September 23, 2007 |
I'm standing in the airbrushing studio at Chocolate Sun in Santa Monica, braced for the cold chemical blast of a spray-on tan. Usually I'm wearing a paper shower cap, a mouth filter and plastic goggles, feeling like I'm some new breed of half-naked chemical warrior. This time, I'm wearing only the shower cap. And when the blast does hit, what I inhale doesn't smell like it could kill dolphins.
July 12, 2004 |
Could there be more to a chronic tanner's addiction than the allure of honey-colored skin? Researchers at Wake Forest University report that habitual tanners may be drawn to tanning salons because the ultraviolet light produces a "relaxing" effect. Their study is published in the July issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. "I ask my patients who come in with mottled, rubbery skin, 'Why are you doing this?' " said Dr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 2004 |
California will not bar minors from using tanning salons without a doctor's permission, as the state Senate on Friday rejected a proposed statewide ban. Supporters said the bill by Assemblyman Joe Nation (D-San Rafael) was a public health measure. Industry foes said moderate use of tanning salons can cut the risk of sunburn and skin cancer. The bill was defeated by a 19-9 vote.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2004 |
Assemblyman Joe Nation is wary of the dark. And the bronze. And even that reddish pink glow. The Marin County lawmaker, who has pale skin and knows firsthand the dangers of skin cancer, wants to take away every California teenager's freedom to get a wicked indoor tan. He has introduced legislation banning anyone under 18 from using a tanning machine with ultraviolet rays, except under doctor's orders. No more after-school roasting or base-coating before spring break.
October 15, 2003 |
Women who visit tanning salons more than once a month are 55% more likely to develop malignant melanoma, and the risk more than doubles for women in their 20s who frequent tanning parlors, according to an eight-year study of more than 100,000 Scandinavians. The study, appearing this week in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, analyzed the lifestyle and melanoma risk for women between 30 and 50.
July 12, 2002 |
Blame Coco Chanel. No matter how much research comes out about the cancer risk of sun exposure, tans haven't fallen out of fashion since the trend-setting French designer returned to Paris bronzed from a cruise on the Duke of Westminster's yacht shortly after World War I. Bottle tans are my sunless solution each summer. Trouble is, one errant swipe of the peanutty-smelling stuff can make you look sun-spackled instead of sun-kissed.