“It’s like a little hit of morphine,” dermatologist Dr Michael Rich says about tanning.
TANNING can be highly addictive. Ultraviolet (UV) light causes cells to release endorphins, the feel-good hormones. This explains why some people continue tanning even though it is turning their skin leathery. A study was conducted that shows addicts go through withdrawal when given drugs that block endorphins.
In another study frequent tanners chose a tanning bed that gave them UV light over one that had been modified to block the UV. Both beds looked and felt identical, but the tanners said the UV one was more relaxing. This certainly suggests that the UV has an effect on how people feel and it drives their behavior.
Tanning salons damage your skin, so it is our view that it is not worth it.
People in their 20s who are using tanning beds regularly can look like they are in their 40s. Over a period of time, this tanning can take its toll in several ways, including skin cancers and premature ageing.
Don’t do it!
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