A teacher from Hull has spoken out recently about the dangers of using sun beds after she developed malignant melanoma – a form of skin cancer – after spending several weeks trying to build up a “base tan” before a holiday.
Katie Miller told ITV News that she was diagnosed with the melanoma at just 24, after choosing to have a suspicious-looking mole removed from her leg. The teacher is now campaigning for more young girls to be aware of the risks involved in sun bed use.
Thankfully, if it’s caught early enough, skin cancer is very treatable, but this does require you to be vigilant in checking moles and marks on your skin. But cancer is not the only risk involved in sun bed use.
Perhaps ironically, given that most people use sun beds to improve the way they look, using them can actually cause you to look old before your time, as UV damage speeds up the ageing process. Here at Dr Joney De Souza Aesthetic Clinic in Mayfair, we see a lot of clients who come in requesting anti-ageing treatments like Botox and fillers to reverse some of the ageing effects of the sun.
What can be done?
Firstly, stop using sun beds! But of course, sun beds are not the only source of UV rays – the prime culprit is the sun, and it can be difficult to avoid that completely.
Here at Dr Joney De Souza Aesthetic Clinic in Mayfair, we recommend using a broad spectrum sunscreen, with an SPF of at least 25, every single day, rain or shine. This is because the sun can do harm even when it is raining – some UV rays have been proven to penetrate clouds and even glass.
What if the damage has been done?
If you think you are already suffering from premature ageing due to sun bed use or excessive sun exposure, the best plan is to come for a consultation at our Mayfair aesthetic clinic, where we can assess the damage that has been done and advise on the best treatment plan for you. This might involve anti-wrinkle injections (Botox) or dermal fillers to treat lines and wrinkles, or fractional laser treatment to improve skin texture or treat pigmentation problems.