Pros and Cons of Tanning Beds

Medical research has found that long sunny days and tanning beds stimulate the body into producing Vitamin D which is immensely beneficial. Vitamin D’s deficiency can cause serious ailments like hypertension, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and skin ailments.

Pros of tanning beds

Tanning beds give the human body the following health benefits:

*Healthy bones and protection against osteoporosis and osteoarthritis
*Positive and brighter outlook to life
*Metabolic efficiency
*Vitamin D
*Protection against cancer of prostrate, breast and colon
*Combats SAD or Season Affective Disorder

*Moreover, the benefits or pros of using tanning beds are that they are convenient.
*In places where one gets no sun through out the year, this is the only way to get the beneficial UVA rays.

The Cons of Using Tanning Beds

*The Cons or dangers of using tanning beds is perhaps just the fact that most people, especially young people tend to overdo it. Tanning beds emit 50% more UVA than sunlight. The youth who are using tanning beds to get the bronzed look tend to be in a hurry. They use the beds for more time than required. So they end up being exposed to the following dangers

*Being dehydrated,
*Suffer premature wrinkling and
*sun burnt skin.
* Moreover such people run the risk of getting deadly skin cancers too.

The UVA bulbs used in tanning beds can affect the eyes. Care has to be taken. Every responsible tanning salon recommends that one should wear sun glasses; some tanning salons stock them for their clients. Most tanning beds come with inbuilt timers which are set at 15 to 20 minutes.

You owe it to your health and well being to follow the following precautions while using a tanning bed

-Prepare your skin by applying the lotion prescribed for tanning
-Use eye protection like shades or goggles
-After your session, use a lotion to soothe the skin
-Do not prolong your tanning session.

The benefits of tanning are many, and as long as you follow the precautions you should be safe from all the harmful effects of using a tanning bed. Tanning is extremely popular both for health and beauty reasons. Of course there are cons of tanning beds, but these risks can be minimized by moderation and following all the recommended precautions. It would not be out of place here to mention that sunlight has more harmful UVB rays and moreover it is easier to overdo tanning on a beach in the sun.
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