What are the benefits of tanning beds to achieve a nice, sun-kissed glow? The benefits of indoor tanning are often related to convenience. A lot of people just don’t have the time to lie on the beach to get their tan, or in some cases, the weather doesn’t allow it. Aside from being a handy alternative, your health and body can also benefit from going to tanning salons and enjoying a bit of artificial sunlight. Find out what these benefits are here.
Benefits of Tanning Beds You Should Know
1. A Shot of Vitamin D
Sunbeds were designed for medical purposes. It was particularly used for skin therapy to treat lupus vulgaris. Nowadays, sunbeds are an excellent source of vitamin D during the winter. Vitamin D helps:
- promote calcium absorption and bone growth
- modulate cell growth
- improve neuromuscular and immune system function
- reduce inflammation
- prevent Osteoporosis
- ease erectile problems for men and sexual drive for women
2. Metabolic Boost
There have been studies which attest to the effects of sunlight on human metabolism. In this article by Daily Mail UK, researchers from the University of Edinburgh showed that after (reasonable) exposure to UV rays from the sun, the body releases nitric oxide that helps boost metabolism. This substance has shown promise in assuaging metabolic conditions such as diabetes and obesity.
3. Mood and Confidence Booster
One tanning session can make a difference. Research indicates UV exposure from indoor tanning beds made subjects more relaxed and less tensed. The subjects also preferred a tanning bed with UV light because it is associated with a sense of greater relaxation.
Vitamin D Council quotes a study done in 2002, wherein sunbed exposed volunteers reported feeling “significantly more balanced, less nervous, more strengthened, and more satisfied with their appearance afterward.”
Cosmetic tanning also makes a lot of people feel confident and satisfied with their appearance. A lot of people choose to tan before a special event or before going to the beach. It’s a psychological wonder.
4. Alleviates Mood Disorder
Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, is another type of mood disorder which exhibits depressive symptoms. It occurs whenever the seasons change, especially when winter is approaching. Usually, it occurs during the fall and winter seasons while some experience it in spring or summer. Some also say SAD occurs because of lack of exposure to UV light, which can also be found in indoor tanning beds.
- Insomnia (trouble sleeping); over hypersomnia (oversleeping)
- Lack of energy and enthusiasm
- Change in appetite
Vitamin D helps combat SAD as it is known as a mood modulator. Some foods rich in Vitamin D include poultry, eggs, mushroom, and fish.
Indoor tanning also helps increase Vitamin D levels. Yet, the Vitamin D Council suggests precaution in using indoor tanning beds. After all, too much of anything can be harmful.
5. May Decrease Melanoma Risk
Though by no means definitive, there have been studies that show “null or inverse associations between occupational sun exposure and melanoma risk.” Another study quoted by The Sunlight Institute cites: “the highest sunlight exposure predicted a 44% decreased risk of melanoma on the head and neck when compared to the lowest exposure.”
6. Controlled Tanning
Being in a controlled environment, such as a tanning salon, can help in regulating the amount of sunlight a person gets. The presence of a specialist (given you’re in a reputable salon) plus the timer ensures the exposure stops after a definite time period, as opposed to staying out in the sun for indefinite periods of time.
If you want quicker results, an indoor tanning lotion can help accelerate the tanning process and through indoor tanning, you get to control the amount of UV light. This means you get an even tan quickly, unlike sun tanning. Too much sun exposure can cause sunburn, heat rash, and worse, skin cancer.
7. Dermatological Treatments
— DLK on Avenue (@dlkonavenue) June 26, 2017
There have been studies validating the use of phototherapy in treatments of skin conditions such as psoriasis, mycosis fungoides, acne, and atopic dermatitis. Notable improvements have been shown in certain cases, such as acne and severe atopic eczema.
Some people who suffer from eczema and psoriasis use indoor tanning as a form of light therapy, but it is still best to consult your dermatologist as this depends on your skin type and condition.
Responsible Tanning is Key
— Maui Derm (@MauiDerm) August 17, 2017
All of the benefits of sun-tanning come with a great risk: 59% higher risk of melanoma to be precise. To say it should be an informed decision is an understatement. If you do decide to take advantage of the benefits of tanning beds, do so responsibly.
Use low-pressure beds. UVA, which is most present in high-pressure (level 3 and 4) tanning beds penetrates the skin more deeply than UVB rays, resulting in faster, deeper tans. Most conditions associated with tanning such as aging, wrinkling, and cell damage are associated with UVA rays. UVB rays are more prevalent in low-pressure (level 1 and 2) tanning beds. UVB rays can cause skin reddening and sunburn if not used properly but are relatively safe when used in recommended amounts.
Gradual is optimal. To reap the benefits of tanning beds, always keep in mind that slow and steady wins the race. Don’t aim for a complexion too far from your natural skin tone. Your safety is the primary concern and if your goal is a particular shade, add a layer of artificial tan post-treatment instead of taking in more UV rays than recommended.
Protect yourself. Instead of staying too long in a tanning bed or opting for a high-pressure bed, consider using a tanning lotion or accelerator instead. Don’t forget to wear eye protection and to moisturize before and after tanning.
Talk to the pros. If you have a sensitive skin condition, consult your dermatologist before getting on a tanning bed. Don’t hesitate to talk to the tanning salon technician for the best tanning booth settings as well.
What can you expect when you arrive in an indoor tanning salon? Watch this video by ehowbeauty below:
Indoor tanning can be beneficial for the skin, health, and one’s overall disposition. These are some of the things you can look forward to during your indoor tanning session. In healthy increments, with proper preparation and research, tanning can be something personally beneficial. If you have sensitive skin or conditions which might cause problems in the long run, consult your dermatologist beforehand. As long as you’re of age and fully aware of the risks and benefits of the process, don’t be afraid to try it out.
Do you use tanning beds? How does indoor tanning benefit you? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
Editor’s Note – This post was originally published on September 15, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.