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Evidence suggests that tanning greatly increases your risk of developing skin cancer. And, contrary to popular belief, getting a tan will not protect your skin from sunburn or other skin damage. The extra melanin in tanned skin provides a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of about 2 to 4; far below the minimum recommended SPF of 15.


Although the causes of premature aging are not always clear, unprotected exposure to harmful UV rays break down the collagen and elastin fibers in healthy young skin, and cause wrinkles and loosened folds. Frequent sunburns or hours spent tanning can result in a permanent darkening of the skin, dark spots, and a leathery texture.

Some people think that tanning gives them a healthy glow. But tanning, either outdoors or indoors with a tanning bed, is not healthy at all. It exposes you to harmful rays and puts you at risk for health problems such as melanoma and other skin cancers.

Indoor tanning is not better than tanning in the sun; it also exposes you to UV rays and damages your skin. Tanning beds use UVA light, so they expose you to a higher concentration of UVA rays than you would get by tanning in the sun. Tanning lights also expose you to some UVB rays.

Some people think that getting a "base tan" in a tanning salon can protect you when you go in the sun. But a "base tan" causes damage to your skin and will not prevent you from getting sunburn when you go outside.

Is a tanning bed really safer than the sun? Will indoor tanning help your body make all of the vitamin D it needs? Findings from years of scientific studies have answered these and other burning questions about indoor tanning.

Using tanning beds can cause a serious injury. In emergency rooms across the United States, people are treated for burns, loss of consciousness, and eye injuries caused by indoor tanning.

Getting a base tan cannot prevent sunburn. Many people believe that using a tanning bed to get a base tan will prevent sunburn. Absolute myth. If you have a base tan, you can still burn.Every time you tan or burn, you also damage the DNA in your skin. The more you damage your DNA, the greater your risk of getting skin cancer.

Quitting (or never starting) indoor tanning can help you live longer. By choosing not to tan, you reduce your risk of getting many types of skin cancer, including melanoma. You also reduce your risk of developing pre-cancerous skin growths called actinic keratoses (AKs). It is estimated that more than 40 million Americans develop AKs each year.8

Tanning Facilities Rule N.J.S.A. 26:2D-88 [PDF]Establishes minimum safety and sanitation standards for the operation of tanning facilities in order to protect consumer health and safety.

A. Taxable indoor tanning service means a service employing any electronic product designed to incorporate one or more ultraviolet lamps intended for the irradiation of an individual by ultraviolet radiation, with wavelengths in air between 200 and 400 nanometers, to induce skin tanning.

A. Yes. The tax is imposed on amounts paid for prepaid monthly membership and enrollment fees to a provider of indoor tanning services, other than a QPFF, even if a member does not use any indoor tanning services during the period to which the fee relates.

A. All indoor tanning service providers who do not have an EIN must acquire an EIN in order to file and remit tax due on Form 720. Instructions on how to obtain an EIN are on Indoor tanning service providers can apply for an EIN online or by phone, fax or mail.

A. Form 720 is filed quarterly. The first return to report the indoor tanning services tax was due on October 31, 2010 for the third quarter period including July, August and September 2010. Service providers who do not file Form 720 and remit the tax by the due date may be subject to a penalty, as will any person who intentionally fails to collect and remit the tax. Quarterly return due dates for the remainder of the year are as follows:

A. The service provider does not calculate tax on non-tanning services, as long as the fair market value of all goods and services are listed separately on the invoice, so that the invoice shows the exact dollar amount for each good or service.

A. Any payment (such as the sale of a gift certificate) that is received in exchange for unspecified services is not subject to tax at the time of payment. When the holder of the gift certificate exchanges the gift certificate for indoor tanning services, the provider will determine and collect any tax due on the indoor tanning services.

For example, an online social buying service offers to sell a voucher to its members for $50 that can be redeemed at my salon only for indoor tanning services that my salon normally sells to the general public for $100. The online social buying service keeps $25 of the $50 its members pay for each voucher as its fee for featuring my salon on the service. I collect $25 directly from the online social buying service. We need help answering the following questions:

A. The indoor tanning services excise tax applies only to amounts paid for indoor tanning services. In the example above, only $25 of the $50 is paid for indoor tanning services, and it is to the $25 that the 10 percent tax should be applied. Because the voucher does not separately state the amount of the excise tax, the amount paid is presumed to include an amount for the indoor tanning services excise tax. The provider multiplies the amount paid for the voucher by 0.09091 to calculate the amount of the indoor tanning tax. In the example above, the $25 paid for indoor tanning services is presumed to include the indoor tanning services excise tax. Thus, the indoor tanning tax is calculated by multiplying $25 by 0.09091, which is $2.27.

The person who purchased the voucher is the taxpayer for purposes of the indoor tanning excise tax, and the provider the salon in the example above is the collector. Therefore, the salon should collect and pay over to the IRS $2.27 when it receives the $25 for the sale of the voucher.

Because payments for indoor tanning services are subject to tax regardless of actual usage, the tax must be collected and paid over to the IRS even if the voucher is never redeemed for actual indoor tanning services.

To many people, summer means hanging out at the pool or the beach, soaking up rays in pursuit of a golden tan. But before you put on your bathing suit and head to the pool (or pay for a bed or booth in a tanning salon), there are a few things to think about when it comes to your skin and sun exposure.

UVA radiation is what makes people tan. UVA rays penetrate to the lower layers of the epidermis, where they trigger cells called melanocytes (pronounced: mel-AN-oh-sites) to produce melanin. Melanin is the brown pigment that causes tanning.

In the past, melanoma mostly affected people in their fifties or older, but today dermatologists see patients in their twenties and even late teens with this type of cancer. Experts believe this is partly due to an increase in the use of tanning beds and sun lamps, which have high levels of UVA rays. Getting a sunburn or intense sun exposure may also increase a person's chances of developing this deadly cancer.

Experience a sun-kissed tan every time with Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam. Enriched with aloe vera and infused with a scent of coconut, this lightweight self tanning foam will leave your skin glowing like a day on Bondi beach. As seen on TikTok's #LookAtMyBronze our Dark Self Tanning Foam is formulated to give you a flawless bronze that is never streaky, never orange.

FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY. WARNING: This product does not contain a sunscreen and does not protect against sunburn. Repeated exposure of unprotected skin while tanning may increase the risk of skin aging, skin cancer and other harmful effects to the skin even if you do not burn. KEEP OUT OF THE SIGHT AND REACH OF CHILDREN. Carry out a patch test 24 hours prior to use. Do not apply to damaged or inflamed skin. If irritation, redness or itchiness occurs, discontinue use. If swallowed, get medical attention or contact a Poison Control Centre right away. Keep away from eyes. If material accidentally enters the eye, rinse well with plenty of clean water. Seek medical attention if irritation persists.

UPDATED 5/4/2020: Please note that under the terms of State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry's Emergency Order, all UV tanning facilities are to remain closed through May 15, 2020. The order may be found here. The governor also renewed his closure order effective April 30 through May 15; his order may be found here.

UPDATED 5/19/2020: Please note that under the terms of State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry's Emergency Order, all UV tanning facilities are closed indefinitely. The order may be found here. The governor has NOT included tanning salons in the categories of firms that may reopen under Phase One restrictions effective May 15. The governor's most recent proclamation may be found here. Finally, please note that state closures preempt (supersede) any contradictory notices or declarations issued by local governmental officials or bodies.

Because the FDA classifies UV tanning equipment as belonging to the group of Class II medical devices and medical devices are under the regulatory authority of the Food and Drug Unit in the state of Louisiana, FDU personnel are responsible for regulatory oversight of recreational (non-medical) UV tanning equipment operators in Louisiana, under the auspices of the Tanning Facility Regulation Act of 1990 (LSA R.S. 2701 et seq. and departmental regulations promulgated thereunder). 041b061a72


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