Sunbed users more than twice as likely to use anti-ageing products

Skin careCancer Research’s R UV UGLY campaign aims to spread the message of the link between sunbed usage and premature ageing, by looking at the numbers of those who use anti-ageing products. Of sunbed users (across all ages) 43% buy anti-ageing products regularly, compared to 20% of those who don’t – a difference of more than double.

This would indicate that there is a possible link between premature ageing and UV rays, and the science backs that up. Their research has also revealed that those who use sunbeds are buying anti-ageing products at an earlier age than most – 19% of sunbed users do so by the age of 25 compared to 5% of everyone else.

Cancer Research senior health campaign manager, Caroline Cerny, said:

“We live in an image obsessed culture, and know many sunbed users continue to use them because they think they look better with a tan. But actually they are making their skin look worse. Sunbeds can result in premature ageing and wrinkles, as well as increased pigmentation on the skin. And these results show interestingly, that sunbeds users are spending more on anti-ageing products than those who don’t use sunbeds – perhaps in an attempt to cover up the damage.

“No one wants to look older before their time and crucially using sunbeds also increases the risk of skin cancer, so we hope having an R UV UGLY skin scan will really help to change people’s minds about using sunbeds.”

As well as causing wrinkles and pigmentation sun bed use can also cause mutations that can lead to skin cancer. Even using a sunbed just once a month can increase the chance of developing skin cancer by a whopping 50%, a real threat that Cancer Research are hoping to convey in the campaign. Skin cancer is the second most common cancer amongst the 15-34 age category and the number of cases has quadrupled over the last 30 years.

If you are worried about any moles then our specialists can check them for you. If you believe you have already suffered from UV damage through sunbed use or over-exposure to the sun then there are treatments available, such as microdermabrasion that may help to reverse symptoms such as pigmentation.