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How To Choose A Residential Tanning Bed

Christine O'Kelly
Aug 23, 2008
Dermatologists and other skin care experts have argued that the sun can damage your skin and accelerate the aging process. They contend that excessive exposure to UVA and UVB rays can have long-lasting impacts. While there is some truth to what these experts say, their perspective often fails to address the benefits that your body enjoys as a result of exposure to sunlight.

As with most things that are related to our health, the key is found in moderation. While too much exposure to UV light can be potentially harmful, the absence of such exposure can also lead to problems. In this article, we'll discuss why tanning makes sense. We'll also describe the benefits of investing in your own residential tanning bed and tanning bed lotion.

Why Tanning Makes Sense

First, much is still unknown about the effects of the sun's UV light upon our skin. Decades ago, it was thought that UVB rays presented the greatest risk. Today, it has become increasingly clear that excessive exposure to UVA radiation presents as great a risk. That being said, it's important to point out that your body requires sunlight to produce vitamin D. For most people throughout North America and Europe, UVB radiation is the primary catalyst for production of vitamin D. Recent studies have suggested that vitamin D can help prevent the onset of diabetes, aid in regulating blood pressure, and even keep gum disease at bay.

The key to providing your body with the UV exposure it needs is to limit the duration and severity of that exposure. Again, moderation is essential. In this context, visiting a tanning salon or purchasing a residential tanning bed allows you to control both the time and level of exposure to UV light. When used with a tanning bed lotion, your skin can efficiently absorb the necessary UV rays.

Drawbacks Of Salon Tanning

Millions of people visit tanning salons each week. Some do so in order to give their skin a supple, chestnut tone that looks attractive. Others are becoming aware of the benefits of UV exposure and visit the salon as an alternative to spending time in direct sunlight. While visiting a tanning salon is a convenient way to give your body the UV exposure it requires, there are a few drawbacks to doing so.

First, it is an ongoing expense. While each visit seems to carry a negligible cost, the aggregate amount spent each year can be substantial. Second, there is an inherent lack of privacy when you visit a tanning salon. Third, even if you're not required to make an appointment, you'll still need to work around the salon's schedule. These are the main reasons why many people have begun to consider investing in a residential tanning bed.

Benefits Of A Residential Tanning Bed

When you buy a residential tanning bed for your home (and a supply of tanning bed lotion), you're effectively unshackled from the limitations of a salon's business hours. You can work around your own schedule. Not only does that boost your productivity, but it offers a level of convenience that a salon cannot match. What's more, being able to tan at home eliminates the ongoing expense of salon visits. Finally, the level of privacy afforded by owning your own residential tanning bed can make the experience more comfortable and enjoyable.

Tanning salons will likely continue to prosper for many years to come. In truth, they offer a great opportunity to control the level of UV exposure that your body enjoys (difficult to do in direct sunlight). For those who would prefer to do away with inconvenient salon visits, the ongoing expense, and lack of privacy, buying a personal residential tanning bed can be an investment that yields dividends for a lifetime.
About the Author
Christine O'Kelly is a writer for ESB Tanning Systems, an industry leader in residential tanning bed solutions, tanning bed lotions, and tanning systems. They provide an assortment of high-quality solutions that offer convenience, style, and effectiveness for every budget.
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