Monday, 19 April 2010

Addicted to Indoor Tanning - Spray Tan, a UV Safe Alternative

The journal Archives of Dermatology has just published a study detailing the "addiction" of college students to indoor tanning. Claiming it fits the addiction criteria set forth in the DSM-IV (including repeatedly doing something knowingly harmful), the authors also indicate students addicted to indoor tanning also have higher addictions to other practices, including marijuana.

This news coincides with recent developments regarding UV-Tanning Salons and additional taxes to be added across the United States as part of the health care bill. This 10% tax will be imposed on salons that offer tanning based on light exposure of 200 - 400 nm wavelengths to produce skin color changes.
The American Academy of Dermatology is in favor of the added tax, as according to the Academy, indoor tanning before the age of 35 is linked to a 75% increase in the risk the most deadly skin cancer, Melanoma.

An alternative for the nearly 30 million Americans that use the tanning beds each year is use of chemical agents to temporarily and safely darken the skin. These "spray tans" have been increasing in popularity, including services that offer mobile spray tans, where solutions are applied by a technician in the privacy of one's own home. These services often contrast the use of their natural & organic tanning solutions to the harmful effects of UV exposure.

1 comment:

  1. Mostly all these tanning beds are extremely harmful, there is nothing better than the natural sunlight to get a tan.

    The sun produces UVB rays that help our bodies produce vitamin D (maybe the most important vitamin for our health).

    But most of us can not get enough of this critical vitamin especially in the winter months. So we must either supplement or as an alternative use a safe home tanning beds such as the mercola line of tanning beds we carry at