Safe Tanning Quiz
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A burn is dangerous, but tanning is okay.
Question 1 Explanation:
Whether your skin goes brown or red, the colour change is a telltale sign that you’re causing damage. Tans and sunburns both result from too much UV exposure, and both cause premature aging of the skin. They also increase your risk for skin cancer.
Getting a base tan before I hit the beach is a good way to protect my skin.
Question 2 Explanation:
The only thing a base tan will do is give you a head start on skin damage. It provides very little protection from further UV exposure. In fact, even a dark tan provides only the same protection as an SPF 4 sunscreen. You need an SPF of at least 30 to protect your skin. Getting a base tan to protect your skin is like smoking a few cigarettes to protect your lungs. It just doesn’t make sense.
I use tanning beds because their UV lights are safer than the sun.
Question 3 Explanation:
All UV light, whether from tanning beds or natural sunlight, is capable of causing sunburn. It also suppresses the immune system, causes skin cell damage and premature aging, and can cause skin cancer. In fact, sun lamps can produce as much as three to eight times more UV A light (which penetrates deeply into the skin and causes premature aging), than the sun produces at noon in the summer.
If I naturally have darker skin, I don’t need to worry about protecting my skin from the sun.
Question 4 Explanation:
Fair-skinned people have the greatest risk, but people who naturally have darker skin can get skin cancer too, especially people of Asian or Hispanic heritage. Everyone should protect their skin from the sun, as even very dark skin can burn from a day in the sun.
Using sunscreen can help me safely spend hours in the sun.
Question 5 Explanation:
Sunscreen helps to give you added protection from the sun, especially when you can’t find shade or cover up with clothing. You can’t use it as a way to tan without burning, or to increase your time in the sun – doing this will still expose you to lots of UV radiation and increase your risk of skin cancer.
I can get a safe glow by using products like bronzer or self-tanner.
Question 6 Explanation:
Bronzers and self-tanners are the only products that provide a truly "safe tan." But remember that they provide no UV protection. Always wear sunscreen!
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