If getting a great tan is one of your New Year’s resolutions, know the facts

Katarina Boutsis
Oxford Stories

New Year’s resolutions often involve dropping a few pounds and enhancing your appearance. Some people attempt to do this by indoor tanning. However, there are dangers to consider when using tanning beds.

According to the Center for Disease Control website, indoor tanning can cause skin cancer, and exposure to ultraviolet radiation can cause cataracts and eye cancers.

The site reports that a 2014 study by Wehner and colleagues “estimated that more than 400,000 cases of skin cancer may be related to indoor tanning in the United States each year—causing 245,000 basal cell carcinomas, 168,000 squamous cell carcinomas, and 6,000 melanomas.”


Brianna Sellers pictured.

Oxford resident Brianna Sellers regrets using tanning beds.

“I have always had very fair colored skin,” said Sellers. “Living in a community that offers free tanning beds sounded very beneficial to me at first, but not for my skin. I started tanning in tanning beds when I turned 16.”

The CDC reports that California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Vermont, Washington, and some cities and counties have banned indoor tanning by minors younger than 18.

Some tanning companies have created new rules requiring clients to sign in or use a fingerprint method that notifies the salon when you are tanning and how long you tan.

“After moving to Highland Square, a community in Oxford, tanning has been very taunting for me,” said Sellers. “The tanning beds are located in the gym area with unlocked doors so they can be used whenever.

“With that being said, I have used these beds twice in one day on multiple occasions. I feel very regretful for putting my skin through so much trauma ever since my tanning journey started.”

In 2012, a New Jersey mother was arrested for allegedly putting her 5-year-old daughter in a tanning bed.  This incident may have led to tanning legislation.

Michele Kessler, a San Antonio resident, said she has tanned almost every day since she was in college.

“I’ve always viewed tanning as a type of therapy for myself,” she said. “When my face is breaking out, the beds seem to clear it up. I also must mention that I feel prettier and more confident when I am tan.”

The CDC reports that most tanners, 32 percent, are 18-21.


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