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Are Tanning Beds Addictive?

Are Tanning Beds Addictive?

Why do so many people still use tanning beds despite the well-known cancer risk and the possibility of wrinkles? Can UV tanning become an addiction? Just like drugs, alcohol, food and sex, researchers are finding that UV tanning can in fact become an addiction.

According to an article in The New York Times, scientists have found that ultraviolet radiation can become addictive, similar to a drug addiction. The reason for this is that while people tan, the same parts of the brain are stimulated that are active in drug addiction. Ultraviolet radiation stimulates the production of endorphins which can create a feeling of euphoria in the brain. This study showed that in the test groups where the UV rays were purposely blocked without the participants’ knowledge, they could feel the difference. The participants were typically agitated post-tan and still craved a tan when the UV rays were blocked. The scientists were able to conclude that the participants had a physical addictive reaction to tanning beds.

If this isn’t good enough evidence to avoid the tanning bed and opt instead for spray tanning, then I don’t know what is. We’ve all heard that too much sun can be dangerous, but now there is proof that it can become a full-blown addiction. Instead of putting yourself at risk, why not look into the alternative of spray tanning. Spray tanning offers many options such as airbrush tanning. There are many airbrush tanning products that are not only safe, but many are now made with organic ingredients to help preserve your health.

We all know the importance of taking care of our health when it comes to nutrition and exercise, but we must also work to maintain our mental and emotional health. Addiction can be a powerful force which can cause significant damage in our lives. Traditional tanning is simply not worth the physical, mental and emotional health risks. Check out your local tanning salon for a list of the airbrush tanning lotion choices. Your skin and your brain will appreciate it in the long run!