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3 Reasons to Skip the Tanning Bed

By Virginia Laird

In my youth, like many others across the nation, I would head out to the tanning salon at the first sight of spring. However, I have experienced firsthand the dangers of spending time in the tanning bed. Before you run down to the salon for your next tanning session, take time to educate yourself on the dangers of tanning. Dermatologists insist there are plenty of reasons you need to avoid using these to help achieve your tan, including:

  • Tanning can lead to signs of aging
  • Tanning is expensive
  • Tanning can increase your odds of developing cancer

Tanning Can Lead to Signs of Aging

Research suggests that spending time in a tanning bed can speed up the signs of aging. According to experts, exposing your skin to UV rays dries the skin out, which is the first step in developing wrinkles. These same experts insist there is little you can do to avoid such. While those who own tanning salons may suggest that using plenty of lotion can help defeat the aging signs, there is simply no way to avoid it. Protect your skin from non-natural aging and forego the tanning bed.

Tanning is Expensive

While there are many who believe that investing money in the beauty of your skin is a great investment, tanning is not one of those things. Those who lean on tanning spend hundreds of dollars each year to keep their skin golden. Many salons charge high monthly memberships that offer unlimited tanning. Most go so far as to encourage (and ever require) the purchase of expensive lotions. Still, this is not the end of the expense you will encounter while tanning. Inevitably, you will need to check in with your dermatologist to have a variety of new moles and freckles checked. This is where the real money is spent. Some of these may turn out to be something which requires expensive treatments, which can be enough to break your bank. Save yourself the money and find an alternative way to get your tan.

Tanning Can Increase Your Odds of Developing Cancer

There is no doubt that tanning increases the chances of developing cancer.  Dermatologists across the nation beg patients to avoid the tanning bed -- as well as too much direct sun exposure. Still, there are some who simply do not listen. Research indicates that those who turn to the help of a tanning bed to achieve their golden look double the odds of developing skin cancer. Many who suffer with skin cancer at the use of a tanning bed end up with melanoma, the most deadly type of skin cancer.

It is one thing to give tanning beds a try without the knowledge of just how dangerous they are, but now you know. Avoid these issues by avoiding tanning beds; opt instead for a spray tan and sunscreen before you head outdoors this spring and summer.

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

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