Smart Tanning For Teens

What is Project Smart Teen?
It is important that teens and their parents understand the difference between sunburn and tanning in moderation, both indoors and outdoors. Bellissima Tans is trained and equipped to help you to learn to prevent sunburn as a part of your intelligent, active lifestyle. 

Tanning vs. Burning?
People used to believe that sunburn was just an inevitable part of starting a tan. Some actually think you have to burn before you can tan. Today we know how wrong that belief is and we know that your skin can be temporarily or permanently damaged by burning. Tanning is a natural process. Your body is designed to produce melanin, which darkens the skin. A tan is a gradual increase in natural skin pigmentation and is your body’s natural way of building up protection against the injury of sunburn. Sunburn is a totally different process. Sunburn is an injury, the red color actually is increased blood flow, which is sent to the skin to help your body repair the damage done by overexposure to UV light. 

Just the Facts
We believe the practice of Smart Tanning leads to better sunburn prevention than simply avoiding the sun altogether. Research supports this belief:

  • Young skin is more susceptible to sunburn than adult skin, so it is especially important that teens who choose to tan practice Smart Tanning and sunburn prevention.
  • Studies have shown that teens who tan in tanning facilities are less likely to sunburn outdoors compared to non-tanners.
  • Teens use tanning facilities in the spring to build base tans that combined with sunscreen usage, help prevent sunburn on spring break, vacations, and in summer months more effectively than sunscreen usage alone. A recent study revealed that 83% of teens who tan indoors prior to taking sunny vacations report that their indoor tan, combined with the proper use of sunscreen, helped them to prevent sunburn.
  • Science suggests that burning at an early age may increase your risk of skin damage later in life, but there is no hard data to suggest that tanning alone is more dangerous for any specific age group.
  • Give yourself time to tan. Important events like prom, spring break, vacation, and graduation take time to get ready for…so does tanning. Talk to our staff to get on a schedule that works for your skin type and your tanning goals.

New Jersey Tanning Laws that apply

A 2142 (formerly A2933 and same as S 1172)
Identical bill numbers: A2867, A3640, A3104

As amended, would prohibit minors under the age of 17 from indoor tanning beds. A minor older than 14 but less than 18 may use spray tanning with consent from parent/legal guardian. (Signed by governor 4/1/13)

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