Think Tanning Booths Have Gotten Safer? Here’s the Scary Truth

For Michiganders, the winter typically means your sun-kissed skin of summer is a distant memory. Unfortunately, turning to tanning beds is not a smart alternative. The Skin Cancer Foundation reports that people who do indoor tanning have a 74 percent higher risk of developing melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer, than those who have never set foot in a tanning studio. Since the popularity of indoor tanning is so widespread, especially among young adults, it seemed like a good time to remind you how serious the risks are when you use one.

Spray tans, which many see as a safe way to get a faux glow, may not be 100 percent in the clear either. According to a federal report ABC News obtained, the active chemical used in spray tans has the potential to cause genetic alterations and DNA damage. This leads some toxicologist to worry about the build-up of the chemical on skin and in the bloodstream.

Still in search of some Vitamin D during the cold, dark winter months? Check out these other ways to get it without soaking up UV rays.

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