Oh that beautiful glow...if only we could maintain it throughout the year - safely! Tanning beds give off UVA rays, which are absorbed deep into the dermal layer of the skin (UVB is only absorbed into the epidermis). This is actually more harmful. Yes, at the tanning salon, you are less likely to burn, however, you are 7 times more likely to get skin cancer in your lifetime (based on use of a tanning bed more than 10 times/yr). link
If getting melanoma doesn't scare you, then perhaps the prolonged effects of tanning from a cosmetic stand point, might. Tanning, whether from the sun or a tanning bed causes leathery, dry and unhealthy looking skin, uneven skin tone, age spots, freckling, sun spots and of course wrinkles. A true recipe for aging quickly!
The latest news on tanning salons -- They have been BANNED to those under 19 in Nova Scotia, under 18 in British Colombia, as well as other parts of the world.
Check out this interesting article from the Globe and Mail and let me know your thoughts.
Should Ontario ban Tanning Salons to minors?
When thinking about this issue, consider this fact -- In 2009, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization, declared after a review of evidence that the risk of melanoma increases by 75 per cent when use of tanning beds starts before the age of 30.
I've love to hear your thoughts on this.