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April 22, 2009
Traer Star-Clipper

By Nora Seda

With prom fast approaching and summer on the way, many high school girls at North Tama are using tanning beds to get their summer glow back after the long winter season. Using tanning beds has both positive and negative effects.

One of the obvious positive effects of using tanning beds is a nice tan. According to the Tanning Info Center website, UV rays from tanning beds helps the body to create Vitamin D. The lack of Vitamin D in the body can be linked directly to the cause of many diseases.

Many girls in high school use tanning as a way to relax from the daily stresses of school and extracurricular activities. Meghan Klunnenberg, a senior at North Tama high school, stated, "Tanning is relaxing."

A nice tan seems to give many teenage girls self-confidence and pride. However, tanning can also have negative effects.

When talking to one of the school nurses, Dee Benda, she said, "I think that using tanning beds is stupid because the UV rays are so harmful in tanning beds. People should go outside and get a natural tan instead of using a tanning bed."

Tanning beds are harmful because the UV rays damage your skin. According to the Mayo Clinic website, the damage caused by UV rays can lead to skin cancer and premature skin aging.

There are alternatives to tanning beds such as sunless tanners. There are many different types of sunless tanners, but they are most commonly found in the form of a lotion or spray. Sunless tanners usually include the active ingredient dihydroxyacetone.

Using tanning beds has both negative and positive effects. Tanning can be relaxing but it can also cause wrinkles and skin cancer.



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