The use of tanning beds has been tainted with quite a bad reputation. However, the benefits of tanning beds can be invaluable to their users.
Most people in the tanning bed industry agrees that tanning indoors is safer compared to the natural means of tanning which involves exposure to the sun. Tanning beds emit approximately 40% less UVB rays as compared to the sun.
UVB rays are the most damaging type of radiation and tanning beds are designed to control the individuals exposure time to this type of radiation. Filtering out a major part of the UVB rays can help in achieving the perfect balance of UVA and UVB radiation which means that the use of tanning beds and can therefore decrease the chances of getting dramatic skin damage or burns.
Health benefits of using tanning beds
Some tanning salons also assert that exposure to some ultraviolet radiation is essential for the body’s production of Vitamin D. Vitamin D maintains the calcium level in the blood and also controls calcium absorption.
The use of tanning beds can help abate or decrease the risk of vitamin D deficiency. Some studies that were conducted on Vitamin D deficient individuals showed that their condition was corrected upon exposure to the ultraviolet rays from the tanning beds.
Some dermatologists also use tanning beds to suppress their patients’ immune system and treat their skin disorders, such as sever psoriasis. However, this manner of treatment has to be closely monitored and the risks should be weighed carefully before subjecting any patients to this treatment.
Using tanning beds in the treatment of osteoporosis has also been proven. Some doctors exposed their patients regularly to a tanning bed light while following the recommended exposure program for their patients’ skin types.
The patients’ condition improved significantly after undergoing the exposure program. The pain was said to have decreased gradually and the patients’ vitamin D levels increased dramatically. Vitamin D is essential to the body’s process of calcium absorption.
Other advantages of using tanning beds
The use of tanning beds has also been shown to reduce the occurrence of sunburn. A study shows that people who tan indoors are less likely to get sunburn by as much as 81 percent as compared to people who tan outside or those who don’t tan at all.
That statistic can also be attributed to the education that tanners get from visiting tanning salons when undergoing their tanning sessions. These salons advocate the belief that having a moderate tan is ok and that sunburn should be avoided at all costs.
Nowadays, the message of sun abstinence as promoted by some people in the past years has been proven to be completely ineffective. In 2015, the American Academy of Dermatology has reported that the incidence of sunburn among the people who tan indoors has decreased while the incidence of sunburn among the general public has had a 9 percent increase in the past decade despite all the efforts of some groups to warn the public about the hazards of overexposure.
The most pronounced advantage of using tanning beds is its ability to control the amount of ultraviolet exposure the user is getting. With the use of tanning beds, the individual will always know the amount of radiation they are getting from an individual tanning session.
The amount of UV rays that an individual is exposed to during these sessions is very exact, calculated and controlled. This type of management is designed to give the clients an aesthetically beautiful tan without burning their skin. This ability to manipulate the amount of ultraviolet radiation is not present when tanning outdoors.
Natural tanning or sun tanning happens in an uncontrolled environment and therefore does not present any method of monitoring the exposure to UV radiation.
The use of tanning beds is not all bad; however, extreme care should always be exercised when using tanning beds and the necessary regulations and policies regarding the use of these tanning devices should be strictly followed.