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Study Shows That Indoor Tanning Is Physically Addictive
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Study Shows That Indoor Tanning is Physically Addictive

If you think that going to the indoor tanning salon is a harmless act you may want to think again before you get your next dose of UV radiation. A new study shows that there may be a link between those who use drugs on a regular basis and those who use tanning beds regularly.

The human brain gives clues to what it happening within it in the form of activity that researchers can measure and they have found something pretty interesting lately. It seems that the kind of activity that is present in the brain in people who are addicted to drugs is also present in people who use an indoor tanning salon as a beauty aid.

This makes a lot of sense when you look at those people who claim that they can not stop tanning even when told about the extreme dangers and risks of skin caner from over exposure to UV rays emitted by a tanning bed.

So, if a person who is quite used to using a tanning salon to get some color on their skin for beauty reasons goes without that UV light for a period of time, then comes into contact with the light once again it is like a reward. The part of their brain that measures a reward as a happy event in the person, similar to someone who has a cheating spoonful of a sugary snack or some other vice that they love to indulge in.

In case you are thinking that these tanners could simply go to a salon where the UV light is filtered out think again. The study suggested that the patrons did not get the same feeling of satisfaction normally associated with the harmful rays and ultimately wanted to tan immediately after.

What is not clear is how exactly these people become addicted to UV rays in the first place. While many people would agree that having tanned skin can definitely make a person feel "healthy" and glowing, the thought of addiction seems slightly absurd.

As a society have we become so vain that the mere thought of being pale and colorless sends our brain into some kind of a panic mode that we have to treat with indoor sun? Is being a certain shade of orange like certain people from 'Jersey Shore' so great that we must have it at all costs?

There are much safer methods of indoor tanning which do not pose such health risks to people, and they last surprisingly long considering all things. If you really feel like you have to get that glowing, healthy tanned look, at least try a much safer method like spray tanning the next time.

If vanity is a reality in our lives in this day and age, shouldn't we at least make an attempt to be as safe as we can in the seemingly never-ending quest to change the color of our skin?


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