Tanning has a bad reputation among dermatologists, especially those in the United States. Most argue that all sun exposure is bad, and what you’re doing when you’re tanning is burning the skin. They argue that tans are unsafe, could lead to skin cancer, and should be avoided. But are there any benefits of tanning, and is that the entire picture? What about vitamin D and other factors?
In several countries, the recommendations for sun exposure are changing due to new data. It appears that the United States is lagging in updating its policies. In this article, I’ll look at the latest research on sun exposure, suntanning, and the potentially significant benefits of sunbathing. And of course, I’ll look at the risks of suntanning, as well!