CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Recent headlines of a mother accused of child endangerment, because her 5-year-old daughter had burns suspected from a tanning bed, raised a question, can someone be addicted to tanning?
Dermatologist Hal Brown said he thinks some people can, because he says similar to smoking, sometimes it can be hard for people to quit.
Marcia Schlueter, the owner of Endless Summer Tan, said she thinks if someone becomes addicted to tanning, it's because their personality is that way, and they are prone to other forms of addiction as well.
When Schlueter saw the video of the extremely tan New Jersey mom, she said the mom looked un-natural. She said they promote tanning in moderation to prevent someone from looking like that.
"You can't refuse service, we try to talk to people about tanning in moderation, that's always been what we advocate...if they are serious about over tanning, they'll actually visit several salons in one day, I'm thinking that woman might have done that," said Schlueter.
"We're really not fans of even tanning in moderation from tanning beds, just because we don't know what's the cut off, well I would say moderate tanning is ok, how are you going to define that? Are 20 trips to the tanning bed safe, 25 are dangerous, no one knows, so really the safest thing is to not go to tanning beds in the first place," said Brown.
Schlueter suggested people wanting to be tan should use a spray tan. She said spray tan is a sugary solution, and only goes on top of your skin. She said that's the safest solution especially for younger tanners.
Brown said tanning speeds up the aging process. He said skin can become leathery and hard.
Schlueter said she doesn't allow customers to bring children into the tanning room, because she said it's just unsafe.
"If the parents take charge and leave the children in the lobby or at home, under supervision that's the best anyway, children don't like being in here, they're bored, and so leave them at home, and come in and have your 20 or 10 minutes of total relaxation," said Schlueter.
"Since someone is younger their skin may be abnormally sensitive, to the harmful effects of ultraviolet light, so we would prefer certainly people of that age the first 10 20 years of life, not go to tanning beds," said Brown.
This week the Missouri House Passed a bill requiring a parent's signature for anyone under 17 to tan. It will go to the Senate.
You can take a look at that bill here.