Dr. Mercola’s Tanning Beds
This post isn’t about a product I’ve tried – yet! But hopefully soon.
Background: For years, we’ve been told to stay out of the sun. Not just for wrinkles, but for increased risk of melanoma. And tanning beds? Hello, the ‘ultimate evil’ if you ask any derm or doctor!
I get that UV rays can be damaging, but no time in the sun (especially for us Canadians) can cause a serious dip in our Vitamin D levels – particularly during winter. Unfortunately, low levels of Vitamin D are linked with increased rates of cancer, heart disease, depression and Alzheimer’s – among other health issues.
Vitamin D aside, who doesn’t love a tan? I know I do!
So much, that I’ve tried a TON of sunless tanning lotions and spray tans to give me a ‘healthy’ glow. After reading about the toxic chemicals in many of these products however, I stopped.
Featured on Dr. Oz, Mercola says his beds are considered ‘safe’ as they feature electronic ballasts versus magnet ballasts, and emit more UVB rays (which convert cholesterol in your blood to vitamin D) instead of UVA rays.
What’s more, his beds not only increase Vitamin D production, they do not promote excessive skin damage – they actually boost collagen for healthier skin!
Needless to say, I’m very keen to test-tan a Mercola bed, or something similar. Heck, I believe so much in this new wave of tanning, my sister and I have discussed setting up our own tan shop…!
In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy 20 minutes of direct, guilt-free sunlight whenever possible.