Tanning beds are something that benefit you, giving you a natural tan in a little period of time but they can also cause negative health effects. According to AAD (American Academy of Dermatology) 59% of college students, 35% of adults, and 17% of teenagers have all reported using a tanning bed at least once in their life time. Although many people use tanning beds most of them are unaware of the effects they can have on your body.  Some effects and facts of using a tanning bed are:

  • The UV light can cause melanoma and increases the risk of a benign mole progressing to melanoma
  • Emits UVA and UVB radiation
  • Indoor tanning may cause upward of 400,00 cases of skin cancer each year
  • Increases risk of melanoma by 59%
  • Women younger than 30 are three times more likely to develop melanoma
  • Tanning before age 24 increases one’s risk of developing basal cell carcinoma by age 50
  • Damages the DNA in the skin cells
  • Photoaging which is the forming of leathery wrinkly skin and dark spots
  • Sunburn, which can cause peeling
  • Photokeratitis also known as eye damage

Instead of using tanning beds there is another option that you can buy offline or at most stores and use that can give you the tan you are looking for. These are known as self-tanners and there are many different self-tanners; different types, different brands, and all different costs.

  • South Seas Skincare Tahitian Mist $13
  • Banana Boat Summer Color Self-Tanning Lotion in Deep Dark $ 7
  • Whish Self Tanner Body Butter $30
  • L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Hydrating Self- Tanning Milk $13
  • Tan Towel Self-Tan Towelettes $29
  • James Read Coconut Water Tan Mist Body $31
  • Australian Gold Instant Sunless Lotion $9
  • Supergoop! Healthy Glow Sunless Tan SPF 40 $38