"NICE, NHS England and cancer charities, including Cancer Research UK and Macmillan, are all clear that if you want browner-looking skin, fake tan is the way to go." - MP Steve Brine, parliamentary under-secretary of state for health and social care
In the UK the use of sunbeds are currently restricted for people over the age of 18. On February 13th, Mid Derbyshire MP Pauline Latham, called for the ban of sunbed use across the UK following suit with countries such as Australia and Brazil.
Believing more needs to be done to protect public safety and raise concerns about the rising levels of melanoma every year that has a direct link to sunbed use.
MP Latham shared the hard facts about sunbeds, "Statistics show that people who have used a sunbed at least once, in any stage of their life, have a 20% higher risk of developing melanoma than those who have never used a sunbed. The first use of a sunbed before the age of 35 increases the risk of developing melanoma by 59%"
Rhondda MP Chris Bryant supported these claims, referring to sunbeds as "death machines" and agreed that the use should be banned.
Unfortunately, skin cancer is not the only issue with sunbeds. Sunbeds are known to give out harmful ultra-violet rays that leads to photo-damaged skin. These UV rays damage skin elasticity and reproduction of collagen cells, making the skin appear more wrinkles and older looking.
Fake tanning has been backed by NHS England, Cancer Research, NICE and more for being the best way to self tan.
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