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3 Reasons to Avoid the Tanning Bed This Spring Break

By Virginia Laird

For millions across the nation, with the entrance of spring comes the need for a tan. While it may not quite be the weather desired for laying out in the sun, many will turn to a tanning bed to achieve the golden brown glow desired. Although it can be tempting to fall in line, health experts admit that using a tanning bed can be a risky act. Research suggests that the use of tanning beds offers a host of detrimental side effects. Before you flock to the tanning salon, make sure you know the risks. It just may not be worth it. A few things to consider include:

  • Too much sun exposure can cause premature wrinkles
  • Tanning beds have been linked to skin cancer
  • Tanning beds can cause eye damage

Too Much Sun Exposure Can Cause Premature Wrinkles

With your desire to be beautiful, it is likely you also prefer life without wrinkles. It is widely known that too much sun exposure can cause premature wrinkling (and other aging signs). Likewise, using a tanning bed can be much worse. Research indicates that the UV lights used to achieve your tan are more direct, as they are closer to the body, causing a rapid increase in signs of aging. It seems unlikely that those who prefer a luxurious tan would accept wrinkles too soon. Find an alternate way to achieve your tan right away, as it can be impossible to undo premature aging.

Tanning Beds Have Been Linked to Skin Cancer

Health experts, along with dermatologists, preach the importance of protecting the skin from too much sun exposure to prevent skin cancer. These experts admit that research indicates that routine use of tanning beds has been linked to skin cancer, including melanoma. Studies show that there has been an increase in the number of patients who suffer with this deadly skin cancer as the popularity of tanning beds has also increased. Of those who have relied on tanning beds to achieve the perfect tan, at least half have developed melanoma. Don't be the next victim of this cancer.   

Tanning Beds Can Cause Eye Damage

There is a reason you have been taught to never look at the sun. Super bright lights can be damaging to the eyes, and at times lead to blindness. The same can be said about tanning beds. There is research that indicates that those who have used tanning beds routinely have suffered some eye damage. Although there are (in most tanning salons) eye covers to help protect, there is no sure way to protect your eyes from damage, other than reducing the exposure. Protect your eyesight and stop using the tanning be today.

If you are one who simply feels more comfortable in a tan, consider a spray tan this year to get the glow you love without the risks.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Costa Mesa, Calif.

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