The Real Dangers of Tanning Beds

It's time to bust this myth; there is no such thing as a "healthy tan."

Vying for a golden brown glow on your skin? It may be time to reassess your standards of beauty. Tanning is not a healthy habit, even if you skip the sun and soak up the rays of a tanning bed instead. Contrary to common belief, tanning beds expose you to the same dangerous UV rays as the sun – and at a higher volume. Consider these risks before you slip under a tanning bed's bulbs.

  • Premature Aging – Although your tan will fade, tanning leaves behind permanent changes. Your skin will become drier and more prone to wrinkles.  When compared to frequent tanners, those who guard their skin from UV rays will look much younger in a few years.
  • Eye Damages – The UV rays emitted from a tanning bed do more than just harm your skin; they can also affect your eyes. You will be at a higher risk for cataracts, macular degeneration, or cancer of the eye.
  • Weakened Immune System – The damages caused by UV rays can penetrate even deeper, compromising the cells in your immune system, and leaving you vulnerable to any bugs that are circulating around your office, home, or school.
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder – This condition causes people to feel depressed or anxious during the winter months, and a strong link has been observed between it and those who regularly frequent tanning salons.
  • Skin Cancer – Here's the big one: cancer. While skin cancer is treatable when caught early, it can turn fatal if treatment begins too late.

If you've been exposed to harmful UV rays – from the sun or a tanning bed – you are at an increased risk for skin cancer. Regular skin screenings can ensure that you discover problem spots early. Need a physician referral? We can help. Just give us a call at 1-855-868-6262.

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