Thursday, July 7, 2011

Pros and Cons of Commercial Tanning Beds

Technology and invention have always been a fact in our society.  Commercial tanning beds are one of those inventions, and for tan lovers have been considered a positive bonus that our society provides.

Tanning beds support sources of ultraviolet rays (Both A and B) which can give users an effect of sun tanning. But in all man made product there are usual pros and cons. Consequently the question becomes - are tanning beds a boon or a bad thing?

Below are the listed advantages and disadvantages:

Some positive points of tanning is that the skin produces melanin - the pigment which protects the skin from the effects of sunlight - in addition to the production of Vitamin D in the body.

Production of melanin is a benefit of sun tanning because of the pigment that protects the skin from UV rays and the exposure also gives production of Vitamin D. This is why there are people sunbathing at the beach or the pool, and this is also the idea that tanning bed manufacturers put across to market their indoor tanning products. However, people have a tendency to ignore or neglect that in order for them to have sufficient Vitamin D it is only necessary to expose oneself to UV rays for a few minutes to get the health advantages of tanning. In fact there's no need for a person to expose their body under the sun for hours or minutes on indoor tanning bed because the normal exposure sun rays in everyday life is sufficient.

As I have said above, tanning beds provide the result of a tan by the production of both ray sources which are UVA and UVB, it is the exact same function as the sunlight. But this can lead into a serious health problem when over exposed. This is the disadvantage of tanning beds. Based on the scientific studies, both types of rays are confirmed to affect the skin on a hereditary level, and is the leading cause for skin cancer mainly melanoma. Prolonged exposure also can lead to other skin problems such as wrinkles, age spots and change in skin texture and thickness which is caused by dry skin and connective tissue weakening. Also it was found out that a person who is lying in a tanning bed is likely to have a certain amount of radiation to the eyes 100 times more in comparison to the sunlight outdoors.

So when one considers the pros and cons, it could be considered that tanning beds have more disadvantages than advantages. For that reason, it is might be more desirable to avoid them. If you are seriously looking for a summer suntan, it might be the best choice to go for a bottle of skin tanning lotion. This would prevent damaging of skin cells and potentially endangering one's health.

Get more information on tanning beds, their pros and cons and how to use them at the Fort Collins Tanning Salons website:

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