Another Side of Tanning

Another Side of Tanning

By Jessica Rothe, Reporter

Don’t you wish we could all have beautiful summer skin all year round? Thirty-seven percent of girls ages 13-19 use tanning booths in the United States, and assuming Wantagh’s rates were the same, then 200 girls spend about $20 per week just to spend 10 to 15 minutes in a box of light-bulbs. There are many misconceptions about tanning outdoor verses indoors.

Everyone always say never tan in a booth, because it’ll give you cancer, but tanning actually does have endless health benefits. Did you know ultraviolet rays (also called UV rays) can speed up your metabolism causing you to lose weight? Most people tan to feel more secure with the way they look. I don’t tan just to have my skin darkened but I have found it clears my face better than any product I’ve tried, it seems to work instantly. These are just physical aspects of my point of view; there are also internal gains and losses.

Vitamins D and E are vitamins that are rarely found, vitamin D helps prevent osteoporosis, or weakening of the bones, and vitamin E prevents heart disease. Exposure to the sun or UV rays gives you these vitamins. SAD or seasonal affective disorder is when you don’t get enough sunlight (or Vitamin D & E) so you become very depressed. It affects 2,500,000 people in the United States alone, that’s 6% of the population. Studies have shown Americans with SAD who tan feel happier afterwards, sunlight or artificial sunlight can even cure the problem.

Although extreme UV ray exposure is said to cause cancer, that’s doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy in moderation. There are many negative effects to UV ray exposure, but some people act like the sun is going to kill you just from going outside. Of course SPF should be worn while going out in the summer for long periods of time, just because the sunlight is good for you, that doesn’t mean you should over use it. Try not to lay out for more than an hour and a half at a time and only once a week.