The Positive Effects of the Sun
It is recognized that sunburn and long-term UV-overexposure can cause premature aging of the skin and skin cancer. However, there is no proof that moderate tanning is harmful.
- Decreased blood pressure
- Lower blood cholesterol
- Increased tolerance of stress
- Increased resistance to infections
Light Exposure Affects Over 100 Bodily Functions
Light plays a crucial role in the regulation of over 100 bodily functions. The pineal gland, the body’s “third eye,” coordinates most of our life-sustaining functions based on the light information it receives. Located deep in the center of the brain, the pineal gland receives light energy exclusively through the eyes. Sunlight keeps the body’s systems in balance, everything from the immune system to fertility.
Light Exposure Increases Longevity
Sunlight provides us with the vital nutrients that have the power to increase our longevity. Sunlight enters the body through the eyes and skin, affecting virtually every cell in the body. It is not surprising that sunlight can be used as a natural remedy. Through the prevention of such diseases as colon cancer and the stimulation of white blood cells to fight other diseases, the invigorating sun can help us live longer, healthier lives.
Myth vs. Reality
Why We Promote Indoor Tanning As “Responsible Tanning”
The professional indoor tanning industry promotes responsible indoor tanning and sunburn prevention as “responsible”. We choose not to use the word “safe.” Here is why:
The word “safe” implies that one can recklessly abuse something without any fear of causing harm. And reckless abandon certainly is not the behavior the professional indoor tanning industry is advocating. In fact, we’re playing a key role in successfully preventing that kind of reckless abuse. By teaching a “responsible” approach to sunburn prevention which recognizes that people do perceive different benefits from being in the sun, we’re able to teach sunburn prevention in a practical way that respects both the potential benefits of sun exposure and the risks of overexposure.
For example, previous generations believed that sunburn was an inconvenient but necessary precursor to developing a tan. Today, we know better – and we’re teaching a new generation of tanners how to avoid sunburn at all costs. Again, our position:
Moderate tanning is the best way to maximize the potential benefits of sun exposure while minimizing the potential risks of either too much or too little exposure.
More than anything, a “Responsible Tan” is a comprehensive concept of sun safety, with an eye on living a practical life. Whether frolicking on the beaches in July or tanning in our salon in December, “Responsible Tanning” involves considering easy and reasonable preventive steps to care for your skin.
If you can develop a tan, indoor tanning is an intelligent way to minimize the risk of sunburn while maximizing the enjoyment and benefit of having a tan. We call this responsible tanning because tanners are taught by trained tanning facility personnel how individual Skin Types react to sunlight and how to avoid sunburn outdoors, as well as in our salons.
Today, tanning in a professional facility minimizes risk because the government regulates indoor tanning in the United States and Canada. In the U.S., exposure times for every tanning session are established by a schedule that is posted on every tanning system and takes into account the tanner’s Skin Type and the intensity of the equipment to deliver a dosage of ultraviolet rays designed to minimize the risk of sunburn. The schedule, as regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Health Canada, also considers how long an individual has been tanning, increasing exposure times gradually to minimize the possibility of burning.
This kind of control is impossible outdoors, where variables including seasonality, time of day, weather conditions, reflective surfaces such as water or sand, and altitude all make outdoor tanning a random act and sunburn prevention more difficult.
Tropi Tan staff is trained to help you tan moderately and minimize your risk of getting burned.