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Spray Tan vs. Tanning Bed: The Great Debate

By Virginia Laird

From the beginning of the time of tanning beds, there has been a debate comparing the benefits and risks of tanning beds vs. spray tans. For years, dermatologists have insisted that tanning beds can wreak havoc on the overall health and wellness of those who indulge. Many who flock to these establishments do so to simply achieve a beautiful tan in a short period of time believing this is harmless. Many of these individuals begin to become addicted to tanning, which can be problematic. These experts suggest that rather than turning to the tanning bed, a spray tan is a great alternative to achieve when trying to get your tan. Here are a few ideas on both sides of the debate for you to decide for yourself if you should tan or be a sprayer.

  • Tanning beds can lead to cancer
  • Tanning beds can cause premature aging
  • Spray tanning provides a glow without exposure

Tanning Beds Can Lead to Cancer

Dermatologists have stressed the importance of knowing the risks associated with tanning in the tanning bed before you ever get started. Research indicates that using tanning beds can lead to cancer. Moreover, those who tan routinely increase their odds of developing skin cancer, including melanoma, by 50 percent. Rather than becoming another victim to this pandemic, it can be better to avoid the tanning bed and find an alternative.

Tanning Beds Can Cause Premature Aging

Those looking to find a beautiful tan are most likely against premature aging. The signs of aging include wrinkles, aging spots, and much more. Research indicates that tanning regularly can enhance the risk of aging at a more rapid pace. To help prevent this from happening to your body, avoiding too much exposure to UV rays can be helpful.

Spray Tanning Provides a Glow Without Exposure

A healthy alternative, suggested by the experts, is a spray tan. There are many ways to get this look. Some come in the form of an actual spray, which can happen in the same tanning salon as a tanning bed. Others may prefer the tan in a can, which can be purchased over-the-counter and applied in the comfort of their home. No matter which you prefer, spray tans are not linked to cancer, making it a great choice.

Don't make this debate about what you want, it should be about what is best. Before you commit to this habit, it is best to know the facts. Skipping the tanning bed and opting for a spray tan may be the best choice you can make.

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

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