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Vitamin D From A Tanning Bed?

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Tanning Bed for Vitamin D

So I have a confession.  I’ve been tanning in a tanning bed!  Gasp!  Yes, I’m one of those that have tan lines in the dead of winter-#basic.  Let me start from the beginning before you X out of this post.

A few weeks ago I was feeling pretty blue.  Holidays had past, my daughters were doing great, everything was as it should be but I just didn’t feel right.  I knew I was lacking in vitamin D because I literally don’t go outside in the winter.  I’m so sensitive to cold that hanging out outside just seemed impossible.  I was taking vitamin D supplements but I knew from research that a supplement could not compare to the real deal-the sun.  It was weird but I just sensed that I was lacking vitamin D.  I also have perioral/ocular dermatitis and knew that being in some type of UV rays could possibly help my condition.  So, I did some research because I knew I wasn’t going to go so far as to head to the local tanning bed.  I found a natural doctor that offered D-Lite tanning beds.  I did more research, and decided it was worth it.  So I thought I’d share my experience as well as why these beds are safer then regular tanning beds.

First off, I hope you know how important vitamin D truly is.  Without it, major health issues can arise.  I feel like I’ve been extra controversial lately so I might as well continue and state that I believe sunblock at all times is highly unnecessary if not down right dangerous.  It is drilled into our brains that the sun causes cancer.  I actually believe that the lack of sun can cause cancer.  Go HERE to read more on sun exposure and harmful ingredients in sunblock from someone more qualified.

Getting a small amount of sun daily is vital to health.  So how much is a small amount?  Sunburns are never a good idea.  If it takes you 30 minutes to get pink, cut that time in half and that is an optimal amount of time for you.  So you guessed it, if you are darker in skin tone you actually need more vitamin D.

Seasonal depression and cold/flu season are directly related to the lack of being outdoors.  Vitamin D levels plummet for most of us in the winter months and this can wreak havoc mentally and physically.

Signs You Are Vitamin D Deficient:

  • Getting sick often
  • Slow wound healing
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss
  • Muscle aches
  • Back pain
  • Excessive sweating
  • Weak bones

My D-Lite Experience:

A D-Lite tanning bed experience is just like a regular tanning bed.  The big difference is that it is not emitting radiation.  You are still getting UVA and UVB rays which are necessary for optimal vitamin D levels.  That being said, you can still burn, you will still tan and sun damage is still a risk.

I started out for 5 minutes.  I get pink quite easily and I saw no pinkness after tanning for 5 minutes.  The second time I upped my time to 8 minutes and was quite pink.  I backed it down to 7 the next time and have continued to stay around 7 or 8 minutes.  I will not exceed 8 minutes.

You should allow 48 hours in-between each tanning session.

I have tanned rather quickly in this type of bed by going 2-3x a week for no more then 8 minutes.

I have to say, I experience a euphoric feeling after tanning.  It is a noticeable and immediate mood boost.

I will continue to tan until mid April when the weather is easier to enjoy.


So what’s the difference between D-Lite beds and regular tanning beds?

Standard commercial tanning beds emit harmful levels of electromagnetic radiation.  The D-Lite bed is designed to reduce and eliminate secondary radiation that makes most indoor tanning unsafe. The bulbs in the bed have a more narrow range of energy they emit. Most importantly, the actual motor of the bed is electronic ballast instead of electromagnetic. It was created to not emit high levels of radiation.

Benefits of tanning in a safer bed include a stronger immune system, increased production of serotonin which helps decrease depression.  Tanning also helps kill and prevent the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

FYI-sunblock will block UV rays therefore making vitamin D hard to obtain especially in a tanning bed.

If you live in an area where you can get out in the sun year around, this by far is the best way to keep your vitamin D levels optimal.  The more skin you can expose the better but just sitting outside and letting your arms and face get exposure will go a long way.

I have really enjoyed my indoor tanning experience.  I mentally felt better immediately.  I highly recommend looking into these tanning beds or getting outside-a little sunshine can go a long way!

xx, Jenni


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Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the green beauty blog, Jenni Raincloud and her natural skin care line, J. Raincloud Organics. Jennifer has been blogging full time for 9 years and loves to gain and share knowledge on how to achieve beautiful skin the natural way.

9 thoughts on “Vitamin D From A Tanning Bed?”

  1. Completely agree with you that it is unnecessary, and possibly dangerous, to use sunblock at all times.
    I use sunscreen on my face but not on my body unless I’ll be out for awhile. My skin is dark and I know that means I need even more sun exposure to produce enough vitamin D.
    I’ll also confess that I have used tanning beds in the past. Was unaware of the D light beds. Just found that the boost of light really helped my mood just like you said. And vitamin D is known to help with mood stuff too. And pretty much everything else. Thanks for keeping things real Jenni…better to be controversial and at least make people think!

    1. Elizabeth-It’s crazy how the push for sunblock is so out of control. The risks of not getting enough sunlight is usually so much more then the possible repercussions of the sun. It’s amazing how much these little tanning sessions have lifted my spirits!!

  2. there have been many years that my husband got me valentine’s day gift certificates for tanning!! the winter is hard on me, as i have SAD, and by february…i’m done. i didn’t know about the special kind of beds, but i have always made sure to tan judiciously. it always really helped me.
    my grandmother was a lifelong tanner, even when the whole sunscreen mania broke. she never overdid it, but always said, “i just FEEL BETTER with a tan”…smart lady. i have always maintained that God would never put something in the sky to shine on us the entire time we’re awake that was so harmful it would kill us….so enjoy your tan, and the sun..whenever it reappears. happy spring!!

    1. Kelly-I feel so much better with a little color too! There is such a fine line between healthy and over doing it but I’m quite happy to have found these tanning beds. I hope you can find some in your area too! And good luck with you SAD, it’s a legit issue for so many of us!

  3. Is D-lite the same as red light therapy? I don’t see any D-lite tanning in Houston, which I find odd as large as this city is. When I google it, red light therapy keeps coming up.

  4. I have been popping d3 and magnesium glycinate this winter to stave off the winter blues. It has helped keep the flu and colds at bay as well. For those who have issues with UVA and UVB this could be a good alternative. Of course a check with your dr before adding suppliments is recommended. However, in my mind, there is nothing like a good warm soak in the sun or a tanning bed to warm your winter cold bones. I live in your area and would like to know what tanning service you used.


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