Skip the Base Tan!
One of the main reasons people say they use tanning beds is to get protection from future sun exposure. They think that if they get a base tan at the salon, they’ll be protected at the beach. It’s a myth.
In a recent Sun Smart survey of young adults, we learned:
- 64.2% of young adults surveyed said that “to gain a protective base tan” was a somewhat or very important reason for indoor tanning”.
- 58.8% of young adults said that they believe “getting an indoor tan first gives people good protection from the sun”.
Consider this myth busted!
A base tan doesn’t prevent sunburn.
Getting a base tan is more like pre-damaging your skin. Any indoor tanning activity is only adding more UVR exposure and skin damage before going out into the sun for even more exposure.
A tan offers only SPF 2-3. That little bit of protection is nowhere near what you need and not worth the damage to get it.
Always use a minimum of SPF 30 when using sunscreen. And it’s not all about sunscreen either! Don’t forget all the other great and stylish ways to keep your skin healthy and protected.
You may think that as long as you don’t burn at the tanning salon, your skin is safe. But a tan, whether you get it on the beach or in a tanning bed, is a sign of skin damage. A base tan is simply adding UVR exposure and skin damage before even going outside in the sun.
Adolescent Tanning Knowledge Survey
Young Adults Indoor Tanning Survey