The benefits and harms of a solarium


There is a lot of conflicting information about the benefits and harms of tanning beds. And to resolve all your doubts, we wrote an article about the pros and cons of the main source of tanning in the cold season.

Solarium visits are perhaps the only way to get an even, beautiful, long-lasting tan at any time of the year. Probably, every woman of the modern metropolis at least once visited the solarium, which has become a small but characteristic part of our life.

The fashion for tanning was brought into fashion by the famous Coco Chanel in the early 20s. Prior to this, the presence of a tan was considered the lot of ordinary people who often worked under the sun and naturally acquired a characteristic skin color. But the trend of fashion led to the fact that after the Second World War the first lamps with ultraviolet radiation appeared. The industrial production of solariums began in 1976. Nowadays, people all over the world sunbathe in solariums, and as much as this happens, the debate about the benefits and harms of a solarium does not subside.

Solarium benefits

  • Solarium is the perfect way to get a tan in winter
  • Tanning in the solarium is more even than in the sun
  • With the help of a solarium, you can prepare your skin for a beach holiday.
  • Solarium sessions help get rid of acne
  • Ultraviolet strengthens the immune system, helps fight viral infections
  • Artificial tan is more beneficial than usual, because the harmful effects of the rays are minimized.
  • The rays of the artificial sun activate the production of vitamin D, which strengthens bone and muscle tissue.
  • Under the influence of ultraviolet rays, endorphins are produced in the human body, so the solarium helps in the fight against depression, has a beneficial effect on the psyche and nervous system in cold periods of time, which is especially important for northern countries
  • Moderate tan acts as a natural barrier to natural ultraviolet radiation

Solarium damage

  • UV rays destroy collagen and elastin in skin cells, drying it out and causing premature aging and wrinkling; make hair brittle
  • Artificial sun dries and dehydrates the skin, can cause burns
  • Solarium can exacerbate some chronic diseases, provokes the oncological diseases.
  • The production of melanin under the influence of ultraviolet radiation can lead to the formation of a malignant tumor — melanoma, which is difficult to treat. In recent years, the number of skin cancer patients has increased dramatically precisely because of the fashion for tanning in the solarium.
  • The skin behind the ears, which has never been touched by the sun’s rays, is 15 years younger than the skin of the face!
  • Research scientists have shown that regular visits to the solarium, and even more sunbathing in the solarium «to blackness» can cause mutations
  • Tanning in the tanning bed contributes to the thickening of the stratum corneum of the skin, which can exacerbate problems with clogged pores. What is not the best effect on the appearance and condition of the skin

As you can see, a solarium can bring both benefit and harm to your body. The correct solution is moderation and caution in its use. There are people who are not allowed to sunbathe in a solarium. The rest can be divided into those to whom it is indicated or contraindicated to sunbathe in a solarium.

You can not sunbathe in the solarium

  • People with pale skin, blond and red hair and freckles on the face («Celtic type»)
  • Pregnant or lactating women
  • On critical days
  • In the presence of skin diseases
  • With a tendency to cancer (you have a lot of moles on your body)
  • Mastopathy or other breast problems
  • When taking medications (antibiotics, sulfa drugs, tranquilizers, antidepressants, birth control pills)

Who is shown to sunbathe in the solarium

  • Frequently suffering from colds
  • Suffering from chronic bronchitis and pneumonia
  • Prone to depression, people in stress or long-term bad mood
  • With a lack of vitamin D in the body
  • With pustular skin diseases
  • With sluggish healing wounds, ulcers and bone fractures.

Who is contraindicated for solarium

  • For all acute diseases and exacerbation of chronic diseases;
  • Any type of bleeding (including menstruation);
  • With any, both malignant and benign tumors;
  • With severe forms of tuberculosis;
  • With pronounced manifestations of hypertension and ischemic disease, atherosclerosis;
  • With bronchial asthma with frequent and severe attacks;
  • With severe disorders of the nervous and endocrine systems;
  • With blood diseases and systemic diseases
  • For sun allergies

As you can see, talk about the benefits and harms of a solarium is not accidental, and has real grounds. Therefore, the main rule for you when visiting a solarium should be awareness and weighing all the risks, as well as the advantages of this method of tanning.

Health to you and a beautiful tan!

Author: Alexander Kuznetsov

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