39. Fake tanning is dangerous for your health.
You might think that choosing an indoor tan is safer and healthier for you than tanning in the sun. However, studies have shown that tanning beds and all their associated equipment can be as deadly – and sometimes more dangerous – than sun exposure. Even one tanning bed session can increase your risk of developing melanoma by 20%, and the American Academy of Dermatology believes that over 400,000 cases of skin cancer each year may be caused by indoor tanning.
How can you avoid increasing your risk of cancers like melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and basal cell carcinoma? Simply put: don’t tan! The tanning bed might be tempting, and everyone loves that summer glow, but tanning beds are dangerous. If you want a tan, consider a self-tanning lotion or cream, or hit up a sunless tanning booth. These options are generally regarded as safe as long as proper instructions are followed.