The Positive Effects of Tanning

As spring approaches, it seems there is one question on individuals minds is why do people go tanning? Other questions include what about all those negative aspects of tanning? Do individuals who tan realize the danger involved? Looking at the positive aspects of tanning, it is possible to understand what occurs during tanning of the skin better. If you choose to visit a tanning salon, please make sure the owner has taken out adequate tanning salon insurance should any accidents occur.

The warning about tanning beds has been poorly understood in the past. For instance, all the cancer horror stories (especially skin cancer) that you hear about all came from individuals who went about tanning outdoor under the sun. 20 to 30 years ago, almost everyone that went out in the sun for tanning would get burnt. That is the leading cause of skin cancer by the repetitiveness of getting sunburnt.

Now for the positive side to tanning

Of note, moderate sunlight exposure as sunbathing for a limited time or as delivered by tanning beds has never been attributed to cancer. Burning and overexposure have been linked to skin cancer. With most tanning beds, you can adjust the optimal exposure to minimise the potential risks and attain the positive effects of the sun.

Sunlight is a rich source of vitamin D, which is important to the absorption of calcium. Calcium is the main ingredient in maintaining healthy teeth and bone structure. Your body synthesizes vitamin D when you are exposed to the ultraviolet B rays in sunlight. You probably need from 10 to 30 minutes of exposure to the skin (without sunscreen) two times every week. Traditionally, this important vitamin deficiency has been linked to rickets, a disease in which the bone doesn’t properly mineralize, leading to fragile bones and skeletal deformities. Symptoms of muscle weakness and bone pain can mean you are deficient in vitamin D. For many individuals, the symptoms are subtle. Even without symptoms, too little vitamin D can induce health risks. Low blood levels of vitamin D have been associated with the following symptoms:

  • Bone cancer
  • Severe asthma in children
  • Cognitive impairment in older adults
  • Increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease

Vitamin D production

If you are afraid of getting sunburnt or doing a busy indoor job, you may rely on tanning beds for getting a significant amount of vitamin D. You can reduce the potential risks of using a tanning bed by regulating the amount and frequency of rays. If you notice that you got burnt after your tanning session, then make sure next time you control exposure or reduce your time a little. Getting sunburnt is the worst thing you can do to your skin. To decrease risk, be sure to wear the goggles for your eyes.

Benefits of indoor tanning

A session in a tanning bed is an effective way to advance your health while minimizing your risk of sunburn. Indoor tanning is also a great idea for those suffering from diseases, such as osteoporosis and psoriasis, as UV rays help the body manufactures required vitamin D it needs to combat such conditions. This is also a great benefit to people who need to take their "solar vitamins” on a daily basis and are unable to do so on a rainy day.

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