100 lb. Club - How Big is "Too Big for the Tanning Bed"??

06-01-2009, 12:55 PM
I have a new goal: 220 lbs

Then Im gonna go to the tanning bed and begin tanning. Ive gotten in them before at 220 and did ok, but was still really paranoid about breaking the glass. Then I heard the owner of the salon talking about how a girl used her knee to turn over one time, and it broke the glass and she had to pay for it. :sp:

So in your opinion, how big is too big for the tanning bed?

06-01-2009, 12:59 PM
I went in at my highest weight.....not the most comfortable thing, but I wasn't too heavy for it.

You could go at the weight you are now!!

06-01-2009, 01:00 PM
PLEASE, please, please don't use a tanning bed no matter your size!! It's like sitting in a skin cancer box. So bad for you. :hug: Worse than sunbathing.

The really big thing here in LA is spray tans. They are so much better for you, last for a week and look great. They have them where you stand in a booth and the machine sprays you or you can set an appt. with a girl to hand spray you with an airbrush.

06-01-2009, 01:07 PM
I used to be a hard core tanner 2 years ago at my highest weight. I did the beds and the stand ups. I liked the stand ups better because it got my under arms and the beds don't really and make you look really odd. Now I'm 13 pounds from my goal weight so of course I want that tan look that made me feel good when I was large. But now I'm all health conscious so I don't dare go back to the beds. I've been using that Jergens natural glow foaming daily moisturizer. I'm on my 3rd can now. Im getting natural looking results and lots of compliments. No one knows it's fake! And only $7 a can. I like the foam way better than the lotion. Go with the foam. Give it a $7 try. You won't regret it. It's safe and works well on your face so don't worry about buying the seperate stuff for your face unless you want the added SPF 20 that it contains. Just don't rub it into your hands (always wash your hands after) or into more than just the tops of your feet. My friend had a bad experience rubbing it in well to her feet. My friend is addicted to it now too!

06-01-2009, 01:10 PM
Tanning beds do have weight limits. I would probably phone the tanning salon before I went, and ask annoymously :p
I have never been tanning, and really have no interest. I'm so fair I'd probably walk out with blisters. My best friend tans religiously, and she is about 230 lbs, and fits fine.

06-01-2009, 01:19 PM
I am 200 pounds and I have used tanning beds for years now.. not sure what the weight limit is but I know men tan all the time and they are just as heavy as I am!

06-01-2009, 01:26 PM
Is tanning healthy? have heard that it may damage cells

06-01-2009, 02:28 PM
I found this online, if anybody is interested. Its a discussion on this topic. I feel a bit better now. I still think I will wait for 220 lbs. Thats just me....


06-01-2009, 02:30 PM
A lot of it depends on your skin type. As with all things, carefully consider the pros and cons before you decide.

That said, my sister tanned for her wedding at about 350 lbs on a regular Wolffe tanning bed, no problems, no breakage. I would just be gentle about it (no bouncing! LOL).

06-01-2009, 02:31 PM
Please stay out of the tanning beds! The UV rays affect a different layer of your skin than the sun does, so there is no protection against the sun if you get a tan with a tanning bed. And because the deeper layers are affected, the chances of cell changes and cancer are much, much higher...
Try a spray tan or fake tan. Just once...

06-01-2009, 02:45 PM
Hi! Good subject!
I have been tanning for years and I have always been a big girl. I am about 240 right now. I too know someone that put her knee down wrong and broke the glass. She weighs about 130#!!!!!

To be safe from that "issue" - I would use a stand up if you are uncomfortable.

I have heard all the stories about tanning not being good for you. But honestly I feel so much better about my big ol' self when I am tan. I have a tad of seasonal depression and I also think I feel a little better when I go in the winter.

I have to agree with CLCSC too though!

Have a great day ladies!

06-01-2009, 04:28 PM
at my highest I was 268 and I went with no problems. I was paranoid the glass would break. But, I have been told as long as you don't sit on the side of the bed to put your shoes on you should be okay.

06-01-2009, 04:35 PM
Oh man...please find another reward for yourself! Listen to me...my mother went TODAY to a dermatologist because she has skin cancer on her nose. It is NOT a simple snip and its gone, they have to DIG IT OUT. My mother LOVES tanning. LOVES it. I think she is addicted to the warmth of the bed, the smell of the tanning stuff...it makes her feel SO good. Yeah, she isn't going to feel so good after they remove the skin cancer. My MIL just had the same procedure done 2 months ago and looked so BAD we had to keep the boys away from her. The bleeding, the black eyes, the scabs...it was so ugly.


Thighs Be Gone
06-01-2009, 04:42 PM
My highest weight without being prego was 222. I had no problems in tanning beds as far as the concerns you mention. There should be a label somewhere on the crazy thing to indicate weight limit.

I have done tanning beds in the past. The problem I had at my higher weights was getting the color even. I would have white splotches here and there because of the way my fat and skin laid.

I am using the tanning lotion now and I really like it much better. You put it on after your bath. Wait three minutes and then dress. The one I normally use is the Oil Of Olay Touch of Sun. Today I tried the Target brand and it seems to work well too--I can already tell I have some color.

I won't do tanning beds anymore. My 38 Y-O cousin died of skin cancer two years ago. :(

06-01-2009, 04:53 PM
I reiterate all the negative effects of tanning please don't. I had to have a cancerous mole removed from my back. Thankfully, they caught it early and there's nothing there other than a scar, but it's freakin' painful and terrifying.

Plus, since I stopped tanning 10 years ago (when they found the mole) and I'm the only one of my close girlfriends that doesn't have any lines on my face. We're 25 and all of my friends have crow's feet around their eyes. Tanning is NOT GOOD FOR YOU! I just get professional spray tans no. I look just as tanned and non of the health risks.

06-01-2009, 07:48 PM
Echoing all the anti-tanning sentiments. It's just not worth the skin cancer, which is just as bad as any other cancer and involves surgery, chemo, radiation, radiation sickness, hair loss, etc. etc. Do yourself a favor and get a good airbrush spray tan!

06-01-2009, 08:15 PM
I've never been in a tanning bed & think dark suntans are ugly.

That said, sunshine & tanning beds are being recommended by alternative health folks to increase vitamin D & vitamin D3. High serum vitamin D levels are associated with a decrease in all cancers & influenza immunity.

Not to be a party pooper but... there is a lot of FDA controversy about the safety of spray on tans.

06-01-2009, 08:23 PM
Yeah, some sunshine is necessary for your body to metabolize vitamin D and to produce vitamin K, but getting a suntan - which is just your skin trying to save itself from too much UVA/UVB rays - is going overboard.

06-01-2009, 10:13 PM
That said, sunshine & tanning beds are being recommended by alternative health folks to increase vitamin D & vitamin D3. High serum vitamin D levels are associated with a decrease in all cancers & influenza immunity.

Not to be argumentative, but, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, "Use of tanning beds is a major risk factor for melanoma, with studies showing people who use tanning beds have a higher melanoma risk, a higher incidence of getting a second melanoma, and are younger when they develop melanoma."

If you want more Vitamin D, take a supplement!

06-01-2009, 10:19 PM
I go out in the sun for 5 mins and get dark....that's what I get for being half native american an half white :lol:

06-01-2009, 11:18 PM
We have a bed at the salon I work at, and I've laid in it. About the acrylic breaking, I think it depends how old it is and how much wear it has on it. Unless you see cracks in the bed, you'll be okay.

06-02-2009, 04:30 PM
The vitamin D issue is non-issue, 15 min of sunlight a day makes all your body needs. I have used them for seasonal depression, but then again to make the difference is a very short period of time 3-7 min, not enough to really tan in. Take a look at the most beautiful women with the nicest skin, they stay out of the sun and the tanning bed. I won't tell you don't, just go in with eyes wide open.

06-02-2009, 07:09 PM
I use products like Jergens Natural Glow for my tan. They work great if you exfoliate the skin really well. I'm already fat, I sure don't want old leather looking skin, or worse, skin cancer. Be safe and research the data about tanning beds.

06-02-2009, 09:25 PM
There is plenty of evidence that the use of sunblock is what has caused the increase in melanoma over the last 25 years and not sun exposure.
Most people in this country are deficient in vitamin D and the vitamin D story is much, much more involved than simply taking a pill or casual sun exposure.

"Sensible sun exposure should be encouraged, not maligned. If one avoids sunburn, the sun’s health-giving benefits far outweigh its detrimental effects. A large body of evidence indicates that sunlight does not cause the most lethal form of skin cancer, malignant melanoma. A U.S. Navy study found that melanoma occurred more frequently in sailors who worked indoors all the time. Those who worked outdoors had the lowest incidence of melanoma. Also, most melanomas appear on parts of the body that are seldom exposed to sunlight (Arch Environ Health 1990;45:261–267). Sun exposure is associated with increased survival from melanoma (J Natl Cancer Inst 2005;97:195–199). Another study showed that people who had longer lifetime exposure to the sun without burning were less likely to get melanomas than those with less exposure (J Invest Dermatol 2003;120:1087–1093.)"

You can read more here

06-02-2009, 10:49 PM
1. Natural sun exposure is different from tanning beds, which concentrate the UVB and UVA rays to high levels that affect deeper layers of skin and don't protect you from the natural sun.

2. Melanomas aren't the only form of cancer to worry about. There are basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas to name a couple. While not life threatening, they are often disfiguring. My dad has approximately 45 facial and head scars from having these puppies removed. Some have been deep enough to require skin grafts from his forearms. My sister has a huge facial scar that often prompts the question "did you have a cleft lip when you were born?" She didn't. She hates the huge scar that runs down the middle of her face.

SO, why chance it? Take natural sunlight in real moderation. Avoid the burns. Avoid strong sun from 11am til 2pm. Cover up when you are outside. And stay away from the tanning beds. They don't contribute significantly to vitamin D production, affect the deeper layers of the skin and do nothing to protect you from sunburn.



06-03-2009, 04:09 PM
Not to jump into the fray, as I've done my own research and made my own decision about tanning and therefore have no interest in debating it, but I did want to say that yesterday while at the tanning bed I noticed, for the first time, a big crack running down it! So clearly someone at some point cracked it but they haven't done anything about it, and it made no difference at all in my tanning session.

06-03-2009, 04:20 PM
I love the advice about vitamin D you see that says get 15 minutes of sun on a day where sunburn is possible. Uh ... I burn in 15 minutes. To stick to the level of sun exposure that means no burning or tanning, for me means sunscreen everyday. And I am far from the fairest person I know.

elle w 19
06-03-2009, 06:52 PM
I just wanted to echo everyone by saying no to tanning beds. I am so fair skinned and during undergrad I went tanning religiously. I am so scared now that I have permanently damaged my cells.

With all the good things we are doing for ourselves with losing weight, why put yourself in more danger. We are already at risk for cancers because of all the free radicals we put in our bodies while packing on the pounds--with all the weird, unnatural, fast food, processed, nutritionless things we ate!

Here's a link to something I read recently in Fitness magazine. Lots of good tips on how to get an awesome, cheap, fake, HEALTHY tan at home. Even how to apply it evenly on your back without anyone's help!

http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/beauty/sun-care/tanning/youre-good-to-glow-self-tanning-tips/ (http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/beauty/sun-care/tanning/youre-good-to-glow-self-tanning-tips/)

Good luck ladies :) Happy summer!

07-14-2009, 12:54 AM
So does that mean it's not possible to get enough Vitamin D through supplements? I'm avoiding the sun now out of vanity, because my desired complexion is pale and I tan extremely easily.

07-14-2009, 08:08 AM
Ah, tanning.
Used to do it all the time in the 80's when I was in high school then in early college. Even worked at a salon.
I have wrinkles now that I know are from the tanning, also freckling (I never had 1 freckle!)
My good friend (not friend of friend or misc person from an anonomous study got skin cancer from the beds (she worked at the salon too). She now sports a huge scar that runs down and across her neck.
Even if you think the beds are safe - do it for vanity.
I can always tell a tanner by the condition of their skin (and so can everyone else). Its just not pretty.

There's a study out there to justify just about anything.
Me-i'll go by what I see in plain sight.

Good luck.

07-14-2009, 09:28 AM
Thanks for the tip about the Jergens Natural Glow. I want to try something on my legs which have not seen daylight in 20 years. :)

07-14-2009, 12:43 PM
So does that mean it's not possible to get enough Vitamin D through supplements?

Yes, it's easily possible with supplements. It's just not easily possible for some people *without* supplements.

05-31-2013, 04:04 AM
The clear material you lay on is not glass, it's acrylic, which is very strong. I was told at the gym their beds did not have a weight limit. I'm a size 20 right now and I lay in them all the time.