Tanning

While donning a bronzed skin in the winter with a visit to the tanning salon may leave you with an alluring, sun-kissed look, some facts from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the American Academy of Dermatology may convince you to ditch that tan. According to these sources, UV radiation from sun lamps, tanning booths and tanning beds are known carcinogens.

Indoor tanning has been proven to increase the risk of all skin cancers, including basal cell carcinomas, melanomas and squamous cell carcinomas. As a matter of fact, indoor tanning devices used before the age of 30 increase the risk of melanoma by a whopping 75 percent. Indoor tanning also leads to hypo-pigmentation and premature skin aging. If you must have that golden-tan look, get your bronze on with a tanning cream instead. In just a few hours, you can safely look like you’ve just stepped off a tropical beach.

Tattoos have long been a part of religious and cultural rituals. In the Western world, tattooing is a popular form of self-decoration. From the mainstream public to Hollywood icons like Angelina Jolie, tattoos are a way to mark a personal message. An electric device with a sterilized needle penetrates the deep layer of skin and injects ink, and a tattoo is born. If you’re thinking about getting a tattoo, be sure to use a licensed tattoo artist who’s in compliance with infection control standards. Single-use needles and disposable materials should be used, such as latex gloves and an autoclave to sterilize equipment. In addition, be sure to keep your tattoo out of the sun and away from water until it’s completely healed.

While tattoos are designed to last a lifetime, there is laser removal technology if you change your mind about having the tattoo. For example, if you’ve opted to show your love with your sweetheart’s name tattooed on you, it’s likely you’ll want it removed in the event of a breakup. While breakups can be painful, so is the removal of a tattoo. Can you say ouch? It also requires multiple visits and is a bit pricey. The laser shoots off short zaps to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin and stimulates the body’s immune system to remove the pigment. Just like getting a tattoo, it’s important that the process in done in a sterile manner to avoid infection.