The good side of tanning beds

A new law in Vancouver, British Columbia and surrounding cities bans the use of indoor tanning facilities for those under the age of 18. The law came with other provisions that require all tanning salons in the area to post signs regarding the dangers of tanning and a recommendation to wear protective eyewear to all those that choose to use tanning beds.

The ban of use comes largely due to the thought that this will help prevent young people from developing cancer in their when they get older. There are many that oppose the bill saying that there should not be an outright ban on tanning beds for those under 18 but it should be regulated to the point where teens can use tanning beds if they have permissions from their parents.

Despite the thought that this law will help reduce the occurrence of skin cancer later in life, many dermatologists say that there are positive health effects when it comes to visiting tanning salons as well. Tanning beds can have positive effects if used correctly and in moderation. The following are reasons that it could be beneficial to your health to use a commercial tanning bed.

  • Resistance to UV rays – By tanning in a tanning booth from time to time you can help your skin build up a resistance to UV rays from the sun and prevent yourself from sustaining massive sunburn when outside for extended periods time during the summer months. It can be helpful to get a good base tan before you go to a tropical location so you don’t ruin it by getting burnt on your first day at the beach. It is still important to not overuse tanning beds for this use. Moderation is vital.
  • Vitamin D – The positive effects of tanning beds are especially prevalent if you don’t like drinking milk. The UV rays that are emitted in tanning beds are a good source of the vitamin that comes mostly from milk consumption. It’s hard to get the proper amount of vitamin D from the foods that we eat, especially if you’re not drinking milk.
  • General mood – Tanning beds can have a positive effect on one’s mental health as well. This is especially true when it comes to seasonal effective disorder.
  • Skin conditions – It is common for dermatologists to prescribe visits to the tanning bed to those that have chronic skin conditions. A condition that is commonly treated with tanning beds is Psoriasis.

While tanning can be a cause of skin cancer for those that tan to a high degree, this can usually be avoided if tanning beds are visited in moderation. Tanning beds emit UV rays that can have a positive effect on the skin and mental health of the user. If you’re considering using a tanning bed to start tanning—whether you want to look different or for the relaxing qualities—you should consult with you dermatologist before doing so.

This is a guest post by Lindsey Harper Mac who is a professional writer living in the Indianapolis area. She specializes in writing about business and technology. Currently, Lindsey is completing work on her master’s degree. You can follow her on Twitter @HarperMac11

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