Why People Should Stay Away from Tanning

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Hannah Myers
Mr. Hawkins
English 101-026
11 November 2011
Why People Should Stay Away from Tanning
Teenage girls and young adult women, in America, are going to tanning salons more than ever before. There is high pressure from Hollywood and the fashion industry to maintain tan skin all year round. The popular mentality is that “tanner is better”. Women are succumbing to this mentality even if it requires them to spend hundreds of dollars buying tanning products, laying in tanning beds, or even getting spray on tans. Though people may think that tan skin does indeed look more appealing, the health effects that may appear later on in life are simply not worth the vanity from fake tanning. If one starts going fake tanning, she may become addicted and over tan, she increases her chances of getting melanoma, and may eventually get skin cancer.

A major problem associated with tanning beds, is the addictive factor that women may experience after using one. According to Dr. Mandeep Kaur, who wrote an article titled Tanning Beds; Small Study Points to Addictive Effects of Frequent Tanning, claims that there may be a little more to tanning than just achieving darker skin. Kaur found research of a small study from the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, which “…was designed to test the hypothesis that exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light may produce endorphins, brain chemicals that are linked to pain relief and euphoric feelings, and could play a role in tanning behavior. UV light occurs naturally in sunlight and is responsible for the tanning and burning effects of the sun. Artificial UV light is used in tanning beds and sunlamps.” According to the small study, they found that women actually felt better about themselves and more relaxed after going to a tanning salon. Kaur says, “New evidence suggests that ultraviolet light has feel-good effects that may be similar to those of some addictive drugs” (1673). Because of these “feel-good” endorphins...
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