Most of us believe one of the great benefits of tanning is a well tanned body and complexion. Due to this popular belief, millions head out to the beaches, pools, and tanning salons each year in the attempt to get a bronzed body of their own for others to admire. Besides the obvious benefit to one's ego, there are other benefits of tanning through being exposed to UVB rays, which enable us to make Vitamin D. However, as with many things in life, it is important to manage the exposure, as in reality there is a certain amount of risk that comes with the territory.
To the average person, the benefits of tanning can be plentiful. For one, having a great tan can make men or women appear more attractive, or sexy, thus increasing the chances of finding a partner. Lets face it, through media and advertising especially, the beautiful people are often portrayed as wonderfully tanned bodies engaged in exciting outdoor activities and this relates directly to a very desirable thing - having loads of time and money for outdoor leisure. The rich and famous are often displayed having fun on yachts in the Mediterranean or Caribbean, skiing the slopes of the European Alps or at Veil, Colorado. Because many celebrities seem to sport bronzed bodies, this further influences us the masses to believe that with a tan, we too can be like our favorite supermodel, actor, or actress.
Another benefit of tanning is being able to portray the image of youth and fitness. After all, aren't all those famous sports stars, or exciting outdoor adventurists that are the picture of health, usually sporting a great tan? It isn't that uncommon to see those that are middle aged and older attempt to get a bit of color for themselves. Even those that are fat, believe tanned fat looks so much more healthy and young looking than lily white fat.
One of the most important benefits of tanning is the excellent boost to one's health through exposure to the sun's UVB rays. The best, or most efficient way to obtain Vitamin D for the body is by exposing our skin to the sun, and via a photosynthesis type activity Vitamin D is created. There are other sources such as specific food items and supplements, but the best and of course, free source, is the sun. Research into the benefits of Vitamin D has exploded in the last few years as more and more scientific detail is uncovered about the power of Vitamin D for human health.
Besides this wonderful health benefit, many of the other reasons listed here are quite superficial. The important aspect in my mind is to manage the exposure to the sun, as overdoing it can cause damage to the skin that will far outweigh the pleasure one gets from having a tan. Sun bathing or tanning in a tanning bed are two surefire ways to get sun damage without sensible management of exposure, which can result in sunburn, premature aging, loss of collagen and elasticity in the skin, and can even put you at risk for developing skin cancer. Melanoma cases have continued to be high over the years, making it that much more important for the public to know about the dangers of over doing tanning.
If it's a tan you want, for a specific purpose perhaps, or just for that sexy, healthy look, you can always opt for a sunless tanning product that does not use any UV rays or require exposure to the sun. These formulas work with your skin to create a tanned color of your own, while providing nutrients and moisturizing properties to keep your skin in shape. It just means you will miss out on one of the best benefits of tanning, which is the creation of Vitamin D.