Tres Belle Spa: FDA Proposes Ban On Indoor Tanning For Minors
December 19 2015
Living on Long Island as a teenager in the 80's, all of my friends were "Bronze Goddesses." I ran with a gorgeous group of Italian and Latina girls who loved to sun worship. I envied their "Tan In A Can" sun oil and ability to lay under the bright sun of Jones Beach without so much as a spot of redness. Laying in the sun always made me antsy and my super fair skin always made me self-conscious. I felt ugly. Teenage boys, barely glancing at me would sometimes "ask" me why, why was I so "white." As a teenager, you're already uncomfortable about so many things but I was always reminded about how "ghastly" my whiteness was.I tried these indoor tanning beds and spent more than a few miserable hours at Beach Bum Tanning trying desperately to get a little bronze. I can't even remember the amount of time and money I wasted in those crazy lamp beds. I got ZERO color. It was as if my skin was so white, it actually repelled light. Forget about the sunless tanning creams and the times I showed up to school with orange hands and streaky creamsicle legs. It wasn't until my 20's that I began to just accept that I was my grandmother's "Porcelain Doll," as she called me in my teens. Reading that teens are continually using tanning beds makes me sad. It's frightening to think that I could someday face the repercussions of my unfailing desire to tan. Please see an excerpt from a recent New York Times article below."The Food and Drug Administration on Friday proposed barring everyone under 18 from using tanning beds, a sweeping move that medical experts say is a major step toward reducing the risk of skin cancer in the United States.For decades, medical researchers saw indoor tanning as little more than a curiosity. But evidence has been gathering that tanning beds may play more of a role in the nation’s cancer numbers than originally thought. A review of the scientific research published last year estimated that tanning beds account for as many as 400,000 cases of skin cancer in the United States each year, including 6,000 cases of melanoma, the deadliest form.
And unlike most other cancers, where the rates of new cases are flat or declining, melanoma has continued to rise by about 3 percent a year for the last couple of decades. Health experts worry that tanning beds — still popular, particularly among young women — are a significant contributor.Indoor tanning is a persistent part of American adolescence.Some states have already banned the practice for minors, but the service is still broadly accessible in most states, with salons dotting strip malls across the country and tanning beds popping up in places like gyms, college campuses and spas. A 2014 study by University of Miami researchers found more tanning salons in Florida than McDonald’s restaurants, CVS stores or Bank of America branches."Please read the entire report written by Sabrina Tavernese at The New York Times, published 12.18.15