Tanning Bed vs the Sun

Lately there has been a debate about what is the better option for getting a tan -- the ten beds or the sun? Which method is more effective? Which one is less harmful? Sorry to disappoint you dear readers as there is no exact answer to this question.

We all know it very well that the UV rays of the sun are very harmful for the skin. The sun can give you a nice tan but at the same time it will damage your skin as well. You might end up getting sunburn or even skin cancer. You do not wish to damage your skin for a tan now do you?

Here is where the cosmetic tanning or the tanning beds come in handy. All you have to do is spend some time in a tanning parlor and you are done. You come out with a good tan.

Before you go for the cosmetic tan it is better that you know a thing or two about both the methods of tanning.

There are basically two types of tanning bed -- horizontal and vertical. You can stand or lie down, whichever is more comfortable for you. Inside the beds there are UV lamps. Once you get in, then the lams are turned on. Here it should be mentioned that the regular air pressure of the lamps are higher than the regular UV lamps. The good thing is that these lamps are made of quartz. They filter the bad or unwanted UV rays from reaching the skin. In this way your skin remains protected.

But before you go for a tanning bed it is important to know what kind of UV rays is used there. If it is a UVB ray, then it is not harmful. The wavelength of the UVB rays is shorter and they affect the outer layer of the skin, whereas the wavelength of the UVA ray is longer and they are able to penetrate deeper into the skin, which is very harmful.

Even if the tanning bed uses a UVB ray, there is always a chance of heat rash and other skin irritation. If you have sensitive skin then stay away from these machines.

Even though there is a possibility of a sun burn, sun tan is still the safest way to get a tan. Do not forget that sunlight is a good source of vitamin D. At the same time the sun rays helps the skin to produce melanin that actually protects the skin from the sun. For a healthy tan all you have to do is go for sunbathing frequently but do not stay under the sun for too long. At the same time you will have to use a good protective lotion. This is bit time consuming, but at lease it is safer.
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