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Is tanning healthy?

Tanning, in moderation, is GOOD FOR YOU! Regular, moderate tanning improves physical and mental health in many ways. Sunlight produces more energy, improves heart and lung functions, boosts blood oxygen levels, provides better muscle tone, even reduces cholesterol! Sunlight helps humans make vitamin D in their skin, just like other living beings. It even CUTS cancer risks, dramatically. Tanning helps you fight breast, prostate, and colo-rectal cancers, among others. Tanning even prevents or reverses the ravages of osteoporosis!

Lack of sunlight can cause depression and other mental illnesses. Lack of sun actually causes 10 times more sickness and death than too much sun could ever cause.

How does tanning work?

Tanning beds use UV or Ultraviolet light to tan your body. Since there are three types of UV light UVA, UVB, and UVC tanning beds are designed to use more levels of UVA with lower levels of UVB on your skin to promote the production of Melanin pigment. This is the pigment that makes you look tan even if you don't spend time in the actual sun. The most harmful form of UV light is the UVC which tanning beds filter out so that you only get the best forms of UV light.

Is tanning in a salon safe?

Yes! Tanning is safe especially as compared to being out in actual sunlight for prolonged periods of time. Since tanning beds filter out the UVC light, you'll get the healthiest forms of UV light. Before tanning consistently you should have a base tan. This is because you do not want to get sunburned. If this happens it raises your risk of skin cancer because of the damaged cells of your skin.

How often can I tan?

You should wait at least 24 hours once you have had a tanning session before tanning again. It is recommended that you do not go more than 3 times a week to make sure you do not get sunburned. Your salon may have more specific requirements.

How long should I tan when I first start?

If you normally burn when you are outside in the sun then you should start with a smaller exposure time. You can then increase it gradually as you start your base tan. If you absolutely never tan from the sun then you will not get tan from tanning beds or booths since they emit the same type of UV light. However, if you are considerably tan already from being outside and just want to lengthen your tan then you can tan for a longer period of time.

What should I wear when I tan?

Tanning booths and beds are private areas in which you can wear whatever you would like. If you feel more comfortable in your bikini or swimsuit then by all means wear it. You can also choose to go more natural and wear only your birthday suit since no one will see you. Many women do choose to wear underwear so that they do not burn the more private parts of their anatomy. You will be required to wear eye protection however since your eyes, even when closed, can allow the light into them and cause permanent damage.

When shouldn't I tan?

You should not tan if you have just done so in the past 24 hours or if you are taking photosensitizing medication. This will enhance the tan and often cause you to burn. Ask your doctor to be certain you can tan if you are taking any kind of medication.

Do I need to wear an SPF lotion when I tan?

No, because SPF tanning lotions allow are available to allow you to stay in the sun longer then is considered safe for you. Since your tanning session will not last longer then what is safe you will not have to wear a SPF tanning lotion.

I'm a health nut. Do you have more information?

Read what natural health expert Dr. Mercola has to say about tanning here: (Dr. Mercola's recommendations.)