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10 surprising facts about indoor tanning

Is a tanning bed really safer than the sun? Will indoor tanning help your body make all of the vitamin D it needs? Findings from years of scientific studies have answered these and other burning questions about indoor tanning.

Tanning beds are NOT safer than the sun.

Tanning — indoors or with the sun — makes your skin age more quickly.

Using tanning beds can cause a serious injury.

Getting a base tan cannot prevent sunburn.

Getting enough vitamin D from tanning beds isn’t possible.

Becoming addicted to tanning is a real risk.

Tanning (indoors or outside) can make stretch marks more noticeable.

Giving customers “false and misleading information” has been a common practice at tanning salons.

Looking tan year-round is possible with a self-tanner.

Quitting (or never starting) indoor tanning can help you live longer.