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Public Service Announcements About Tanning Beds

Indoor Tanning Is Out

I've already talked to you about how harmful it is to use a tanning bed to get a base tan before the summer (or ever for that matter), but I'm not the only one trying to get the message out. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has just launched a series of Public Service Announcements with the motto, "Indoor tanning is out."

These PSAs are trying to make people aware that just like the sun, the rays from tanning beds also cause melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Current research shows that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetimes, and that UV rays are a known cause. Remember that UV rays from tanning beds can be as much as 15 times higher than midday sun. Choosing not to use tanning beds is a great way to reduce your risk of developing skin cancer.

Many people go tanning because they think that darkened skin looks better. If vanity is inspiring people to lie in tanning beds every week, maybe it can prevent them from stopping too. Hopefully these PSAs will remind people that tanning not only causes deadly skin cancer, but it also causes premature aging, wrinkles, and sun spots. If people are tanning to look healthier, that plan is going to backfire majorly in the future.

Want to see their serious TV ad about the dangers of tanning beds? Then

Here's the TV ad you can expect to see running through the entire month of May, which is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month.

Do you think these ads are a good idea, or are they just reiterating the facts that most people already know but choose to ignore?

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bonchicbongenre bonchicbongenre 9 years
I'm very fair skinned, and I love it. Yes, some people tell me I need a tan, but others stop me in the street to tell me what beautiful skin I have. Regardless of what others say, I will NEVER go in a tanning bed. One of my best friends almost died from skin cancer at 18! Not to mention, its sad when girls my age (22), look like they are in their 30s because they tan too much.
dameneko dameneko 9 years
i think the preponderance of young, orange celebrities has made tanning passe. i think tan can look good, but with all the orange people out their with fake tans, fake teeth, fake hair, the over-done look is starting to be over and done. when young women start looking faker than malibu barbie, that is just NOT a good look!! coming from hawaii, i'll admit, it took me a long time to like my non-tanned skin when i moved to sf. now i still get a tan when i am actually someplace where there is sun, but other than that, i don't try to tan. also, i have been wearing sunscreen for the past 20 years, and now that i am in my early 30's, i am really glad i did. my aesthetician can tell many, many stories of women in their 20's and 30's and their horribly sun-damaged skin. people who say things like "you need a tan" need to get a life...totally agree with you skatie07!!
NurseDeAnna NurseDeAnna 9 years
My tan comes from a bottle. I also wear spf 45 on (at least) my face every single day.
risakg risakg 9 years
emalove - could not agree more. i too have had skin cancer, 4 separate melanomas all by the age of 28. i used to visit the tanning beds in college. they are evil, evil machines. stay away from them!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I hate the whole "base tan" myth that people spread. It's such BS because it's still dangerous to get that tan, even if you don't burn. I went to Central America with my white skin and I put on TONS of SPF sunblock and covered up as much as possible. I didn't get burned at all. If I ever DO want a tan, I usually use self tanner or a moisturizer with a tanner in it. Hey, it's better than getting skin cancer (and since I'm very fair and I have a family history of it, I'm not taking chances).
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I am fair skinned, and have never been in a tanning booth. When we were kids/teenagers we lived on a lake and used to "lay out" because thats just what you did, no one ever said "cancer" but i could never tan, always burned and peeled, and than at 16 I realized that My fair skin was gorgeous and stopped all together, I wear a high SPF if I am out and about, use umbrellas at the beach, You DONT NEED A BASE TAN to save you from burning, thats ridiculous. I also get comments about how "white" i am or "pale" and i tell them that my skin is healthy, wrinkle-free (at age 34)and I think being orange or red or "tan" is more disgusting than pale.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Awesome!!! I really hope people catch on to this.
jhunter00 jhunter00 9 years
Despite the urgings of these PSA's (hey, quit telling me what to do!) millions of people like the look of at least some color. All those healths mags tell us that the "tanned" look is out--but take a look most TV shows-like Dancing with the Stars--they are all dark! Yeah, it maybe sprayed on, but the point is that they all have color. Moderation is the key.
Greentea1203 Greentea1203 9 years
I've never been to a tanning bed in my life, and I wear SPF 70 sunblock all the time. I do occassionally wear Jergens Glow Express but I don't think I look "better" with it. It's just to mix things up I guess. I see high schoolers who look older than I do because of all the tanning they do, and I'm 26.
addywisbef addywisbef 9 years
I am incredibly fair, and I adore it! Why on earth would I take such risks, age my skin, and lie on one of those filthy beds to please others? I can already see signs of aging on my "tanorexic" friends' skin, and another friend has routine outpatient surgeries to remove skin lesions. It's not worth it. Your natural skin, whatever the shade, is beautiful.
Meike Meike 9 years
Ugh, this is a peeve of mine in Western society. I utterly dislike what tanning does to a person's skin. Most, if not all the people I know who tan, look 100% better as they were before they tanned, imo. I grew up in an Eastern culture where young, fair skin was considered ideal. I remember going to Nordstrom to try out some make up. The make-up assistant applied a tinted moisturizer that was some shades darker than my skin tone. It WAS noticeable. I basically asked her to remove it and apply the moisturizer that best matches my skin tone. And, she replied, 'Well, if you want to look pasty." Try 'healthy'. It's no miracle I still occasionally get carded at 26 for rated 'R' movies. Staying out of the sun is the best thing one can do for slowing the aging process of skin.
Bookish Bookish 9 years
As the daughter of a man with terminal melanoma, I really appreciate these announcements. I wish more people knew to protect themselves. Tanning is so huge around here, it's sad. My best friend just told me this year that because of me she wasn't tanning anymore- indoors or out, or doing any sunless tanner stuff- she's going to like her skin the way it is. I'm so proud of her!
emalove emalove 9 years
As someone who's had skin cancer already (at age 29), don't use those stupid beds!!!! Worst things ever.
sweetrae80 sweetrae80 9 years
I like to spend time outside so that's how I get some sun. I just feel better when I tan just a little bit. I used to go to a tanning bed and in addition to being bad for me, I realized that it was such a waste of money. But, I firmly believe that everyone should get some sun everyday(if possible) because of the vitamin D and mood lifting benefits...I live in Pittsburgh though, and we don't get tons of really sunny days. If I lived somewhere like Arizona I would probably be more cautious about being in the sun!
julieulie julieulie 9 years
I completely agree with hating how people always tell you that you would look so much better with some color. I'm getting married in 2 weeks and I cannot count the number of people who made some comment about how nice I'll look in my dress after I have a little color on my skin, how "just a few tanning sessions will do you wonders", etc etc. The worst part is that most of these people KNOW that I am getting my Ph.D. in oncololgy! If I am dedicating my life to long hours in the lab to CURE cancer, why the hell would I go hang out in a tanning bed?!? Thanks, but I think I'm going to look just fine with my pale skin in my dress... they can keep their opinions to themselves.
Puzzle2397 Puzzle2397 9 years
I also have fair skin like many people who have commented, and I also do not feel the need to tan. My skin looks better to me not tanned.
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 9 years
I have fair skin. I don't tan. And I hate all the ads for bronzers and self-tanners that say, "Get a healthy sun kissed glow". I'm not less healthy because I stay out of the sun, and I'm certainly not less healthy because I don't apply chemicals to give me fake color.
kgtg1 kgtg1 9 years
I disagree with ellejay - there is NO need to "base tan". Just wear sunscreen with a high SPF. I wear higher than SPF 45 in the summer in Georgia, so if I was going to the beach I would definitely wear at least SPF 70 and would not burn.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
I just don't get people's desire to be "tan". It doesn't look healthy to me it looks vain and unhealthy. But then again I've got a natural deep tan that usually gets me followed by store security.
kia kia 9 years
ohkate, getting a base tan is not going to save your skin in Aruba. The sun will be harsh on you so you will need to block, cover-up and limit your sun exposure. I got married in Costa Rica a few months ago and a lot of our guests were coming from temperate zones so we were super diligent with our skin warnings for everyone. My husband once visited me in the tropics when I was working and we were living in Miami... he was surfing for two hours and didn't block the back of his legs. He ended up being so burned he couldn't really walk for a few days and he had a "base tan" from living in Florida already.
kia kia 9 years
These ads are a good idea. I am surprised how many people still say they use tanning beds for the "base tan." During my last haircut my stylist was telling me about her tanning salon and asked if I tanned. I just looked at her and didn't say a word. She meekly asked if I had to go to tanning salons. She didn't realize that my olive skin tone tanned easily and she did not understand when I told her that I sun blocked everyday.
ohkate ohkate 9 years
I'm going on my honeymoon in the middle of June and a friend recommended I get some sun so that I have a 'base coat tan' so that when I go to Aruba I don't burn. They said since I'll be closer to the equator it will be easier to burn and getting a tan will save me from burning easily. Is this true?
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
"People are rude sometimes and say stuff like "You need a tan". Would they say a dark skinned person needs skin lightening products?" Exactly. People wouldn't be obnoxious enough to say that to someone darker. It's just as rude to tell very light person they "need" a tan because it's telling them there's something wrong with their appearance and that they're unattractive or even repulsive with their natural coloring. Luckily no one is ever that rude with me, but then again I live in NY, not L.A. And I don't think I need to repeat what I think about tanning since that would be too repetitive.
ElleJay ElleJay 9 years
I do disagree about not getting a base tan. My husband and I went to Cozumel on our honeymoon and he got BURNED badly- even with SPF 45 because he did not get a base tan before he left and tanned ahead of time and didn't burn at all.
faerymagick15 faerymagick15 9 years
I hate it when my daughter, who is very fair skinned, insists she needs some color. I warn her all the time about skin cancer. She has porcelain doll skin and I think its beautiful. I used tanning beds twice a week for about 6 months in my mid 20's and am darn lucky I haven't developed any cancer.
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