Dangers of Tanning Beds - The Dark Side of Skin Tan

Updated on 02 Jul 2009,
Published on 02 Jul 2009

The dangers of tanning beds are one of the most debated issues among the beauty experts and skin specialists worldwide. On an average, more than one million Americans opt for tanning in salons. Of these about 70 percent constitutes Caucasian girls and women between the age group 16 -50 years. And each year the number continues to rise. The cases of other types of cancer have greatly reduced except for skin cancer which continues to increase each year. Today, the tanning saloons have increased its revenue to fivefold since 1992 and are still growing.

Most of us usually consider that the tanning beds are much safer than the direct exposure to sunlight. However this is not so, indoor tanning is as risky as sunbathing. The chances of suffering from skin cancer are all the same. Teenagers in particular are least aware of the fact that tanning beds also increase the risk of skin cancer and other problems such as blisters, peeling, itchiness, burning etc. Even those who are concerned about the dangers associated with tanning beds still continue to frequent the tanning saloons.

This is particularly because the teenagers are misguided by the media by promoting toned and tanned bodies presenting a false portrayal of health and beauty. If you were to look closely at the advantages and disadvantages of tanning beds then you will realize that the number of disadvantages and dangers are more. Some of the dangers associated with tanning beds are burns, suppression of immune systems, damage to the cornea, cosmetic and drug-induced photosensitivity, and a higher risk of developing melanoma cancer. It can also cause itchiness, dryness, wrinkled and sagging skin.

Studies have revealed that indoor tanning could be more harmful than sun tanning. Tanning beds for instance are believed to give out atleast three times of the UV rays that are emitted by the sun. It has the risk of developing sunburn which doubles the risk of cancer development. Though there are certain restrictions regarding the use of tanning beds but this are simply made by the saloons themselves. As such there are no laws that govern the use of it. So a proper understanding about the usage of the tanning beds is a must.

Today the popularity of tanning beds has reached far and wide. It has become one of the most popular choices of maintaining the suntan all through the year. For want of the golden glow you might have to sacrifice your health to negative effects. Thus, it would be much safer to sit and bask in the sun for a couple of hours rather than to tanning your skin indoors.

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