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Health Poll: Have You Ever Used a Tanning Bed?

Have You Ever Used a Tanning Bed?

I love a sun-kissed glow as much as any other girl, but I don't love melanoma. Because I'm keen on protecting myself from skin cancer, I steer clear of tanning beds — studies have shown that exposure to tanning beds before age 35 can boost melanoma risk by 75 percent.

While this research has been public for years, it hasn't stopped people from using tanning beds to darken their skin. I couldn't believe the results from a new study by San Diego State University public health researchers: they discovered more tanning salons than Starbucks or McDonald's in many US cities. What's more, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, 70 percent of the average daily one million tanning salon customers are females aged 16 to 29. With all these crazy statistics in mind, I am curious about your relationship with tanning beds.


CanadianAlissa CanadianAlissa 8 years
i went to mexico a few years back and when i came back all my friends were in awe that i came back so tan, so i starting tanning regularly to keep it up. not sure why i stopped but i am so glad i did. one of my friends kept it up and she is only in her mid-twenties and has so many wrinkles on her face already. now i don't leave the house without some spf.
Perfect-Locks Perfect-Locks 8 years
I have used tanning beds in the past when I was in high school and college, but not anymore. I am also regretting that I did use them with all the bad things I have heard about them. I like to use the lotions like Jergens Natural Glow to just add a touch of color to my skin.
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
No way! One of my friends uses the tanning beds at the gym and she is currently having her moles biopsied!!!!!!
delightfairy delightfairy 8 years
I've never tried it and I don't want to. I don't like tanning beds at all.
almostloli almostloli 8 years
never, but am going to try someday..
socialitebabe socialitebabe 8 years
Im a fair skinned black girl. I went about 3 times last year. Bad I know..
alyssajoelle alyssajoelle 8 years
i have psoriasis, so it helps out a lot, and i only go in the winter..
Allytta Allytta 8 years
i actually was a teenage victim of that misinformation that tanning beds don't have A or B rays, and are safe... oh how i wish I knew...
audrina audrina 8 years
Sadly to say, yes I did use the tanning beds during the summer months when I was in my twenties. Back then, that's when they first came out and noone really knew how bad they really were. Had I known then what we know today, I would never have used them. Its alot to worry about these days on top of everything else. Now I watch my skin more frequently for moles and visit my Dermatologist.
alethia037 alethia037 8 years
I have maybe been a dozen times, but years ago when I was first out of high school. I would never go again though!
zeppelinrules zeppelinrules 8 years
I've probably used a tanning bed about 50 times in my life, but I haven't done it for years and I never will again. Mystic Tan works just fine, and so do plenty of self-tanning lotions. My mom had skin cancer when I was a kid, so eventually I came to my senses and realized how rediculous it would be if I got cancer because I wanted to be tan. Plus it dries out my skin and makes me itch.
sushiflower76 sushiflower76 8 years
Never ever and I have no intention of ever using one. There are so many other options for tanning (spray tans, self tanners, build a tan lotion) that don't end with cancer. Also there's a million other things that I want to spend my money on.
Carrie14884290 Carrie14884290 8 years
I tried it once. My butt burned. Never went back. :)
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Hell no. It's so bad for the skin. Besides, I think I look best with my fair skin. With my dark hair and eyes, I've been told I look like Snow White (in a good way).
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 8 years
Nope, my name explains it all.
sourcherry sourcherry 8 years
No, and I've never been tempted. I like being pale. Plus, it ages the skin terribly. I rather look young than being tan...
jessie jessie 8 years mom had skin nope
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
when i was younger i used them all the time and now that i'm mindful and more aware of things, i have to think about what damage i did to myself and how i'm going to have to pay in the future. i think that 'frivolous' things like this just make us realize that sometimes the trade off for the quick and easy solution isn't always the safest.
fitvancouver fitvancouver 8 years
I hate to admit but i used to go a few times before vacation to get a little bit of colour. Never again. I'd rather be pale!
cmd0610 cmd0610 8 years
that didnt work! . . . i was saying I missed the beach so much when I went to college that I was using tanning beds as a desparate attempt to get some sun . . . I prolly have only been a total of ~10x ever . . . I haven't been in 6yrs . . .I guess we learn with time to take better care of ourselves.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Never and I never will, either. I'm fair-skinned and I know I'll burn if I go to one. Plus, my dad and my father in law have both had basal cell carcinomas removed from their arms due to sun exposure (they're both fair-skinned), so I know better than to intentionally do something like that to my body. I usually use those gradual self-tanning lotions if I want a little color in the summer. They work pretty well. They don't get you quite as dark as a real tan, but they're way safer.
cmd0610 cmd0610 8 years
In high school I went maybe 5 times and then in college a bit more than that. I got a monthly pass but I was too busy studying to go more than about 5 times in 3months. . I'm from Florida and I <3 being tan and when I got to college I didn't have to to be outside as much anymore and I had no more beach so I think I just missed the sun and tanning beds were my desparate attempt to get sun. I haven't been in 6yrs and probaly only a total of 15 times in my life . . . we all learn I guess eventually to take better care of ourselves with time . . .
Jess8902 Jess8902 8 years
When I was in high school I went wayy too much. Getting ready for prom my best friend and I would tan twice a day sometimes. UGH.
yellowshoe yellowshoe 8 years
In high school I went ALL THE TIME. College I stopped going, but I've started going again. Once a week or every other week... Some friends have tried lecturing me, but, I enjoy it (I mean, hey, french fries aren't good for my health, but I eat those all the time, haha!)... I will say that it drives me NUTS that now there are posters at the tanning salon about how tanning is good for you because Vitamin D is good for you, and how else are you going to get it? Hopefully people are smart enough to know that while UV rays may help produce Vitamin D, that doesn't necessarily make tanning good for you!
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