People of all ages use tanning beds, with the most frequent users being young adults between the ages of 18 and 29. Tanning provides UV exposure which can cause health risks, including skin cancer. The risks of tanning are well known, but many people continue to use tanning beds regularly.
Before you decide how often to use a tanning bed, it’s important to weigh the risks and benefits. This article will explore the risks and benefits of tanning, as well as how often you can safely use a tanning bed.
Risks of Tanning
One of the most well-known risks of tanning is skin cancer. Excessive exposure to UV rays can cause melanoma, which is a serious form of skin cancer. Excessive exposure to UV radiation can also increase your risk of premature aging, wrinkles, age spots, and other skin damage. Tanning can also cause eye damage, such as cataracts and macular degeneration. In addition, tanning can cause dehydration and sunburn. There are also risks associated with the use of tanning beds specifically. Tanning beds have been linked to an increased risk of skin infections, due to the warm, humid environment they create. In addition, the chemicals used in tanning beds can irritate the skin and eyes. Finally, there is evidence that tanning bed use may increase the risk of depression, anxiety, and body dissatisfaction.
Benefits of Tanning
Despite the risks associated with tanning, there are several potential benefits as well. Tanning can boost levels of Vitamin D in the body, which can help improve mood, aid in digestion, and lower the risk for osteoporosis. It can also give you a healthy glow that can boost your confidence. In addition, tanning sessions can provide a relaxing and stress-relieving experience. The warm, comforting environment of the tanning bed can help reduce tension and help you relax, while UV radiation can provide an energy boost. The release of “happy hormones”, such as serotonin, can also help relieve anxiety.
How Many Times a Week is Tanning Safe?
While exposure to UV radiation can provide some health benefits, it is important to practice moderation and use caution when tanning. UV radiation is a known carcinogen, and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends avoiding UV radiation as much as possible. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) also recommends avoiding tanning and recommends wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30. The AAD also recommends limiting your exposure to the sun and using protective clothing and eyewear when outdoors. Tanning beds should be used sparingly, if at all, and no more than once a week.
Tanning carries a range of risks, including skin cancer and other skin damage, eye damage, and increased risk of depression and anxiety. However, tanning can also provide some benefits, such as Vitamin D, improved mood and energy levels, and a boost in confidence. It is important to practice moderation and use caution when tanning, and tanning beds should be used no more than once a week.
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