True or False? Indoor Tanning Doesn't Cause Melanoma - False.
There is no question that ultraviolet exposure is associated with an increased risk of melanoma.
True or False? Outdoor Tanning Causes Skin Cancer - True.
Limited exposure to natural sun - exposing skin to about 2 to 10 minutes a day without sunscreen - is recommended by some experts as a way to produce enough vitamin D.
True or False? Tanning Causes Premature Aging of the Skin - True.
Whether the exposure is indoors or outdoors, ultraviolet exposure over time causes what doctors call "photo aging," or wrinkles and a leathery look.
The tanning obsession and later, the sunless tanning craze took over the world. Still, there are white "spots" on the worldwide tanning roadmap. Asian people are not so excited with golden skin. And this has a lot to do with their millenary culture, somehow reluctant to these trends.
source: White Asian Skin Against Tanning
Young people believe that they're immortal, and any health problems are thought to be so far in the future that they are disregarded.
A tan makes people look healthy, and it gives the illusion you're slimmer with less cellulite. It is a boost to self-esteem.
At the Tanning Salon, Manchester (one minute on a sunbed costs 59p):
University student Christopher Scott, 22, from Manchester: 'I don't usually get tanning treatments, but it's cheaper to get a tan here than to go on holiday. At the end of the day, you're going to die of something.'
...the ever darkening tan became a status symbol and gauge of how successful your holiday had been: of how exotic the destination; and it seems, how successful you are as a person.
Even well into the penultimate century, it was unusual to see an educated woman out of doors without some sort of large hat or parasol providing umbrage and protecting her hue-less flesh from the sinister effects of the sun.
And then in the 1920s Coco Chanel went and changed everything after returning from a holiday with a tan, and women everywhere, collectively squealed and wanted to be the same.
And the obsession with the suntan was born.
Holidaying abroad had become popular for the rich and a bi-product of holidaying abroad was of course a suntan. Only disgusting poor people were pale who couldn’t even afford to spend the summer in the South of France. Uerrgh – fetid proletariats.
A suntan is as much a sign of healthy skin as coughing is a sign that cigarettes are good for you.
Personally, I like pale skin. I like the statement it makes about the person. It’s their natural color and it says that they don’t follow fashion, or at least they aren’t prepared to die in search of it.
see also Skin Cancer Foundation