The end of winter is prime time for tanning as teens prepare for spring break and escape the cool-weather blues. An estimated 2.3 million teens visit a tanning salon at least once a year, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. What these teens don't realize is that just four visits to a tanning booth per year can increase their risk for melanoma by 11 percent. One teen wants to make a difference. Actress Miranda Cosgrove, 18, is passionate about helping Neutrogena spread sun safety education to teens.
"I don't think teens realize the consequences associated with tanning," said Miranda. "It's important for me to help people my age realize that tanning can be dangerous and, in the long run, not worth a winter tan."
In an effort to stop this behavior among teens, many states are banning tanning beds for those under 18 -- but more must be done to educate teens about the connection between sun exposure and skin cancer. A recent study from the American Academy of Pediatrics[i] showed that as children become teenagers, the number who report "liking a tan" increases to 66 percent with only 25 percent "often or always" using sunscreen when outside for at least six hours in the summer.