With summer approaching, many people are trying to get a head-start on that perfect tan. And thousands turn to artificial light for help. But a proposed Pennsylvania law could limit who's allowed to catch some rays in a tanning bed.
Tanning salons are open year round, but right now is the busy season.
"During the day we can see up to 200 people depending on the time of day and time of the year," said Salon Bronze owner Jason Belon. "Slow time of the year we see maybe 50 people."
He says it's mostly cosmetic. Tanners want some base color before lying outside, and girls want bronze skin for prom.
"Tanning is natural it's something that your body does when it reacts to UV light, the same thing that happens indoors is the same thing that happens outside," said Belon.
While he says tanning can be done safely, Pennsylvania lawmakers don't seem to agree.
In the Keystone state there's no law stopping kids from going into a booth, but soon it could be lights out for those under 14. The bill's already been approved by the senate and is currently in the house. The proposed law would ban anyone under 14 from tanning, and anyone ages 15 to 17 would need to be accompanied by a parent.
But many salons in the commonwealth already have their own policies.
"We will not allow you to tan if you're under 18 without a parent signature," explained Belon.
Right now 33 states regulate the use of tanning salons by minors, including New Jersey where Salon Bronze has two facilities.
Belon says if the proposed law is passed he doesn't see it affecting business.
"It probably won't have too much affect whatsoever."
Just this week the New Jersey Assembly has decided to get tougher, okaying a bill Thursday that would make indoor tanning illegal for anyone under 18. The bill now goes to the state Senate.