Sun tanning may seem harmless, but it can be dangerous, according to a new study.
A team of scientists has now tested the sun tanming benefits of different sun protection products to see if they really do reduce sunburns and skin cancer.
“There are a lot of products that are used around the world, but there is little research to show whether or not they are effective,” said lead author Dr Mark Ritchie, an expert in photobiomodulation, a form of artificial photobiological protection that involves the use of ultraviolet light to stimulate skin cells.
“That’s why we wanted to see whether there was a benefit to using sun tanner in the skin.”
The study is published in the journal Nature Photonics.
The sun tan products studied were: Vitamin C cream (sold under the brand Vitamix) containing Vitamin C and Vitamin E;