Negative Effects of Tanning Beds on the Skin Essay
Sunburn and a tan are two different things. Sunburn happens when the skin cells are damaged by UVB rays, and your body sends blood to the affected area to speed the healing process; this is why it turns red. A tan on the other hand is the cells releasing melanin after exposure to UVA rays. This is to prevent your skin from any future damage from over exposure to UV rays.
Tanning bed industries state that indoor tanning is much safer than outdoor tanning; but this is not completely true. Light emitted from tanning beds contain roughly 40% less UVB rays than the light from the sun. Therefore tanning beds can control the exposure time and the ratio of UVA to UVB rays for an ideal balance. Since the bulbs in tanning beds filter out most of the UVB rays, chances of getting burned are slightly decreased. As a result, tanning bed companies claim that tanning beds are not any more harmful than the sun. In addition, tanning bed companies proclaim that some UV radiation is needed for the development of vitamin D. Some advertisements even state that the sun is the only source for vitamin D; although vitamin D is attainable, in abundance, through dairy products, fish, legumes, and even cereal. Also, it requires much less UV exposure to attain the required amount of vitamin D than it does to get a tan. On top of that, tanning