Ultraviolet (UV) light is electromagnetic radiation
with a wavelength shorter than that of visible
light. It is produced by the sun and can be created
artificially using florescent lamps.
The UV rays from the sun include UVA and UVB,
both of which are present in our atmosphere. The
Ozone Layer, which covers the earth, helps regulate
the levels of ultraviolet radiation, but unfortunately,
increasing amounts of environmental toxins in
our atmosphere have caused a steady depletion
in this protective layer. As a result, increasing
amounts of cancer causing UV radiation is reaching
the Earth’s surface.
In large quantities, UV light is dangerous. Whether
it’s created naturally or artificially,
high levels of UV exposure can cause malignant
melanomas. Studies show that women who go to tanning
parlors are at 55% higher a risk for getting a
melanoma, than women who wear fake tanning products.
In addition to increasing one’s risk to
developing cancer, people who subject themselves
to tanning are also at a risk of suffering from
a suppressed immune system.
To protect yourself from the adverse effects
of UV rays, you should cover your skin when venturing
outdoors. This includes wearing a hat, sleeves
that cover your arms and shoulders, and proper
sunglasses. And when outside, make sure to apply
sunscreen with high SPF ratings.
If possible, avoid tanning parlors. If you do
go, try to make use of natural light instead of
the artificial UV rays, as this will reduce your
chances of toxic exposure.