Vitamin D and Tanning Beds

Everyone knows a tan looks fantastic, and projects a healthy and attractive skin complexion, but few realize the great many number of benefits that tanning can bring you. Looking good, and feeling good, has now been scientifically proven. Research shows that tanning stimulates the release of beta-endorphins, our body’s “feel-good” hormones. This translates to positive psychological effects and well-being, as well as that great sense of elation that comes from an awesome tan.

Going to an indoor tanning salon is important all year round. In the summer, tanning outdoors can be incredibly dangerous for your health. Although the sun certainly has wonderful soothing properties, unfortunately it is often much too strong (especially with today’s depleted ozone layer!) and being under the soon too long will undoubtedly lead to overexposure and sunburn. Meanwhile, an indoor tanning salon carefuly regulates the ideal amount of “sunlight” that your body receives. You can rest assured knowing your skin is safe from damage, burning, and too many harmful rays.

In the winter, tanning is all the more significant. With the little amount of sunlight available, particularly here in the Northeast, many people lack vitamin D, a compound that is critical to good health. Vitamin D is produced when your body is exposed to UV rays, which usually come from the sun. However, in the winter, with very short days and most people couping up indoors, vitamin D becomes scarce. Research shows that too little vitamin D leads to premature aging, low bone density and possible even cardiovascular disease! Coming to a tanning salon will give you that boost of UV that your skin needs to start making vitamin D. Keep this in mind during those frigid winter days!

While we are on the topic of winter, it is wise to mention SAD – season affective disorder – also known as the “winter blues”. This is no joke! The US National Library of Medicine writes “some people experience a serious mood change when the seasons change. They may sleep too much, have little energy, and may also feel depressed.” If you’ve experienced these symptoms, tanning is a proven way to tackle SAD. Visiting a tanning salon will give you a summer boost, energize your body with sunshine and give you the power to beat the dead of winter.

In addition to all the fabulous benefits mentioned above, research has shown other advantages to tanning, particularly the safe and healthy tanning of an indoor tanning salon. Over the years, it has been shown that tanning reduces outbreaks of acne, may lower blood pressure and cholesterol, reduce the skin’s susceptibility to infections and reduce stress.

There are many more things to add to the list, but you can come by a tanning salon and find out for yourself what incredible benefits tanning will have for you!