Tanning Truth Information – Positive effects of sunlight

As the number of Americans who utilize tanning salons as a controlled alternative to outdoor tanning grows beyond an estimated 30 million, we have become increasingly aware of the many benefits that can be obtained from regular exposure to sunlight. There is also an increasing focus on the importance of managing the risks that come with overexposure to the sun and sunburn.

The Tanning Industry’s Base Belief

The professional indoor tanning industry’s scientifically supported position is summed up in this declaration: Moderate tanning, for individuals who can develop a tan, is the smartest way to maximize the potential benefits of sun exposure while minimizing the potential risks associated with either too much or too little sunlight.

This position is founded on the following tenets:

  1. Ultraviolet light exposure from the sun or from an indoor tanning unit is essential for human health, and getting it in a non-burning fashion is the smartest way.
  2. The professional indoor tanning industry promotes and teaches what we refer to as The Golden Rule of Smart Tanning: Don’t ever sunburn.
  3. For the past decade, the indoor tanning industry has been more effective at teaching sunburn prevention than those who promote complete sun avoidance. Since the mid-1990s, tanning industry research has supported what millions of indoor tanners have known all along: that non-tanners sunburn outdoors more often than people who tan indoors. The professional indoor tanning salon industry is part of the solution in the ongoing battle against sunburn and in teaching people how to identify a proper and practical life-long skin care regimen.
  4. A tan is the body’s natural protection against sunburn. Your skin is designed to tan as a natural body function.
  5. Every year, millions of indoor tanners successfully develop “base tans” before embarking on sunny vacations – tans that, combined with the proper use of sunscreen outdoors, help them prevent sunburn.
  6. There are known physiological and psychological benefits associated with sunlight exposure and there are many other potential benefits that appear linked to sun exposure, but need further research. The potential upside of these benefits is considerable and deserves further consideration. Because sunlight is free and vitamin D is a relatively cheap pharmaceutical product, research into the many benefits of vitamin D has not been funded to its natural conclusion.
  7. The body produces Vitamin D naturally when the skin is exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D deficiency has become a recognized epidemic in North America and overzealous sun protection practices likely have contributed to this.
  8. The risks associated with UV overexposure are manageable for anyone who has the ability to develop a tan.

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Why Is Indoor Tanning “Smart Tanning?

Smart Tanners are taking advantage of trained tanning facility personnel to learn exactly how their skin type reacts to UV rays from the sun and the best ways for them to avoid sunburn altogether. This intelligence allows smart tanners to minimize the risk of sunburn while maximizing the enjoyment and benefits of having a healthy tan.

By taking into account things like skin type, the intensity of the equipment being utilized and how long an individual has been tanning certified professionals in tanning facilities can help you customize a scheduled program to maximize the benefits of sun exposure.

This kind of control is virtually impossible outdoors, where seasonality, time of day, weather conditions, surrounding environment and altitude all make outdoor tanning a random act and sunburn prevention more difficult.


How Do Indoor Tanning Salons Teach Sunburn Prevention?

The main focus of the indoor tanning industry is to educate people on how to successfully avoid sunburn over the course of their life. Everybody spends time outdoors from time to time. The better educated people are about how to use sunscreens appropriately and how to properly moisturize their skin, the less likely they are to allow serious damage to incur from the sun.

Tanning is your body’s natural defense against sunburn and studies have shown that indoor tanners are much less likely to sunburn outdoors compared with non-tanners. Those who typically avoid the sun altogether are more likely to sunburn under outdoor exposure, even if they do try to use sunscreen.


Why Should We Be Concerned About Vitamin D Deficiency?

Vitamin D has been proven as a critical component to our health and happiness. It’s presence in our bodies helps control anxiety and depression, helps reduce one’s risk to cancer and other abnormal cells, and is necessary for the body to properly process calcium which helps prevent the effects of osteoporosis and bone deterioration.

The main source we have for our bodies to process Vitamin D is from the UVB rays of the sun, up to 90%. Studies show that people who live in sunnier climates are less susceptible to these ailments. It has also been proven that indoor tanning clients have higher levels of Vitamin D than non-tanners do.