Responsible for giving us a beautiful tan color when sunbathing and helping us synthesize the vitamin D necessary to avoid osteoporosis, UVA rays can also be harmful and it is necessary take them with moderation and caution. Taken in tanning beds, artificially, even more. Do you know if UVA booths are safe? We explain it to you.
What are UVA rays
UVA rays or ultraviolet radiation is a type of radiation produced by the sun that in nature comes to us regulated through the ozone layer. In UVA booths this artificial radiation is presented without filters, for cosmetic or therapeutic purposes.
UVA rays are used for therapeutic purposes to treat certain skin diseasessuch as psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, or certain lymphomas. This use should always be controlled by a specialist dermatologist, since it is a specific band booths.
It has been almost 20 years since the World Health Organization denounced that the use of UVA cabinets is directly related to the risk of skin cancer, and urged to ban its use in children under 18 years. According to WHO data, each year 132,000 cases of malignant melanoma are detected, the most harmful skin cancer that exists, figures that have multiplied with the appearance and popularization of sunbeds. The International Agency for Cancer Research raises UVA cabinets to the maximum risk level, especially when in our country there are no legal restrictions for the use of them.
What damage do UVA booths do?
The Spanish Academy of Dermatology and Venereology report as risk practice the cosmetic use of UVA cabinets, and points out among the damages that burns can cause to our skin, which increase the risk of suffering from melanoma. What’s more, are responsible for skin aging, loss of elasticity and the appearance of spots. Ultraviolet radiation causes changes in the DNA of our cells that cause cancer, so we must avoid UVA rays.