Myth: Getting a ‘base tan’ is good for you!

THE MYTH: 20 minutes on a sunbed is only equivalent to 20 minutes in the sun… so perfectly safe, right?

Wrong: “20 minutes on a sunbed is not the same as 20 minutes in normal sun,” says Dr Craythorne. When it comes to UVB rays, the exposure is about the same, she adds, “but from a UVA perspective, a sunbed is at least 10 times more damaging to the skin.”

Quick math: 20 mins on a sunbed is 200 minutes in direct sunlight (3.5 hours). 🔥