Stay Out of Bed - The Tanning Bed Trend is Over

color-tan-bed-cancer-webThe demands of beauty have changed over the years. In the 18th century, porcelain skin was prized. Women and men would stick beauty patches, made of velvet onto their skin. These patches could be used to cover scars and imperfections. However, a beauty patch on the cheek indicated playfulness. People in love put them next to their eyes.

The beauty spot has made its way through historical beauty trends, with women coveting Marilyn Monroe's or Cindy Crawford's famous marks.

Throughout that time, other skin trends have come and gone. Tanning was considered a sign of the lower class until the 1920s. However, Coco Chanel popularized tanned skin when she returned from a vacation with signs of a little too much leisure time on the yacht--a sun-kissed glow.

Women began to dye their skin with tea bags, and then the self-tanner was invented. But people still turned to UV radiation to rapidly bronze their skin.

The tanning bed trend was a popular way to get a quick tan in the '80s and early '90s. I can still remember the distinct smell of the tanning salon, a smell I now associate with singed, damaged DNA.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, if you were part of the tanning bed trend before you turned 35, you increased your risk of skin cancer by 75 percent. With 55 percent of U.S. college students reporting that they've used a tanning bed, chances are you have too.

Luckily, trends are changing for the better. We have more access to information, and we're using it to stay healthier. Tanning bed use is on the decline. Spray tans are on the rise.

But many people are choosing to highlight the skin tone that nature gave them. Flip through any celebrity magazine, and the majority of photos no longer contain celebs with vivid orange skin. In fact, you'll catch a glimpse of just about every skin tone.

Why? Because health is becoming the new fad. We'd like to think that it's a trend that's here to stay.

Leave a Reply