To tan or not to tan, that is the question.
I love tanning. Well, I don’t love the process of tanning but I love being tan. Whenever I’m tan, I feel like a million bucks. I not only feel good, but I look good. To summarize: I love being tan. So trust me, I know how it feels in the winter when you’re all pale and just want to lay out in the sun and be tan again. I know that feeling very well. And this is where a lot of people resort to tanning beds.
Now I know what some of you might be thinking. Tanning beds are an easy and fast solution to being tan again. Yeah, you might be right. But that still doesn’t make it a good idea.
I know waiting till the sun comes out again in the summertime can feel like forever, but it’s worth the wait, especially if that means not going on a tanning bed.
Tanning in general isn’t the healthiest thing in the world, which is why you have to be careful and do it in moderation. But tanning in a tanning bed, that’s probably one of the worst things you can do. The tanning bed should be renamed the death bed.
Why is it so bad? According to UnityPoint Health, UVA exposure from indoor tanning is roughly 12 times more than outdoor tanning.
12 times more…
They also stated that UVA rays “penetrate the skin, breaking down the collagen and elastin in the upper layers of the skin,” which can then “lead to permanent damage, including premature skin aging, eye damage, and immune suppression.”
So pretty much the UVA rays in tanning beds are too much for our bodies. Not only can it cause all those bad things listed above, but it can also cause cancer. The life threatening disease. Outdoor tanning alone could be a cause of cancer (which is why it’s important to wear sunscreen) so imagine indoor tanning where the UVA rays are 12 times more than outdoor tanning.
If you really want to be tan and can’t go outside, buy tanning lotion! Buy self-tanner! Go get a spray tan. Do anything but a tanning bed, because I promise you that later on you’ll come to the conclusion that tanning beds are not worth it.