A new survey shows more teenagers in Dublin are using sunbeds since 2014 despite the ban on the use of sunbeds for people under the age of 18.
The research was carried out in Dublin schools and showed the percentage of school children doing sunbeds has risen from 11.2% to 13.8% over the last four years.
The statutory ban was brought in to prevent young people from risking their health and engaging in the dangerous routine.
The World Health Organisation says people under the age of 35 that regularly use sun beds increase their risk of skin cancer by 75%.
Dublin teenagers and young adults say the ban hasn't stopped them from using sun beds;
"I started doing them when I was 17 because I was going on holidays and wanted to get a base colour. I'm not scared (of getting skin cancer) but I know the risk, I try not do the sunbeds as much only 3 times a week to start of a base if I'm white and I'd do one a week when I've a colour".
"I done my first sunbed before my debs so about 17, I just wanted a tan for my dress. Skin cancer scares me to death, obviously not enough to stop me though because I've done a few this summer but I always get my moles checked and this will be my last summer using them. It's terrible but everything looks better with a tan so they get addictive".
"I was 16 when I done my first sunbed and I think there becoming a common thing because everyone is doing them so other people feel peer pressured into doing them".
"I used to always get asked for ID but I would find one or two places that didn't".
A 22 year talked about how she continued doing sunbeds after finding a lump and discovering she had cancer;
"I didn't actually get cancer from a sunbed i got it in my mouth. It wasn't from anything it just happened but you think it would make me think twice about doing a sunbed but it didn't, only recently i have realized how bad they are for you".
The woman who started doing sunbeds at 17 advises other young people to "get a spray tan instead, you only have one skin and one life and its not worth it just to look good for a month or 2 until the tan fades, or worse until you get skin cancer and then look a lot worse than having white skin".
The survey also showed 2% of school children were also using the banned substance Melanotan, which is used to enhance tanning.
“The problem with melanotan is that it makes moles darker, which makes them harder for us to investigate and interpret", according to Dr Stephanie Menzies who was part of the research team.
A 21 year old student says she started injection herself with melanotan regularly four years ago;
"I seen online people were doing them and were black so I just thought id give them a try and then I was pure black and loved them I do tanning injections once a year before my holidays and sunbeds in summer and for about 3 months".