According to the American Academy of Dermatology, despite warnings, more than 1 million people in the United States will use indoor tanning at salons this year. According to the same article, these women are mainly Caucasian between ages 16 to 29 years of age and helped to generate over $2.6 billion in revenue for the tanning industry in 2010.

Despite the known dangers of tanning, people continue to use indoor tanning beds. Recently, the World Health Organization declared indoor tanning devices to be cancer-causing agents, placing them in the same category as tobacco. The same organization also found a 75 percent increase in the risk of melanoma in those who have been exposed to UV radiation from indoor tanning.

Winter is often a popular season for indoor tanning. During these gray months, our skin becomes pale and sometimes dull. Indoor tanning offers immediate color in a sunless climate. Unfortunately, indoor tanning causes cancer and premature aging of the skin. Think about the long-term, damaging effects of indoor tanning on your skin and consider anti-aging treatments instead. Peels, photo rejuvenation and lifts are beneficial to your skin and help prevent skin aging.

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