With more than 1 in 5 guys age 18-24 hitting the sunbeds to top up their tan it's more popular than ever. In this blog, we're going to look into the benefits, the risks and everything in between.
Does a tan look good?
This is a subjective one as we all have different tastes and are attracted to different things, it also varies widely depending on location and culture. Having said that, in the western world at least it is generally considered and found in studies that having a tan is seen as attractive for the following reasons.
- A tan gives the appearance of being healthy. Being pale can be an indication of ill heath or poor diet therefore subconsciously we may associate having a tan with good overall health.
- A tan can improve definition and be slimming (think bodybuilders). It may give a more even skin tone hiding blemishes or inconsistencies on the face.
- It suggests you spend more time outdoors or go on holiday frequently, both of these are seen as positive lifestyle indicators and can make you more attractive.
What do you prefer, with or without a tan?
Vitamin D - Sunbeds create UV rays which the body synthesizes into Vitamin D, this plays an vital roll in the following functions;-
- Helps maintain strong teeth and bones
- Important for cognitive function and immune system
- May reduce the risk of diabetes and cancer
Skin Conditions - Exposure to UV radiation also known as phototherapy can help manage or even cure some skin conditions such as Eczema, Psoriasis, and Acne.
Depression - UV light can help alleviate depression particularly seasonal affective disorder (SAD) which is caused by an absence of sunlight in the winter months. Symptoms of SAD can be irritability, tiredness, lack of energy and weight gain.
Like natural sunlight, sunbeds give out ultraviolet (UV) rays that increase your risk of developing skin cancer, use over time can also damage your skin making it coarse, leathery and wrinkled. If you chose to use sunbeds here are a few tips you should use to reduce the risks.
- Chose a reputable tanning shop and make sure they have up to date equipment, old or damaged equipment carries a much higher risk
- Always use Goggles, these will be offered by the salon and will help protect your eyes and eyelids where the skin is much thinner
- Limit your sessions to 8 minutes especially when new to using sunbeds
- Leave at least 48 hours between tanning sessions
- Be aware that the younger you are, the greater the risk of developing skin cancer in later life.
If you decide to book yourself in for a sunbed, the tanning salon is likely to try and flog you a tanning lotion or accelerator. These typically range from £20-£55 and claim to enhance and improve your tan. In my experience they do work but aren't completely necessary, they can also be found much cheaper online.
The product I would recommend is called Australian Gold Accelerator and can be found on Amazon for around £15. It smells pretty good (especially if you like oranges) and make a noticeable difference to the results, please be aware that this product does not provide any protection against UV.
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