Have you used a tanning bed before? Whatever your answer, you have probably heard that tanning beds may not be safe. Tanning beds work by using bulbs that emit a concentration of UV rays that make your skin cells to generate more pigment and give you that brown color that you sometimes admire.
Knowing that overexposure to UV rays is harmful to your health, so, can you use sunscreen in a tanning bed? Some people apply sunscreen before getting in the tanning bed. What are the effects of this?
Before we dive into the subject matter, we all know that the purpose of sunscreen is to block the UV rays from affecting our skin. When you expose your skin to UV rays, without any protection, then:
- You may suffer premature aging with time.
- You lose the elasticity of your skin.
- If you get burned, your skin appears cakey, and it isn’t a pleasant sight to behold, etc.
- You risk getting skin cancer.
- You weaken your skin cells.
We can all now, safely agree that using sunscreen is important for your overall health and to have a healthy looking skin. Tanning bed and outside tanning work by exposure to the same harmful UV rays. How then would you apply sunscreen in a tanning bed and expect to get a tan?Continue reading