How to Pick a Safe Tanning Bed to Improve Your Health

Tanning beds have increased in popularity over the years as people have become more aware of the dangers of overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. It simulates the sun, allowing the user to control the amount of UV exposure and get the benefits of a natural-looking tan.

But more important than getting that bronzed look, tanning beds also help your body produce vitamin D, one of the most important nutrients for good health. Vitamin D is produced when the sun’s UV rays strike exposed skin. Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, in particular, produce cholecalciferol or vitamin D3, the most potent form of vitamin D.

Studies show that vitamin D helps support healthy skin, cardiovascular system, immune system, prostate, and provide other benefits.

UVB rays produce up to 80 percent of the vitamin D in your body while ultraviolet A (UVA) rays give you the tan and healthy glow, which actually serves as your skin’s natural defense against sunburn.

As mentioned above, using a tanning bed allows you to control the amount of UV light you’re exposed to but it is still important for you to know the guidelines to enjoying safe indoor tanning.

Aside from producing UVA and UVB light, here are some things to consider when looking for a safe tanning bed:

o Look for tanning beds which use other beneficial light – Infrared light helps provide relief to tired muscles while red light helps fight wrinkling to give you younger-looking skin

o Electronic ballasts on tanning system reduce your exposure to electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation. Avoid tanning beds with magnetic bulb ballasts, which expose you to EMF radiation and lead to certain diseases.

o Avoid tan beds with bulbs which emit x-rays – they expose you to the risk of cell and genetic damage.

Having a tanning bed in your home gives you more comfort, convenience and privacy, as well as control over the cleanliness and hygiene. The latest tanning systems can give you a full body exposure in as little as 10 minutes.

Indoor tanning, in moderation, can provide you with many health benefits. A safe tanning system is a very sound investment for your health this New Year.