Tanning is the process of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or artificial sources, such as sunlamps and tanning beds, which causes your skin to produce more melanin. Melanin is the pigment that gives your skin its colour. The more melanin you have in your skin, the darker it will appear. Exposing your skin to UV radiation can cause a number of changes in your body, both short-term and long-term. Short-term effects of UV exposure include a temporary increase in blood flow to the skin and reddening of the skin (sunburn). Long-term effects of UV exposure include premature aging of the skin (wrinkles, leathery appearance), suppression of the immune system, and an increased risk of skin cancer. By tanning in a regulated environment, such as a tanning salon, you can control your UV exposure and reduce the likelihood of negative side effects that are more commonly associated with traditional sunbathing. A reputable tanning salon will ensure your skin type is checked and the duration of UV exposure is safe for you as well as ensuring you’re leaving enough time between tanning sessions.