We think so.
If you have to be 18 to smoke, which also gives you cancer, why should you only be 14 to give yourself a different form of the deadly disease? Indoor tanning when you’re young increases your risk of melanoma–the deadliest form of skin cancer–by a whopping 75 percent. That’s scary stuff! What’s worse? Indoor tanning may well be more dangerous than falling asleep in the sun, because in typical tanning beds, you’re stripped down almost bare–so more of your skin is exposed to UVA rays (the worst kind!) than they normally would be outside.
Most sun damage occurs before you’re 20 years old, so now is the best time to protect yourself and prevent a deadly or disfiguring form of skin cancer–because even the kinds that don’t kill you will cause major scarring when they’re treated. Who wants to deal with that?!
If the health reasons aren’t enough to stop you, consider this: Tanning ages your skin fast, and orange skin really isn’t attractive–most guys think it’s pretty gross, too. Think of the Oompa Loompa-like Snooki or that leathery old orange lady in There’s Something About Mary compared with sun-free celebs like Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, or Michelle Trachtenberg. Who would you rather look like?
If you still insist that bronze is more beautiful than the skin tone you were born with, there are a few safe ways to achieve that “glow.” They come in bottles, not booths!
Have you ever used a tanning bed? Have you ever gotten a bad sunburn? Do you think it’s fair to ban indoor tanning for minors? Tell us in the comments!