It completely shocks me that people still go to tanning beds. Haven’t we learned enough about how dangerous they are? I put them right up there with cigarettes… no health value at all, harmful, waste of money, and yet people still go to them. Its like we’re still in the 90s.
- indoor ultraviolet (UV) tanners are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never tanned indoors. (source)
- tanning salons are routinely not providing accurate information about skin cancer and other risks to teens seeking their services (source)
- those who make just four visits to a tanning booth per year can increase their risk for melanoma by 11 percent, and their risk for the two most common forms of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, by 15 percent (source)
- a tan is no different from a sunburn in terms of the effect on our skin. Tanning is an indication that your skin has been exposed to UV radiation; none of which is known to be safe (source)
- teens are at special risk because their bodies are undergoing such accelerated growth rates that their cells are more prone to the damage of the UV radiation (source) Not good for prom season!
- in July 2009, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) concluded that tanning devices that emit UV radiation are more dangerous than previously thought. IARC moved these devices into the highest cancer risk category: “carcinogenic to humans.” (source)
- tanning prematurely ages the skin: it causes the skin to lose elasticity and wrinkle prematurely. This leathery look may not show up until many years after you’ve had a tan or sunburn (source)
Even if you read that list and just see cancer, cancer, cancer, premature aging… why are people still going tanning? Who wants to make themselves look like they’re older than they are? Why would you do something that has been known to cause cancer?
If you are going to a wedding, or a prom, consider getting a professional spray tan if you really want that glow. It lasts a week and gets you just as glowy looking. If you just want to be tan on a daily basis, you can use a moisturizer with self tanner (I like Jergens, go to this stylish blog for more suggestions for tanning alternatives and more! ). And if you’re going on vacation and want a “base tan”… why not just skip it and protect yourself from the sun while you’re there?
Don’t believe me? Check out this video, starring cancer survivors and caretakers of people who lost their battle. Please share it and/or its information with a teenager. Nobody thinks that what they do at 16 is going to affect them in their future. Stop the intanity!