Tanning has always been a regular practice for most women in Europe and the United States. Individuals with lighter skin are those that commonly use every method just to get sun-kissed skin.

Although there have been many publications that tell the harmful effects of tanning, especially indoor tanning, many still continue to practice it. Below is a discussion about tanning:

The Benefits and Risks of Tanning

Most people pressed the same question. Is tanning safe? Yes, it is but only when you have done it moderately. Studies show that tanning brings positive effects on a person’s health.

Some of its benefits include increased Vitamin D levels, enhanced mood, and better appearance. The enhanced mood is attributed to the improved energy one feels when underexposure of the sun.

Lack of Vitamin D predisposes a person to numerous types of cancer, bone disease, heart disease as well as in autoimmune disorders. The body utilizes sunlight to synthesize Vitamin D3. It is recommended that moderate sunlight in exposed areas of the body helps it to produce the required amount of Cutaneous Previtamin D3 for individuals with light skin.

Is tanning safe to do all the time and to people of all ages?

Numerous studies show that frequent sun exposure is detrimental to anyone’s health. UV radiation induces skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma, carcinoma, and melanoma, the most fatal of the skin cancer types.

Frequent exposure to sunlight also hastens the process of skin aging. Exposure to UV and frequent free radical generation and Infrared Radiation are also inducers of the skin aging process.

Is tanning safe for people of different ages? No. Before deciding to have your tan, either naturally or cosmetically, it is best that you consult first with your doctor.

Ways to achieve safe sun-kissed skin:

Before sun exposure, exfoliate your skin first. Exfoliation removes dead cells giving way for younger skins to surface. Less dead skin cells, the longer is your tan to last longer.

Wear sunscreen. While the goal is to achieve a tan skin, sunscreen won’t block the process of tanning. In fact, the SPF found on sunscreens will help you expose yourself under the sun without the fear of damaging your skin.