Practicing Safe Sun

21 Sep

Indoor tanning always makes an appearance in the news.  Last year, the FDA classified indoor tanning beds as a class 1 carcinogenic (cancer causing) substance which puts tanning beds on the same level as smoking cigarettes or even exposure to asbestos and formaldehyde.

So why do we still subject ourselves to tanning beds?  Yes, being baked in a tanning bed for fifteen minutes gives you your daily dose of Vitamin D and endorphins, the “feel good” chemicals.  Instead of lounging in a tanning bed, why not take a 15 minute walk outside in the sunshine?  Not only is it safer, but it will also provide you with the same dose of Vitamin D and endorphins.

Do you tan to fit in?  Still believe that “Tan is the new pale?”  Well, you are wrong.  Yes, we all know that a bit of a color may make us feel better than our natural skin tones that make their appearances in winter, but in no way does this mean frying yourself to match the orange skin tones of the Jersey Shore cast.

Some safe alternatives to keeping your summer glow year round without the harmful side effects include indoor spray tanning and sunless self tanners.  Although indoor spray tanning will ensure an even tan application, they are a bit pricey without a tanning package ($7-$15 per session.)   You may want to try the cheaper, at-home route of sunless tanners.  There are a variety to choose from including lotions, foams and tanning towelettes (similar to baby wipes & make getting an even self tan easier.)  These products range in price from $5-$25 and will last longer than the 5 to 7 days of a spray tan.

For UIC students: Check out Halsted Street Tan & Spa  ()which has $10 spray tans after 10pm on Tuesday nights.

For Loyola students: Check out A Better Tan (1136 W Bryn Mawr Ave.) which offers buy-one-get-one offers on their $12 mystic spray tan.

For DePaul students: Check out Palm Beach Tan (2000 N. Clybourn) for their special Septmeber 24-26th offering $10 spray tans.

Check out this article published today by Health.com called “Spray tans, tanning bed use often go hand-in hand.”

As long as tanning salons are in business, this debate will continue.

Don’t forget, there is always the option of embracing your natural skin tone.  Own it.  Don’t risk getting cancer just to be a bronzed version of yourself.

-Ashley

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