Australia has officially instated a ban on the commercial use of Ultra Violet (UV) tanning beds and booths, effective 2015. The South Australian Government said the owners of tanning salons would be consulted about how to change their businesses ahead of the ban prior to the effective date. In Australia, skin cancer cases are one of the highest in the world, twice the rate as the US.
There are mixed signals in the tanning industry about how safe tanning is. For the moment, the FDA ranks tanning machines as class-I devices– as safe to use, in other words, as elastic bandages. Few other health groups share that position. The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer added ultraviolet radiation from tanning beds to a danger category of carcinogens that includes radon and plutonium.
The FDA has been reviewing its classification of tanning beds since 2010. If they change the classification, as they very well should, tanning laws will change drastically.
No matter what you may hear at some tanning salons, the cumulative damage caused by UV radiation can, and likely will, lead to premature skin aging as well as skin cancer. Indoor UV tanners are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never tanned indoors.
We get clients at Luminosity who sometimes go UV tanning in combination with, or in between sunless spray sessions. It is alarming how many people, young women in particular who have knowledge of the damage it can cause, who still use UV. It’s our mission to educate and introduce clients to healthier options. Sunless spray tanning is 100% safe, UV free tanning that allows you to get any depth of tan you choose, without the harmful effects of the sun and ultra violet rays.