Tanning salons are everywhere delivering services to thousands of consumers every day. Does it ever occur to you that there might be dangers related to indoor tanning that salons aren’t telling you? There is more to the eye than the beautiful exterior, superb interior design, the attractive perks and discounts that these salons use to drag you to their shops. Here are some important things you should know but they will never tell you.
Anything that has access to the human body is usually regulated for health reasons by relevant government bodies. It may surprise you to know that despite the high risk of cancer that tanning beds and booths portend, regulatory bodies consider them as less harmful than regular tanning. This is why they are at the bottom of the danger list of things that can cause harm to the human body. There is also evidence that they try to avoid public scrutiny by lobbying for government protection.
“The fact is that there is no way indoor tanning is better or safer than the outdoors”
Should salons advice you to reduce your tanning frequency or stop tanning altogether if they feel you’re addicted? Yes, because that could help save you from developing skin cancer and they have a responsibility towards the health of their clients. But do they do it? Not when your cash is still rolling into their pocket. Most tanning salons don’t even regard tanorexia as a disease. Tanorexia is such a problem that most people who are victims of this disorder will go to any length to continue to tan, even if you they are advised against it by health professionals.
3) Indoor Tanning Isn’t Smarter
Tanning salon operators will not tell you directly that indoor tanning is better than outdoor tanning. Rather, they say that it is ‘smarter’ to tan indoors than outdoors. Whatever the word ‘smart’ means doesn’t matter, the fact is that there is no way indoor tanning is better or safer than the outdoors. Research carried out on frequent tanners suggests that people are more likely to be exposed to the dangers of tanning when they do it indoors than outdoors. This is because many of the latest and newly improved sun lamps produce so much UV ray exposure that are around 10 times greater that which you get from natural sunlight.
4) Sweat, Germs & Bacteria
The next time you visit your local tanning salon watch how sweaty people are when they come out of the tanning beds. What does that tell you? It means there is danger. What if the customer has a skin condition that can be transmitted to other people? How are you sure the attendant actually cleans the bed after it has been used by the last costumer? Salons won’t tell you but you’re taking a great risk by making the decision to jump into the bed without proper sanitation.
5) Consider Spray Tan
If you’re not sure of your safety using tanning beds and booths but you still want to get a tan then the best alternative is to get a spray tan. That way you’re as free as a bird without any worries. No UV rays, no cancer risk and you don’t have to lie for hours inside a closed bed to get pretty brown skin. There is a long list of spray tan brands for you to choose from and you can even do it all by yourself if you’re not comfortable with salon staff doing it for you.
Alice Smyth loves tanning but she always stays away from sunbeds and instead tans naturally or uses fake tan sprays and lotions to get the look that she wants.