25 Surprising Sunbathing And Tanning Bed Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

With the summer being pretty much over, you might ask yourself, “How can I keep the beautiful summer tan?” The question, however, should rather be, “Is it really a good idea to get tan at all?” Tanning (whether natural from the Sun or artificial in a tanning bed) is a modern beauty phenomenon that is widely practiced in most western countries, but as you might suspect, exposing your skin to the ultra violet rays is very controversial. While some facts about sunbathing and usage of tanning beds are well known, there are still many things about tanning that people are not familiar with. Therefore, we decided to take a closer look at tanning beds and sunbathing in general to see how dangerous or beneficial your exposure to the UV rays really is. Getting a nice glowing tan is cool, but is it really worth exposing your skin to the Sun or a tanning bad for that? These 25 facts on the subject will help you decide for yourself. To find out why is tan undesired in Asia, what countries have banned tanning salons, or to learn what tanorexia is, check out these 25 Surprising Sunbathing And Tanning Bed Facts You Probably Didn’t Know.


Tanning beds were brought to the United States by Friedrich Wolff in 1979. Wolff patented his particular blend of phosphors (since expired) and began licensing the technology to other companies.

Tanning bedSource and image: en.wikipedia.org

A survey conducted in 2004 showed that about 30 million Americans were going to tanning beds. That represents almost 10% of the total U.S. population.

people on beachSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: commons.wikimedia.org


There are two types of UV rays - UVA rays and UVB rays. UVA rays penetrate deeper into your skin and cause tanning. UVB rays damage the more superficial skin layers and cause sunburn that might later lead to skin cancer.

girl tanningSource: healthcentral.com, image: commons.wikimedia.org

There have been many research studies carried out to determine whether tanning beds are more dangerous than the sun. Their conclusions have differed greatly, but most of them suggest that indoor tanning is more risky as it emits up to 15 times more UV radiation than the Sun.

sunSource: mfne.org, image: pixabay.com


What also makes using tanning beds dangerous is the fact that the warning signs of overexposure, such as sunburn, appears later than it does outside.

sunburnSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: commons.wikimedia.org

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