The irresistible allure of a tan

  • Article by: HAYLEY TSUKAYAMA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 3, 2009 - 5:37 PM

Hopping onto a tanning bed is a common way for Minnesotans to soak up some rays year-round. Will a new medical review end our love for the fake bake?

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foobarxyzAug. 3, 09 6:11 PM

Maybe it's just me, but I actually don't think people look better well-tanned.

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nojusticeAug. 3, 09 6:29 PM

That "tan" prematurely ages skin. I have seen 33 year old women look like they were 59...eck!

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pattayaAug. 3, 09 6:32 PM

In SE Asia, most folks are tan skinned. Here in Thailand, they hate it and cover themselves up with scarfs and hats to avoid the sun and how it keeps them dark. They love white and spend millions on skin whitening creams...a very big business, but it is just like the 'snake oil' ads........it doesn't work........yet, they keep using it. They are beautiful folks, but don't see it that way. Talk about opposite sides of the coin........they hate tan and want to be white, and the US folks hate white and want to be tan........convoluted thinking.....

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jomdalyAug. 3, 09 6:34 PM

I have noticed more women in their 20's without a tan. It used to be only ladies in their 30's or 40's with tanless skin probably because they are noticing wrinkles at that age. Of course there are a lot of tanned women, but, every year I see more and more women without tans. However, I continue to see men with tans.

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minnetonka12Aug. 3, 09 7:45 PM

Hard to believe that people aren't aware it's bad for you. It's only been out there 10 years!

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Andrea12345Aug. 3, 09 9:03 PM

wrinkles and leather skin. Yech! However, the title "fake bake" refers to spray ons and creams, etc. not the tanning bed tan. Don't forget the diseases like warts you can get from the tanning bed (that one is true!).

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securmeAug. 4, 0912:54 AM

I've heard something along the same lines regarding Japan. Specifically, the reason characters in anime are drawn pale-skinned is because it's a cultural ideal.

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suntaneduAug. 4, 09 4:23 AM

Overexposure to UV is harmful. This is not news! In 1992, UV energy from the sun was also classified as carcinogenic, yet our children still play baseball, play tennis, hike, swim, ski, in the great outdoors. This is the same sun that humans have basked in since creation. As salon professionals, we have consistently explained to the public that overexposure to UV is not good for you. For those that weigh the benefits and risks of UV, millions chose indoor tanning where UV is provided in moderation and responsibility by skin type and a timer. The sun has no such controls. The report that put UV from tanning beds on the same level as such toxins as arsenic cigarettes and mustard gas has been tremendously over-hyped. Red wine, salted fish and natural sunlight are also on this list. We have seen this same type of frenzy before. Research suggests that indoor tanning produces vitamin D, that although the FDA forbids our industry from making medical claims, we know exists. Research also points out that endorphins-the same feel good hormone that many runners obtain-are also produced. Yet the media proclaims that endorphin production makes people “tanorexic” and links it to heroin addiction-yet runners are never paralleled as dope addicts!

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nordeasterAug. 4, 09 7:13 AM

Interesting how white people want to brown their skin and fill their lips with collagen to make them big and "pouty". Yet, those with naturally dark skin and big lips are not seen as a cultural beauty ideal, but are in fact arrested in their own homes...

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peoplewatchrAug. 4, 09 9:10 AM

Is this really news twice in one week. I think the people that go tanning know the possible implications and that for the most part, the more you tan the more chances you have of getting cancer. Kinda like drinking and smoking...basically all the fun stuff. So a good rule of thumb is...if it's fun, it'll probably kill ya soon than later.

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