What's really so bad about a nice tan?


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          I have always been very anti-tanning (when it comes to fake tanning at a salon). However, I can't help but notice that I, and everyone else for the most part, look so much better tan. I feel skinnier, prettier, and just altogether happier during the summer when I have a tan. What is it about having more bronzed skin that makes people feel and look this way? How can something so bad for you make you feel so good? Could there possibly be any benefits to being tan?  Well, I tried to find the answer.

            Of course, the first site I found was, I'm pretty sure, a tanning salon's website. Nonethelessit did aluminate some of the benefits of tanning. For one, you look better (which we already knew). However another benefit listed was, if you can believe it, health reasons. Yup, this article said that tanning has health benefits like the Vitamin D that it gives you. It even linked to another article, , to prove their point. I found this article a lot more informative and actually pretty convincing. According to Boston University medical school professor Michael Holick, who's spend the last 30 years researching the subject, "we're living amid an unrecognized epidemic of vitamin D deficiency. And nowadays, scientists are linking low levels of D to cancer, hypertension, diabetes and osteoporosis. 'More and more evidence is mounting that vitamin D plays an absolutely pivotal role in all aspects of human health'" he said.

The article continues to say that we can't obtain vitamin D through most of the things that we eat, but researchers are finding more and more reasons for why making sure you are getting vitamin D in your system is so beneficial and even vital. It says, "A D-related hormone in the skin soaks up the ultraviolet rays in sunlight and travels to the liver and the kidneys, where it picks up extra molecules of oxygen and hydrogen. This process transforms the "pre-vitamin" D into a potent hormone called calcitriol. Part of the evolving understanding of this nutrient is that scientists now think many tissues in the body - not just the liver and kidneys - can convert the pre-vitamin D to make their own disease-fighting calcitriol." Now, I'm not exactly sure what all of that means but I do understand their point - we use the vitamin D in our body to rid possible diseases our body may be trying to fight. The article goes as far as to give the advice to get your vitamin D levels checked once every year.

Now, this article neglected to say that the obvious negatives of getting too much sun that have been ingrained in our minds for so long, and it was in a matter of seconds that I was able to find this article, illustrating the negatives of too much sun. However, the fact that there are so many positives when it comes to getting a little tan still makes sense to me. I feel healthier and happier when I have a tan, and I guess it comes down to the all the vitamin D I'm getting! So if I'm feeling good that's all that matters, right?

Aright, so I probably do not have many of you convinced. Because, well, I'm not even convinced myself. This article has got to be showing some sort of bias, right? Unfortunately, I think the answer is yes. It was only too easy to check up on this information and find many flaws. Yes, some sun is definitely good for you. However, articles like this are showing just how desperate the $5 billion a year tanning industry is trying to brainwash the public into thinking that tanning isn't bad for you. And sadly,  I was able to show you firsthand how easily this brainwashing can happen.  So, with all of this information in mind I have come up with my own personal conclusion. Tanning beds and indoor tanning will never be "good" for you, no matter how much vitamin 9 it may be giving you, nor will getting sunburns or too tan from the natural sun be good for you either. However, one must also not be afraid of the sun. Even if the tanning industry is only trying to brainwash us, you still can't deny the facts that you really do need vitamin D. We really do need the benefits that come from the sun, and there really is a reason why we all feel so much better when we get them - I think the key is sun in moderation. What do you think?

 

 

 

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Contrary to prior belief, tanning really is not as bad for you as everyone may think! I cannot disagree with the argument that too much tanning can absolutely cause damage to your skin and increase chances of skin cancer. However, most people do not realize the amount of vitamins the Sun gives us and how tanning can help us receive those. It is not ok just to sit inside and avoid the sun all day! The article Tanning Truth states lots of benefits of tanning. You already discussed at the end of your blog vitamin 9, but what about vitamin D? "Vitamin D is a hormone produced naturally when skin is exposed to UVB in sunlight or indoor tanning units. Scientists through thousands of studies now recommend vitamin D blood levels of 40-60 ng/ml. Only those who get regular UV exposure have those levels naturally:

Indoor Tanners...........................42-49 ng/ml...........................Sufficient
Non-Tanners................................23-25 ng/ml...........................Deficient
Dermatologists...........................13-14 ng/ml...........................Severe Deficiency" This data represents that not only do indoor tanners, who many believe are severely damaging their skin, get the sufficient and correct amount of vitamin D to remain healthy, but those who do not tan don't! You would think that even if you did not tan your body would still have enough vitamin D but it doesn't! This means that it's actually better for you to be exposed to more sunlight than people think. Thoughts and or arguments?

I agree with you in that being tan just makes everything better- it makes a person look skinnier and better overall. I tanned a lot over the summer (laying by the pool, not a tanning bed) but I always used sunscreen. Two of my grandparents have skin cancer from tanning too much and they are always having to go to the doctor to have painful procedures done. This is why I always use sunscreen and why I am terrified of tanning beds. The thing I don't understand about them is when girls go to tanning beds obsessively in the winter- you're not fooling anyone. I wish we could all just agree to be pale in the winter time... but on the point of the health risks of tanning, I think the point brought up by the last comment is an interesting one that I never thought of. It's interesting that dermatologists have severe deficiency in vitamin D levels. I think what we can learn from this is that it's all about a happy medium - there's not much wrong with laying out now and then but indoor tanning can definitely have a negative effect on our health.

I agree with you in that being tan just makes everything better- it makes a person look skinnier and better overall. I tanned a lot over the summer (laying by the pool, not a tanning bed) but I always used sunscreen. Two of my grandparents have skin cancer from tanning too much and they are always having to go to the doctor to have painful procedures done. This is why I always use sunscreen and why I am terrified of tanning beds. The thing I don't understand about them is when girls go to tanning beds obsessively in the winter- you're not fooling anyone. I wish we could all just agree to be pale in the winter time... but on the point of the health risks of tanning, I think the point brought up by the last comment is an interesting one that I never thought of. It's interesting that dermatologists have severe deficiency in vitamin D levels. I think what we can learn from this is that it's all about a happy medium - there's not much wrong with laying out now and then but indoor tanning can definitely have a negative effect on our health.

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