Beneficial effects of tanning beds

We hear so much about the bad effects of tanning beds causing skin cancer that we’re made to wonder if there’s anything good that can be said about a tanning bed.

You might ask ...are tanning beds safe?

A very valid question that depends on how the bed is manufactured and the amount of time one spends inside it.

You might be surprised to know that some manufacturers of tanning beds have our safety and good health in mind by eliminating the bad effects and only providing good healthy benefits of tanning beds.

Safe tanning beds do have beneficial effects

So yes, there are some safe tanning beds which means that all tanning beds do not cause skin cancer.

How do you know if it’s a safe tanning bed or an unsafe one?

A good indicator of a bad tanning bed is when you are using it and hear a humming or buzzing sound. That sound means you are being zapped from an electromagnetic ballast, just inches away from where you are lying.

You definitely should not use a bed that gives out that sound.

The type of tanning bed you use can have a positive effect or a damaging effect on your risk of getting cancer.

What are the benefits of tanning beds that are safe?

• Safe tanning beds have less dangerous UVA than sunlight. UVA rays penetrate deeper into your skin and as a result cause premature aging, wrinkles and skin cancer. Learn more..

• A safe tanning bed is one of the best vitamin D sources available, thus protecting you from skin cancer and the risk of many other cancers and chronic disease.

• It is a better source of vitamin D than taking supplements. Note: If you’re unable to get sunshine exposure or exposure from a safe tanning bed, then do take supplements.

A very important thing to always keep in mind is to never OVEREXPOSE yourself to the sunlight or safe tanning beds. Never allow your skin to become more than a very light shade of pink. NEVER!


My experience with tanning beds:

I confess that I have never used a tanning bed more than 2 or 3 times in my life. I was in my middle 30's and a member of a health club. It was all new to me and I didn't have enough interest to stay in it for more than, maybe a little longer than a minute.

Any knowledge I have about tanning beds I've learned from Meghan Rothschild's personal experience with tanning beds and melanoma, plus some research that I have done.

I simply want you, the reader to be aware of the dangers and the benefits ...and to be safe and healthy.


Links related to Effects of Tanning Beds:

Are Tanning Beds Safe
Tanning Beds and Skin Cancer
Negative Effects of Tanning Beds
Skin Cancer Causes
Risk Factors for Skin Cancer
Effects of Ultraviolet Radiation

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Hi! My name is Nick and I’m 56 yrs. old and this is part of my story. Let me tell you, I was like a lot of people out there and I had no idea that skin cancer was anything bad. I had Basal cell back in 2007, but that was no big deal and it was removed and that was the end of that. No one told me that it was a type of skin cancer (I looked it up on my computer). But still no big deal, it would not kill me.
But I did know the word "Melanoma"....." --by Nick

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Our Cancer Stories are so similar, mine and Gary's! - by Valerie  

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