"Diseases of darkness" like rickets, tuberculosis and lupus vulgaris became widespread during the industrialization age where people lived in smog filled cities. Sunbathing or, Heliotherapy, was discovered as a treatment and cure for these diseases and in areas or seasons where the sun was scarce, indoor Phototherapy was invented using artificial light as a successful treatment.
Dr. Auguste Rollier, who had treated many patients during the time of the industrial revolution, wrote that after nearly 50 years of heliotherapy treatment for patients, not once did a patient develop skin cancer, in fact he even used it to treat skin cancer.
Physical blockers like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide sit on the surface of the skin and are very effective. The trouble came when people didn't like how it looked so chemical blockers were then used and marketed.
These chemicals are absorbed into the skin and many are endocrine disruptors (they interfere with normal function of hormones) and can still be detected in blood, urine, and breast milk for up to 2 days after a single application. The hormones most commonly disturbed are estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and thyroid.
Some even generate 'free radicals' as the sunlight breaks down their cellular structure and damages your skin.
Besides that, they are killing the life near our beaches.
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DID YOU KNOW?
Why are we so afraid of the sun?
Ancient Egyptians were sun worshipers, shaving their heads and wearing minimal clothing. When skulls from a battle with the Persians were found, the Egyptian skulls were significantly thicker. We now know that Vitamin D was the reason, helping to make their bones strong.
Owning a tanning salon has given me reason to deeply research this topic. As accurately as I am able, I will share my thoughts and findings with you.
Most people will answer, "I don't want to get skin cancer." Because when you look up tanning on WHO website, they quote that tanning increases your risk of melanoma by 75%. But what does that mean? What sort of figures are they talking about?
In the book Reuters Health, there is an excerpt by Ivan Oranski M.D. saying in part, that the 75% figure is based on a review of a number of studies, one of which followed 100,000 women over 8 years.
That study found that less than 3/10ths of 1% of the women who tanned frequently, developed melanoma. While less than 2/10ths of 1% of the women who didn't tan developed melanoma. That is about a 55% increase but when pooled with other studies, averaged 75%.
So while statistically true, it is very misleading since it was actually LESS than 1% of the people who tanned that developed melanoma.
This is very disturbing since North America is facing a Vitamin D deficiency crisis and it is a known fact that the skin produces Vitamin D when exposed to sunlight. This does not mean a 4 hour stint on the beach, frying our skin like bacon, or even to the point where it starts to become irritated, but moderate and gradual exposure.
Also did you know that the government has placed a 10% tax on all indoor tanning? Where does that money go? To fund the health care system. Kind of ironic since Vitamin D is known to play a crucial role in disease prevention, healthy cholesterol and overall health, including helping to prevent much more common cancers such as breast, prostate and colon.
Remember that many factors can increase melanoma risk like genetic predisposition, chemicals in skin care products and sunscreens, contact with petrochemicals, environmental pollution, etc. Could the real culprits behind increased skin cancer rates just be hiding behind the sun and tanning?
We should not fear the sun just because companies who profit off of products tell us to. Get the facts!
Human skin is unlike any other skin in nature. It is very complex and uniquely adapts to protect itself from the sun while taking advantage of it's beneficial
properties. Therefore, to transpose animal findings onto humans is not accurate.
How many times should I tan before a tropical trip?
*Every skin type is different so your personal needs will differ, but generally two or three times a week for 4 weeks will give you a great base tan to avoid ruining your vacation with a horrible burn.
Is an indoor tan real?
* The lamps in tanning beds mimic the ultraviolet rays emitted by the sun and your skin reacts to these rays the same way it would if you were outside, building a natural tan.
Can I use sunscreen in a tanning bed?
*Although possible, it is not recommended. At Club Bed, it is not allowed since the petroleum products and harsh chemicals in most sunscreens damage the bed's acrylics. Instead, we regulate the time spent in the bed to gradually expose your skin to the rays so your skin can build it's own natural defense, a tan!
How does a spray tan work?
*DHA is the active product in all spray tans and is derived from sugar. This reacts with the proteins in your skin to create the bronze color. There are many different qualities of spray tan solution and at Club Bed we use the best quality solutions from Norvell, a leader in sunless tanning products which are guaranteed to never turn you orange. Spray tans last for about a week and gradually fade after that but can be extended with specific lotion. It does not protect your skin from a sunburn.
Do I need to use a lotion when I tan?
*It is always a good idea! Dry skin reflects the lamps light and does not tan evenly. Lotions, especially those specifically designed for indoor tanning provide superior moisturizing as well as patented technology that helps stimulate dark tanning for deeper, more natural results, and antioxidants to fight free radicals and promote healthier skin.