What are the dangers of going to a tanning salon?

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  1. stuff4kids profile image95
    stuff4kidsposted 5 years ago

    What are the dangers of going to a tanning salon?

    I have heard that getting a tan in a salon can lead to health risks. Does anyone believe this? If so, what are those risks and how can they be avoided?


  2. cfin profile image72
    cfinposted 5 years ago

    You could get hit by a train on the way there. Just kidding, their is the obvious sun cancer risk. Its not really a question and more of a fact, that if you spend too long on a sunbed, it will heavily increases your chances of getting skin cancer or other skin deficiencies. However, if you do, or consume too much of anything it is detrimental to ones health.

  3. Romeos Quill profile image78
    Romeos Quillposted 5 years ago

    Dangers of going to a tanning salon? Getting skin cancer, being ripped-off, and left entertaining delusions of gorgeousness lol!
      My sis went to college to do beauty therapy, and learned that there is a very real risk of skin cancer for over exposure. Simple solution is:
    Stop going, and spend that money on something more useful.

  4. Jlbowden profile image88
    Jlbowdenposted 5 years ago

    For one, you may likely end up burning some of your facial skin off!  Worse then that - end up with melanoma.  Not healthy, or smart at all.

  5. jennshealthstore profile image90
    jennshealthstoreposted 5 years ago

    I watched one of those crazy addiction shows the other day and there was a girl who was addicted to tanning. I do not remember the exact number but the risk of getting cancer is extremely high. It also causes early skin aging. It is not any more healthy than the sun.

  6. Rosie writes profile image88
    Rosie writesposted 5 years ago

    Many people tan for medical reasons including:
    SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) causing depression during certain times of the year, eczema (doctors tell their patients to tan up to twice a week to alleviate symptoms), acne (many people find improvement in diminishing break-outs), Vitamin D deficiency (some people work indoors all day and miss any opportunity to be outside to get Vitamin D naturally), and alleviating chronic pain.  Tanning beds (phototherapy) can be found in dermatologists offices and they are used to help people.  In contrast to phototherapy in a medical setting, tanning beds may be more affordable and offer more convenient hours.  Like anything else, overuse could be harmful.  Go to : http://www.tanningtruth.com/ to read about the true risks of tanning, based on real studies and research, and not based on social media.  You may be surprised.

    1. Romeos Quill profile image78
      Romeos Quillposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      @ stuff4kids addendum:-
      'SAD' lamps ( Light-box therapy ),use a non-UV light, approx. 10 times the intensity of ordinary light bulbs, different to the light used to treat skin conditions. Phototherapy (Light therapy), uses only UV light, and UVB ligh

    2. Rosie writes profile image88
      Rosie writesposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Most new tanning beds deliver only UVA light, which does not treat psoriasis, so you need a tanning bed that provides both UVB and UVA light, which many older tanning salons still have.

  7. Jackie Lynnley profile image89
    Jackie Lynnleyposted 5 years ago

    I forget the actual details but this girl I was told about went to different places to get way more than recommended of tan in the beds and she died with some sort of brain hemorrhage or something, which possibly was not the tanning bed's doing but you have to wonder. She left a baby and young husband, a tan is not worth the risk and I think it looks so fake anyway.

  8. advisor4qb profile image76
    advisor4qbposted 5 years ago

    Aside from the obvious risks, like skin cancer, there are also a couple of other possibilities that you put yourself at risk for when going to a tanning salon.  For example, you could fall asleep in the tanning bed without the goggles, and that can cause eye problems, possibly even blindness.  Also, you could catch something contagious from a tanning bed that was not disinfected enough, such as MRSA, an antibiotic-resistant strain of bacteria which is rampant these days.

  9. Etherealenigma profile image74
    Etherealenigmaposted 5 years ago

    First of all, you need to make sure that the salon properly cleans the beds after each use. If the bulbs are bad, or there is an electric problem with the bed unit, you could suffer from overexposure. Then there's always the skin cancer risk, which the above could cause, along with overexposure in general.

    I'm a massage therapist. www.issuesinyourtissuesmassagetherapy.com. One of the spas I work at has tanning beds. It seems that the stand up tanning is the best, because it seems to give a more all over tan, versus one side better than the other.

    Additionally, the spa recommends only 15-30 min sessions, usually 20 minutes. People can choose to do longer sessions, but they will come out looking unusually dark (scarily so) and it looks uncanny, as well as unnatural. Most people do 15 minutes per session and this allows for the tan to gradually build so they don't look ridiculous, like they went to a tanning salon.

    Anything done without balance will end up hurting you in some way, so if you are looking to avoid side effect/dangers from tanning beds, that is the best way to do it. Peace & blessings.


  10. Claudia Marie profile image72
    Claudia Marieposted 5 years ago

    As stated by many commenters, their are many many risk. Use common sense. If you want a tan that bad, there are many tan creams on the market that will fake a tan look, that may be a better solution for those people who just have to have that tan look.


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