With regular and proper use, a tanning bed can be a safe effective way to get enough sunlight. UV rays are essential for the body to produce vitamin D in a natural way that is recommended by the Sunbed Association. This vitamin as we know is necessary for bone health and our skin produces this vitamin naturally, but only when exposed to UV rays. We get about 90 percent of our daily supply from sunlight. In winter months, or if you work long hours indoors, it can be difficult to get adequate exposure to produce this important vitamin, this is when sunbeds are a perfect solution. Balance, rather than abstinence is the best approach to UV rays as we need around 4,000 units of vitamin D daily. It would take about 40 glasses of milk, or ten vitamin supplement tablets to get that amount. Six minutes of exposure to UV rays gives us 4,000 units of vitamin D, more than enough to meet daily recommended amounts.
A Healthy Sleep
Tanning also helps the body regulate the hormones serotonin and melatonin, which aid in healthy sleep cycles. Problems with sleeping are wide-spread among mature adults due to increasingly fast-paced lifestyles.
Positive Mood Enhancer
Exposure to UV rays increases serotonin, a hormone that makes people feel happy, and brings the melatonin under control. Light therapy with special UV lamps is the traditional treatment for SAD. Tanning also encourages the production of endorphins, which has been proven to be good for our mental state. In fact, it’s been shown to help combat Winter Depression – a real problem affecting large parts of the population, especially in Scotland where sunlight is limited.
Do you have frequent headaches, tense shoulders or heartburn? If so, you need stress relief. Tanning is a perfect excuse to take 10 minutes out of your day and relax. Lying in a warm sunbed listening to music and resting your mind is a great way to recharge over lunch or unwind after a hard day. In addition to giving you a sense of euphoria, the warm bed relaxes your muscles; your brain is flooded with mood-enhancing hormones. Serotonin also aids in memory, appetite, and sleep patterns. The benefits outweigh the cost of unmanaged stress, and you’ll look great too!
Manage PMS…..The increase of serotonin, a mood-enhancing hormone, is a positive effect of tanning. Serotonin also reduces carbohydrate cravings and controls appetite, tanning decreases melatonin, a hormone that makes people feel tired and depressed. Exposure to UV rays also helps soothe muscle aches and tension. Thyroid function and metabolism are stimulated by sunlight, which combats exhaustion and weight gain.
Many agree tanning makes everyone look better, so you will feel more confident about yourself. Around 10 minutes alone is a great way to relax and de-stress.
Women are at risk for osteoporosis, and a positive effect of tanning is the production of vitamin D which is essential for calcium absorption, this has been shown to increase bone density and strength.
If you are embarrassed by chronic acne, consider spending some time on a sunbed. Concealing blemishes is a positive effect of tanning. Cover-sticks, creams, and other makeup solutions often aggravate clogged pores and make the situation worse. Makeup is helpful to cover up spots on the face, but acne can also occur on the back, neck, and shoulders. A healthy glow reduces the contrast between red spots and the rest of the entire affected area without causing additional problems or infections from cosmetics.
One of the positive effects of tanning is that it can ease the redness and itching of psoriasis. UVB ray exposure is an effective way to manage the symptoms of this disorder. In addition to improving the skin, tanning also improves stress management, which is a factor in psoriasis outbreaks.
There has also been evidence that skin issues ranging from hives to rashes can be helped or even cleared up by the heat of the tanning lamp. There are mounting examples of this, and at the very least can offer relaxation and de-stressing – which in itself is known to combat these ailments.
Need to look your best for a blind date, or job interview? Get yourself on a bed for a light tan… looking great and feeling more confident is a positive effect of tanning. You project your positive self-image to other people, and others will consider your self-confidence an invaluable asset. The face you put forward effects who you attract into your life and your ability to find a good job. Poor self-worth starts a vicious cycle; small changes like getting a tan can turn the situation around. With a little colour you look healthy and active. Plus, tanning provides an increase in serotonin levels that improve your mood as well. You may not have time to lose 15 pounds, but a 10-15 minute visit to the tanning salon will help you make a good first impression.