Tanning Salons Can Successfully Spread Safe Tanning Culture

 The sun has a tough competition now and hereafter. His monopoly in the area of tanning is fiercely questioned. The indoor tanning industry is marching ahead to an unprecedented boom. It is a gigantic business in USA with over 20,000 tanning salons being opened and established since 1970.

Indoor tanning basically encashed heavily on the research findings that proved sun tanning is bad for the skin. It is proven that unsafe tanning can take you to the level of cancer.
But the indoor salon tanners have a strong case to defend themselves. They argue that ultraviolet rays cause the skin cancer only in the case of a skin burn. Only a small amount of rays is required to get the tan and hence there is no danger of the skin cancer. They are emphatic in their views and the boom continues unabated.

But the battle of wits and facts rages the tanning subject. American Academy of Dermatology and the American Medical Association warn you against both the sun tan and the indoor tan, especially for the cosmetic purposes!

They demand that the facility should not be extended to minors. No person or salon should claim a safe tan. A warning should be displayed at a conspicuous place at the salon giving the details of the hazards of tanning.

But the actual ground realities are different. Studies have revealed that young women visit the tanning salons, just for the sake of beauty. They feel that tan looks attractive. In several States of USA, tanning is legally banned, but the laws are lenient and even those are not strictly applied. With the will to implementation lacking, the laws do not serve any purpose.

So, prevention of unsafe tanning has become a social responsibility. Local and State level medical associations, parents and teachers need to come forward to take the lead to educate the younger generation about the harmful effects of wrongful tanning practice.

Many indoor salons are shops in disguise. They sell all the ancillary products like mousses, bronzers, tanning lotions, brushes and many other related utilities. The salon industry is also becoming more and more diversified. The “per” session charges can range from anything between $ 25 to $ 100, depending upon the nature of services obtained.

All in all, the question arises- can we see the culture of indoor tanning saloon a safe proportion? Perhaps, yes if the tanning saloons educate their clients in advance before the tanning session about the procedures, after care precautions, repeat visits requirements and the general advice on tanning. This will certainly promote healthy tanning culture.