Tanning beds pros and cons

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When it comes to getting a tan in a tanning bed, there is much controversy.
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Some facts about indoor tanning beds

For starters, people across the country have been building golden tans for several decades. While a tanned body is attractive, the problem is that there are also many tanning bed dangers, some that people know of and some that are hidden. Today, indoor tanning beds in salons account for a $5 billion a year industry that just keeps on growing.

If you were to look at commercials, magazine advertisements, and many high society people, you see toned and tanned bodies. However, all of this is merely portraying a false sense of health and beauty. In truth, tanning beds are very dangerous, causing burns, suppression of immune systems, damage to the cornea, cosmetic and drug-induced photosensitivity, and a higher risk of developing melanoma cancer.

And, if by chance you have a tattoo (and so many do), tanning is even harder on your tattoos. Ultraviolet rays, while adding a nice bronze tone to your skin, drain the life out of a tattoo. The more you tan, the more the ink fades and slowly goes from brilliant to boring. Your tattoo is an investment, so don't gamble on that investment by not properly caring for it. It takes very little effort to either cover up or safeguard your tattoo with sunscreen. Proper care can keep a tattoo looking vibrant for years to come.

Because there are no laws governing the use of indoor tanning beds, people are free to use them as long and as often as they like. Keep in mind that the majority of tanning salons do have restrictions about usage but these are rules set up by the salon, not the government. Sadly, we see teenagers having restrictions on them for smoking cigarettes, which cause cancer, yet the tanning bed that has also been proven to increase the risk of cancer has no such structure.

Also, it is important to note that many medications are included in the Food and Drug Administration's most recent listing of medications that increase sensitivity to light and can cause a wide variety of health problems known as photosensitivity disorders. In some individuals, these medications can produce adverse effects when the person is exposed to sunlight and other types of ultraviolet (UV) light of an intensity or for a length of time that would not usually give the person problems. Just to be safe, check out this list if you are taking any medication,

The bottom line is that every person interested in developing a tan via indoor tanning beds needs to have a full understanding of the dangers so they can make educated and safe choices. For example, most tanning beds release very high and dangerous levels of ultraviolet radiation, which has been shown through massive testing to cause premature aging while increasing the risk of skin cancer.

Even with risk of skin cancer, and all the other dangers mentioned above, people still long to have a dark, golden tan. Beauty image focuses heavily on skin color, which is why you see people flocking to tanning salons to create a healthy bronze tan to maximize glamour and attractiveness. Because so many people are using tanning salons, trying to fit in an appointment can be challenging. For this reason, we now see higher sells in residential tanning beds. If you are interested in tanning at home, it would be worth researching the best home tanning bed for safety purposes.

With an at home tanning bed, you can enjoy a tanning session in the middle of the night or right before you leave for work if you so choose. In addition, using a residential tanning bed is a great way to save money long-term. Sure, you might save money at a tanning salon in the short term because you are charged by the minute but having your own bed will pay off in the end.

While tanning beds found in salons are large, the models you would buy for home use are often smaller. You will even find home tanning beds that are designed to stand straight up and when finished, rolled into a closet. Still other home tanning beds are actually tanning canopies, which are suspended on hydraulic arms over a deck chair, couch, or bed. These fixtures are lighter, slimmer, and much easier to move than commercial tanning beds. Storing your home tanning bed can be as easy as rolling it off into a corner, or you can leave it set up in a spare bedroom or family room. While there are many great types of home tanning beds, some of the top models to consider include:

Sunquest Pro 14 Wolff - This tanning bed costs around $2,500 and is considered one of the best models for home tanning. With this, you will enjoy dynamic tanning power with all the convenience of having the bed in the home. The lamps are angled to maximize reflection for a dark, rich tan.

Sunvision Pro 28LE - This tanning bed provides top versatility since you can tan two ways. First, you can enjoy the SolarMax IFT face tanner or turn it off and get an all-over body tan.

Azure 16 - This tanning bed comes with four dual facial lamps and a timer built into the canopy. All of the Azure series are designed with parabolic reflector systems, which mean a better tan. With 16 total lamps, an acrylic canopy, and 120-volt operation, this is a great bed for a great tan.

Whatever you decide –at home or at a salon—take safety precautions. What good is a great tan if you're not around to enjoy it!

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