Tan for Health – Benefits, Negatives, and suggestions


Indoor Tanning, Are There Healthy Benefits?

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9 Things To Know About Indoor Tanning Beds The Nebraska Medical Center

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Health Scare Experiment: Tanning Dangers The Doctors

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How Safe are Tanning Beds?

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The Truth About Tanning Beds

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Are Tanning Beds Safe? | How to Tan Safely | with Dr. Sandra Lee

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Is Tanning Healthy? Busting Common Myths About Tanning | Cancer Research UK

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The best recommendation I have found is to tan for enough time until you have a slight-pink appearance to your skin. Obviously, as you tan and get darker, this will increase in darkness for most. For me, I tan for 5 or so minutes in a 10-minute bed once per week since I mainly work an office job. If you work outdoors, you are probably good to go. There are no health benefits to tanning.

The practice of lying in the sun is actually risky and increases the potential of developing skin cancer. If you’re going to tan, however, and your goal is. And that can be good for your bones, your immune system and perhaps other parts of the body.

Warnings about the dangers of tanning and sun exposure argue that even brief exposures to intense sun can damage skin and increase cancer risk. And there are other ways to get vitamin D, such as dairy products and supplements. In fact, any tanning can have health complications later in life. Tanning beds and outdoor, beach tanning both expose the skin to harmful UV rays. You still need to use indoor tanning beds and options in moderation.

Health organizations have driven home the message that the sun exposure needed to get a tan increases your chances of getting skin cancer. Recently researchers at the Harvard-affiliated Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston have conducted a series of experiments that put tanning in a. Eczema is an inflammation of the epidermis and regular indoor tanning has also been known to reduce flare-ups of itchy, dry and flaky skin associated with the illness. Aside from all of these great side-effects of tanning indoors, there is one reason to tan that could outshine all the rest. And, contrary to popular belief, getting a tan will not protect your skin from sunburn or other skin damage.

The extra melanin in tanned skin provides a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of about 2 to. Sunless tanning products, also called self-tanners, can give your skin a tanned look without exposing it to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Sunless tanning products are commonly sold as lotions, creams and sprays you apply to your skin. Professional spray-on tanning also is available.

Pros If you’re looking for a natural tan, it doesn’t get any more natural than tanning under the sun. Tanning by the natural rays of the sun gives the body vitamin D. This vitamin plays a vital role in your body: it maintains both muscles and bones so that the body can properly develop and heal itself. It is a great opportunity to get a free sun tan, become more attractive and healthier.

It is well known that moderate amounts of sunlight stimulate vitamin D production that regulates calcium metabolism. But, at the same time scientific researches have shown that sun rays have a great negative effect.

List of related literature:

The indoor tanning industry is prevented by the US government from advertising this ‘health benefitſ although they have certainly tried.

“Cancer of the Skin E-Book: Expert Consult” by Darrell S. Rigel, Robert Friedman, June K. Robinson, Merrick I. Ross, Clay J Cockerell, Henry Lim, Eggert Stockfleth, John M Kirkwood
from Cancer of the Skin E-Book: Expert Consult
by Darrell S. Rigel, Robert Friedman, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2011

The indoor UV tanning industry: A review of skin cancer risk, health benefit claims, and regulation.

“Jarvis's Physical Examination and Health Assessment E-Book” by Helen Forbes, Elizabeth Watt
from Jarvis’s Physical Examination and Health Assessment E-Book
by Helen Forbes, Elizabeth Watt
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2011

If you’re going to be outside for sports, use a lotion with SPF 30 (for UVB) and a four-star rating (for UVA) and reapply every two hours.

“YOU: Being Beautiful: The Owner's Manual to Inner and Outer Beauty” by Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet Oz
from YOU: Being Beautiful: The Owner’s Manual to Inner and Outer Beauty
by Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet Oz
Scribner, 2008

Fisher DE, et al: Indoor tanning.

“Andrews' Diseases of the Skin E-Book: Clinical Dermatology” by William D. James, Dirk Elston, James R. Treat, Misha A. Rosenbach, Isaac Neuhaus
from Andrews’ Diseases of the Skin E-Book: Clinical Dermatology
by William D. James, Dirk Elston, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2019

Health Act 1956 (New Zealand), Pt 5: Artificial UV tanning services.

“Lewis's Medical-Surgical Nursing EBook: Assessment and Management of Clinical Problems” by Di Brown, Helen Edwards, Thomas Buckley, Robyn L. Aitken
from Lewis’s Medical-Surgical Nursing EBook: Assessment and Management of Clinical Problems
by Di Brown, Helen Edwards, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2019

Once you have a tanning bed, I recommend outfitting it with a type of lamp called a Wolff Dark Tan II Plus, which combines the highest UVB rating with the lowest UVA rating (UVA rays may be more carcinogenic than UVB rays), or another good lamp called a Collatan Maxi Twist.

“Boundless: Upgrade Your Brain, Optimize Your Body & Defy Aging” by Ben Greenfield
from Boundless: Upgrade Your Brain, Optimize Your Body & Defy Aging
by Ben Greenfield
Victory Belt Publishing, 2020

Commercial sunbeds, as used for indoor tanning, have been increasingly marketed as providing health benefit.

“CRC Handbook of Organic Photochemistry and Photobiology, Third Edition Two Volume Set” by Axel Griesbeck, Michael Oelgemöller, Francesco Ghetti
from CRC Handbook of Organic Photochemistry and Photobiology, Third Edition Two Volume Set
by Axel Griesbeck, Michael Oelgemöller, Francesco Ghetti
CRC Press, 2019

There is no such thing as a “healthy tan.”

“Dermatology Secrets Plus E-Book” by James E. Fitzpatrick, Joseph G. Morelli
from Dermatology Secrets Plus E-Book
by James E. Fitzpatrick, Joseph G. Morelli
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2010

Gaughan M, Padilla RS: Use of a topical fluorescent dye to evaluate effectiveness of sunscreen application, Arch Dermatol 134:515, 1998.

“Wilderness Medicine E-Book: Expert Consult Premium Edition Enhanced Online Features” by Paul S. Auerbach
from Wilderness Medicine E-Book: Expert Consult Premium Edition Enhanced Online Features
by Paul S. Auerbach
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2011

Determine that each subject is in good general health with skin type I, II, or III as follows: (1) Always burns easily; never tans (sensitive).

“Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) TITLE 21 Food and Drugs (1 April 2017)” by Office of the Federal Register (U.S.)
from Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) TITLE 21 Food and Drugs (1 April 2017)
by Office of the Federal Register (U.S.)
Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Service, 2008

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  • Ok let me sum it up if you’re white stay out of the tanning bed if your skin LACKS the ability to absorb UV rays and produce melanin meaning Brown color Not an orangish color than obviously you shouldn’t be forcing your skin in attempts to try to tan you’ll Just wrinkle and age. melanin literally is a natural skin Protective mechanism which is why Ethnic people turn Brown or remain Brown over time with sun exposure while those of white ethnicity do Not and suffer from Skin damage caused by UV rays because Anglo Saxon white skin lacks melanin production. So the question is why would you want to damage your skin if you don’t Turn A True Brown color? The only thing you’re achieving is old wrinkled saggy aged spotted skin. I have olive skin that gets very light but always has a tint to it i can get a sun Burn when I’m light But It always turn very brown when exposed to UV rays I use tanning beds because I like being tanner and it doesn’t bother my skin. If that’s Not you than stay out of tanning beds Protect your UV ray sensitive skin

  • This wasn’t very thorough, you just told us it was bad for you and yatayata. What about people who are deficient in vitamin D and Calcium? Wouldn’t a little sun be beneficial for many people? Also do the self Tanner’s look even or natural? You needed to go further with this I believe

  • This is so annoying. What we all need to understand is that we live in different parts of the world. Obviously in Australia with the strong dangerous sun they have during summer, sun beds are illegal. They get way more sun then what’s good for them.
    But for us living in Norway, we don’t get sunlight for like 5 months straight. It’s dark outside when you wake up and it’s dark outside when you get of work. Even in the summer we hardly have nice weather.
    So don’t tell me that I will get cancer or wrinkles from tanning in a sunbed once a week! We also have very strict laws for tanningbeds in Norway.
    I think we need to speak more about us who live in dark and cold climates.
    Without sun we get sick, depressed and we have no energy. Moderation people! Being in the sun is healthy and necessary!

  • I wish I would have been wiser in my 20’s and 30’s about tanning inside and outdoors. After my husband had basal and squamous cell carcinoma removed I have decided to have my skin checked head to toe for any suspicious looking moles spots etc. Please dont use a tanning bed.

  • I was waiting to hear about it clearing up people’s acne. I’m 31 and I don’t use the tanning bed now. I started using them because it cleared up all breakouts??

  • the problem with sunless tanner and stuff like that is that it’s heavily influenced by gender norms. as a guy, no fucking way i can use sunless tanner. purposely tanning as a guy is already being viewed as feminine, but using sunless tanner is unachievable for many guys and the stigma attached to it is awful. i’ve gotten looks trying to get sunless tanner, and when partners find out about it they are weirded out. I just tan outdoors, i already deal w stigma for some things i do and the friends i have, the last thing i need is another highly stigmatized thing to pick up

  • Tanning beds use regulated amounts of UV rays. The sun does not. I have tanned for 20 years. No wrinkles and no skin cancers. I have moisturized obsessively and prevented a severe burn. The less you burn, the less likely you are to develop skin cancer. And people will die no matter what, so why not feel good. If you don’t like it don’t do it! But don’t attack others if they choose to do so.

  • For the sunless tanners, what ingredients should I avoid? I really am not familiar with them but would like to look into it. Any recommendations? So many to choose from, I want to buy something safe.

  • I only got skin cancer and tanning bed caused it.i used it for 14 Years 3 X per week. 20 min. Each time. I stoped using sun, or sun bed for 15 years, and one day I found something on my ankle and it is a cbb cancer. Lovely. I am waiting for the biopsy appointment. Guys don’t don’t don t don’t use sun beds. Use fake tan instead, but not the spray one b cause it cause lung cancer. Use the foam. Thank you

  • Not everyone can absorb supplemental vitamin D especially if they have gut issues such as Crohn’s disease. Cosmetic tanning usually tanning beds that are level 2 and up use higher UVA which can be damaging especially if used daily, that’s the type of tanning that is bad and can lead to skin cancer. However, level 1 tanning beds used 2 to 7 minutes, twice a week depending on your skin tone help your body in making vitamin D even if you have gut issues. NOTE: Wait atleast 48 to 72 hours before using a tanning bed for the second session of the week and use a tanning bed lotion for the skin for example “Maui Babe” tanning bed lotion it’s cheaper than the lotions at the salon and more natural/plant based with no orange tints if you fear looking like a pumpkin. Vitamin D is an important type of hormone, that supports the immune system, regulates insulin, allows your body to absorb calcium and magnesium among, other functions. Not allowing your body to access Vitamin D may actually cause breast, colon and prostate cancer or heart disease including depression. People of color especially should be getting some form of sun/UVB exposure as their natural base skin color takes a bit longer to make Vitamin D. Tanning beds are safe and can be used therapeutically for Vitamin D as long are they are not used for cosmetic purposes or used frequently for prolonged times. Tan safe and get your vitamin D my friends ��❤

  • I’ve been tanning since 15 yo and I’m 35 years old and seriously I look about 25yo, even back then I used “preventative maintenance ” I’m vain, yes I am, I use hyaluronic acid, retinol and of course antioxidant oils, I look great at 35 years looking 25Yo esp. Tanning for that long, ok yes I’ve had years breaks in between where I didnt tan, I’m just saying, I’m a proud “”ITALIAN JERSEY SHORE BOY & I fit all those f*cked up stereotypes, vain, muscular/gym 5x a week, tan of course, haircut once a week, I know tanning is bad, even for us Italians…..I’m trying to stop…..��

  • I have used tanning beds 2 times, I m 23 years. I m so scared, since I may have melenoma, 75% iz like being sure. Should I be that afraid?

  • Ignorance. Eyes are closed for the same reason you don’t stare into the sun you buffoons. UV light in a tanning bed is no different than sitting outside. It’s convenient, you just sit in there for 10-15mins and put on sunscreen it actually gives you a more even tan and protects your skin from the harmful UV. Don’t exceed using a tan bed more than a few times a couple months. I’m a guy and never was into it but I tried it and happy with the result and like most I look better with one. Like everything do all things in moderation. Hope this helps.

  • Meanwhile in reality, skin cancer rates increase the further away you get from the equator. Vitamin D deficiency is implicated in literally every single form of cancer. This is what you call propaganda

  • Ironic that the next vid up (Youtube’s fault) is a girl offering her bronzing tips! Some of the commenters there try to explain the risks, but to no avail…

  • Could you please cite your claims? The research please? The first point you made is so completely false it is no concentrated/intense exposure ugh! First of all they put the dermatologists out of business, because many people’s skin woes are cured with exposure to UV light hence why Dermatologists like yourself sell UV light sessions to their patients!! Second of all they put the Dermatologists out of business.

  • I have to say I love tanning beds! BUT I was thinking today (before I actually buy one) Do I really need to tan? I mean I see people in the dead of summer with little color and with a little makeup they look beautiful!! So I am experimenting on making my skin look healthy and clean; exfoliation, moisturization, diet. And I may use something like Jergens healthy glow….just experimenting…trying to simplify my life. Sound like a good idea to anyone else??

  • This is why all the ppl in their mid 50s all look about pushing 70 now… And my generation 24-36 all look alot younger at our age than they did when they were 30.

  • I’ve been on a bender watching lectures by physicians and endocrinologists about vitamin D. We need a lot more than we are getting. That’s not in dispute, but I really want to know if a 10-minute blast of UVB will help me stay nourished.

    Is a short blast ok?

  • Blueberries, watermelon and a good diet can’t protect your skin from extended exposure to uv light from sun or lamps. Being sun kissed and not sun burned is healthy.

  • BENEFITS of moderate sun exposure and tanning the RIGHT WAY.

    natural vitamin D production that you cannot get in a supplement.

    (If the sun was THAT bad, why would our bodies produce natural vitamin D from UV exposure.)

    Many cancers are actually linked to vitamin D deficiencies.

    Tanning before a vacation to get a base tan can help you not burn while on your vacation.

    Tanning at a professional salon that knows their equipment and knows how to skin type people will help you less likely burn. BURNING and over exposure are going to increase the risk of skin aging and skin cancers.

    So the whole dermatology industry needs to stop with their sun scare bullshit. Most cosmetics that contain SPF only block UVB, which is responsible for Vitamin D production. It’s not as effective at blocking UVA, too much UVA causes photoaging and decreased skin elasticity.

    Lastly, there are NO conclusive studies that actually show going into tanning beds causes skin cancer.

  • Yeah tanning beds… never will do that but I don’t see what’s so bad about just a little bit of strong sun like 10-15 minutes just for vitamin d.. not enough to burn/get color even with my pale skin.. Vitamin D can help reduce the risk of other cancers, helps bones and actually helps my mood so I’ll lay out in the sun, fuck it. I understand it’s not smart to be in the sun for long no sunscreen or obsessively try to get tan BUT it drives me crazy when people say all sun is bad for you and I’m gonna die no matter what anyways and skin cancer could be 1 in 30 problems i could have in my 60s/70s…

  • I do appreciate the warnings but what if vitamin D supplements and/or light therapy during winter months doesn’t help when struggling with depression? I‘m taking the risk because only going to the tanning places makes me feel better… ����‍♂️

  • My problem with your video is that you didn’t actually reference any scientific study or research for or against using tanning beds. Just listing commonly used reasons isn’t good enough. Without understanding the science behind it you can’t pretend to educate anyone. I don’t care if you have your M.D.

  • I have Ehlers-danlos syndrome so I produce faulty collagen and my skin wrinkles and gets fine lines regardless. No retinoids will ever work. No filler will properly do it’s job or last. But what does someone do who can’t wear fake tanning bronzers and get so porcelain pale that it looks like you’re ill?

  • The Good Lord created us naked in the sunshineand created our bodies to use the sun to make the vitamin d3 that is absolutely necessary for us to survive and thrive! With that said, all of the super intense, high powered beds paired with the loads of chemicals in the tanning products and lotions, and excessive exposure to both of these things, seems like a recipe for disaster! I doubt the sunless tanners have better, less damaging chemicals in them, either! So slather on some organic coconut oil, and go sit on the deck for 15 or 20 minutes, and read a good book!����

  • I mean I’m not condoning tanning but my grandfather who was born and raised in Italy he was so dark almost looked African American… and lived here in Florida for over 30 years worked out in the sun every day and lived till he was 94. I know tanning beds aren’t good but they good old vitamin D man.. I only hope to make it to half that age.

  • This video is providing false and wrong information. Sunbeds are UVB only, they create vit d which protects against cancer amongst an array of vital inner body protections. A lack of vit d3 is linked to multiple diseases and chronic conditions and the Northern hemispheres population is generally low on this vital vitamin. Modern UVB sunbeds are saving peoples lives because a) protecting again harmful rays and skin cancers b) supplying those that use them (and dont their skin for at least a day) with vit D3 once processed through the liver. This coupled with foods rich in Vitamin D such as salmon and certain mushrooms for example (and you could supplement further with a vitamin D3 supplement, i use liquid D3 2,500 iu) give the body the right amount of D3 for vital cellular functions and helps the absorption of an array of other vital minerals and vitamins for all round protection and good health. Im now in mt 31 st year of sunbeds, i look younger than most by 10+ years and my skin is in excellent condition and my health is A1+++. If in doubt go look at the Mediterraneans, their sunshine intake, their diet….then look at the the highest rates of skin cancers in Europe….LONDON AREA! Blasting your skin in roasting hot sunshine on sunny holiday, especially concentrated rays through sweat and water is the big danger, not sunbeds. UVA is the one to avoid and believe it or not suncreams make things worse not better, anything over factor 15 is useless and backwards. Now look at the link of MS for example and how its concentrated highest in places such as Orkney and Canada where sunshine is low. The key is moderate use of sunbeds, i go twice a month for 9 mins, thats enough for a little colour and thats what you want. DYOR please!!! Good health to you all.:)

  • I’m sorry but I think this is a very weak video, especially considering the quality of your other videos. Without a comparison to natural tanning and sun exposure we get outside we know nothing about the relative risks. Is 20 minutes in the summer sun on a beach worse/equal/better than 20 minutes under a tanning bed? There is also the difference in UVa and UVb radiation between exposures.

    What is the risk of a light tan in general? A light tan could provide protection against normal outdoor sun exposure as you are much less likely to get sunburnt if you have a tan. Is there a difference in cancer risk between sunburns and regular tans?

  • Medical school has given me so much acne, but I noticed in the summer when I get sunlight & tan (and am not in my books all day) my acne completely goes away. Everytime I get a tan my acne goes away, but I know how bad it is for me. I’ve used topicals and oral prescriptions, but I’m so tempted to go get a tan because it’s winter and my skin is back at it again with the crazy pimples lol. Any recommendations?

  • You are not a doctor in this subject so you are putting out miss information. I had ten mins on a bed and I was fine yet I spent 5 mins on a beach I got burnt was ill for a week and my skin was a mess. Sunbeds are safe as long as you don’t go over the top. Your full of crap stick to your pimples

  • How do you feel about using tanning bed for vitamin D for those who’s supplements did not work and are severely vit d deficient and live in a state where we don’t get a lot of sun?

  • THE DANGERS OF TANNING BEDS: burning you alive by a wooden plank falling in-between the beds and locking you inside whilst listening to roller coaster of love by red hot chili peppers 😉 Good luck

  • Okay, so the sun emits UVC, UVB and UVA… with UVC being by far the most dangerous as it is on the border of X-Rays. Tanning beds emit UVA and UVB but no UVC… so, they are inarguably safer from a spectral point of view! So, why are they considered well-lit coffins?

    Well… in truth the ONLY thing that makes tanning beds more dangerous is usage! You get up close and try to get a bronze tan in 10 minute sessions using INSANELY high intensity UV but high intensity means that it penetrates deep and causes structural damage to DNA resulting in rapid cell death (aging) and risking cancers such as melanomas. So don’t! It’s that simple! You should be aiming for a very light tan over a number of hours. Unfortunately, that kind of low-intensity use diverges from the manufacturers intentions.

    So, how do you home tan as safely as possible? Easy, you have to rearrange your tanning.

    You should be tanning at very long exposures, and at intensities so low that good sunglasses are adequate. Provided you get that right, you can build a remarkably safe home tanning room.

    To explore this, take a cheap pivoting canopy bed and aim it at a white wall (or, carefully, a ceiling) so that ALL you get is indirect UV. Then measure the UV exposure at the other side of the room using a UV Meter than can handle 290-390nm. By adjusting this setup you can achieve the equivalent of UV Index 3-4, which is a moderately bright day. It will take about hours to see any results at all usually just a little colour which will then develop over the next few days regardless of use.

    Unfortunately, a tanning bed next to a white wall will also produce a region of intense UV that you still cannot look at safely… so you still need goggles, but this is the general principle. The next trick is to diffuse the exposure more evenly so that those hot spots are virtually eliminated… but unless you have a very high ceiling, this almost certainly means dismantling the canopy

    Last year I did precisely that: )

    I used a PCE-UV34 meter which measures 290-390nm over about 0.002mW/cm^2 to 200mW/cm^2 in four ranges. Experiments with different numbers of 160W tubes in an old Philips HB555 canopy showed me that the best arrangement for my ‘home tanning room’ is to have the tubes fitted to the wall, 2 ft below the ceiling, behind a lighting trough (coving)… Mylar sheeting behind the tube increases their upwards throw and the shape of the mylar reflector and coving limits any uncomfortably bright ‘close-throw’ onto the wall. Almost everything needed was salvaged from the second-hand HB555 bought at a cost of £150 the wiring was extended and, later, a couple of lightswitches were added to selectively engage sets of tubes.

    The final arrangement allows me to switch between an equivalent UV Index of about 2 (with almost no real tanning potential, but it feels nice) to around an equivalent UV Index 4 (Still very much within the safe range, with a little colour showing after an hour or two) I am resisting the urge to increase this as it’s just about right for slow natural tanning.

    Best thing is that the light is very diffuse and ambient so no specific ‘posing’ is needed… although with all of the tubes turned on, I do find that a sun hat is useful (I am thinning a little on top). Sunglasses are sufficient given the low mW/cm^2 but I still tend not to try to read when in there… preferring listening to music. The walls reflect just enough UV that exposure is more or less even with the walls acting as a gentle fill, rather like sand does on a beach.

    The very best thing about my sun-room is that the room looks fairly normal as everything is hidden behind coving you’d never guess it was for tanning.

    Be aware that apparent brightness doesn’t correlate to UV level…

    In all of this it is important to remember that the blue or pink light you see is NOT the UV. This is why you need a meter that can properly measure the actual UVA/B. Also, note that white isn’t necessarily a good reflector… some surfaces reflect UV surprisingly well but not so much visible light… some whites reflect visible light very well but may absorb a lot of UV or possibly re-emit it as a different wavelength. This is one more reason a UV meter is absolutely critical.

    If I were doing it again I’d definitely hire a better UV meter, preferably a storage one with USB that either graphs against wavelength or lets you measure specific peaks as it would be useful to see the UVA and UVB separately to be absolutely sure that the UVB is within bounds, and not just the average and peak across the range. Continuous measurement to an SD-Card would also be far easier (and safer) than trying to take spot readings.

    But anyway…

    Despite the warnings tanning tubes are considerably safer than direct sunlight when exposure is equivalent. Unfortunately, all tanning beds are designed to dangerously over-expose you. So, home tanners should aim for exposures measured in hours at low intensities and with high diffusion. Your measured mW/cm^2 (for UV) should never reach peak noon levels but you should should instead aim for a comfortably warm early-summer.

    Also, simply limiting your time spent on a sunbed does nothing!!! ANY short exposure to high intensity UV will damage DNA!!! So, no shortcuts! You have to take it low and slow: )

  • I enjoy a sunbed,I do have Rheumatoid arthritis & Fibromyalgia & it does help with my conditions.Ive used sunbeds since I was 15 years old & im currently 48.Thus far I have had NO skin issues,but I do have olive easy to tan skin.Sunbeds in the last 5 years also have infra red collagen lamps,so for me im going to continue enjoying life in the sun / sunbed.I actually do believe over exposure & or burning is obviously bad & have NEVER experienced burnt skin.The quantum of proof remains,if your skin type doesnt fair well in the sun,you willl have issues.I mean the countries of which have higher sun temp relatively do not have higher numbers of skin cancer anymore than anywhere else sooo….& again if your fair & burning yourself in pursuit of a tan,you know your skin will suffer.Be skin aware & accept your own skin type….

  • Anyone else think of final destination every time you get in a tanning bed!?
    I’m not a claustrophobic type person UNTIL I get in a tanning bed, that’s when it hits me final destination style.

  • I get cosaforbic my self I can’t shut the top of them I can leave the tops up but I have heard that the glass can brake and fall in on u so I get scard to shut it

  • Look here in north idaho you can lay naked in a Costco parking lot and get no vitamin D at all. And this was my doctor saying this to me. You have to take up to 2000 BTU every day. Are use a tanning bed once a week. And take 1000 BTU to be effective on you next blood workup

  • Does anyone know if electric face tanners are safer because there not as powerful as sunbed tubes. I’ve been using one for 3days for 20min a day and the tip of my nose is very sore when touched do you think it could be related to my face tanner Philips face solarium with 4x 15w tubes.

  • Dr. Mercola talks about the difference between electronic and magnetic tanning beds and which is actually healthy for skin, mood etc. Google him, go to his website, not all beds are harmful

  • Even with aggressive exfoliation, sunless tanners are alway splotchy and when it fades it looks like you have vitiligo. And it’s way more expensive. Tanning lotions are a joke as well, how does one get their back?? It is also splotchy if you can’t exfoliate the first layers of your skin. I haven’t used tanning beds since the 90’s but wish there was a viable alternative.

  • Not everyone can absorb supplemental vitamin D especially if they have gut issues such as Crohn’s disease. Cosmetic tanning usually tanning beds that are level 2 and up use higher UVA which can be damaging especially if used daily, that’s the type of tanning that is bad and can lead to skin cancer. However, level 1 tanning beds used 2 to 7 minutes, twice a week depending on your skin tone help your body in making vitamin D even if you have gut issues. NOTE: Wait atleast 48 to 72 hours before using a tanning bed for the second session of the week and use a tanning bed lotion for the skin for example “Maui Babe” tanning bed lotion it’s cheaper than the lotions at the salon and more natural/plant based with no orange tints if you fear looking like a pumpkin. Vitamin D is an important type of hormone, that supports the immune system, regulates insulin, allows your body to absorb calcium and magnesium among, other functions. Not allowing your body to access Vitamin D may actually cause breast, colon and prostate cancer or heart disease including depression. People of color especially should be getting some form of sun/UVB exposure as their natural base skin color takes a bit longer to make Vitamin D. Tanning beds are safe and can be used therapeutically for Vitamin D as long are they are not used for cosmetic purposes or used frequently for prolonged times. Tan safe and get your vitamin D my friends ��❤

  • I have a severe B deficiency and major bone pain. Tanning is the only thing that effectively raised my B and diminishes my bone pain. I don’t know if its the heat that helps, but every time I stop tanning for a period of time, the pain in my bones is unbearable. I’m actually looking to buy a bed for my home.

  • Hey Doc, what about applying an 50 spf sunscreen before tanning? I know it’ll take probably 10 sessions to get what 3 would do without it but, just curious if that’ll mitigate the dangers better than without it?


  • in moderation its ok we need light. Thats why people in the UK are depressed in winter times. Have you noticed people are happy when the suns out.

  • I am 53 and now I wished I had not used the tanning bed 7 days a week for year and laid in the sun. I have had melanoma twice now with the last in 2017 removed have my knee area and lymph nodes in my left groin. Went through 17 months of chemo and that was terrible. I am alive but have major side effects from the chemo. I was stage 3 last time in 2017 from the time the spot appeared to one month later at my dermatologist appointment to have a biopsy was sent to a surgeon the next day and surgery 4 days later. I now talk to teens and young adults of how bad tanning beds and sun bathing are.

  • Risk Bites this a very distorted view on using a sunbed. A sunbed is equipped to provide a user the equivalent to the actual sun. When using a sunbed do you know that the UVB ray creates Vitamin D in the skin. It is this Vitamin D that destroys the cancer forming cells in our skin. So in reverse you are telling people to get cancer by avoiding the sun. You should do more research before believing what one report has told you as there are many out there that profit from the fear of the sun or sunbeds. “I think you are smarter than that!”

  • Moderation is key, you can safely tan. Also UV therapy is beneficial for many reasons. And we now live in a world where breathing the air is bad. Soooooo… maybe don’t be an addict and have a healthy balance

  • I was doing some reading and found the following information:

    So for every 100,000 people in the US, only 22 develop a melanoma in their lives.

    Use of solariums before age 35 increases that risk by 59%.

    22 x 1.59 = 34.98 (35).

    So, even with solarium use, your chance of developing a melanoma are 35 in 100,000.

    I hope that makes sense?

    I’m not saying that it’s good, but I would like a more nuanced discussion than using solarium = you’re getting cancer.

  • My dad died from skin cancer from melanoma on his back so I can’t use tanning beds which I have but I quit and I’m glad I did I started to develop so many spots on me and it scared me so I quit!

  • The problem is sugar, refined cards, eating too often, and grains. I changed to super low carb and now longer burn at all. We eat an epigeniticlly perverse diet and make assumptions based on it. Eat meat and low glycemic vegetables and see how you respond. Chronic disease is caused by sugars,refined carbs, grains and eating in short intervals, in my estimation.

  • This is interesting, but I have a question. It appears as if your suggestion for getting safely was applying a sunless tanner or simply don’t tan. Is this case? Should absolutely no one be getting tan from the sun? Are we supposed to only be getting sunlight to get the necessary amount of vitamin D that our bodies need to survive and no more than that? If that’s the case, how much sunlight is that?

  • There is no wrong skin color. Just be yourself with a healthy amount of sun exposure.

    Sunbathing should be about getting vitamin D.

  • I hate the sun… I go bright red, bluster and peel even with sun screens so I avoid the sun completely. My hair wash white until I was 5 years old and when I say white I don’t mean blond I mean white as in a piece of a4 paper lol it turned brown bwteen 5 and 6 yo I’m now a brunette naturally but never tan and I’m not an albino cos I have brownish freckles n moles lol Scottish pink person lol xxx

  • yeah tell that to people who live in scandinavia or places where it is 5 h of daylight. Also getting sun gives vitamin D. More than 80% of people in North are vitamin D deficient.

  • What would you say about the main ingredient in self tanner that causes the skin to change color? I read that DHA can cause free radicals and we know that free radicals aren’t the best either. How safe would you say it is?

  • With all the media hype about the sun being bad I stopped tanning for about 2 years…but I miss it! I love how it would make me feel, my mood was better, my bones didn’t ache, and it makes sense now why. I have been doing some research to see the facts about the sun and it’s benefits. Thanks for putting this up. Dr. Holicks is a God Sent!