Tanning Bed Bummer? Why Tanning Salons Might Be Off Limits

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Tanning bed? More like death bed. | Source: Shutterstock

Ever since that Tanorexic Mom Patricia Krentcil allegedly gave her six-year-old daughter a sunburn in a tanning bed (dude, seriously?!), the whole country has gone berserk in terms of tanning bed safety. Frankly, “tanning bed safety” is an oxymoron, because tanning beds are super duper dangerous no matter what. Right now, most states require you to be 14 or older to tan, but new measures are being taken to try to raise that age to 18. Is that fair?

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?!

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The only safe way to tan! | Source: Shutterstock

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!

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  • Michelle

    I use the tanning bed all the time, since i was 15. Now before i get bashed because yes i am one of those people that tan i have two major reasons why, one i have a skin condition that causes huge cysts( a very big pimple almost like thing deep in your skin) which tanning helps dry out my skin which reduces the chances of developing a new one. they can be very painful if i get one in my arm pit or in between my legs. And the second reason is that i have very pale skin it looks like i am always sick. Now i am a smart tanner snookie and all them arent very smart when it comes to tanning, now you can still get a great tan useing sunblock and a brozening lotion which i use when i go tanning. Now many people say why use sunblock if you are useing a tanning bed but it does help prevent skin cancer. Now would i say use a spray tan if you are worried about it but if you tan smart and not burn you have a small risk of deveolpeing skin cancer.

  • Sara

    I use a tanning bed to start my tan gradually so that the first really hot day in the summer, I’m not burned. I do not go really crazy with laying in a tanning bed, the most I have ever gone is 9 minutes and I didn’t like it.

  • Anna

    And if the cancer part doesn’t scare you, too much sun exposure helps induce the aging of your skin by 80%, meaning if you tan too much, by the time you’re thirty you’ll be an orange old leather handbag

  • Ishani

    “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”- hurts when you say “It’s not attractive”. It IS attractive, but not worth dying for. Complexion- black, white, bronze, brown- is only skin deep.

  • Ishani

    I do not think tanning beds are a real necessity- you would not die without them. But that doesn’t mean, bronze is not good. It’s not gross and it’s not weird- because I’m an Asian and I’ve got that colour naturally- so you shouldn’t insult any skin complexion:)

  • Dayle Elaine

    Personally,I could not live without tanning beds!

    • djswaggacitie

      I would advise you not to, use bronzing lotions and anyway you should be beautiful in the skin you were born in, don’t increase your chance to cancer.