Tanning beds are one of many inventions coming from serendipitous acts. The Germany-based engineering company Heraeus, who originally intended to develop lighting for home and industrial usage, accidentally invented it. The lamps they created were of high-pressure metal halide, one of the core areas of their business is specialized light source. They discover the bulbs also emit ultraviolet light similar to that emitted by the sun causing one’s complexion to darken. Friedrich Wolff brought tanning beds to the US in 1979.
We all know a tanning bed is used to provide its user a cosmetic tan by emitting ultraviolet rays. It is equipped with fluorescent lamps that have a phosphor blend responsible for radiating UVA and a little UVB rays. The number of lamps varies upon usage, home tanning beds have lesser lamps, usually 12-28, compared to those in tanning salons.
I dont think I need to explain why they became famous but in my opinion its because…. people look at tanning as a fashionable and luxurious leisure activity.
Some people prefer using residential tanning beds because they can enjoy a taste of privacy. Tanning beds are also more convenient to use, instead of letting sun rays linger on the skin. And because we are in a fast paced environment, people wanted to see results immediately, and sun beds offers just that: faster and more effective results.
Vanity makes people overlook the aftermath of over exposure to UV rays. Tanning may be fashionable, but the World Health Organization condemned the use of tanning beds for it may increase the risk of skin cancer. There are three types of UV rays: UVA rays, the one claimed by WHO to possibly increase the cases of melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer; UVB rays; and UVC rays: for which all are considered probable human carcinogen, or substances which can trigger the formation of cancer. Lamps in tanning beds emit a drastic amount of UVA and a little of UVB.
From the studies conducted by the University of Minnesota, cancer epidemiologist DeAnn Lazovich concluded that the risk of developing malignant melanoma increase by 74% for those people who tan indoors with tanning beds.
Aside from skin cancer, sun beds also cause early aging of the skin, photokeratitis, inflammation of the cornea and the iris, photoconjunctivitis and squamous cell cancer of the conjunctiva.
Die-hard tanners should consider preventive measures in using tanning beds. Alongside sanitizing the bed, they can rub sunblock all over their body. They should regulate the amount of time they stay on the bed so that the amount of UVA entering the skin is not so dramatic. The best prevention may be, not using tanning beds or using sunless tanners instead.
If I may add my personal opinion or a word of advice here it is….
Not all fashionable things are safe or healthy. Sometimes we just have to be contented with what we have, or just keep in mind that moderation is the key to everything.