To Tan Or Not To Tan – That Is The Question!
Actually the question is rather – of all the many advice 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 Göran 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.