The Effects Of Tanning On A Bathing Suit

1426 Words Feb 8th, 2016 6 Pages
The other day I was pondering the still popular, yet seemingly dangerous practice of tanning as I looked down at my chalky white legs and thought, is the desire to tan really that mysterious? It seems obvious that people just like the way it looks to be tan. In fact, one survey of American teenagers revealed that two thirds of them feel ‘healthier’ and ‘more sophisticated’ with a tan (qtd. in “Sun Tanning”). I know I feel better about putting on a bathing suit if I’m not so starkly white that I worry about blinding young children. I also know that it just feels good to be in the sun. The warm rays beating down on my back and shoulders as I work outdoors or go for a hike seem therapeutic and natural. I’ll admit I’ve seen the inside of a tanning booth a few times before I took a spring break trip to California and, yes, that felt good too. As I searched more deeply into the issue of why people tan, it became apparent that despite the dire warnings there is a deeper, biological reason for the undying popularity of bronzed skin, we need the sun. Actually, the human body is ‘hard-wired’ to need healthy doses of sunlight. Through our skin we process vitamin D, which is gained almost solely from the sun’s Ultraviolet B (UBV) rays. We also need the sun to regulate our hormone levels and fend off depression. In an article about the health benefits of vitamin D, Reinhold Vieth explains that when “humans evolved at equatorial latitudes, without modern clothing and shelter, their…

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