Health: pre-tan skin before the holidays? Skin expert answers

“Pre-tan” for protection from the sun brings nothing

Tanned skin is considered sexy. A lot of tan on holiday and lie on the beach. But to not get a sun burn, tan a lot in the Solarium. In many cases, the idea that pre-tan is healthier for the skin, because the brown skin protects better from UV rays. But is it really? Experts give answers.

Sun bathing is dangerous to the health

Although experts have repeatedly pointed out, that the sun of Baden achieved a tan is healthy, however, many German citizens love to lay in the hot temperatures in the sun. Especially in people with fair skin, the skin burns quickly. The but should be avoided at all costs and the health risks are not underestimated. Because every single sun-burn is added to the skin account. As a result, the skin cancer risk is increased. Also, the so-called “pre-tan” brings nothing here. Health experts therefore advise against.

Health experts strongly recommend to visit a Solarium. Pre-tan brings nothing, it is only the skin hurts. (Image: nd3000/

Sun tanned skin is now considered so attractive

As the Swiss cancer League in a recent communication, writes, is no longer considered a sun tanned skin is today considered to be so attractive and healthy as a few years ago.

According to the experts the beauty of the converts ideal to law, “because a healthy tan.”

A skin that tans, and fights back. Under the influence of the short-wavelength and high-energy UVB rays, the pigment cells form the pigment Melanin, the skin become brown. So the skin tries to protect itself from the UV rays.

The long-wave UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin and damage the connective tissue. The skin loses its elasticity. The result is wrinkles, age spots and premature skin aging.

“Pre-tan is not an appropriate means to guard against the summer sun,” warns the cancer League. It is only the skin hurts.

Solariums increase the risk of cancer

From the visit of a Solarium, the experts strongly recommend: pre-tan. The world health organization (WHO) has classified tanning beds in the highest category of cancer risk.

UV rays are the main cause of skin damage and the emergence of
of skin cancer.

The incidence of skin cancer, have been rising for decades. A distinction is made between so-called black skin cancer (malignant melanoma) and melanoma skin cancer.

According to WHO estimates, two to three million new cases of non melanoma skin cancer, as well as more than 250,000 new cases of malignant melanoma occur worldwide each year.

In this country, up to 190,000 people are diagnosed, according to information of the German cancer society annually to skin cancer.

Detected early, there is a good chance of successful treatment.

Always ensure sufficient sun protection

Now you have to be careful. The strength of the spring sun is usually underestimated.

In order to minimize the risk of skin cancer, must protect themselves from too much UV rays.

The Swiss cancer League recommends for the months of March and April: Over lunch in the blazing sun and exposed skin, apply lotion between eleven and 15 with sun protection products.

A sunscreen should protect against UVA as well as UVB rays. In addition, you should always focus on the UV Index.

But be careful: the risk of skin cancer persists basically in spite of sun protection. (ad)