Tanning can have profound negative effects, especially if practiced in excess. Given below are some negatives and disadvantages of tanning.

Negatives Of Tanning

If you are amongst those who crave for that sun-kissed glow and complexion, here is a word of caution. Tanning has been found to have a number of negative effects and disadvantages, causing serious medical conditions. The majority of these are skin related problems, as the skin comes directly in contact with the harmful UV rays of the sun. So, in case you are thinking to go for tanning, to acquire the hot looks of Bond girl ‘Halle Berry’, think again. Though sun rays are very vital for the growth of human cells and provide some essential elements to be included in daily diet, such as Vitamin D, overexposure is always harmful. Read on to know about the negative effects of tanning.
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Disadvantages of Tanning  
  • The overexposure to sun leads to aging, as it breaks down the elastic tissues in the skin.
  • Deep wrinkles can set in, along with making the skin dry and rough.
  • Freckles develop on the face and exposed area.
  • Sunburn can take place, causing pain, swelling and reddening of the skin.
  • Blisters can appear on the skin, due to overexposure to the sun.
  • Skin discoloration is another harmful effect of sun tanning.
  • In advanced cases, tanning can lead to the formation of cancerous tumors.
  • Skin cancer is the most common disease induced by tanning.
  • UVA is a deeper, penetrating radiation, linked closely to the development of melanoma, a form of cancer.
  • Exposure to both types of UV rays is, at times, linked to the damage of the immune system.
  • The Oregon Registration of Tanning Facilities notes that tanning can result in suppression of immune system, damage to the vascular system, retinal damage, formation of cataracts and consequences of the improper sanitation of tanning devices. 
Negatives Of Sun Tanning Alternatives
Tanning Booths
In tanning booths, UV radiations are high, as the radiations are required to be taken while standing. Hence, they bring along a lot of fatal diseases like cancer, affect the eyes and can lead to other diseases associated with UV radiation.
Tanning Beds
Tanning bed is similar to putting yourself in an oven to achieve a tan that is similar to the tan by rays of sun. It works by generating UVA and UVB radiation that helps the body release more melanin in the skin. It is a little less effective, as one cannot take it for a longer duration. Moreover, it can lead to numerous eye problems and premature aging and also has the capability to diminish the immune system too.
Tanning Amplifiers
Tanning amplifiers like creams and oil work with sun to be more effective. They too have adverse effects on skin, as they aid the skin in getting more UV rays into the skin, thus increasing skin cancer.
Best Alternate To Tan       
UV-Free Tanning
This lotion-based tanner is the best alternative to sun tanning and other alternates, as there are no UV rays involved. Moreover, the effects last for almost the same duration as the normal tan would, so you can easily go for it.

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