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Indoor Tanning and Tanning Beds

A tanningbed is an indoor device which emits ultraviolet radiation with the help ofseveral fluorescent lamps, and is commonly used to obtain a cosmetic tan. Thetanning bed is a device developed primarily for medicinal purposes but hasslowly evolved into a cosmetic tool.

Having atan appears to have a universally positive effect on the mood of bed or suntanned people. Men and women use indoor tanning salons in almost equalnumbers.

Benefits of Indoor Tanning Beds

Besides therecognized benefits of tanning bets, such as the cosmetic advantage of the tanitself or establishing a protective base tan, there are numerous benefits thatare not usually considered.

Thebenefits of indoor tanning include the ability to save time by obtaining aquicker 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 outdoorsessions. The ability to dose the amount of UV rays is also an importantbenefit, as well as the option of tanning in private, and avoiding exposing toomuch of the body to public scrutiny. Tanning indoors is also availableirrespective of the time of year, season or outside temperature, and allows fora more even tan, compared to classic outdoor tanning. There are multiplehealth benefits to indoor tanning, including helping the body produce morevitamin D, which is effective in preventing certain diseases, as well asproviding relief for muscle pain. Recentresearch has identified the fact that exposure to UV rays assists the body increating a natural supply of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is important to the body asdeficiencies of said vitamin can cause osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, andtherefore utilizing a tanning bed to boost the vitamin D levels can be a majorhealth advantage. This vitamin can also help prevent many forms of cancer, such asprostate, colon and breast cancer.

Indoortanning has also been known to treat some skin diseases like psoriasis andeczema, and drying out of acne, and can even act as a sun block, as the tan hasa protective factor of 2 to 4, though it is advised to still use sunscreen. Finally, there also exist many advantages forthe mental state of indoor salon users. The users exhibit a feeling ofrelaxation that is attributed to a release of endorphin in the body aftertanning, and tanning beds are also found to be beneficial in treating seasonalaffective disorder (SAD), also known as the winter blues – a mood disorder thatcauses people to have depressive symptoms in the winter.

Risks and factors for consideration

There areseveral important risks to consider when examining indoor tanning. The amountof UV rays must be small enough to avoid damage to the skin and theeyes. Due to their convenience, tanning beds can be an appropriate substitutefor the lack of sunlight, but it is important to keep in mind that tanning bedsemit 50 to 100 more UV rays than sunlight, and therefore personal responsibilityin regard to time spent in the bed is critical. 50% of all people that useindoor tanning salons claim they use this form of tanning as a means ofcontrolling their exposure to the ’’sun’’.

After-bedlotions should always be applied after tanning, and it is important to notethat tanning beds share some of the same risks of outdoor tanning.

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