2016.

With all of the horror stories of skin cancer, skin discoloration, and even botched spray tans, we’re thinking it would be a wise decision to take a tip from those Asian countries and lay off the tanning. Sure, having some color looks nice and all, but isn’t living longer and preserving your skin for the long haul more important? Think about this: going tanning or even going out in the sun without a strong enough SPF could cost you unmeasurable amounts of money in doctors appointments and treatments, not to mention regret years down the road for not treating your skin right. By simply using a self tanner, or (dare we say it?) keeping your porcelain complexion, you’re spending about $7 on a bottle of lotion and keeping your body protected and healthy for a long, happy life. Totally worth it, right?

What do you think? Are you saying goodbye to tanning salons and hello to SPF? Tell us in the comment section below.

[Daily News]

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  3. Melanie says:

    Tanning is definately bad news and Asian girls have it drummed into them by their societies where white skin is prized (mostly the social argument being that dark skin = working outside = low class job = lower class person). So despite living in incredibly hot countries they keep out of the sun when possible and sun protection is a regular part of their routine.

    With skin cancer being increasingly prevalent everywhere in the world it makes sense to avoid courting it. Asian cosmetic manufacturers were the first to bundle sun protection into their products. There are many brands but Etude House Precious Mineral Sun BB cream is a good example. That has an SPF of 50+ (for UVB protection) and PA+++ (for UVA) protection. This trend is now being followed by the Western cosmetic brands (many if not most producing their product in Asia).

    Japanese and Korean brands tend to be the most highly prized in Asia – the Korean brands being a little cheaper due to currency valuations – and maybe some of the best quality cosmetics originate there.

    It can be hard to find but there are online shops that discount and if you are not in a mad panic to have it now – shipping is not always prohibitive. Personally I stay away from Ebay as too many fake goods there and there are certainly some shops selling fake goods – which will likely damage your skin because the ingredients are lousy.

    Maybe getting off point now but anyway, giving your skin a little respite from the structural skin damage of the sun has got to be a good thing, so I am pleased to read your post raising the issue to help people better understand.

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