Posts Tagged ‘tan’

Burning for a Sun Tan

September 6, 2010

Almost 50% of Brits got sunburned this summer in the name of beauty and half of those said they would do it again to get a tan.

The stats come from the latest survey conducted by Superdrug and Cancer Research UK, revealing the damaging lengths that people go to to achieve a ‘perfect’ tan.

Peter Beard, skin specialist at SkinGenesis said: “These results are really quite shocking. It is no secret that serious skin cancers are on the rise, yet more and more people are risking their health in the name of vanity.

“A tan, i.e. a darkening of the skin, is caused by the body’s production of melanin, which is a natural reaction to protect the skin against harmful UV rays. Although there is no such thing as ‘a healthy tan’, as it is simply evidence of skin damage, people do not have to burn their skin in order to achieve a healthy glow.”

To avoid literally burning for a tan, SkinGenesis’ Safety in the Sun campaign aims to educate people about the dangers of staying in the sun for too long and promotes the enjoyment of the summer weather whilst taking sensible precautions and following simple sun protection advice.


Young people warned by BBC on dangers of tanning beds

August 24, 2010

A documentary aimed at young people called ‘Revealed’ on BBC Two at the weekend highlighted the dangers of sunbeds on young skin.

GPs say they are witnessing record levels of some of the most dangerous forms of skin cancer in young people.

Whether it is a sunbed you are using, or simply sunbathing in the natural sun light, too much UV radiation exposure can result in some nasty melanomas.

‘Revealed… Loving the Tan’ featured a case study  called Amy, 24 from Sheffield, who developed skin cancer on her arm, and it was only by a chance mention to a GP about a suspicious mole that triggered her diagnosis.

SkinGenesis cannot stress enough the importance of being sensible in the sun. All summer we have been running our ‘Safety in the Sun’ campaign, providing advice on how to have fun in the sun, while protecting yourself from the dangers.

Our sun protection advice would be to simply not use sunbeds. Natural exposure to the sun is fine, as long as it is not abused and adequate sun protection precautions are taken, such as wearing sun cream, wearing a hat and avoiding the sun at peak times.

Watch Amy’s story on Revealed here.

Sunburn cells look like cancer cells – sun protection advice

July 29, 2010

SunAware has drawn attention to the fact that sunburned cells mirror the look of a cancer cell, highlighting the dangers that the sun’s UV rays pose.

We often get asked whether a bit of sunburn is better than really red, sore sunburn, and the answer is basically ‘no’.

Sunburn is the result of damaged skin, so whether you’ve spent just a bit too long in the sun, or hours more than your skin can handle, the damage has been done either way. The long term effects of any sun damage are generally the same.

We don’t like to hear organisations saying ‘avoid the sun at all costs’, because you really need not do this. The best sun protection advice is to seek shade at peak times, eat well, use an SPF 30+ and just be sensible. We get such little amounts of sun in the UK, we alway urge people to get out there and enjoy it while it lasts!

Our body needs the sun to make vitamin D, and did you know there are various lifestyle changes you can make in order to protect your skin naturally (in addition to sunscreen)?

  • Prevent sunburn with ketchup: Eating processed tomatoes (for example tomato juice or tomato sauce) will help prevent sun burn.
  • Drink coffee, get fit! Caffeine and exercise combined will boost the body’s immune system against UV radiation.
  • A colourful diet is important: Fresh fruit and vegetables are essential. Go for freshness, variety and intense colours.
  • Top up folic acid: Foods rich in folic acid include broccoli, brussel sprouts, asparagus, peas, chick peas and brown rice.
  • Antioxidants are essential: Intensely coloured berries and red grapes are a good source of antioxidants.

BBQ weather calls for greater sun protection

May 27, 2010

In true British style, the last couple of weekends had us rushing to our wardrobes and digging out our shorts and sunglasses in order to maximise our enjoyment of the warm weather this year. But how many people remembered to wear sun protection cream and dodge the rays at peak times of the day? Thought not!

We all like to make the most of the warmer months, but binge-tanning when you’re out in the garden is not good for your health. Sunburn is painful and uncomfortable and really not worth it if you just peel instead of tan. It also increases your chances of developing skin cancer so it’s good to be sensible in the sun and enjoy it whilst it lasts.

A tan may be fashionable, but did you know that when your skin darkens, it is your body’s natural way of telling you that you have damaged your skin?

We believe that with so many effective fake tan products available, it is much safer to apply an artificial tan than bake your body in the sun and risk your health.

Read our top tips on sun protection.

Dangers of tanning exposed by Girls Aloud star

May 10, 2010

With summer just around the corner and after a long cold winter, sunbed use and fake tanning is on the rise again, but earlier this year Girls Aloud star Nicola Roberts tried to turn tan-fans’ attention to the dangers of sun exposure.

Skin cancer, long term deep wrinkles and general skin damage are all that you are risking when you hit the rays for that short burst of the feel-good factor. But whilst you may receive the odd compliment about ‘how well you look’, people might be saying the complete opposite in five to ten years time.

The link below is a real eye-opener, which shows two case studies – one a man in his twenties who uses sunbeds five to six times per week (yes, per week!), as well as using a range of fake-tanning products to give himself a top up. The other is a girl who has an expert skin analysis under a UV lamp, which shows the dramatic damage that has been done to her face after years of sun exposure. Let’s just say, she is quite shocked.

English Rose Nicola talks about the pressures she faced in the popular girl band to look the same as the other members and admits that she went through a stint of constant tanning.

The expert in the clip also makes the important point that as the skin becomes damaged, it swells slightly, which temporarily plumps up the skin the smooth out any fine lines and wrinkles. Of course this is very short-lived and not worth the long term pain of having deep-set wrinkles later in life.

You can watch the clip ‘The Truth About Tanning’ here.

Everyone likes to have a little glow, and limited sun exposure is important for the body to produce vitamin D, which helps with the absorption of calcium for strong healthy bones and to avoid osteoporosis. It’s all about achieving a balance and being sensible in the sun – wear a sun protection factor of 30, seek shade between 11am and 3pm and do not use sun beds. And if you really want a tan – play it safe and fake it!

Media cancer confusion: Expert Skin Analysis shows sun is deadly

March 31, 2010

A YouGov survey has revealed that over 50% of respondents reported being confused by media reports on the latest cancer scares and things you should avoid consuming to decrease your chance of getting the disease.

In the last few years, I can recall hearing half a dozen cancers off the top of my head – spray deodorants, bacon sandwiches, red meat, Walkers Worcester Sauce flavour crisps, mobile phones, mouthwash… I could go on.

If you took any notice of all these stories that seem to hit the front pages of the papers as *Breaking News*, you would be a nervous wreck and never eat or use anything that’s for sale in the supermarkets.

The BBC website placed an article on this topic recently and featured a spokesperson from World Cancer Research Fund who quite cleverly likened each scientific study that presents these findings to ‘little pieces of evidence’ in a ‘police investigation’.

To avoid mass hysteria on the part of the confused British public, he advised that scientists should be trained to present and articulate their findings in a more concise way, and the media should start to print small disclaimers about the limitations of the study.

One thing that we can confirm is that the sun’s rays definitely pose a risk to the skin. If you have sunbathed unprotected or used sunbeds when you were younger, chances are you’ll have some level of skin damage, particularly on your face.

Many skin clinics offer a free skin analysis to assess the degree of sun damage caused and can advise on the next steps to take to rectify it. We call ours an expert skin analysis which looks at sun damage, moisture content and pH. Very useful stuff to know and well worth it because it’s free!

Newsflash! Sunbeds ‘definitively cause cancer’

July 29, 2009


The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has just announced that sunbeds are ‘definitively carcinogenic to humans’… in layman’s terms, sunbeds can cause cancer. This has advanced from ‘probably being carcinogenic’, so the warning should not be ignored.

Our advice: Don’t use them! Be safe and use fake tan, or go against the norm and be an English rose!

Sun Protection – how can you stay safe this summer?

July 1, 2009

Wednesday 1st July 2009

It’s that time of year when all the lifestyle programmes and magazines start telling you what to do and what not to do in the sun, making the topic of sun protection a bit of a minefield.

Our very own Peter Beard featured on BBC Radio Leeds’ breakfast show yesterday, giving advice to all the listeners on staying safe in the sun. (Listen at the link above at 1hr 50 mins approx.)

Now SkinGenesis has come up with a really simple Sun Protection Guide to give everyone the low down on sunscreens, UV rays – both A and B – nutrition and even what to wear!

The Guide can tell you approximately how many minutes you can remain in the sun for before burning. It even explains why your diet is extremely important in the summer months, for example, did you know that topping up your folic acid or eating more tomato ketchup can stop you from burning…

Intrigued? Read More.

Taking a little extra caution in the sun, could save you from a lifetime of skin problems and complications. The Guide provides all the information you need to stay safe this season, so that you can concentrate on having fun!

Take care in the heatwave

June 30, 2009

Tuesday 30th June 2009

We’re all probably aware of the predicted ‘heatwave’ that’s meant to be hitting the UK, although judging by the dull days up here in the North, we don’t have too much to worry about just yet!

As a precaution however, it is important to make sure that you avoid ill health or skin damage by being just a little more vigilent than usual during the hotter, sunnier weeks.

It’s also important to take care of your skin when the sun is blazing, no matter how tempting it is to top up your tan! Remember, a sunscreen only protects you from UV rays and doesn’t block them completely, which means you can still tan safely by wearing a high factor sunscreen. This way you can avoid premature aging and protect against skin cancer.

It is predicted by the NHS and the Met Office that many will fall ill with sunstroke this summer, particularly the elderly, children and other ‘higher risk’ groups. Make sure that you check on your elderly relatives and friends and follow the points below to ensure that you stay safe this summer:

  • Keep your house cool by opening windows and buying a couple of fans
  • Keep a jug of water in the fridge so that you don’t become dehydrated
  • Wear a high factor sunscreen if exposed to the UV rays
  • Cool showers will soothe the skin and take the edge off a muggy, humid atmosphere
  • Wear a hat outside to shade the delicate skin on your face – you can still catch the rays under a fashionable wide-brim sunhat!

Skin Damage – ever wondered how to get perfect skin?

June 24, 2009

Wednesday 24th June 2009

Sunbeds, UV rays, excess makeup, harsh chemicals, bad lifestyle… they all wreak havoc on your skin.

Watch this video clip about Expert Skin Analysis on YouTube from us and Channel M’s ‘Style in the City’.

We invited the cameras into our SkinGenesis Manchester clinic to give a demonstration of the Expert Skin Analysis on two volunteers, which is a highly effective method of detecting earlysigns of skin cancer and skin damage, measuring moisture content and pH and putting a stop to premature ageing.

If you’re worried about skin damage and are wondering what you can do to start to restore its goodness and elasticity, the first step is to see a skin specialist who can analyse your skin and devise a new regime to rectify any damage that’s been done.

Leave us a comment below and we’ll advise you on the next steps to achieving a flawless complexion.