Sunlight Has Benefits!
People are often confused about tanning. It’s not surprising. Some doctors, even dermatologists, are confused or misinformed.
The truth is that a sunburn (or erythema) is your skin’s worst enemy. Sunburn is an injury to your skin caused by uncontrolled overexposure to ultraviolet light (outdoor sunlight). This injury doesn’t turn into a tan.
That’s why tanning at Fun Tan, in an indoor, controlled environment is so much better. It allows you to control exactly what kind of light and how much of it your skin receives. It also allows you to eliminate many environmental variables that can’t possibly be controlled outdoors.
What’s even better? There is proven, scientific research to show that controlled UV exposure received in a non-burning fashion outweighs the risks. Here’s the research to prove why:
- Tanning beds with UVA and UVB are good sources of Vitamin D. (The Lancet Medical Journal) Sunlight is the only reliable source of Vitamin D and provides the requirements for most of the world’s population (Boston University)
- Vitamin D produced from controlled UV exposure is activated in the body by the liver, kidneys, breasts, ovaries, colon and prostate. The activated form tells your cells to grow properly, thereby helping inhibit cancer growth. (Dr. Michael Holick, Boston University)
- Regular exposure to controlled UV light treats osteoporosis and osteomalacia. (Journal of Gatroneurology)
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), with symptoms such as sadness, insomnia and carbohydrate cravings, is most common in northern areas where exposure to sunlight in the winter months is significantly decreased. (National Institute of Mental Health)
- Exposure to controlled UV light increases the body’s ability to metabolize cholesterol, leading to a 13% decrease in blood cholesterol levels (New England Journal of Medicine)
- Studies indicate that exposure to controlled UV light may have similiar effects as exercise: a decrease in blood pressure, a lower resting heart rate, and a 39% increase in the heart’s output of blood. (University of Frankfurt, Germany)
- Reports from the National Psoriasis Foundation indicate that 80% of those suffering from this skin disease improve when they are exposed to controlled UV light.
- Ten minutes of exposure to controlled UV light one to three times a week has been demonstrated to reduce the frequency of colds up to 40.3%. (Dr. Z. Kime, Sunlight, World Health Publications)