No More GTL in Cali if You’re Not Legal

Posted: October 13, 2011 by jerkmag in TRIM -- style
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On October 9, California passed legislation to prohibit tanning for individuals below the age of 18. The old law set the age at 14, and allowed teenagers between 15 and 17 to fake bake with their parent’s permission. This law is setting a new stage in tanning legislation considering the highest age limit in any state was 16.

The law has been issued because of the damage UV exposure has on skin. There is a strong correlation between the tanning bed fad and the rise of melanoma in young women. Considering the magnitude of this health hazard it is comforting to know that the state of California is taking a strong stance.

Despite the reasoning for the decision, the Indoor Tanning Association is simply seeing the effect it will have on their businesses since the under-18 crowd represents about five to 10 percent of their customers. Unfortunately, I doubt those over 18 will get the message.

What I don’t understand about tanning is the reasoning behind it. It is an aesthetic indulgence, yet its effects are entirely detrimental. At a time when people are more than ever obsessed with youth, with 20-year-olds using cell rejuvenating serums and Botox parties are no longer an exaggeration, I am confused about the success of this business.

Tanning causes aging and cancer, yet people can’t seem to get enough. If youth is so important, why not completely abandon tanning and just use all the amazing sunless tanning options? Then again, I guess tanning has never been an issue for me, but I’m genuinely asking, what is the appeal of the harmful tan?

-Nadjma Sako

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