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Base Tans for Sun Burn Protection?

Summer is practically here and that (hopefully) means vacation time. Most people spend a considerable time outdoors on their summer vacations and their office pale skin might not be primed for all those rays.
While many soon-to-be vacationers might head to the tanning salon for a protective base tan, the Mayo Clinic advises against this strategy.

While there is logic at play, prime the skin with some manufactured UV rays before hitting the beach, it is nonetheless faulty logic. There is no proof that a base tan from an indoor tanning bed actually prevents against sunburn while tanning outdoors later. The risks of tanning far outweigh the unproven benefits of the base tan. Ultraviolet light, whether from the sun or a sunlamp, damages your skin. Repeated exposure increases the risk of premature skin aging and skin cancer.

Your best bet is to protect your skin with a full spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. You can increase your skin protection by wearing a broad brimmed hat and a thin long sleeved cotton shirt.

With all that in mind, have a great trip.


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katie225 katie225 8 years
where's that insane guy who owned the tanning salon who swore he had research to back up this claim? what a wacko. he was totally misreading the article he posted to back him up!
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