Common Misconceptions and Medical Myths about Indoor Tanning
Elizabeth A. Hennen Daytona Beach Tanning and Anti-AgingTwenty-eight million Americans can’t all be completely wrong. That is the number of Americans that regularly attend indoor tanning salons across the country according to tanning industry statistics in 2007. Even if they were to be wrong, clearly a large number of people have found reasonable levels of benefits from indoor tanning, enough so that they continually go back on a regular basis. If you still have your doubts, or doubt the judgment of these millions upon millions, then perhaps some of the myths addressed in the following article could help you change your mind.

The most frequently pegged myth to indoor tanning is that these salons and booths are one of most common causes of skin cancers that plague Americans today. This is false; actually overexposure to the sun is leading cause of skin diseases and cancers according to the CDC. Additionally, persons faced with tanning indoors versus outdoors are much safer when taking their tanning efforts to an indoor tanning salon. Here’s why: outdoor tanning delivers an uncontrolled and inconsistent amount of UV rays to your body, which generally leads to sunburns, and over time, an unhealthy and unnecessary amount of sun exposure that isn’t necessary to achieve the tanned skin you desire. When using an indoor tanning booth, individuals are undergoing a scientifically controlled amount of UV ray exposure per FDA regulations that allows for the minimal amount of harmful ray exposure to attain the most beneficial and healthy tan appearance individuals desire. There’s no denying the attractiveness of healthy, tan skin, and furthermore, there is no denying the safety of indoor tanning versus outdoor tanning.

Another less supported myth regarding tanning indoors centers around hypochondriac-like fears over the presence of disease and viruses on tanning beds. For starters, the CDC describes the chances of contacting any virus from a tanning bed as remote at best. Additionally, the helpful staff found at tanning salons across the country are required as part of their job duties to clean, sanitize, and prepare tanning beds for the next customer following any usage. If fears over disease or lack of cleanliness are truly too much to bear, then perhaps you should consider investing in an at-home tanning booth, which have also seen a marked rise in popularity over the past decade, which continues to increase.

The last myth this article will address revolves around the misnomer that any form of tanning and sun exposure, whether indoor or outdoor, is completely unhealthy. This myth is funny, considering that humans are the only biological creatures on earth that reside mainly indoors, not to mention all the plant and animal life that would become extinct without sunlight exposure. In fact, the benefits of regular, health UV ray exposure will always far outweigh any individual fears that might arise. Additionally, research even goes as far to show reasonable levels of sun exposure will decrease risks associated with acquiring Alzheimer’s disease, eczema, acne, and disorders of the skin, not to mention ovarian, breast, colon, and prostate cancers.

How Does My Skin Type Affect The Indoor Tanning Process?

Each person’s skin presents very unique characteristics that help make each person the individual person that they are. When undergoing indoor tanning, these unique skin types need to be considered in order to promote safety when tanning. In addition, the effectiveness and lasting ability of an indoor tanning session is greatly influenced by the decisions you make based on your skin type when inside the tanning salon. Information provided here, as well as a person to person interview with one of the helpful professionals at our tanning salon will always be able to provide you with best and most applicable knowledge when it comes to skin types and indoor tanning.

There are typically six general skin types that people fall under, which include:

Type I- Skin type I will generally never tan, but rather unfortunately, almost always produces sunburn. These individuals possess skin which does not produce much melanin at all, and in turn, will most likely be best suited to avoid almost all types of sun exposure

Type II- Skin type II will is sensitive to sunburn, but will produce a healthy tan if done properly in an indoor tanning arena. The controlled exposure provided by indoor tanning booths allows these individuals to produce a healthy amount of color, without having to deal with the pain of sunburns.

Type III- Skin type III is the most commonly seen skin type in the United States, which allows for reasonably easy tanning, but with the potential of sunburn with overexposure.

Type IV- Skin type IV produces a dark tan very easily that retains itself over very long periods of time. Typically, the individuals having Type IV skin will be hard pressed to suffer from sunburn, however, overexposure can always lead to slight sunburn, not to mention dryness, cracking, and other skin ailments. Indoor tanning can control these negative side effects, while giving people with Type IV skin the healthy glow and color they so desire.

Type V- Skin type V produces a tan extremely easily and rarely will ever burn.

Type VI- Skin type VI tans almost without question and will never, ever produce sunburn. These individuals almost always already have a very dark skin complexion, and rarely, if ever, feel the need to undergo tanning in any form.

Learning and assessing your personal skin type is one of the first steps in garnering the healthy, glowing, tan complexion you desire. Given that skin type is a heredity condition, rather than gained over time, controlled exposure is best method of working with your existing skin type to produce the most ideal tan, rather than trying to press the genetics issue and endure harsh burns and other ailments from overexposure from uncontrolled UV rays found in outdoor tanning. Additionally, working alongside the facts presented about your skin type will help you tan without fear of doing any damage to your skin, whether temporarily in the form of sunburn, or in a more serious long term scenario.