Even though the current summer weather gives you plenty of opportunities to get outside and embrace the sunshine (with sunscreen, of course!), many people still hit up a tanning bed. Maybe you work inside all day, or just prefer these UV-intense beds to actual sunlight.
You already know that indoor tanning is bad (your risk of developing melanoma, a potentially fatal form of skin cancer, increases by 75 percent when you start visiting a tanning bed before age 35), but did you know that indoor tanning can actually affect your brain?
A recent found that when tanners were exposed to UV light, reward sections in the brain were activated (the same parts that get excited when you take drugs or a high dose of sugar, for example). When there was no light, there was no change in brain activity. Researchers think this reward activation system could be why many people feel the intense desire to continue visiting indoor tanning salons.
I am embarrassed to admit that I (yes, a current health editor) used to hit up the tanning salon in college. But, I made the commitment to stop years ago because I just couldn't keep ignoring the facts about how bad it is for your skin.
What are your thoughts on indoor tanning?