In daylight, Lucy Breen looks like any fresh-faced teenager, but the scrutiny of a specialist skin scanner tells a different story.
The harsh and potentially dangerous skin damage from continual sunbed use is shockingly obvious.
Eighteen-year-old Lucy went under the scanner when skin experts came to her school, Archbishop Beck Catholic Sports College. In response to new figures which show that incidences of skin cancer are rising more rapidly in Britain than any other form of the disease, staff wanted to warn pupils of the dangers of sunbeds and sunbathing.
Lucy was shocked to see how UV exposure had already damaged her skin. "I've used sunbeds a lot. I didn't think they would cause so much damage," she says. "I was surprised at how bad my skin looked with the machine. I don't want it to get worse, or by the time I'm 20 I'll look 30."
Lucy says she has already felt the negative effects sunbed use can have. "I've had sunstroke off the sunbed," she admits. "I got really badly burnt and I was throwing up, so I went to the doctor and he said it was sunstroke. "
Source - Daily Mail