Sunny days and UVA rays. Some enjoy the feeling of the hot sun beating against their skin, while others just seek to get that perfect deep tan. Then there are some that believe they “look” better with a tan. Luckily, there are two ways to achieve those desired results. Natural sunlight and indoor tanning beds. The real question is, is natural sunlight healthier than tanning beds? The answer is technically yes.
Now I wouldn’t go out laying in the sun at all hours of the day. We all know sunlight is damaging to the skin, and if you’re not taking precautions, you can end up with some pretty bad skin conditions. However, lets just focus on the idea that natural sunlight can be healthier than indoor tanning beds.
When your skin tans, it is protecting the deeper layers from the harmful ultraviolet rays that the sun and tanning beds give off. So, when you think you are getting a glamorous deep tan, your skin is actually crying for some protection. Now a days, you can wear a variety of sunblocks that protect you from the harmful rays. SPF ranges from literally SPF 2, all the way up to 100. You can even wear sunblock in a tanning bed, but why basically deny the service you paid for? Beats me.
When you are laying in a tanning bed, regardless of the level, your skin is exposed to UV radiation that damages DNA cells. These tanning beds emit twelve times the amount of UVA rays than natural sunlight does. We also know that tanning indoors increases the risk of melanoma and other skin diseases that may lead to cancer. Not only does indoor tanning affect the skin, it promotes premature skin aging, eye damage, such as cataracts, and even immune suppression. Some tanners actually believe that they get their vitamin D from tanning indoors. Little do they know, they can just eat a healthy diet and gain their daily dose of vitamin D.
So, next time you decide to go indoor tanning for your prom pictures or you think you’re pasty white during the winter time, think about the risks you are putting not only your skin through, but your body too.