The future of teen tanning
New bill proposed could put limitations on teen tanning
A new bill in the state house is shining a light on concerns about teen tanning. Colorado does not have an age requirement for visitors to use a tanning bed, but that could change.
Most teens under the age of 18 use tanning beds because they want a beautiful glow for prom or a homecoming dance. If this bill passes, teens will not be able to just walk into a salon to get their fix.
People have been using tanning beds for over 30 years and the risk of skin cancer is widely known. Lawmakers are growing concerned that teens don't realize the risks so they are proposing new age requirements for tanning beds.
Maggie Soffel works at Sunkissed Tanning and says her business won't change should new laws be enacted.
Soffel talked about the process teens would go through, “So if someone comes in we will definitely recommend them to have their parent with them and they would just fill out a form, a consent form. And they go through a series of questions, what kind of skin type and then they would have their parent sign at the bottom and the tanner sign at the bottom."
Alicia Seitz has been tanning for 3 years and has a daughter who could join her at the tanning booth in the future.
Seitz says she has no problem with it, "She might. I would let her. Yah, when she got old enough."
Especially since Seitz says spray tanning, the consent-free option is not for her, “That does scare me; I don't want to look like a oompa loompa!"
Spray tanning does have benefits, since unlike a traditional tanning bed, a spray tan won't expose you to ultra violet rays.
It will make it hard for Seitz to break her old habits, "You know I don't really worry about the dangers because I don't tan till I burn."
For teens whose parents are not comfortable signing for their teen, they need a doctor’s note.
However, it may be hard for teens to get that doctors note. Advanced skin care Dr. Jill Hilkty says she would never recommend tanning to a patient because of the potential risks of developing skin cancer.
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