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Tanning has become a main concern for many young adults. Not only have the amount of tanning salons grown, the amount of people that tan outdoors have also increased. Is it the bronze glow or is it the joy of laying in the sun?

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Introduction

Tanning has become a main concern for many young adults. Not only have the amount of tanning salons grown, the amount of people that tan outdoors have also increased. Is it the bronze glow or is it the joy of laying in the sun? The frequent use of tanning beds makes me believe that it is the bronze radiance. Tanning beds and direct sunlight differ in many ways. Tanning beds take less time to achieve a tan, are thought to provide more harmful rays, and also require a fee to operate. Time seems to be a factor for many people nowadays. Busy schedules and nine to five work days do not allow time and convenience for tanning outdoors. ...read more.

Middle

Tanning indoors and outdoors both aide in the cause of skin cancer. Many recent studies show that tanning beds are more harmful than outdoor tanning, but both provide the damaging effects of the sun. For example, aged and wrinkled skin can occur from indoor tanning as well as outdoor tanning. Both types of tanning utilize UV Rays. There are different types of UV rays including UVA, UVB, and UVC rays. Ultraviolet A rays are prevalent all year long. They help in the production of Vitamin D which aide protein synthesis through the epidermis. These rays are not produced in a tanning bed. UVB rays, used in tanning beds, are the most harmful. ...read more.

Conclusion

Some salons offer air conditioned units that can cost approximately $130 dollars per month. Forgoing aesthetics and air conditioning, it is possible to get a tanning package for an unlimited amount of minutes and uses each month for roughly $50. On the beach, the rays are free. However, the amount of time it takes may not be worth while. Spending an hour or two outdoors each day may be healthier and relatively cost free, but most people are unable to lay in the sun whenever they please. If cost is a factor, then laying outdoors is the solution. Although tanning provides a healthy and iridescent appearance, is it worth the damaging effects? If tanning beds do provide more hazardous ultraviolet rays, is it worth the cost? Well, if tanning is a priority and time and convenience are imperative, then tanning beds will attest to be more advantageous. ...read more.

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