Do black people go to tanning salons?

Today I had the most interesting question for the Owner of TanFit Unlimited, Inc where I partner, offering massage therapy. I asked her, “Do black people go to tanning salons?”

I have owned and operated a business in Prince George’s county Maryland where  the population is 60% African American. I grew up in Virginia so it is certainly no culture shock, I love the fact that I grew up in such a diverse environment. About 95% of my clientele was in fact African American.

To answer my question the owner, Valerie mentioned that although African Americans do not typically come in to get tanning treatments, it is something that available to all complexions, and all races. To my surprise, tanning is used to clear up acne and to even skin tone.

There are many warnings against tanning salons that do not use proper precautions, like monitoring the temperature, levels and times associated with a client’s use of the machine. We have heard about the concerns that it causes cancer, brings out pigment, and that you can get sunburn.

With proper use, a tanning bed helps individuals who suffer during the winter months, when their bodies need access to the sun. Additionally to answer my question about whether African Americans would ever need to go to a tanning salon, it is a formidable option.

Many people are Vitamin D deficient and do not even know it. The UV Rays offer a solution to Vitamin D deficiency.

In the Readers Digest June 2003 Cover Story it states:

“Also, at elevated risk are African Americans, since having darker skin makes absorbing UV rays harder. Doctors at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently found the 42 percent of African American women of childbearing age were deficient.”

This is all news to me! Finding out that we have other options for clearing acne, looking more toned, supplying vitamin D, evening complexion and that there are healthy ways to experiencing a tan solution outside of the sun is useful information and helps African Americans to make their own decisions about tanning.

Valerie, owner of Tanfit Unlimited, Inc. has been in business for 19 years and loves to provide education and information to each client. They monitor the clients’ time, and use of the machines. If you so choose to try it for ten minutes as I did, check out Tanfit Unlimited, Inc. and while you’re there be sure to get a massage from Ressurrection.


About Ressurrection

Ressurrection Graves is a Child Sexual Abuse Grooming Expert and H.E.A.L.E.R. (Healer, Educator, Activist, Life Skills Expert, Empowerment Speaker, Relationship Mentor) Her website reaches readership in 188 countries. She is available for national speaking engagements, radio and television interviews. She can be reached at: 202.717.7377 or send your request to: ressurrection dot wordpress at yahoo dot com or comment on
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