If you're still baking your bod at a tanning salon - despite all the scary-true stuff we've told you about how it turns your skin to leather, and worse - maybe this news will finally get you to change your ways. A major scientific report has just reclassified indoor tanning devices as "definitely carcinogenic." Translation: Fake-baking definitely causes cancer, just like cigarettes do - and often at a much younger age. Not only that, if you start the skin-cooking habit before age 30, your risk of developing melanoma, the deadliest of the three forms of skin cancer, increases by an unbelievable 75 percent. Guess it's no surprise that melanoma rates among young women have tripled since the 1970s.
So c'mon, time to stop torturing your skin. To give you extra incentive, we came up with a list of cool splurges you could enjoy if you weren't shelling out $40 monthly to maintain a bronze glow:
The habit: Indoor tanning (20 minutes max time) three times a week
The cost:$40, on average (higher-end salons cost more, and some places offer special intro deals)
What you could have bought:
- Four manicures
- 13 lattes
- A pretty, lacy bra
- Burgers and beer for you and your guy at a neighborhood place
- 40 songs downloaded onto your iPod
- 4 pizza deliveries
- The first round at happy hour for you and a group of coworkers
And if you swear it off for a whole year, you could buy:
- 3 pairs of high-end skinny jeans
- A Caribbean getaway or cruise
- A Coach bag
- 240 SPF-infused lip balms
- 480 bottles of water
- 2 bottles of Cristal
Do you still tan? If so, will you stop now that tanning beds are carcinogenic?
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