Tanning Beds: Just How Safe Are They?

Tanning beds have always been in the midst of a great deal of controversy.  The subject has been debated back and forth, and there is no conclusion. The controversy still lingers. There are a number of people who feel that tanning beds are a safe option. There are an equal number of people who believe that tanning beds cause skin cancer and other skin related disorders.

What exactly is the truth? Are tanning beds safe? Are tanning beds unsafe? Let us try to get to the bottom of this. The experts say that tanning beds are a safe option to get a tan, provide these be used sensibly and under guidelines, with the proper precautions being taken.

The fact is that there are a number of precautions that need to be taken before a person uses a tanning bed. The first precaution is that a good quality skin moisturizer should be applied before entering the bed. Sensitive areas such as the lips should be protected by using a protective balm. The eyes should be covered by an FDA approved pair of sunglasses that are especially to be used while tanning. Using an ordinary pair of sunglasses will not block the harmful UV radiation and may cause ocular damage.

Provided these precautions are followed, tanning by using a tanning bed is much safer than tanning out under the sun. It just takes 12 minutes in a tanning bed under controlled conditions what one would normally achieve under the sun in an hour or two.

There are tanning saloon owners (not all, just a few) that give such saloons a bad name by not following these precautions rigorously. Many tanning saloon owners have a number of customers waiting for their turn. In order to prevent them from going away, these owners may speed up the tanning process by increasing the amount of radiation that the bulbs emit.

It might be a good idea for you to consider buying your personal tanning bed for use a home.