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Why You Should Drop the Tanning Habit Today

By Virginia Laird

Each year, as spring begins to arrive, millions across the nation start spending time at the tanning salon. While the effects of tanning can seem to be lovely, there are risky hazards associated with the tanning habit. Health and wellness experts insist that there is no benefit to laying in the tanning bed. A few reasons you should consider dropping your tanning habit include:

  • Tanning can compromise your immune system
  • Too much time in the tanning bed can lead to addiction
  • Tanning can lead to premature aging of the skin

Tanning Can Compromise Your Immune System

While many do not consider tanning to compromise the immune system, the truth is, it does. The body reads a tan much like it does a sunburn. This puts the immune system in fast forward as it tries to defeat and repair the damage. Because the immune system has a hard time getting any rest while your body is sporting a tan, from the tanning bed or the sun, it can hamper its ability to fight off infection and that can actually lead to more illness. Do yourself a favor and consider a spray tan instead.

Too Much Time in the Tanning Bed Can Lead to Addiction

For many, tanning can seem harmless. However, it is actually quite an addiction. For those who tan regularly, you may already know the struggle of this addiction. This addiction can be expensive, as well as dangerous. Dermatologist admit that laying in a tanning bed leads to an increased chance of developing skin cancer, including melanoma. Before you commit to this tanning process, make sure you educate yourself and know the risks.

Tanning Can Lead to Premature Aging of the Skin

There is research to suggest that tanning in a tanning bed can cause premature aging of the skin. The millions of people who turn to tanning beds to help accomplish their glowing bronze skin are likely the same ones who prefer to keep wrinkles at bay. Rather than allowing yourself to indulge in the tanning bed and expose yourself to an increased chance of aging, dermatologists recommend that you turn to spray tans as a better alternative.

Help prevent these effects from taking over your life by giving the alternative tans a try. You can never go wrong with putting your health first.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

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