Indoor tanning industry notes
benefits from 'smart tanning'
By Chana Taylor
March 5, 2006 | There are many misconceptions about
tanning. Indoor tanning does have risks but doesn't
Indoor tanning has been the topic of many controversial
discussions recently. People are becoming more health
conscious and the focus has turned to telling people
only the risks of indoor tanning rather than both the
risks as well as benefits. Research shows that indoor
tanning has benefits for your mind, body and attitude.
By following guidelines you will be more confident and
The International Smart Tan Network emphasizes what
they call the golden rule of tanning, "Don't ever sunburn."
Smart Tan specializes in educating consumers about
the potential benefits of sun exposure while minimizing
the potential risks associated with tanning. Smart Tan
works with tanning salons around the world to educate
consumers about how to recieve the maximum tan the "smart
way." By monitoring the progress of each person, each
salon assists in educating each costumer.
One misconception about tanning is that it is bad
for skin. According to tanningtruth.com,
a site sponsored by the Smart Tan network, a tan is
the body's natural protection against a sunburn. Skin
is designed to tan as a natural body function, and the
body is designed to repair sun damage. Tanningtruth.com
calls the professional indoor tanning salon industry
part of the solution in the battle against sunburn and
educating people how to identify a proper and practical
life-long skin care regimen. Bronzetanning.com
also suggests tanners use an indoor tanning lotion that
are specifically formulated with anti-aging ingredients
that will accelerate your tan and keep your skin healthy.
While the body creates a tan to protect itself from
burning, the ultra violet rays are also its main source
of Vitamin D. Vitamin
D is an element the body needs but cannot create
on its own. Vitamin D helps build strong bones,and reduces
the risks of multiple sclerosis and diabetes.
"With adequate exposure to sunlight, dietary vitamin
D becomes unnecessary. . . . [E]xposure to sunlight
a few times a week can reduce the risk of osteoporosis,
osteomalacia, muscle weakness, fractures and maybe some
of the common cancers, but also induce a sense of well-being."
said Dr. Micheal Holick, director of the General Clinical
Research Center at the Boston University School of Medicine
and author of The UV Advantage .
Tanning Association said that exposure to UV light
also produces endorphins and serotonin, which have positive
Richard Leisy, owner of Planet Beach Tanning Spa in
Logan, said that UV exposure "endorphins elevate your
mood which can result in a great sense of relaxation
or increased energy."
"Tanning helps make you feel better about yourself
and gives you a happier disposition," said Jayme Allen,
a Smart Tan certified tanning consultant. "When you're
tan you are more confident and it shows."
Dermatologists have even started recommending tanning
to their patients. "It has been a long and tough battle
in trying to have [Dermatologists] appreciate that there
are some beneficial effects to the tanning process and
being exposed to sunlight." said Holick.
Kellie Tye, a Utah State University student, said
that she tans once a week because of the way it boosts
her confidence and keeps her skin clear."I don't tan
to be super tan. I tan to add pigment to my skin that
hasn't seen the sun in months. It's also a good source
of warmth in this winter weather!"
Many people find that tanning is also way to relax.
In a recent study of 300 men and women tanners, by Wolf
System Technology-the worlds leading manufacturer of
sunlamps for indoor tanning beds, 92% said that indoor
tanning made them feel rested. The warmth and peace
As like everything else, moderation in tanning is
key. Tanning can be very beneficial if done correctly.
In Dr. Holick's book The UV Advantage these
guidelines are given to indoor tanners: "Educate yourself,
use low-pressure lamps, use common sense and moderation,
know the consequences of using oil, wear eyewear and
consider your personal medical history".
As the benefits of tanning are desired, tan the smart
way and remember, "Never sunburn!"