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Jun 11, 2014 6:51 AM by Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahKRIS

Tanning Beds Get Higher Warning

CORPUS CHRISTI - Summertime is finally here, and that means many rushing to get that golden tan, with some even turning to tanning beds for an instant glow.

However, when you use a tanning bed, studies show it increases your risk of deadly skin cancer by almost 60%. That's why for the first time, the FDA is now mandating that all tanning beds come with a warning sign.

Caitlyn Voris is going into her freshman year of college, and she's been using tanning beds, since the 8th grade.

"You always want to be tanner by the beach," said Voris. "and looks, looks are big here."

To look the part, more and more people are turning to tanning beds. Along with other new restrictions, the FDA is now requiring a black box label, their strongest warning, be put on every tanning bed. Many skin experts are glad because they're dealing with new cases of UV damage daily.

"I do see that the people that we're sun goddesses when they were younger," said esthetician Coley Ortiz. "Do have more damaged skin now that they are older."

She warns that those short-term tans have long-term effects.

"I try to recommend to everyone to really protect yourself from the sun," said Ortiz. "And to understand that later in life, although you're tan and beautiful now, when you're older, you may have more issues."

If you do plan on getting a tan, experts recommend using sunscreen on a daily basis.

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