Tanning Bed Effects

Tanning Beds give you all the benefits of the sun. All over the country, people prefer to visit tanning salons where they begin to, within minutes, build a beautifully tanned body.
Actually indoor tanning was starting as a medical research by the Germans who were looking for a treatment for rickets and calcium deficiency. It was soon discovered that people lying in a tanning bed got tanned and the concept caught on. The early beds had many deficiencies and people began to develop skin ailments and even the deadly skin cancer. Manufacturers and scientists started changing the design and incorporating safety systems. Today tanning salons have state of art equipment which is modern, emits less harmful rays and has inbuilt timers and other safety devices. However, in the mind of the public, tanning beds got associated permanently with skin cancer.

The truth is that we have much safer beds now that emit less ultraviolet rays. In fact the new beds use long wave rays called UVA which are less harmful and do not give you skin burn. The ultraviolet rays are drastically reduced and this makes the bed safer.

Scientific research conducted recently has actually found that long sunny days and tanning beds stimulate the production of Vitamin D which is immensely beneficial to the human body. This vitamin is known to have anti cancer effects. A study was conducted on the elderly people who are prone to Vitamin D deficiency. They were given 15 to 20 minutes sessions thrice a week on tanning beds. They showed 50% increase in Vitamin D in their bodies. Vitamin D deficiency can lead to serious ailments like hypertension, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, influenza etc. Exposure to UVA rays actually works similarly to sunlight and helps the body create a natural supply of Vitamin D.

Tanning beds give the same benefits as sunlight which include the following:

1. Bone and mood related health,
2. Prevention of heart disease, strokes and multiple sclerosis
3. Exposure to UV light increase your metabolism and helps burn fat
4. Prevents Vitamin D deficiency.
5. Prevents cancers like prostrate cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer
6. Prevents diseases like osteoporosis and osteoarthritis
7. It helps combat SAD or Season Affective Disorder

People, by and large, prefer to use tanning salons because they are convenient. Also in some countries and places, a clear sunny sky is a rarity. In these places, a tanning bed is ideal. Care, of course, has to be taken. Most beds emit at least 50% more UVA than natural sunlight and the person using the bed should apply some common sense in the duration and frequency of use.

It is a fact that these days tanning beds are used equally for health reasons as well as for acquiring a tan. Modern day tanning beds come with a built in timer and as a rule no one stays on a tanning bed for more than 20 minutes at a stretch. The most popular timing used on the beds is either ten or twelve minutes. Every responsible tanning salon recommends this timing since no one wants skin problems and damage to their eyes.

Most people who use these beds are people suffering from osteoporosis or osteoarthritis. There are patients who require phototherapy because they suffer from SAD or Season Affective Disorders where lack of sunlight depresses them. In view of this, some states have actually placed tanning salons under government regulations. Their employees are trained well and they guide you well.

The best thing to do would be to visit a reputable tanning salon if you require a tan for health or beauty reasons. Responsible salons will offer you protective shades for your eyes, a session to determine your health and beauty needs, an assessment of the depth of tan you can acquire, and also lotions that you need to apply before the tan and post session lotion to soothe your skin.

Some tanning bed safety tips

• Use proper lotion to prepare the skin before you take a tanning session
• Use goggles to protect your eyes
• After a tanning session, use a recommended lotion to soothe your skin
• Do not prolong your exposure to UVA rays.

Tanning is equally popular with men and women. Most people are very satisfied with their sessions because they look better and feel rejuvenated too. Of course there are risks associated with tanning beds, but these can be controlled by taking sensible steps and paying heed to the warnings.
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