To Tan Or Not To Tan – That Is The Question!
Actually the question is rather – of all the many advices on tanning, which should you follow?
I am sure you have heard and probably also are following the mainstream advice about tanning that goes like this:
“You should tan only before 10 AM or after 3 PM. Avoid being in the sun in the middle of the day when the sun is strongest. Apply sunscreen with high SPF before you go into the sun and re-apply every two hours.”
That is the mantra repeated diligently during at least 30 years by media, health-authorities and cancer-councils as their best recommendation of how to reduce the risk of skin-cancer.
Their theory is that burns from intermittent sun-exposure can increase the risk of skin-damage and that this advice will help you avoid sunburn.
The problem is that there are no evidence for that following this rule actually does reduce the risk of skin-cancer.
There is, however, plenty of proof of that it does wrinkle your skin and cause premature aging.
If you compare the two images below, which of the persons on the images would you guess have followed (albeit unknowingly) the mainstream advice from dermatologists and health-authorities and who do you think has followed the advice about healthy tanning from the Tanning Guru?
The man in the image to the left is, as reported in the Huffington Post, the truck driver Bill McElligott, 69.
According to The New England Journal of Medicine, Bill has unilateral dermatoheliosis (i.e. photo aging) from UVA-rays rays transmitted through the window of his delivery truck during 28 years spent driving.
The guy to the right is Goran Olson, 60, also known as “The Tanning Guru” and the author of The Tanning Blog.
Goran is a dedicated sun-lover who has tanned regularly both outdoors and indoors in tanning beds for more than 40 years. Yet his face-complexion comes out better than 91% of other men’s faces in the huge database included in the software in a camera/computer skin-analyser. (The analysis was made at a longevity-exhibition in Moscow, Russia and that’s why the text is in Russian. The expensive test-equipment and its database is from the USA)
Here is the full set of images from the skin-analyser. As you can see, Goran scores better than average on all eight measures.
Why driving a truck and following the mainstream tanning advice can give the same photo-damage to your skin
Now you may think that truck-driver Bill did not use any sunscreen and that’s why his face got damaged. However, in practice, the resulting UVA exposure is exactly the same as if he would have followed the commonly accepted mainstream advice about how to tan (except, maybe, for some minor amounts of skin-caring ingredients that might be included in a sunscreen lotion of decent quality).
The tanning-advice from sunscreen manufacturers, dermatologists and health-authorities guarantees that you will only expose your skin to UVA-rays and no UVB. In the morning and late afternoon, the sun is too low in the sky for its shorter UVB-rays to reach the earth. And an SPF-lotion effectively (98% already from SPF 8) filters away any UVB-rays and let through only UVA just like the glass-window of Bill’s delivery-truck.
Therefore, next time you look in the mirror and see some wrinkles on your face, don’t think that you have used too little sunscreen but rather that you have used too much and too often.
Deliberate tanning needs knowledge to become healthy
If Bill McElligott’s UVA tanning is accidental, Gorans tanning habits are more deliberate. Maybe not all the time from during his childhood days in the fifties and early sixties when being in the sunshine was a natural part of every summer’s pleasures, but definitely later in life.
However, it is not until during the last three-four years that Goran started to be more conscious about his tanning. For some time he even thought of adhering to all the warnings in the media about the dangers of sun-exposure and UV-exposure from tanning beds. He even thought that maybe his parents, teachers, doctors and medical authorities during the earlier years of his life were wrong when they told him and his siblings to be in the sun as much as possible.
Being curious about from where the warning-messages about sunlight and indoor tanning really came, he began the research which leads to the dramatic disclosures you can read about on this site: www.tannersrights.com.
If tannersrights.com is dedicated to telling the truth about how we are being manipulated by manufacturers of sun-protection cosmetics to believe that tanning is lethal, The Tanning Blog focuses on giving advice on how to use the UV-light in sunshine and from tanning beds to make us healthier.
In “The Tanning Blog”, Goran describes how he uses regular and moderate tanning in order to keep his vitamin D level high all year round and how you can do the same without any increased photo aging or risk of other skin-problems.
His latest article about the secrets of UV-light for healthy tanning is a must read for everyone who wants to use sunlight and tanning beds to improve their health.
Now, please share your best tanning advice for healthy tanning in the comments below …