Artificial sun: to be or not to be?

Nowadays, disputes about the benefits and dangers of tanning beds do not subside. Opinions
divided into two camps. Artificial tan supporters say
about his health character in the winter, the opponents
give their arguments about the dangers of artificial radiation on the skin. TO
which camp to join? Who is right?


  • Fake tan – good
  • Artificial tan – harm
  • Tanning rules in tanning beds
  • Contraindications for tanning in a solarium
  • Types of tanning salons
  • Summarizing

Fake tan – good

The first and main argument adherents of artificial tanning
is vitamin D deficiency in the winter. Vitamin D
synthesized in our body under the influence of solar
rays. Prolonged vitamin D deficiency can trigger
the number of cancers and increase the likelihood of developing
osteoporosis. Vitamin D deficiency adversely affects work
immunity, weakening its protective properties.

zagar v solearii

Second argument Solarium contributes to a good mood.
In the autumn and winter in the Northern Hemisphere, there is a lack of sunlight
adversely affects both the well-being of people and their
psycho-emotional state.

Experts have long argued that the lack of sunlight
causes depression. This is especially true of residents living in
northern latitudes, where half the winter lasts. In many northern
countries, doctors prescribe phototherapy and tanning beds as
medications for depression.

The third argument. For some skin diseases solarium
promotes healing of skin tissues. For example, with psoriasis
Short-term exposure to ultraviolet radiation is very useful. condition
skin improves after the first sessions. But in this case speech
It is not exactly about tanning, but about PUVA therapy. PUVA therapy
Is a combinatorial treatment method consisting of applying
photoactive substances and long-wave ultraviolet radiation.
The solarium is useful after the end of treatment, when necessary.
eliminate traces of psoriasis.

And the last argument: the tanning bed prepares the skin for
natural exposure. In the solarium ultraviolet comes
dosed and the skin gradually gets used to it, and already on
prepared skin the risk of burns is minimal.

Thus, the rest of the sea does not present us unpleasant
surprises and we can fully enjoy the long-awaited
holiday But even in this case, do not forget about sun
creams and sunbathe correctly.

Artificial tan – harm

Now consider the arguments put forward by opponents
tanning bed

The first argument. Solarium forms tanorexia (dependence on
ultraviolet radiation). Specialists for sure
found that tanning is addictive, like
narcotic. Tanorexia, like any other kind of addiction,
need to be treated in a medical facility at the appropriate

Second argument Solarium contributes to the development of melanoma.
Ultraviolet abuse can trigger like skin cancer,
and its especially dangerous form – melanoma. The reason is so terrible
diseases – type A ultraviolet, which is absorbed by our skin
and has the ability to accumulate in the body.

The third argument. Excessive UV causes hypercalcemia
(vitamin D intoxication) There is a paradox here. With
excess time under ultraviolet light, produced in the skin
two thirds more vitamin D than when a person
is in the shade.

And the more time a person is in the sun, the less
Vitamin D is produced in its skin. This becomes noticeable in his
well-being. Sun exposure the first few hours
cause joy and cheerful state of mind, but long
pastime in the sun causes fatigue, lethargy and

The fourth argument. Solarium provokes the development
hyperpigmentation. Ultraviolet radiation, and specifically UV-A rays
able to cause the formation of pigment spots. Special
Carefully need to be with UV radiation to persons using
contraceptives, hormones, retinoids and diuretics
facilities. These drugs are able to intensify the appearance of chaotic
pigmentation – chloasma (uneven hyperpigmentation of the skin)

The fifth argument is quite paradoxical. Usually ultraviolet is good
copes with rashes on the skin, but with acne tanning
contraindicated. The first couple of sessions improve the condition of the skin, but this
imaginary effect. After a while, acne progresses,
rashes become more and more difficult

Tanning rules in tanning beds

  1. If you purchased a subscription in a solarium, then first of all it should
    consult with your doctor. With some diseases
    visit to the solarium is contraindicated.
  2. Do not use a shower with soap in front of a solarium. Soap breaks
    pH of the skin and dissolves the natural fatty film that can
    cause burns.
  3. Before an ultraviolet session, you can not use perfume.
  4. To go to the solarium were a blessing, you should visit the solarium
    strictly on schedule. For example, once a week for 5-10
    minutes The session time in a tanning salon depends on the type of skin. The lighter
    skin, the less the duration of the session in the solarium.
  5. It is necessary to use pads on nipples, moles, piercings and
  6. Be sure to use glasses, protect lips moisturizing
    balsam, and hair hiding under the cap.
  7. That tan turned out uniform, special are used
    tanning products in tanning salons. They contribute to the production of melanin
    and protect the skin. Sunscreens for natural tanning
    tanning beds are ineffective.
  8. Before tanning is applied tanner that matches
    your skin type. After tanning cream is used that moisturizes
    and soothes the skin.
  9. You can not visit the solarium immediately after peeling and other
    cosmetic procedures.

Attention! It is not recommended to sunbathe in the solarium and on
the sun. If you have already been to a tanning salon, then avoid this day.
the sun

Contraindications for tanning in a solarium

There are a number of contraindications and limitations to tanning in
tanning beds. It is not recommended to visit the solarium in the following cases:

  • gynecological diseases;
  • with a large number of moles on the body;
  • while taking certain medications (contraceptives and
    hormonal drugs);
  • in the presence of diseases of the endocrine system;
  • in case of oncological diseases;
  • during exacerbation of chronic and infectious diseases;
  • with tuberculosis and bronchial asthma;
  • after cosmetic procedures.

Types of tanning salons

All tanning beds are divided into two groups:

  • horizontal;
  • vertical.

In a horizontal solarium tan taken lying down. it
comfortable enough, but there is a possibility of uneven
distribution of tanning on the skin, since radiation in tanning beds
can be one-sided. Very many as a disadvantage
horizontal tanning beds bring the fact that the body is in contact with
protective glass. And this is a violation of the rules of hygiene. Also because
tight contact with the protective glass on the body are white

In a horizontal solarium, the lamp power has a lower
intensity that affects session time. He lasts
somewhat longer than a session in a vertical tanning bed.

In a vertical tanning bed tan is taken in a standing position. In him
skin does not contact with protective glass, you can hold on to
special handrails that provide uniform tanning
of the whole body. Sunburn in a vertical solarium is as close as possible to
naturally, and the session time is less than


We looked at all the arguments for and against a tanning bed, and the conclusions
not at all in favor of artificial tan. From the above, you can
notice that the benefits of tanning is much less than harm. How to be
those who can not imagine their lives without going to the solarium? For whom
tanned golden chocolate skin is an important attribute

First, don’t get upset. Secondly, remember: everything is needed
measure. With a reasonable dosage approach to artificial radiation,
harm from visiting a tanning bed can be minimized. The main thing –
follow the generally accepted rules of tanning in a solarium, which, by the way
say, not at all difficult.

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