How to Understand the Dangers of Tanning Beds

Tanning Bed          Tanning beds now come in a variety of power levels and types. In general tanning beds create ultraviolet rays to simulate those from the sun which cause the tanning reaction in human skin. Tanning beds generate concentrated ultraviolet energy which causes the skin to tan at an accelerated rate. Tanning beds have received a lot of bad press over the last two decades regarding skin damage. Follow the tanning bed information below to understand the dangers of tanning beds.

Step 1

Tanning beds generate close to 95% UVA rays. UVA rays are lower frequency than UVB rays and were once thought to not be implicated in skin cancers. However it is becoming clearer that UVA rays from tanning beds can also contribute to skin cancers.

Step 2

Avoid tanning beds that generate a lot of UVB rays. UVB rays are higher frequency ultraviolet rays that tanning beds also generate. UVB rays are more damaging to the skin than UVB rays and have been implicated as causing damage that leads to skin cancer.

Step 3

Limit the number of times you use or the exposure time in the tanning bed. If you must use a tanning bed, then limit the number of minutes you spend in the bed. The longer you are bombarded by UV rays the more damage your skin will receive.

Step 4

Sun Tan Lotion for TanningMake sure you use sun tan lotion in the tanning bed just the same as you would at the beach. Most sun tan lotions can block significant amounts of UVA and UVB rays prevent sun damage from occurring in the first place. Review several types of sun tan lotions before choosing the one that best suites you.


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