Tanning proves to be a stress reliever in certain cases for some people. However, it can be misused sometimes. Lange said, “It has a purpose as long as people don’t abuse it. I tan because I want my dress to look good with my skin and not look pale.”
Madison Hagedorn, also a junior, said, “I tan because I want to be a little darker for prom but not too dark. I don’t tan excessively it is just a few times for a special occasion like prom. I also think it’s up to the person for prom if they want to tan, but they don’t have to if they don’t want to.”
People that misuse tanning are often spotted because they are burnt and you can easily tell because it can be a bit strange seeing a red-faced person in the middle of winter. Lange said, “It doesn’t bother me seeing people burnt I just think that they should maybe not lay out in the sun or in a tanning bed as long. They should work their way up to 20 minutes slowly so you don’t get really burnt.”
Hagedorn said, “It doesn’t bother me seeing burnt people, but I think that some people, who tan all the time, need to be more concerned about what they are doing to their skin. If they’re burnt and they keep tanning before the burn heals it’s not good for their skin. I think that tanning is okay for short periods of time, but if someone is tanning constantly, they just need to calm down.” Tanning can be okay in moderation, but it all depends on the person and if they can handle it. Safe alternatives to tanning include spray-tanning and self-tanners.