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There are a lot of people who love having a beautiful bronze glow to their skin, but there’s actually a lot of horrible truths about indoor tanning that you may or may not be aware of. A clinical study that interviewed 400 college students revealed that over half had used tanning facilities and 39% of them seemed to be addicted to the habit. Is indoor tanning bad? Is it better or worse than laying out in natural sunlight? What are the risks? There are some terrible side effects to indoor tanning and we’re here to tell you all about them.

Indoor Tanning an Addiction? 

 

It’s been discovered that most people who regularly use an indoor tanning facility seem to be addicted to the habit. 100% of the people interviewed confirmed that they are aware of the side effects, but tanning makes them feel good and they can’t make themselves stop doing it.

Your Eyes Aren’t Immune! 

Did you know that exposure to UV radiation can permanently damage your eyesight?

Even a little bit of exposure can lead to cataracts and intraocular cancer, which is found in the eyeball and is caused by exposure to UV radiation. It is very possible to burn the cornea of your eye while tanning and not notice until 6-12 hours after the fact.

Crazy Statistics 

Did you know that 30 million people tan in the US every year?

People who use tanning beds are 2.5 times more likely to develop Squamous Cell Carcinoma, 1.5 times more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma and have an increased risk of developing melanoma by 75%.

 

A tan may seem like a good idea and look great, but a tan is actually a sign of serious skin damage. Is getting a temporary glow really worth long-term damage, premature aging and the risk of skin cancer? When the risks outweigh possible benefits, it’s time to reconsider the indoor tanning issue.

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