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Photographer Shows Us How The Sun Sees Your Skin & It’s Super Scary! Take Heed!

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If you haven’t already put on sunscreen today, you’re about to!

Artist Thomas Leveritt got people on the street to participate in his new project, showing everyone just how damaging the sun can be for your skin!

Using an ultraviolet lens, people were actually able to see how damaged and aged their skin had become over time. Leveritt even shows some kids’ flawless faces to drive his point home.

Then, people slathered on the sunscreen and saw just how big of a difference it made!

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Gel Manicures DON'T Increase Cancer Risk!

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We previously mentioned that when you get a gel manicure, you could be exposing yourself to carcinogenic UV rays!

To get the gel to dry, you bake your hands under those powerful UV lights for several minutes, exposing yourself to the ultraviolet radiation!

Worry no more! A new study has come out that found it would take

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More States Planning On Banning Teen Tanning

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American teenagers who love to look like golden goddesses or gods are not going to love Idaho and 17 other state's following California's indoor tan ban.

Much like Cali, Idaho is in the process of restricting anybody under the age of 18 from using an indoor tanning bed because of the increased risk of melanoma.

We figured teenagers out here could just take advantage of the sun's natural UV rays to darken their skin, but most of the nation doesn't have access to this kind of weather, so if the legislation passes in other states, they'll have to try Snooki's sunless tanner, SunLove.

This is a huge hit to the tanning industry too because an estimated 70% of tanning salon patrons are Caucasian girls and women between the ages of 16 and 29. In fact, 2.3 million of the industry's active customer base is under the age of 18.

Obviously, the Indoor Tanning Association isn't happy about it and thinks parental waivers would be more appropriate, saying:

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California Considers Banning Tanning For Anyone Under 18

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California legislators are debating a bill proposed by Senator Ted Lieu which hopes to ban teenagers from lying in a tanning bed before they're 18.

Currently, the law says teens must be 14 to fake bake, while those under 18 must have a signed permission slip from their parents. However, Sen. Lieu does not think that is enough because proprietors often turn their heads the other way to accommodate teens with forged permission slips.

Wayne LaVassar, who owns 14 tanning salons in the Los Angeles area, believes a more appropriate middle ground between the government and tanning businesses in the state would be to require in-person parental authorizations.

Unfortunately, worried parents and government officials do have something to worry about that teens or young adults often choose to ignore — exposure to UV rays CAN cause cancer.

A World Health Organization has classified tanning beds as "carcinogenic" and the FDA maintains:

"There is no such thing as a safe tan. The increase in skin pigment, called melanin, which causes the tan color change in your skin is a sign of damage."

California will vote on the issue on Tuesday, but isn't the only state considering such drastic steps to protect teens from exposure to harmful rays. Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York are also considering banning tanning for teens under 18, while a similar effort failed this year in Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota and New Mexico.

Just like cigarettes, any excess exposure to the sun has been proven to provide potentially serious health risks, so maybe enforcing a legal age to use tanning beds is the next logical step in an effort to prevent teens from unknowingly endangering their health. However, unlike smoking, teens are able to get the same exposure from a big ball of fire burning in the sky on any given day in California.

While we certainly don't want teens or ANYONE for that matter getting cancer that can be avoided, many will see the ban as another freedom being stripped by the government. We think, at the very least, it is up to parents to educate their children about the danger of excessively tanning.

Do U think tanning should be banned for anyone under 18 or is it up to the parents to individually allow their children to expose themselves to harmful UV rays?

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Melanoma Awareness Month

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Melanoma Awareness Month

In case you didn’t know, May is Melanoma Awareness Month, and SpaFinder is getting in on the cause by selling bracelets that darken to purple when exposed to UV rays.

The bracelets act as a reminder to always wear sunscreen.

The “I Will Reflect” bracelet costs only $4.95, and is a great way to keep your skin safe by always wearing sunscreen while outside.

Be safe this summer — and everyday!

[Image via SpaFinder.]

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