Rules tanning salons keep make sure people are protected

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Centers for Disease Control said tanning beds are driving an epidemic in the making, but local tanning salons are making sure people are protected.

The manager of Myrtle Rays Tanning Studio, Erica Saunders, said workers at the salon are certified and they regulate how much time each person spends in a tanning bed so people don't get burned.

She said people underage are not allowed to use the services.

Saunders said, "I don't even allow your kids to go in the room with you. If your kid can't sit out here in the lobby and wait with whomever is out here running the salon while you tan, then you just can't tan cause I'm not going to let your child go in the room with you and be exposed to light and not even be in the bed."

But it's not just kids that are stirring up nationwide controversy.

The company H&M just apologized after coming under fire for a series of ads showing a Brazilian model with a very dark tan.

The Swedish Cancer Society said the ads create a deadly standard of beauty.

Saunders explained Myrtle Rays can help people enhance their skin tone, but in the safest way possible.

She said, "Our number one rule is do not burn anyone. The worst thing you can do is burn someone. You don't want to burn someone, you don't want to be responsible for that."

Saunders said there are three levels of tanning beds.

"The higher level you go up, the higher watt the bulbs in every bed are. They teach you how to skin type people and things like that based on their skin color, hair color, eye color."

Saunders said she hopes other salons are being responsible too.

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