The negative effects sun beds can have on a person's appearance has lead to reduced indoor tanning behaviour, even among young women who report that they tan to relax or alleviate seasonal mood disorders, according to a report in the Archives of Dermatology.
Joel Hillhouse of East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, and colleagues studied 430 adult female indoor tanners on one college campus. A total of 200 were randomly assigned to receive a booklet that included information about the history and current sociocultural context of tanning, along with the potentially damaging effects of tanning on the skin. The booklet also gave recommendations for reducing indoor tanning and offered healthier options to enhance appearance, including exercise, choosing fashion that does not require a tan or using sunless tanning products. The other 230 did not receive the booklet.