These days there is a lot of discussion about the dangers of tanning. Dermatologists agree that tanning can have devastating effects on your skin, including contributing to skin cancer and causing skin damage that creates premature aging. There is no denying that long term UV exposure puts you at risk for a variety of health conditions.
But there are also benefits to tanning as well, both physically and psychologically. Tanning has an effect on people in a way that other methods of enhancing beauty do not provide. Below are some of the benefits of getting a real tan.
- Vitamin D
Perhaps the most obviously health benefit of tanning is that you receive an adequate amount of Vitamin D. It is well known that most people that live away from sunny areas suffer from severe Vitamin D deficiencies. Those deficiencies can lead to a number of different health issues, including certain types of cancer, loss of bone strength and hypertension. Vitamin D is a very important part of your health, and tanning supplies you with a decent amount of the beneficial vitamin.
- Skin Appearance
Though tan skin may be a result of skin damage, there is no denying that for whatever reason, tan skin appears healthier. Whether it is due to its ability to hide blemishes or its ability to provide a more youthful look to your skin, tanning is one way to make sure that your skin appears healthier.
- Greater Confidence
Connected to the improvement in your skin appearance is the confidence that comes with knowing that your skin appears healthy. It is unhealthy for you to not feel confident in your own attractiveness and if you gain confidence because you have a tan, that is nothing to be taken lightly. Your own self esteem is an important benefit of tanning.
- Defined Muscles
Tanning also has the ability to help your muscles shine better, which also improves your overall appearance. Your muscles may not be any larger simply because you went tanning, but at least they will appear larger than they would with lighter skin.
- Greater Mood
It is also believed that sunlight (and ultimately UV exposure) contributes to a better mood. A lack of sunlight has been linked to problems like seasonal affective disorder, so increasing the amount of sunlight you experience is a great way to ensure that your mood remains high.
Tanning may also have additional benefits as well. Prolonged time in the bright sun is known to help wake you up, which in turn helps you sleep better at night. There may also be a link between sunlight and controlling PMS.
Though there is very clearly a connection between tanning and skin cancer, there is no denying that tanning does have benefits to both your mind and body. It is up to you to decide whether or not you believe that the benefits you receive from tanning are worth the risks that you put your skin through.