Sun bed scares deter tan-seekers

Mar 26, 2009
Posted in: Health & Beauty   Posted by: Maggie

With many teen idols and other celebrities sporting year-round tans in a myriad of shades of bronze and gold, it’s scarcely surprising that teenagers have begun to see a tan as a must-have fashion accessory.

However, their desire to eradicate any areas of visible white flesh from their physique would seem to have been somewhat subdued by the recent horrific story of two schoolgirls – Katie Turner (15) and Kirsty McRae (14). Both girls suffered serious burns after excessive salon sun bed sessions.

Their cases have brought into sharp focus the dangers of sun bed use, especially on young, vulnerable skin. Campaigns such as the Sunsmart campaign now target secondary schools, hammering home the dangers of using sun beds including the much-publicised associated cancer risks.

The British Photodermatology Group (BPG), an expert on the effect of light on the skin, recommends that sun beds should not be used at all. Fortunately reputable beauty spas never use tanning beds, choosing to focus exclusively on spa treatments which promote health rather than damage it.

Modern-day spa treatments include a wealth of ways to keep your skin looking great and protect it against the ravages of sun, wind and rain. So, if you book yourself in for one of the spa retreats on offer at a top health and beauty spa, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to treatments to enhance your skin.

And if you’re desperate for the “bronzed” look, you can always get yourself a professionally applied spray-on tan – by far the safer option.

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