Do you think 14 is too young to use a tanning bed?

Hillary - posted on 06/06/2010 ( 43 moms have responded )

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Just want opinions.. would you let your 14 yr old daughter tan in a tanning bed?



i think its nutts if a mom goes and signs papers to allow their child to tan in a tanning bed. and yeah i agree 16 or 17 but at that age they could be working and have prom coming up and dont have time to lay out which was my situation in high school. but yeah at 14 tanning in a tanning bed never crossed my mine. my butt would be outside getting some sun which i think is a normal way for a 14 year old to get some color if that is what they want. thats surely what i did at 14.

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Jennifer - posted on 06/14/2010

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Tanning beds are no good and I wouldn't allow my daughter to use on. Spray tan!! That is what the stars do!

Anne - posted on 06/08/2010

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I have a family history of skin cancer and healthy skin is like a religion in our household. With all the healthy options out there, ie spray tans, why would anyone risk using a tanning bed? Of course I am teaching my daughter that it is beautiful to be pale and I wish more people would embrace their natural color!

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Kath - posted on 06/13/2010

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Of course 14 is too young for a tanning bed. It's wrong at any age. Please do your homework....the tanning beds cause cancer as does too much sun exposure. Not to mention how filthy the tanning beds are....ugh....body crabs....no thanks!

Judith - posted on 06/11/2010

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The risks far outweigh the benefits and am sure you love your daughter too much to let her live with the implications of such an act.

Jessica - posted on 06/11/2010

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I was just at my doctor's office this week and they have a TV with stats and health "news" you can watch in the waiting room. It said that people who use tanning beds before the age of 30 are 95% more likely to get skin cancer. Now, I've used one before - not till I was about 20 - but it's still very scary. My husband refers to them as giant microwaves for people. The spray-on kind at the tanning salon works really well and I did that for a Mexico wedding and you couldn't tell the difference. That being said, the thought of tanning for prom (or any other high school event) never even crossed my mind when I was a teenager. That might be something you want to talk to your daughter about and why she wants to do this to her body. Of course we also have to remember the agony of being 14 and trying to fit in. I don't envy teenagers.

Ashleigh - posted on 06/11/2010

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No I will not ever let any of my children go in a tanning bed no matter the age. My mom has had several spots of melanoma and now I've become more educated on it.

If you go in a tanning bed just once or twice you have a 50% risk of developing a melanoma. If you have a family history of it, it is much worse almost another 50% risk. If you've had a bad burn (which usually happens in tanning beds) you can increase your risk almost another 50%.

Unfortunately my mom didn't find her spots until I was 20, so I now have about a 150% chance of developing some form of skin cancer in my lifetime.

Billie - posted on 06/10/2010

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oh my god 14 is way to young, for god sake please give this girl something to believe in like ( just being herself ) and she should be proud and love herself just the way she is.

Jennie - posted on 06/10/2010

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I would not let my child tan in a tanning bed. Esp. at 14. I have tanned at a tanning bed, only for certain occasions. Such as prom. I had a white dress. I think I only went maybe 3 times. Last summer I tanned a little so that I would not get burned.
Self tanning and lotions I have never had luck with. They streak, or make me look orange.
If I wanted to look very tan, I would probably use a spray on tan. It doesn't cause skin damage. At least, that is what they tell us.

Kendra - posted on 06/09/2010

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14 definately is too young. I am against all tanning, bed or by the pool, so that also weighs on my opinion. Both my sisters have skin cancer and were told it is most likely from all the tanning they have done, either in the bed or outside. and they are only 21 and 22. ofcourse the dr. can't say exactly that that is what it was from but they are pretty positive that is what it's from, definately not worth it!! ofcourse i didn't listen when i heard these stories and i'm sure most other people won't either "it won't happen to me" right? well that's what they thought too, banana boat sells a great self tanning lotion, available at Ulta or Wal-mart!!

Paula - posted on 06/09/2010

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I don't think so, but thats up to every mom. I barterd when I was 14 at a tan and tone place so that I could tan.

Cassie - posted on 06/09/2010

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NO WAY! i don't think anyone should go to tanning beds at any age that can cause cancer and so can the sun-i stick to my natural color if god wanted me to be a golden tan i would've been blessed that way-and theres always spray tans/self tanners

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I will not let my daughters go to tanning beds. I work for a dermatologist and if you saw the skin cancer that walks in our doors on a daily basis you wouldn't either. Tanning beds are dangerous at any age. The younger you start the younger you start damaging your skin.

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No way; if she really wants a tan have her do it the old fashion way out in the sun with some spf. Remind her that the sun rays damage your skin as do tanning beds; she will look more radiant and youthful if she avoids these both. I have alot of friends who used to tan all the time and I must say most of them look alot older now and have skin damage. Not worth it. Teach our kids to love themselves no matter what. i think tans are over rated.

Amanda - posted on 06/09/2010

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Allison is right, tanning is too dangerous especially for young people. My 57 year old father just died of melanoma in April. Only 18 months after finding a suspicious growth on his ankle. Health to dead in 18 months. He was not an outdoorsman, he was a Dilbert-type IT Manager. Research shows it is sun exposure early in life that is the most dangerous. I must say it makes me cry when my co-workers say to each other "Oh, you look so good. Where did you get that tan?" It is wreckless and foolish and deadly.

Aideen - posted on 06/09/2010

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yes. simple as that. It's not a good choice for your health at any age as it has been shown to increase the risk of skin cancer. We have a duty to keep our children safe, at 14 a child cannot be allowed to choose to risk their health in this manner. In most countries they are not allowed to make any major medical decisions. If an adult decides that it's worth the risk of skin cancer to have a tan...well, adults make daft decisions all the time. I will be informing my children of the risks with the cold hard facts, boosting thier confidence as they grow up and I hope they have both the confidence and the cop on to knowthat they are beautiful without even thinking about sun beds.

Elisa - posted on 06/09/2010

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I wouldn't let my child use a tanning bed, especially that young. Have you thought of looking into the spray tans?

Debby - posted on 06/09/2010

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I'm still holding onto the 'Avon Tube Tan'. It's temporary and she can look good now, get a real tan later. Google the tanning bed news cast that was on a while ago. I'm not sure the station but it was very enlightening.

Jane - posted on 06/09/2010

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Tanning beds cause a higher rate of skin cancer then the actual sun does. I would NEVER let my 14 year old or even my 17 year/364 day old child use a tanning bed. There is ABSOLUTELY no reason for it. Once their 18, well, all bets are off but before then, big fat nope.

Maggie - posted on 06/09/2010

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I think the real question is why would a 14 year old want to tan in the first place? Maybe that's what you should be discussing with the child instead of just telling her no she can't.
If she's doing it because "everyone else is" then that's not a good reason. If she's doing it to look more appealing (sexier) then have her figure out why that's a bad idea.
If there's a good reason (she's trying to get a little tan so she doesn't burn when you go to the beach) then suggest going outside to do it.
Either way (and in most situations) make her use her brain instead of just telling her no. That way she's less likely to rebel and do it behind your back.

Jael - posted on 06/09/2010

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I used one at 14. I don't see what the problem is. 14 or 20 its all the same. You can get problems either way.

Debby - posted on 06/09/2010

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You've got to be kidding, right? A tanning bed is a super way to get skin cancer and make wrinkles more prominent when you're older. You're offering up the sacrificial lamb when you patronize those places. Avon has a tan in a bottle. If you love your child, tell her the dangers and buy her some Avon for cheap imitation color ... or better yet, let her go lay outside and get vitamin D while tanning. Make sure she knows about the skin dangers, it will be time well spent instead of paying for something you'll likely need UNdoing later in life. I am not speaking out of my hat here, I've done the chemo and radiation stuff and believe me, if I had a chance to help someone NOT go through it ... I would in a heart beat. Pale skin may not look better now, but her peers will be jealous in older years!

Tracy - posted on 06/08/2010

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I dont think its okay for teens to get into the habit of damaging their skin in a tanning bed, but I definately think its okay for them to get the spray on tan. same look but no skin cancer risk :)

Arlene - posted on 06/08/2010

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yes. It causes skin cancer and premature aging, so the sooner you start using it the older your going to look and not in a good way, I'm talking wrinkles and lines. I'm more concerned about the skin cancer. They have lotions to help bronze you that dont do that. I agree witht the spray tan as well, a much safer method. Yes, they are temporary but they wont hurt you or age you in a bad way!

Gail - posted on 06/08/2010

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I would not because tanning beds are at least as dangerous as laying out in the sun. I would allow her to get a spray tan.

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I think 14 is way too young. You can tan in the sun while doing normal 14 year old activities with adequate sun block or use natural self-tanners. it's WAY too young to start ruining your skin... wow...

Ikisha - posted on 06/08/2010

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Yea I agree a mom who let their 14yr old child get in a tanning bed is not just nuts but STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tracee - posted on 06/08/2010

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spray tan YES,..tanning bed NO, the common links with sun cancers now are too great.
I used a tanning bed on about 10 occasions prior to a wedding, i now have a suspicious brown spot on my left hand the gets itchy and needs to be removed asap.

Heather - posted on 06/07/2010

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I agree with what others have said- NO ONE should go tanning. The risks are huge and the benefit SO not worth it!! Why on earth we would put our lives at risk for the sake of tan skin is just beyond my comprehension. God made me pale- oh well! Everyone else will just have to deal with it! Lol.

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i think tanning beds shouldn't be used at any age. spray on tans or sunless lotions are the safest way to get some color!!

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as an esthetician I would definatly recommend against it. It would cause early skin damage that could easily be avoided.

Alison - posted on 06/07/2010

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I would absolutely not let my daughter use a tanning bed before age 16. I go tanning on occasion, but tanning creams or spray tans are really the healthy way to go.

Allison - posted on 06/07/2010

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I know that many people like to do it, but tanning is dangerous no matter what age. I feel that a little color from the sun, gradually, by spending time outdoors, is healthy, but getting dark and damaged skin from overexposure (aka tanning) increases risks of skin cancer many times - NOT worth it, ask anyone who has lost a loved one to melanoma. It is a very aggressive and difficult to stop form of cancer. Have lost family members that way. It is especially dangerous for young people to tan (like under age 20), as their skin cells are still multiplying very rapidly and are more prone to developing cancer. I would equate tanning to smoking - both are a severe health risk.

Carla Sue - posted on 06/07/2010

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No, I know everyone likes them. They are not healthy, the tan does not last as long as one from the sun.

Dawn - posted on 06/07/2010

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You should never let you child onto a tanning bed, they are dangerous. There is nothing wrong with faking it! Parents should set a good example and not use tanning beds either.

Sharon - posted on 06/07/2010

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14 is way to young and in the UK illegal, any age on tanning beds is dangerous, If it's a friend of your allowing or even thinking of letting her 14 yr old use a tanning bed advise with her to buy a good fake tan.

Mellissa - posted on 06/06/2010

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I would think my daughter was nutts if she even asked me that quetion at 14 at least 16 or 17 would be okay, Let her tan by the pool or beach thats what I did and still do im 19 a mommy never died my hair or been tanning lol

Sylvia - posted on 06/06/2010

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Absolutely not.

Of course, I would never tan in a tanning bed myself, either, so don't go by me.

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