Originally Posted by gutter2d
those articles are interesting but they present no evidence or studies confirming that the sun or tanning beds actually damage ur skin. Unless I see something like a 20 year study of 1,000 20 year olds with fair to medium skin who went to a tanning bed twice a week for 20 years; and it resulted in something like 10-20% or more of them getting skin cancer and the majority of them having premature aging and wrinkly skin, then I don't really believe that stuff.
aww... no... dude, come on. you dont' really believe that do you??? I could show you articles upon articles of scientific journals that show premature aging and increased cancer association. But what is that going to prove? If you dont' want to believe that tanning damages your skin, you don't have to, but it's pretty sad to be holding out for one study to change your mind. Epidemiology is not a concrete science, people are being paid to come to some sort of conclusion. Any results can be skewed to one’s benefit. You always have to read more. Science is important but here you have people with actual life experience telling you what they KNOW, and you want an article? That is so much more valuable.
As for facts supporting fact that aging and cancer results from increased sun exposure, it is seen with more prevalence in Australia and New Zealand today, both countries known for their youth’s enjoyment of outdoor activities. (think daily on a hot beach in Austrailia and there there is your thousands of young people with fair to medium skin) . There are six skin type categories ranging from white to black, the darker you are, the more melanin you have protecting you from the sun. Have you ever realized that people with dark/black skin don't seem to age as quickly? They naturally have more protection from the sun. It does damage! Comparing your avatar pic to someone say... like michael jordan... You are definatley on the low end of the scale man, and very susceptible to damage. sun tanning permanently changes the chemicals of collagen in your body. Is it only a coincidence the making of leather is also called tanning. If you can't understand how rays can age your skin...Think of it this way, You know how a microwave uses radiation to cook your meat? look at what it does to a piece of chicken in 2 minutes, it is ENTIRELY possible that exposure to the sun's, albeit less intensive, rays can permanently break down the properties in your skin over years.
Sorry for the rant, but seriously, you asked and you dont' want to believe it. UV ray exposure IS the primary cause of premature skin aging. I'm not saying don't sun, just eduacate yourself. Maybe it's just cause it's my field but I get so frustrated with people's ignorance to their health these days just because it's easier to be ignorant. I'm sure you're not this passive about all your health concerns, is it just cause you want to believe you can tan without harm so you can look better?
You mentioned eariler you tanned your little unit a little too much.... it would be sad if you had to find out the hard way when they're taking a chunk out of him.