New brain research! Scientists have now shown that people’s brains light up in the “oooh, drugs!” and “oooh, sugar!” parts of the brains when they’re on a tanning bed. But only if it’s a real tanning bed; if the light is filtered for UV rays (aka, the cancer kind) without their knowing it, they don’t feel as satisfied afterward — their brains know they got the placebo drug.
This further explains one dermatologist’s frustration that “young adults who were coming to see her with these beautiful bronze tans. And she would cut out skin cancers, and they would immediately go back to tanning.” Kind of like people who smoke even though they knew it will give them cancer and wrinkles. In fact, exactly like people who do something even though it will give them cancer and wrinkles! Read More