Millions of people in the U.S. use indoor tanning beds every year. While there are a disproportionate number of young women who use tanning beds, more and more men are seeking to obtain that perfect skin glow. What a lot of people want to know is if tanning beds are safe for the skin. All of the science seems to suggest that they are not safe, and the evidence is clear. So why do people continue to use them? In this article, we will go over why tanning beds are unsafe and why they are still so popular despite the contrary evidence.
The science is clear that we should be using sunscreen when we spend time outdoors in the Sun, but there is still some debate as to what kind of sunscreen is best. Some people think that because chemical sunscreen contains chemicals, that it must be harmful to the skin. This assumption is not correct, however, and there is no scientific evidence to show that chemical sunscreens are harmful to human health. Likewise, because mineral (physical) sunscreens seem more natural to consumers, the assumption is that they are safer but there is no evidence to back this claim.
Vitamin D is one of the essential vitamins needed for optimal bodily functioning and is understood to relay many health benefits. Our bodies do not create vitamin D on their own; we must attain it through sunlight or the foods that we eat. This is why vitamin D is sometimes referred to as the “sunshine vitamin.” Most of us will get enough sunlight throughout the year, so we don’t have to worry about taking extra supplements to fulfill our needs. However, if you spend a lot of time indoors or live in an area that doesn’t see much sunlight you may be wondering if your body is getting enough vitamin D.
Summer is coming to an end and that means many people are soaking up their last rays of sunshine and squeezing in a last-minute tan. Others look for ways to stay tan all year long by using a tanning bed or having a spray-on tan. Getting the right amount of Sun is important, and there are numerous health benefits. And if you are someone with scars from surgery or injury, you may be wondering if tanning is an effective way of reducing the appearance of your scars. After all, a tan will help blend in the uneven pigmentation caused by scarring, right? Not quite.
Sunlight is required to sustain life. Without it, our planet would be an icy wasteland barren of plants, animals, and humans. For us, we know that sunlight is a good source of vitamin D which can help maintain healthy skin and bones. But there is no clear standard for how much sunlight is a sufficient amount. Getting too much sunlight can pose risks such as skin cancer and sunburn. If you have scars following surgery or injury, UV radiation can cause hyperpigmentation in the scar tissue. On the other hand, not enough sunlight can lead to a number of biological impairments and can even contribute to depression.