Tanning Beds Soon To Be Illegal Under 18

This is NOT good for you! Source: Shutterstock

This is NOT good for you! Source: Shutterstock

Whenever I hear someone say that tanning beds are bad for you, I’m like “DUH!” Well now states are agreeing and setting age restrictions for tanning beds.

Some states set their ban for under 18, and others, like New Jersey, set theirs ban for under 17. And teens are all “What? I can see an R-rated movie, but I can’t tan?” Yeah. Because movies don’t give you skin cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, some of your classmates could be walking around with skin cancer because it happens to be the second most common cancer found in those 15 to 29. Oh and teens are at a huge risk because anyone “tanning before the age of 35 increase their melanoma risk by 87 percent.” Yikes!

When I was in high school, going to the tanning bed was pretty “in.” Some of my girlfriends and I would go together after school. I went to the tanning bed more than I should have. I figured that since I never burned when I was outside that I wasn’t at a risk for getting cancer. Well, I was totally wrong.

Fortunately, I always get yearly skin checks because I have a lot of moles and freckles. When I was eighteen, my dermatologist noticed a change in a mole on my arm. That mole had been there forever, but I didn’t notice anything different with it until my derm pointed it out to me.

She cut it out and sent it to get biopsied right away. It turns out that mole was precancerous. She told me the sudden change was definitely a result of my bad tanning bed habit.

Lesson learned.

Having a mole cut out of my arm was a very unpleasant experience, but it could have gotten much, much worse and led to melanoma. Now I don’t touch tanning beds, and I wear sunscreen every single day.

Practice safe sun and don’t hit the bed. Use self tanner if you’re really craving a glow, but stay away from the fake rays!

Do you go to the tanning bed? How often? Have you ever had a mole removed? Tell me in the comments!

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  • Tom McManus

    I’m would never have thought of tanning before final destination 3 mostly because when we Irish burn we look like beetroots. But after that movie,GOD,i had nightmares for weeks and when my friend wanted to go tanning i begged her not to go and to convince her all i had to do was show her that scene and BAM…..cancelled appointment.

  • Megan

    I don’t tan. I am naturally fair-skinned, so whenever I am out in the sun for a long time, I burn instead of tan. I went tanning a few time throughout high school, mainly for prom of my junior year. But ever since seeing the movie Final Destination 3, I have developed a fear of tanning beds (the laying down kind) and do not plan on tanning for the rest of my life. If I do decide to try and get tan, I will use one of the standing tanning machine things they have in tanning salons.

  • Tayylove96

    I dont need to tan Im African American, but my all my lotions and face washes have SPF!