The Michigan Daily -Wednesday, January 15, 1986 - Page 3
Indoor tanning has
Ienefits: also has risks
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By MICHAEL LUSTIG
The days of sunbonnets and ivory
complexions are over.
If you want to look healthy, you now
must be tan, not pale. To be tan, there
Ore several options : Spend hours in
the sun in an exotic place such as the
Bahamas or Mexico; or spend a fw
hours a week in a tanning booth
soaking up a little ultraviolet.
FOR STUDENTS on a tight budget,
heading to the tanning booth instead
Of the beach is a lot more affordable.
But the price of beauty - a good tan
- is not exactly cheap whether you
choose the beach or the booth.
In pursuit of the deepest, darkest
fan, customers can expect to shell out
Petween $18 and $70, depending on the
particular tanning package chosen.
Dermatologists also warn that
there is a physical cost to pay when
one substitutes the tanning booth for
patural sunlight. AV
Thomas Anderson, a University
iospitals dermatologist, says that all
types of exposure to ultraviolet light Dance instructor Sara Randazzo
$re harmful. But he adds that natural on E. Liberty St.
sunlight is better than tanning beds
because the sun and the body provide ministration isssues guidelines a
natural defenses against harmful warnings to regulate the tanni
rays that the beds do not. business, Anderson warns: "They a
"TANNING beds rarely cause dangerous and should be banned."
serious problems and sunburn," An- But the risk and the expense hasn
derson explains, "but UV light is stopped local businesses from prof
radiation which can cause skin can- ting off the recent tanning craze.
der." He advises people who frequen- At least three tanning centers ha
tly use tanning beds to see a doctor or opened their doors to Ann Arb
aermatologist to make sure there are residents within the past year - E
dot any problems caused by their dless Summer, Eurotan, and Ha
visits. Express - and twelve tanning salo
Although the Federal Drug Ad- are listed in the Yellow Pages.
tele are students, 60 percent are
women, Myers estimates. Many
customers tell him they tan at a salon
because it helps them feel good about
themselves, look good, and feel
relaxed, he says.
ENDLESS SUMMER, located at
1896 W. Stadium Blvd., reflects the
casual and friendly nature of the
owner, Pat Nowak. The carpeting is a
rich green and the white walls are
trimmed with oak. Nowak says he is
on a first-name basis with all of his
Nowak conceived of the business af-
ter attending a medical supply and
fitness convention last summer at
Cobo Hall, opening his shop in Oc-
tober of last year. Since he says he
wasn't concerned about operating
costs, he chose the more expensive
Magna 2 Silver Solarium tanning beds
over less expensive varieties. Each of,
Nowak's six beds, which are imported
from Denmark, costs around $10,000,
whereas other beds run as little ag
$3,000, he says.
Magna 2 beds release only one-
tenth of one percent UVB light and
have several more UVA lightbulbs
than most other beds. Each bed also,
has two separate face tanners. "They
provide the highest safety at °a
minimum risk," says Nowak of hig
Endless Summer offers packages of
four to 50 visits,; a four visit package
usually costs $24.95. Nowak notes that;
many of his customers are women
who work in sales, although about]
half are men; only about 10 percent
Daily Photo by JAE KIM
enjoys the music as she lies on one of the Profimax tanning beds at Eurotan
The Black Student Union will begin a series of events commemorating
the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a memorial service
tonight at 7 p.m. at Trotter House.
Ann Arbor Film Co-op - Wizards, 7 & 10 p.m.; Allegro Non Troppo,
8:30 p.m., MLB 3.
Michigan Theater Foundation - The Turning Point, 8 p.m., Michigan
HillSt. Cinema - Annie Hall, 8 p.m., 1429 Hill St.
Laugh Track - Student and professional comedy, 10 p.m., University
University Musical Society - The English Concert, baroque ensemble,
8 p.m., Rackham Auditorium.
Program in Human Values in Medicine - Carl Cohen, "Presuming
Consent in the Use of Dead Bodies," noon, Med. Sci. II Bldg.
School of Business Administration - Bernard Fauber, "Managing
Change: No Magic Formula," 4 p.m., Hale Auditorium.
Russian and East European Studies - Brown bag lecture, Kevork
Khelorpian, "Value Orientations of Soviet Armenian Youth," noon,
Commons room, Lane Hall.
Statistics - Thomas Liggett, "Interacting Particle Systems: An In-
troduction to the Stochastic Ising Model and the Contact Process," 4 p.m.,
room 451, Mason Hall.
Biology - Fred Gould, "Genetics of Multispecies Coevolution," 4 p.m.,
lecture room 2, MLB.
Chemistry - John Foley, "Applications of FTIR Spectroscopy to Elec-
trochemistry," 4 p.m., room 1200, Chemistry Bldg.
Sigma Theta Tau - Helen Grace, "Nurses as Pawns in the Economic
Chess Game of Health Care," 8p.m., Sheraton University Inn.
Research Club - David Huntington, "An American Versailles: Olana,
the Home of Frederic E. Church," 8p.m., W. Conf. room, Rackham.
Progress in Medical Chemistry - Charles Sih, "Enzymes in Organic
Synthesis," 3p.m., room 3554, C.C. Little.
Industrial Operations Engineering - Santosh Kabadi, "Combinatorial
Optimization Problems in Automated Manufacturing," 4 p.m., room 241
Undergraduate Political Science Assoc. -7 p.m., Pond room, Union.
Climbing Club - Organizational meeting, 7:30 p.m., Anderson room,
UStudent Counseling Services - Adult children of alcoholic parents,
GEO - Membership meeting, 8 p.m., Anderson room, Union.
Dissertation Support Group -8:30 a.m., room 3100, Union.
Ensian Yearbook -7 p.m., Student Publications Bldg.
Science Fiction Club - Stilyagi Air Corps, 8:15 p.m., League.
Michigan Gay Union - 9 p.m., 802 Monroe.
Nectarine Ballroom - Ladies Night and the Greatest Hits of All Time
with D.J. Jim Michaels, 510 E. Liberty.
Guild House - Beans and rice dinner, 6 p.m., 802 Monroe.
Recreational Sports - Cross-country ski lessons, 7:30 p.m., Mitchell
Hillel - Progressive Zionist Caucus, video and discussion on
"Kahanism and Anti-Semitism in Fundamentalist America," 8 p.m.,
East Quad: Workshop on the prevention of sexual assault and coercion,
LSA SENIOR Mae Tighe's reason
for going to Endless Summer is
shared by many tanning salon
patrons: "I wanted to get a base (tan)
before I went on vacation, and now I
want to keep the tan I got."
Ann Arbor resident Nancy Plantz
goes to Eurotan for other reasons. "It
is relaxing, and it feels good to be
warm when it is cold," she explains.
Other patrons say they simply don't
want to "look like a ghost."
Tanning salons attempt to duplicate
the affect that sunlight has on the
skin. Three types of ultraviolet light
(UV) are emitted by the sun: A, B,
and C. The most harmful type, UVC,
is blocked by the ozone layer and is
not reproduced by tanning machines.
UVB light activates melanin in the
skin, allowing it to tan. But too much
UVB will cause sunburn, so tanning
booths must emit just the right dose.
UNDER CURRENT FDA
guidelines, a tanning machine may
release no more than five percent
UVB light. All indoor tanning
machines must carry the warning:
"Repeated exposure may cause
premature aging of skin and skin
cancer." The FDA also recommends
that tanning bed users wear goggles
over their eyes at all times.
Each of the three tanning salons
surveyed by The Daily say they sup-
ply goggles and ask if a customer has
had previous problems with suntan-
ning and sunburn. Some require
customers to complete a survey. A
list of different medications - in-
cluding some allergy medicines and
oral contraceptives - is provided
with the warning that a person taking
any one of the medications listed
should consult a doctor before their
Hair Express, located at 621 E.
William St., opened last December. It
is owned by the Fiesta company - a
chain of hair styling and tanning
shops covering Ohio, Indiana, Ken-
tucky, and Michigan - and all of the
shops are located on college cam-
puses, including Michigan State, Ohio
State, and Purdue.
Hair Express manager Karla
Cowen saysathat her shop's four tan-
ning beds are made by the Wolff
system and emit just under five per-
cent UVB light.
BECAUSE a high exposure to UVB
light increases the risk of sunburn,
Cowen limits a customer's first few
tanning sessions to five to ten
minutes. Hair Express' basic
package includes eight tanning
sessions for $18, which, she says, will
give a person a base tan. Hair Ex-
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The Indianapolis Better Business
Bureau has also received customer
complaints about the mail-order
company, according to Arnie
Batemon, a counselor at the bureau.
He was unable to elaborate, but he
added that the National Director of
University Care Services came to the
bureau's office on Monday and left an
address that people can write to for
GREENE said she was unable to
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press also has a monthly unlimited
visit package which costs $35.
Most of the business is done from
December to May, according to
Cheryl Gross, Hair Express assistant
manager. But business doesn't stop
once the sun appears. "In summer,
people who work come in because
they can't normally get out in the
sun," Gross says. "Also, indoor tan-
ning is not as messy; no oil or bugs."
Eurotan, located at 227 E. Liberty
St., tries to create a beach at-
mosphere for its customers; the car-
peting, chairs, and walls are all in
earth tones and a large rack of
Panama Jack suntan supplies stands
next to the reception desk.
Jesse Myers, Eurotan owner and
manager, says he has a four-bed
salon. Two of the store's four beds are
made by the Eurotan chain and
others by Profimax. All of the beds
emit one-third of one percent UVB
light and each bed has a separate face
PROFIMAX beds close
automatically and are equipped with
an AM-FM stereo cassette, while the
Eurotan beds must be closed
manually and only contain a radio. A
fan is provided in each room as is
water. (Hair Express provides a
radio-tape deck in each tanning room,
but it is not part of the tanning bed.)
Myers boasts that it is "physically
impossible to burn after 20 to 30
minutes" on one of Eurotan's bads. A
single 20 minute tanning session runs
$6, with an unlimited monthly visit
package costing $69 and a 6 visit
package $30. Other packages are
It is "safer to tan inside," Myers
says, because his beds expose a per-
son to less UVB light than natural
sunlight, reducing the chances of dry
skin and sunburn. He adds that
Eurotan guarantees that even a 30
minute exposure will not cause a burn
or wrinkled skin.
About 25 percent of Eurotan's'clien-
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