Tanning Beds Can Be as Dangerous as Natural Sunlight

Many people associate tanned skin with being healthy. Often people regard a person with bronzed skin as “glowing” and looking good. However, tanned skin is not a sign of good health but rather it is skin that has been damaged by either the sun or artificial light. This can be dangerous to the person, particularly if the damage occurred due to the use of a tanning bed.

While most people understand the need to avoid a sunburn, they may not understand that tanned skin can be dangerous as well. Both sunburns and tans can put a person at risk. Tanning beds can make the issue more severe as the ultraviolet rays a tanning bed or other artificial light source produces can be much stronger than normal sunlight. This can increase the severity and speed of the damage it causes.

Skin that has been exposed to natural sunlight or artificial light, becomes tanned or sunburnt due to the ultraviolet radiation from these sources. Ultraviolet radiation includes UVA and UVB rays. Both types of rays are known to be a carcinogen or cancer-causing substance. Exposure to these rays can lead to several medical issues such as, various skin and eye cancers, eyesight issues, premature aging and issues with the immune system. While some of these conditions are treatable, others can become life threatening. This is particularly true if the conditions are left untreated for a period of time or combined with other health problems.

Because of the dangers that artificial tanning sources can produce, many states have introduced laws, restrictions and bans to control their use. This is particularly true for children and young adults who may not be aware of the risks these devices can create for them. Many states do not allow anyone under the age of 18 to use a tanning bed without parental consent.

A tanning bed does have benefits as well as negatives. Artificial light can be a good source of Vitamin D. However, there are much safer ways to increase Vitamin D in the body. By making simple changes to one’s diet and including foods such as, milk, fatty fishes and more a person can get the same benefits without the risks. In addition, the use of dietary supplements can also be a good option as well.

People who want the healthy “glow” that is associated with tanned skin, might find using self-tanning products a better option. There are numerous types of lotions, foams, sprays and other beauty aids that can help in giving the skin a tanned look. Products such as these can allow a person to determine how deep a tan they have without adding to their health risks. These products can be a better choice than using a tanning bed to produce the same look.

Most people are aware of the damage sunlight can do to the skin and body. Often, they take steps to avoid exposure to the sun’s rays. While this is a good practice, they may assume that a tanning bed or artificial light will not be as dangerous. This is generally not the case. It can generally be more damaging to the body. Because of this, it is better to avoid using natural or artificial light to achieve a tan and stick to cosmetic products that create the same effect without the risks.

Of course you can’t compare a tan you would get in a tanning bed with one you would get in Maldives.. it’s out of the question. Unfortunately not everyone can afford and experience such paradise.