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Thanks to Patricia Krentcil, better known as Tanning Mom, the state of New Jersey is facing new and stricter regulations on the tanning industry. Krentcil was been brought up on charges for putting her daughter in a tanning booth. This would have been no problem as many mothers and daughters participate in spa services together, but in this case her daughter was only five years old. Now, if Tanning Mom would have only gotten her daughter a different type of service, like any of the New Jersey salons’ best massages, there would be no issues. Unfortunately for the young girl and the tanning industry, this was not the case.
Currently, New Jersey’s minimum age limit for patrons to utilize tanning spa specials is 14 years old. However, from the ages of 14 through 17, parental permission has to be given in writing. Many think the youngest age for indoor tanning should be 18 years old. This is due to the skin cancer risk associated with most tanning beds. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and those in favor of the age limit say that the more exposure to tanning beds, the more likely the person is to develop the disease.
So, in the future the youngster and Tanning Mom will just have to book one of New Jersey’s best massages in town, instead of heading over to the tanning beds. This should be no problem with the amount of great spa specials offered by the many salons and spas in the state. There should be no reason to have a young child in a tanning booth, even if they are in the fierce world of pageantry.
Most spa services are geared towards adults, but treatments such as manicures, pedicures, messages, facials and even makeup applications are all acceptable you even the youngest of clients. They are not harmful and are a lot more fun to get. Lying or standing in a tanning booth must be the most boring spa services there is for a little one anyway. Therefore, if there are any more Tanning Moms out there, reconsider before any damage is done.