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Sunbeds and Melanin injections are NOT a healthy tanning option

by jpsmythe on June 29, 2011

You may think you look nice and healthy with a sunbed tan, but the reality is it is damaging your skin putting you at risk of Melanoma- a rare skin that can spread to other organs in the body. You may appear healthier on the outside (for a while), but on the inside you are destroying important cells- which in turn will not only age your physical appearance but will put your health at risk internally.

Over exposure to , whether from the direct sun or from artificial tanning devices such as sunbeds, is a known risk factor for skin cancer and has other potential adverse effects. If you are under 18, have a history of sunburn and an increased number of moles on your body, you are at a higher risk of developing skin cancer.

New legislation came into force in April 2011 banning under 18’s from using sunbeds following reports that several children across the country have suffered serious burns after using them without permission. Tanning salons are now to ask for identification from all their customers, should they believe they could be underage.

Your skin is so important, it is what protects the rest of your body, so why neglect and abuse it? Yes, skin can repair itself, but the long lasting damage from sun exposure (especially sunburn) alters the skins pigmentation significantly, and permanently!  Skin cancer is still the biggest killer of young people; the rise is sunbed use in the last 10-15 years has undoubtedly contributed to this.


Melanin injections () are made up of man-made synthetic hormones, a substance created to mimic the actions of melanin in the body. It will darken the skin tone which will lead to a tan. Don’t be fooled – this is not safe! Putting any sort of synthetic product directly into the body is not natural, whether it be via injection or in a tablet form. These tanning injection hormones can cause major problems with their harmful side effects. Skin allergies, dizziness, nausea, itching and headaches are just some of the known and most common side effects, who knows what else these artificial chemical hormones could be doing to your body! The skin pigmentation can become patchy and often appeared flushed, especially to the face.

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For the safest (and fastest!) all over tan you need to be using products such as Fake Bake, the UK’s leading professional self-tan and spray brand.  You can achieve a natural looking tan (and choose the colour to suit your skin) without any of the health risks and concerns that come with sunbeds and melanin injections.

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