Should Kids Be Banned From Tanning Salons?
My headline is kind of facetious because of course I think kids should be banned from tanning salons. I would personally wrap my kids in UV-protectant clothing 365 days a year if I could.
I don't tan. I freckle, burn, peel and repeat. I don't even know what I look like tanned, but I have had the desire to have that celebrity-healthy glow. So I went to a tanning salon once and the whole experience freaked me out. The worst part? There were signs all over the place saying that tanning was healthy and good for you.
The people (cult members?) who worked there were sure it was all true. And I can see how it would be easy to convince a teen that all the mumbo-jumbo about skin cancer is an old person's issue, but it's not. The amount of UV exposure you have in your teens increases your chances of skin issues in your future. But it's not just in the future, there is a dramatic rise in skin cancer in teens.
But they won't have too many options soon. Legislation in Quebec will soon ban teens from salons. Politicians in Ontario are discussing this as well. And a handful of U.S. states also ban kids, or require parental consent.
I'm not even sure why we are having this conversation. Of course kids should be banned from tanning. I think tanning salons should be banned for everyone.
But until that time, here are some ways to talk about kids and tanning. And you if you haven't seen it. Check out this video of one of the worst mothers in the world:
Did you tan as a teen? Do you think it should be banned?
Want more chaos? Last year, I asked why Skechers needed to make up Shape Ups for Tweens. Of course, it is just part of the problem.