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What are safer tanning options?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Repair and rework your tan to protect your skin first by giving up the tanning salon, if you’re a frequent visitor.  Look at the tanning bed as a carcinogenic, a concentrated dose of dangerous UV rays at point-blank range. Repair damaged skin with a topical treatment that contains vitamin A. If you can't give up on that glow, opt for an alternative, such as bronzer. This will help you achieve a similar look without posing any cancer risks. Bronzers are a safe option because they sit on the top of the skin as opposed to being absorbed by the skin. Do not use spray tans. The microparticles in the spray can be inhaled and may irritate the lungs. Also avoid self-tanners; some of the active browning ingredients in self-tanners may damage the DNA of skin cells.
This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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