Why you’re So Addicted With Tanning Beds?

Heading out to that tanning bed again? Tsk… Tsk… with all the self-tanner that are available so easily that you can get and yet you still (unintentionally) putting yourself at risk, at the mercy of the tanning salons. Would you believe me if I’d say that you have an addiction to tanning your skin? Read on to find out more.

I suppose the tendency of being ‘in love’ with the sun comes from the ancient cultures – Egyptians, Celtic, and Aztecs to name a few – are some of the well-known civilizations that glorified the sun. And now, recent generations have put a twist in it, by using tanning beds or at least sunbathing yourself liberally at the beach. And it comes to a point that the need to have that sun-kissed, golden glow of the skin  that you’d risk yourself to get into tanning beds and/or ditching sunscreens altogether.

‘Tanorexic’ or ‘tanoholic’ are the terms coined for the recent craze of tanning. Although we’re all aware the dangers of overexposing your skin to the sun rays, there’s an increase of skin-related cases reported (majority of them, sadly, is melanoma) with tanning salons are the main factor of the cases, each year.

The addiction to tanning is the same as other kinds of addictions, and it’s also complete with withdrawal symptoms (which will make the whole recover process is a bit difficult). Within the addiction to tanning, researchers found that endorphins – producing euphoric feeling – created by exposing oneself to the UV rays may be the cause; in fact, they rose with the increase exposure to the rays.

I’m sure you experience it; a good sun ray can make you feel alive and fresh at one point.

The study, known as The Wake Forest followed eight people who went to tanning salon frequently to tan their body, with another eight people that are less so; with both groups are given a drug that blocks endorphin production and they’re both instructed to tan in both UV and non-UV tanning beds.

The groups who tanned frequently are found to be a-okay with UV tanning beds, but suffered from withdrawal symptoms when using non UV tanning beds. The other groups? They don’t experience any symptoms, whatsoever.

The addiction can be explained by our natural instinct that to get the sun exposure needed in order to synthesize vitamin D. While I personally don’t rule it out that it’s not wrong to expose yourself a little bit (don’t forget the sunscreen!) a little bit in the morning, tanning yourself for 3 hours straight in the afternoon is certainly a vitamin D-synthesis gone too far, even at the expense of leathery-skin and premature aging.

If you notice yourself that you tend to get a tan via tanning beds every so often, maybe you just get addicted to it. Trust me, like any other addictions, it can be a bad thing for your skin (I’m sure you know by now), and you’re lucky because healthier alternatives are available to you so why not use that chance?



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