Is Tanning Ever a Good Thing?

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

Summer is nearly here– and that means more time in the sun! We’ve been warned about the dangers of sun exposure before. But Laci wonders, is getting that bronzed bikini bod ever actually good for your health?

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30 comments

Ant. D. May 18, 2017 - 9:52 PM

Well too bad, you only live once. Im not living my life in a bubble.

Black Circle August 21, 2017 - 9:06 PM

if your white and obsessed with getting tanned then youre gonna have to keep burning your skin which isnt good

rist98 October 9, 2017 - 3:24 AM

Humans have a natural protector against UV. Its called having a darker skin. If UV is bad for us, then why have we become so pale. Wouldnt our skins have stayed black? What sort of evolutionary advantage would being pale give? Unless of course we need the UVB radiation to synthesise the hormone (vitamin) D.

If you chart skin cancer rates by country, and look at that world map, you would see that the middle east and northern africa has the least amount of skin cancer. While sub saharan africa has more and the northern countries, like Scandinavia and Canada, Russia and such, have crazy amounts of Skin cancer.

We need that UVB guys. We need that vitamin D.

I understand how scientists may have gotten the wrong idea too.
I havent dug deep, but it seems most research that says skin cancer is caused by UV, looks at what causes the damage to the DNA. But it doesn't look at what causes an increase of suceptibility to get the damage.
Yes, the damage itself is caused by UVA. But that is because our natural protection against the UV, a darkening of the skin, has faded and faded, then skin cancer becomes a bigger and bigger issue.
The fading of the darker skin happens because we need some UVB rays to make vitamin D. If we get enough UVB, we can afford to get darker skin to protect us from the UVA and excess UVB rays.

Basically, the more you stay inside, and the more you avoid the sun, the more higher your skin cancer risk. Whats more. The higher your overall cancer risk.

Does this mean you should go out in the sun in the spring all willy nilly? Oh, no no no. You need to gradually increase your exposure. Too much exposure too fast is what causes damage, and burned skin. If you burn your skin, you defo have upped your skin cancer rate.

Also, when you go to a tanning saloon, make sure you are getting as much UVB as you are getting UVA. UVB is the one you need. UVA is there all the time. Even in the winter. You dont need to add more of that even in winter.

This whole topic has become so weirdly twisted, its absolutely crazy.
I hope the scientific community will catch onto this fast, but I fear it will take a lot of time, for this whole thing to be finally corrected.

Anna Carolina Mendes November 29, 2017 - 5:59 AM

In Brasil tanning beds are strictly illegal.

c h a n c e December 16, 2017 - 1:36 PM

lalalla idk, im sorta tanned ._.

Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon December 26, 2017 - 1:06 AM

2:23 No I hate using protection, I'll just pull out.

Wyatt Mathis December 26, 2017 - 5:08 AM

These videos get off topic in ligit like 10 seconds

ZR1Terror December 26, 2017 - 8:39 PM

I like your legs. They looks beautiful and sexy.

Nonconsensus Medicine January 1, 2018 - 3:40 PM

Not sure where they read UVA is the reason you can sunburn on a cloudy day. UVB is the primary cause of sunburns and 75% of it passes through the clouds.

Paige_Page January 10, 2018 - 11:38 AM

3 GENDERS 4 GENDERS EVEN 5

Maxg 1998 May 2, 2018 - 6:43 AM

Wrong. Oppsite. Sunscreen causes cancer. Sunning prevents it

Zumy May 18, 2018 - 3:30 PM

I don’t know what’s uglier your attitude or your face and I don’t know what’s whiter you a
Or a white wall

Anna Maria Lassen June 2, 2018 - 7:42 PM

That synthetic, noisy gingle of yours is horrible and hideous!! 🙉🤪Pls take it off and play something soft and gentle at a low volume. You are literally chasing your viewers away.

Live Positive June 5, 2018 - 4:52 AM

Yes my skin if too long exposed gets sore but it won't unless that I roof houses and take my shirt off. But ur skin should get used to it and start producing melanin. Mine will brown

The Goodly Dragon June 19, 2018 - 3:17 AM

The only parts of the world where being pale is considered a bad thing are the white parts of the world. Literally everywhere else in the entire world people really want the lightest skin they can possibly have. In Indian marriage adverts people list their skin color, trying to get away with the lightest shade they can pass for, in Jamaica and the Philippines people bleach their skin, and Koreans wouldn't dream of intentionally tanning at the beach! In India "It looks like you got too much suntan" is not an uncommon insult. But being pale is always the most desirable.

Jake Daurham June 26, 2018 - 9:18 AM

This confirms that you guys literally answer all of my random questions on the daily. Thank you.

Hamzawi Tayyem August 3, 2018 - 8:28 PM

i still don't get it.looking orange is not better than being pale.dumb yanks

thaintriguing1 September 14, 2018 - 10:45 AM

Laci Green is sexy though

gnarmarmilla September 25, 2018 - 3:57 AM

I hope and pray for women to be more righteous and wear shorts, not these shameful swimsuits that barely cover their bodies. It isn’t good to show your body to everybody like this.

May The Lord God open the eyes of those who have not seen, and the ears of those who have not heard. Amen.

cornstar October 20, 2018 - 7:22 AM

I've seen lots of really old tanned people. I think that there is a relationship. Wealthy people tend to have tans year round and live a long time.

Starlord November 25, 2018 - 5:48 AM

Just be happy with your pale skin guys.

Madi February 10, 2019 - 10:43 PM

I’m worried. I’m going to panama this summer to visit my family. I normally apply enough sunscreen daily, but there I honestly don’t know if I’ll be able to keep up with the reapplication process, especially on my face since there is no air conditioning in my home, which will make me sweaty and sticky..

Epic Erosion456 April 21, 2019 - 10:21 PM
Redgucci Shoes January 30, 2020 - 4:06 AM

Should I get a tan? I have the palest skin ever. I want to be pretty.

Side note: I literally tried everything else (self tanners, spray tan, …), but everything looks orange!! I’ve tried different types of self tanners, and visited different places to get a spray tan.

Plague inc and glitch May 5, 2020 - 1:11 AM

Im mixed and i tan in 15 minutes

David Joseph May 5, 2020 - 4:21 AM

I love to tan every once in a while. It helps my skin and it helps improve my mood.. i just feel better with a tan. This girl isn't a doctor.. she's reading a script and isn't believable

hdmat101 September 12, 2020 - 8:01 AM

It amazes me how white people have the audacity to call native Americans "red Indians" when white people literally turn red when they go out the sun for prolonged exposure.

SeanCH January 30, 2021 - 10:53 AM

I’m just born tan

Zazizuzezo July 8, 2021 - 3:40 PM

Ok white person.

spark300c October 26, 2021 - 5:59 PM

well what people do not know some one can get vitamin d with out getting a tan. When uvb is at index of 2 or lower there is no tanning response.