Indoor Tanning and Tanning Beds
A tanning bed is an indoor device which emits ultraviolet radiation with the help of several fluorescent lamps, and is commonly used to obtain a cosmetic tan. The tanning bed is a device developed primarily for medicinal purposes but has slowly evolved into a cosmetic tool.
Having a tan appears to have a universally positive effect on the mood of bed or sun tanned people. Men and women use indoor tanning salons in almost equal numbers.
Benefits of Indoor Tanning Beds
Besides the recognized benefits of tanning bets, such as the cosmetic advantage of the tan itself or establishing a protective base tan, there are numerous benefits that are not usually considered.
The benefits of indoor tanning include the ability to save time by obtaining a quicker tan, as well as the convenience of being able to achieve a tan indoors. Tanning bed sessions last 10 to 20 minutes, brief when compared to lengthy outdoor sessions. The ability to dose the amount of UV rays is also an important benefit, as well as the option of tanning in private, and avoiding exposing too much of the body to public scrutiny. Tanning indoors is also available irrespective of the time of year, season or outside temperature, and allows for a more even tan, compared to classic outdoor tanning. There are multiple health benefits to indoor tanning, including helping the body produce more vitamin D, which is effective in preventing certain diseases, as well as providing relief for muscle pain. Recent research has identified the fact that exposure to UV rays assists the body in creating a natural supply of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is important to the body as deficiencies of said vitamin can cause osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, and therefore utilizing a tanning bed to boost the vitamin D levels can be a major health advantage. This vitamin can also help prevent many forms of cancer, such as prostate, colon and breast cancer.
Indoor tanning has also been known to treat some skin diseases like psoriasis and eczema, and drying out of acne, and can even act as a sun block, as the tan has a protective factor of 2 to 4, though it is advised to still use sunscreen. Finally, there also exist many advantages for the mental state of indoor salon users. The users exhibit a feeling of relaxation that is attributed to a release of endorphin in the body after tanning, and tanning beds are also found to be beneficial in treating seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as the winter blues – a mood disorder that causes people to have depressive symptoms in the winter.
Risks and factors for consideration
There are several important risks to consider when examining indoor tanning. The amount of UV rays must be small enough to avoid damage to the skin and the eyes. Due to their convenience, tanning beds can be an appropriate substitute for the lack of sunlight, but it is important to keep in mind that tanning beds emit 50 to 100 more UV rays than sunlight, and therefore personal responsibility in regard to time spent in the bed is critical. 50% of all people that use indoor tanning salons claim they use this form of tanning as a means of controlling their exposure to the ’’sun’’.
After-bed lotions should always be applied after tanning, and it is important to note that tanning beds share some of the same risks of outdoor tanning.