Sun-kissed skin looks healthier, according to the beauty experts. It’s something that many women dream of having all year round. While some will go too far-away destinations to get their dream, others will be stuck with indoor tanning options.
Did you know that indoor tanning offers a range of benefits to your skin? It could be the best thing that you choose to do, instead of going to warm, beach-friendly destinations in the middle of winter.
Sure, there are some downsides. In fact, any tanning can have health complications later in life. Tanning beds and outdoor, beach tanning both expose the skin to harmful UV rays. You still need to use indoor tanning beds and options in moderation.
So, here’s a look at the top benefits of indoor tanning and why you need to start choosing it over the far-away destination option.
Fake Sun Still Produces Vitamin D
There is one reason people like to be out in the sun (apart from getting a lovely tan, of course) and that’s the vitamin D exposure. Just 15 minutes in the sun without any sunscreen will get you your daily recommended amount. But that doesn’t mean it’s always that easy.
If you live in a location that has harsh and dark winters, you will find that getting the right levels of vitamin D is near impossible. Governments now make it a requirement for some dairy sources to add vitamin D to them. This helps to make sure adults and children get the required amount, but not everyone drinks or eats dairy, right? Sure, there are supplements, but you want to get it naturally.
At least, you want to get it semi-naturally.
This is where the indoor tanning beds come into play. They are the perfect way to get the vitamin D intake. It’s all in the UV rays that help to brown the skin. They also encourage the body to produce more vitamin D daily, so you get your recommended amount without the need for pharmaceutical needs or giving in to changing your beliefs to consume vitamin D.
Why is vitamin D so important? Well, it helps the body absorb the right levels of calcium to create stronger bones and teeth. You’ve likely heard that, but that’s not the only benefit to it. Vitamin D has also been linked to the prevention of high blood pressure, some cancers, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and so much more. It’s been linked to creating a healthier and happier body.
If you live in an area that is known for its cloudy weather and long, harsh winters, you’ll want to look for an indoor tanning center. You’ll gain just the vitamin D you need to combat so many problems, including depression and anxiety.
Reduce the Risk of Skin Cancer
It seems odd to hear that indoor tanning can help to reduce the risk of developing cancer. UV rays are known for their harmful effects on the body. They affect the cells, killing them and promoting the abnormal cell growth. However, we’ve just said that the boost in vitamin D can help to reduce the risk of some cancers. This includes ovarian, breast, and kidney cancers.
What about the skin cancer? Well, indoor tanning reduces the risks compared to outdoor tanning. It’s all due to the amount of time that you spend on the beds or in the stands. You will spend less time on the indoor tanning beds since you’re less likely to fall asleep on them. Most people snooze on the beach, spending more time out there than they initially expected.
You’re at a lower risk of burning your skin when on the beds or in the stands. You get all the benefits, though.
However, you will need to make sure you follow guidelines when using the tanning beds. Most companies will have policies that you need to follow, such as only using the beds once a day and only for a certain period. This isn’t because they want to be stingy, but because they want to avoid health risks associated with the tanning beds. They also need to follow regulations set by authorities to make sure you are safe the whole time.
Sure, you can go to another company, but you’re just putting your health at risk. Don’t use the beds for longer than 30 minutes and no more than once or twice a week. Listen to the companies that give you the guidelines designed to help you get all the benefits without the risks.
You’ll also want to make sure you follow guidelines on the eyes. The UV rays will damage your eyes and can lead to sight problems. Always wear protective covers, regardless of how long you spend in the booths.
Indoor Tanning Can Help Reduce Scar Visibility
You’ve likely heard that exposure to the sun can affect the look of your scars. It often makes the scans worse. However, there are some scars that can look better when you use indoor tanning booths. This is more of an optical illusion than working on reducing the sight of the scars.
The reason your scars stand out is that they are a different color to the rest of your body. They tend to be darker, making them look prominent. If you tan your body and darken your skin, you can make the scars look fainter than before.
You will need to put some protective sunscreen on the scars. While darkening the rest of your skin, the UV rays will darken the scars, too. You can help to lighten them by using some lemon juice on these parts of the skin to encourage the UV rays to lighten these parts of the skin.
Thinner scars are much easier to reduce than thick ones. If you have thin scars from cosmetic surgery, you’ll want to consider half an hour a week on the tanning beds to help. The beds can also help to reduce the look of your stretch marks.
Reduce the Sight of Jaundice Skin
If you have jaundice skin—a yellowy tinge to your skin—you will need to talk to your doctor. This is a sign of another health problem, usually linked to the liver. However, jaundice can also be a side effect of medications. Your doctor can’t help you get rid of the problem without taking you off the medication, causing more health problems.
The great news is that you don’t always have to put up with it. If you are seeking medical help, you can also use tanning beds to help improve the look of the skin. The UV rays help to improve the organ function since you’re getting the vitamin D to support your body’s full functions.
That yellow tone starts to darken under the rays. While the side effect or symptom will still be there, it’s less visible, so you have more confidence to step outside.
Improve Your Weight Loss Efforts
Did you know that indoor tanning can also boost your weight loss efforts? The UV rays help to boost the metabolic rate, by improving the action of the thyroid gland. As your metabolism speeds up, you start to burn more calories. It’s easier to create a calorie deficit, so you start to lose weight or maintain your weight loss.
Indoor tanning beds will also make it easier to stick to your diet or healthy eating program. During the winter months, you want the comfort foods because your mood naturally takes a dive. Even the happiest people in the summer can find the winter months hard and depressing because of the lack of vitamin D.
When you reach for comfort foods, you’ll likely reach for higher-calorie foods. You want the starchy carbs and the chocolate, even though you won’t likely be as active. After all, do you want to go out when the nights get darker earlier? You’re making it harder to stick to a lower calorie diet, so you end up preventing your body burning stored calories.
Opting for indoor tanning during the winter months will help to keep your mood happy. The darker, colder nights don’t seem as bad. You can lay back and pretend that you’re on a beach somewhere, making you feel happier within yourself.
And remember that it’s not just the metabolism that gets a boost. The thyroid gland is affected positively. If you have an underactive thyroid that leaves you feeling fatigued and depressed, you want to consider getting more fake sun. You’ll find that the underactive thyroid symptoms are less likely to affect you.
Brings Balance to the Hormones and Oils
Your skin gains more benefits than just a tan. The oil production, hormonal balance, and look of the skin are all improved when you opt for indoor tanning. Sure, these benefits are gained from all tanning, but indoor tanning gives you the benefits in measured doses. You don’t get too many UV rays that will cause damage to the skin that outweighs all the benefits.
Let’s just look at the oil production first. UV rays help to bring balance to the levels of oils produced by the body. The body naturally produces serum to keep the skin moisturized and soft. However, the winter elements can lead to the oils being prevented, so the skin becomes dry and rough. Tanning helps to keep the oil production up, so dry skin is a thing of the past.
Others will find their oil production is too high. Their oily skin leads to blocked pores. By bringing balance to the oil production (through the balance of the hormones), it’s easy to avoid problems linked to excess oil and blocked pores.
Overall, acne is less likely to form. It’s easy to remove skin problems like eczema and psoriasis. While the tanning beds are “fake sun,” they’re the same UV rays. It’s still technically a natural way to boost the hormonal balance and improve the oil production.
It’s a Cheaper Form of Tanning
While jetting off to some magical destination will be a dream, there are things that prevent it becoming a reality. Unfortunately, money and time off work get in the way from us being able to get away during the winter months.
The indoor tanning beds are highly beneficial for this. Sure, you will have to spend a little money, but it’s not as much as the few thousand dollars that it would cost to get to the Caribbean. You also only need to take half an hour out of your day, making it much cheaper and easier to get your tan.
Some companies will also offer deals if you book a certain number of sessions on the tanning beds at the once. That means you can save even more money on your indoor tanning, while you get all the same health benefits.
Use Indoor Tanning Beds Healthily and in Moderation
Like with anything in this life, it’s all about moderation. UV rays can be good, but your body only needs them in a small amount. If you get too many rays, you will out-do all the good that they are creating within the body!
Outdoor tanning makes it harder to control some UV rays you get. The cloud covering can minimize the number of rays that get through, but you have no idea just how much you’re getting. The rays in tanning beds are all easier to control. You know that they are at a level that is safe for your skin, if you use the tanning beds responsibly and in moderation.
Follow the advice given by the reputable indoor tanning companies. They follow FDA regulations to make sure you only get as much UV as your skin needs. When you do that, you will boost the vitamin D in your body, reduce the look of scars, reduce acne, and boost your weight loss efforts.
What are you waiting for? Find your indoor tanning booths today and take advantage of this cheaper and easier way of getting your tan.