What drives a mother to take her daughter to a tanning salon? Patricia Krentcil, also known as “tanning mom”, was accused of taking her five year old daughter to a tanning salon. When a concerned teacher saw the young child with a sunburn, she contacted the authorities. Krentcil was dumbfounded when she learned of this accusation. Although Krentcil did take her daughter to the salon she claimed that she never actually took her into a tanning bed. "She never went in," Krentcil told the [“Today”] show. "It was beautiful out, and they went into the kiddie pool. She's a redhead. She got sunburnt" (Moye). It’s news headlines like this that make people reflect back on their own habits. Is tanning really worth all the harm and trouble? Tanning causes premature aging, discoloration of the skin, blisters, and even eye problems such as cataracts and blindness. Tanning is unhealthy and addictive; the risk of dying is not worth a golden glow. Tanning causes serious eye problems. Exposure to UV radiation, which is utilized in tanning booths, damages dermal tissue and the lens of the eye (“Ultraviolet Radiation”). The dangers of tanning beds is not widely known because the public is not educated on the problems that may occur from overexposure to UV radiation. Turns out the UV rays are much more damaging to your eyes than to your skin, and in a tanning bed, not even closing your eyes can protect your vision (Wallace). Frequent tanners do not realize how dangerous ultraviolet radiation is for their eyes. In a tanning bed, your eyes have direct exposure to the radiation emitted from the tanning bulbs. So far, only 15 states in the United States require goggle use while inside a tanning Hagadorn 2
bed. Long term exposure to radiation from tanning beds can cause photokeratitis, cataracts, and in severe cases, even cancer. In general, people would make better choices to protect their eye health if the dangers were more widely known. Salon owners...
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